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OYB: January 5

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Today's reading:
OT: Genesis 11, Genesis 12, Genesis 13:1-4
NT: Matthew 5:1-26
Ps: Psalm 5
Pr: Proverbs 1:24-28

Today's notable verse:

In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.

Matthew 5:16 (NIV)

The One Year Bible Blog notes:

I know verses 17 & 18 probably are interpreted in different ways - but a friend of mine has encouraged me when in doubt, just stick to the text, which is wise. So, let's look at the Jesus' words here in this text - ""Don't misunderstand why I have come. I did not come to abolish the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets. No, I came to fulfill them. I assure you, until heaven and earth disappear, even the smallest detail of God's law will remain until its purpose is achieved." What does the reading of this text say to you?

Jesus summarized the Old Testament Law - in all its forms: the Ten Commandments, Mosaic Law, Prophets, etc. - as "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your mind, and all your strength" and "Love your neighbor as yourself." In fact, I would go so far as to say that Christ perfected the Law in these two commands. After all, what was Old Testament Law, but an imperfect and imcomplete code by which to fulfill these two commands? As Christ points out in the Sermon on the Mount, fulfillment of His Ultimate Command - Love - goes much beyond the Law than any human could ever possibly fulfill on his own, as Jesus implied when He said, "For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven." The Pharisees followed the Law in the utmost legalistic sense; yet Jesus indicates here that without faith in the One to whom the Law pointed, true righteousness could not be attained.

So, in answer to the question, I believe that Jesus meant that the Ultimate Law of God - Love, through faith - would not pass away until its purpose is achieved: to glorify God and to reconcile man to Him. At the same time, the purpose of the Old Testament Law - to point to the coming Messiah who would become the Ultimate, atoning sacrifice for all sin - was fulfilled in Christ's birth, death, and resurrection. The imperfect Law has been fulfilled and perfected in the Ultimate Law of God: to love.

The Old Testament Law also defined sin by establishing a standard for right living. I do not say "a standard for righteousness" for even under Old Testament Law, righteousness came only through faith in the Messiah who was to come. Just as the Law itself was imperfect, the standard it set was likewise imperfect. When Christ fulfilled Old Testament Law, He also established the Ultimate Standard: "anything that is not of faith is sin," and again: "anyone then who knows the good he ought to do, and doesn't do it, sins." In other words, we are now called to the standard of perfection - again, through faith. This standard is the source of our humility as Christians, since it is only through grace that can can ever hope to be counted as having met such a standard. We fail it every day! Yet, we are identified with Christ, and are counted as righteous - as having met the standard of perfection - through Him.