Sunday, April 2, 2017

Day 2- Matt. 4-6

The verse that really hit me today was Matt. 5:18- “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”  
Jesus goes on for the next 2 chapters giving even MORE clarity to the law.  He is not changing what God had Moses write 1,450 years earlier.  But, as you can imagine what can happen over time, the intent of the law had been lost.  Jesus was bringing the people back to the heart of the law with the clarification he was giving.

I heard a theologian recently say that we read scripture through a lens.  You can read Matt. 5-6 either prescriptively or descriptively.  Prescriptive is that the verses are telling you (prescribing) how to live.  If you try to live these verses as a command, you may get caught up in the “works” aspect of trying to “earn” your salvation, and then be bummed out when you can’t live up to it.  If you read these verses through the lens of them being descriptive, then you see that this would be how a true believer would act.  It describes how a believer would live because their heart is going after the intent of the law.

Isn’t that a new way of looking at these scriptures!!!

This thought reminds me of two verses. 
John 14:15, when Jesus says, “If you love me, you will obey what I command. And I will ask the Father and he will give you another Counselor to be with you for-ever-the Spirit of truth.”
James 2:14 &17, “ What good is it, brothers, if a man claims to have faith but has no deeds?……In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action is dead.”

So, when you are reading verses that sound like they are telling you what to do, ask yourself, does this describe me?  Is my life showing the world that I love Christ?  Doesn’t that make Matt. 5:14-16 make sense!!!!! “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.


Keri Sukut said...

Loved dwelling in the word's and teaching of Christ this morning. So grateful that a righteous life - as demanded by the law - is possible with the power of the Holy spirit. Realizing and constantly reminding ourselves that it is impossible to accomplish it on our own efforts prompts us to dwell more closely in Jesus and allow his spirit to transform and direct us.

Walking with The Way said...

Well said!!!!

Jasmine Hadley said...

I love these passages and being reminded to read them as a description not a perspective. Something else that stuck out to me was in Matthew 5 "Let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven." And then in Matthew 6 "Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. " I was confused thinking well which is it public or private!? Then one day I came across this quote from another blog that I wrote in my bible next to the verses saying: "we are to show when tempted to hide and hide when tempted to show. Our good works must be public so that our light shines; our religious devotions must be secret lest we boast about them. Besides, the end of both instructions of Jesus is the same, namely the glory of God. Why are we to keep our piety secret? It is in order that glory may be given to God, rather than men. Why are we to let our light shine and do good works in the open? It is that men may glorify our heavenly Father."

Walking with The Way said...

I love what you said, Jasmine! I want to put that saying in the margin of my Bible too!