Pt.#11 (God's Olive Tree Plan, From It's Roots To It's Fruit)- (9-5-20)
(Is the Law of God Good or Bad?)! Jesus Said: ‘Don’t think that I’ve come to destroy The Law’! For the past 1700 years, Matthew 5:17 has been the most hotly debated and most misunderstood passage of Scripture within Jesus’ Sermon on The Mount message! If Jesus didn’t come to planet earth to destroy The Law, then it begs the question: ‘what is the relationship between Jesus BELIEVING, BLOOD BOUGHT, BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS, and The Law! If it’s not destroyed, torn up and done away with, then in what way is it useful to you and I. By leaving the passage within it's 1st century Hebraic setting, the answer becomes crystal clear! During the time of Jesus, there were two competing Jewish Yeshivas or Bible Schools in Jerusalem. One was for the disciples of a Sage by the name of ‘Shammai’. The other Yeshiva was for the disciples of the House of Hillel. Shammai and Hillel disagreed on practically everything in their interpretation of the Torah ie; The Law of God. Jesus was very knowledgeable of the teaching of Shammai and Hillel. But Jesus did not attend their Yeshiva, nor did He agree with all their interpretations. Therefore the students of Shammai and Hillel accused Jesus of perverting and misinterpreting The Law by teaching a different perspective concerning The Law of God. When the religious leaders told the people that Jesus was a false teacher, the people were confused. They asked, how could Jesus be a false teacher and yet speak with such wisdom and perform great miracles? In Matthew chapter five verses 17-19, it’s time for Jesus to set the record straight! This is the background of Jesus’ comments, that influenced so many to follow Him. But sadly, the words of Jesus recorded in Matthew chapter 5 verses 17 and 18, have been so misunderstood by western theologians for centuries. The first rule of study for any serious Bible studier, is to leave any text, within it’s context. In Matthew five seventeen’s case, the context is clear, the setting is first century Israel and the language is Hebrew. For any serious Bible studier, the first rule is this: ‘Any text taken out of Context, is a Pre-text’, which opens the door for all kinds of Misinterpretations.
Our Goal tonight is to leave Matthew 5:17-18 in it’s first century Hebraic setting, using the Hebrew language, which will help us to understand, how Jesus responds to the accusation that He is Misinterpreting The Law of God.