The Bible was never meant to cram your brain with facts but to make you think with divinely inspired ideas and concepts. The right concepts and ideas can quickly start you on the path to happiness and success. To a love-filled future guided by wisdom and understanding.
The same can be said of vulgar literature. Debased content will put you on the opposite road debilitating your spirit and will to improve.
If the Son of God offered to guide you with eternal wisdom, the kind that sparks your imagination with new more powerful though, you'd gladly accept His help.
Jesus, the Son of God, has made His instruction available to you in simple written form. You don't need to train like a monk or have a supernatural experience.
It's all written and conveyed in the ancient scripts. Supernatural instruction is at your fingertips and ready for your understanding. But how does God deliver the information into your mind?
There are a total of 66 books in the Bible. The first 39 Hebrew-Aramaic books of the Bible are considered to be the Old Testament, while the last 27 Greek books are the New Testament.
Each book has it's own distinct personality and delivers concepts ideal in the development of our mental and spiritual advancement. Group the books together like a scholar and the Bible beautifully delivers more profound messages in scope and meaning.
For example, the book of the Law is composed of the first 5 books Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
The book of history is composed of Joshua, Judges, Ruth, 1&2 Samuel, 1&2 Kings, 1&2 Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther.
The book of poetry and wisdom books are Job, Psalms, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Song of Songs.
The book of major prophets is composed of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Daniel, so much more.
Why does God deliver words, ideas, and concepts that pass eternal power to you? Because God loves you.
God's word is never exhausted nor will it ever cease to grant power to the loyal-hearted. There is no charge except time and the willingness to cultivate your mind.
You don't have to go to the mall, shopping center, or any store. God operates with you directly.
This chapter is an invitation for you to learn and understand more about God's law. It's worth more than what you paid for this book. Not only because it brings you guidance directly from Jesus, or because it enables you to access the ancient law as taught by Jesus Himself, but because it protects you from moving in the wrong direction.
When you take the first step in understanding that there written are laws Jewish people can and that there are laws Christians can follow you will begin to set a new course in life. One filled with light.
Following the commandments of Jesus are the education of the soul and the foundation of a fine character and a good life.
Jesus once said, "anyone who keeps My commandments and teaches others, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Mt 5:19
The Bible gives you divine concepts but God gives you the spiritual increase.
You can never achieve true success unless you meditate on God's word. Developing your spiritual atmosphere with God's word is the best training you can engage in. It is the simplest, least expensive, and wastes no time in profiting you.
You develop your inner spiritual atmosphere now. You develop it every day. You cannot stop developing it. You cannot start too soon mindfully developing with God. And you start developing by reading on.
Once in class, I asked, “What did Jesus teach about God's law?" Silence. I asked again. No one knew.
In the following paragraphs, I’m sharing with you a summary of what transpired that day.
In Mt 5:17 Jesus said, “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”
Stop there. The word “Law” in this verse was translated from the original Greek word that means “Mosaic Law”, or “Torah” which are the first 5 books of the Old Testament.
The word “Prophets” describes the books of both Major and Minor prophets.
Keep in mind that during His ministry Jesus spoke to mixed crowds, both Jews and non-Jews so there were many people who knew nothing of the ancient scriptures.
Now pay close attention to the following, “I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” This is one of the most misunderstood messages in the Bible, one that we'll clarify right now.
You've might have heard this verse explained like this, “Jesus came to fulfill the Law, therefore, you don’t have to.” There are variations of this message, but this is the most common.
But Jesus says something quite different in the next verse as he explains what He means. Read it for yourself.
Verse 18, “For assuredly I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the Law till all is fulfilled.”
What Jesus is talking about is prophetic events found in both the book of the Law and the books of the Prophets. Both groups of books contain prophecies about the Messiah and the future.
One major prophecy of the future states that “heaven” (our atmosphere) and earth will be completely transformed by God ’s regenerative power.
This prophecy also appears in the New Testament in Revelation 21 which explains that the “old earth” and the “old heaven” (atmosphere) passes away and relinquishes to a new “heaven” and earth.
So Jesus refers to specific prophecies that aren't yet fulfilled. The particular prophecy I mentioned occurs approximately 1000 years after the time of the tribulation.
So, Matthew 5:18 is a declaration that all prophecy is not yet fulfilled, a statement as true as the sky is blue. Additionally, Jesus states that until the prophecy of the old “heaven” and earth passes away all prophecies won't be fulfilled. Then He makes a bold statement.
Look at verse 19, “Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.”
Did you notice what Jesus did with the words He chose? In verse 17 and 18 Jesus refers to teach about the Law and the Prophets and how all prophecy has not yet been fulfilled.
In this verse, He teaches about following the "commandments”. The word “commandments” is translated from a Greek word that means “commands from Mosaic Law”. So now Jesus clarifies that He is teaching about the commands of God within the books of the Law and not prophecy.
By the way, if you are one who knows and studies the 613 laws of God in the Torah, Jesus dedicates Himself to teaching several laws in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7. Matthew 5:17 – 19 are a small portion of an entire discourse of about 11 specific Mosaic Laws.
So, in verse 19 Jesus explains that if anyone follows the commandments of the Mosaic Laws He teaches in Matthew chapters 5, 6, and 7, and teach others to follow them we will enter the kingdom of heaven in great status.
That’s what Jesus taught about the Law. This instruction is also a perfect resemblance of His ministry. Not only did He profoundly teach the commandments, He embodied them. Then as the Son of God, He entered the kingdom glorified, or in great status.
So the message presented by Jesus is quite different than the common belief that, “Jesus fulfills the Law for us”. Jesus states that it’s up to us to fulfill the law, not Him. He further points out that we should teach others to follow His commandments. Obeying His will allows us to enter the kingdom of heaven with honor and glory.
Analyzing the precepts Jesus taught throughout gospels and comparing them to the 613 Mosaic Laws contained in the books of the Law we come to the conclusion that He predominantly taught from social law. This rarely discussed point proves His divine nature and His understanding thousands of years ahead into the future.
Jesus teaches predominantly from a set of social Mosaic laws because He taught to a mixed audience, not just Jews. Second, social laws can be followed by people from all nations regardless of familial status or geographic location. Unlike much of the Mosaic law which can only be followed by a true Israelite living within the borders of Israel, social laws can be followed by everyone living in any century. You understand that this isn't even the most extraordinary lesson learned from the revelation that Jesus taught from the 613 Mosaic Laws.
Now I want to highlight the most beautiful message in the verses. Here it is, “Whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches men so shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven;”
This is unseemly uninspired verse startles the imagination with a clear vision of salvation.
Jesus clearly states that even though people break His commandments they enter the kingdom of heaven. There are no better words to describe the act of accepting human beings into the kingdom of heaven despite their disregard for His instruction than grace and mercy.
People who break His commandments are not worthy to enter the kingdom, yet this verse describes that they do, albeit in a lower status.
They enter not because they merited entry, but because of God is merciful and full of grace. This message should send shock waves through your mind and body. Who is this message meant for?
Is it for the Jew? The gentile? The message is meant for you. You who believes with all your heart that Jesus is your savior. Yes, Christians. Those who believe in Christ's saving power.
With what you know now do you feel motivated to follow even the “least of His commandments” and teach others to do the same?
Unfortunately, the commandments of Jesus have largely been ignored. This is due to the false belief that, “Jesus fulfills the law for us”.
You now have the advantage of knowing that Jesus not only wants you to follow the laws He taught all people but to also teach others.
For this reason, Jesus gave us His commandments in gospels. His commandments can and should be followed and taught by all believers in every nation. (Jn 14:21) They can be universally followed and enhance life with power from above.
The other reason why believers live outside the laws of God is fear. Somehow believers think that it’s wrong to follow God’s commandments. They equate obedience of Law to the ancient Pharisees or Sadducees.
Nothing could be further from the truth. Your love for God is best demonstrated by giving up a worldly mindset in exchange for an inner life cultivated under God's watchful eye.
A good friend once asked, “Why are you so adamant about following God's law? Jesus fulfills the law for us.” I replied to him, “Is it okay to commit adultery?”. He answered, “I get it.”
It's up to you to fulfill the law.
Now you have the knowledge and power to adorn your life with the spiritual treasure that never fades. Cultivate your mind with the study and concentration of the commandments of Jesus and your life will change.
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