MATTHEW 5:17_I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.
There was hardly anything destructive about Jesus’ earthly life. He came to heal the sick, give hope to the destitute, set demonic captives free, raise the dead, and above all else, freely give eternal life. His earthly purpose from beginning to end was mercy and love.
However, He did have one destructive agenda – hypocrisy. This would be hypocrisy among the God followers, salt that’s been contaminated with arrogance and lust, and lost its savor. Lights that shine only to bring self-glory. Those were things for which Jesus showed zero tolerance.
He did not hesitate to call the guilty appropriate names, and in one instance physically remove their presence from the temple.
To destroy the law or prophets was far from Jesus’ purpose. He made it clear He was their fulfillment. The balance Jesus brought between the judgment of the Old Testament and the mercy of the New Testament was something Jesus alone could achieve.
To have too much of one and not enough of the other is destructive. Salt and light require the perfect balance of each.
Righteous Jesus, Help me to never fall into hypocrisy. Make me aware if I’m heading in that direction and re-direct my steps. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ balances judgment and mercy—Praise Him!
MATTHEW 7:29_and not as the Scribes.
Jesus’ authority came from His Father in Heaven. We need earthly authority during our days in this world, but ultimate authority reigns in heaven.
The Scribes and Pharisees craved…no…the better word is lusted, for power and authority and for admiration and respect. They wanted exactly what Jesus had.
Admiration and respect encourage and build up those in authority. When the authority desires to place fear in those they rule, respect becomes an ultimatum. It does not administer love. Remember, sometimes love is administered with a firm hand. Since the people were astonished by Jesus’ kind of teaching, and saw it as totally different from the Scribes’ teaching—they obviously had not been administered love by their authorities. Their respect must have been more of an ultimatum.
Jesus’ teachings led to truth and freedom. It gave the people answers to their struggles and created freedom in their souls.
This authority loves.
The Scribes’ teachings led to fear and bondage. The people feared the consequences if they rejected their teachings. It created bondage of the soul.
This authority oppresses.
Good Shepherd, I respect and admire You because You give love to me! In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ has the ultimate authority—He uses it to love me!
MATTHEW 6:28_And why take ye thought for raiment?
Jesus re-visits the clothes issue. There is something else Jesus re-visits. Do you see it? Do you see the word thought?
The tenth commandment is Thou shalt not covet. Covet is akin to lust. Thought patterns are captured. A strong desire that doesn’t let go until it is satisfied. If the truth be told, covetousness can’t be satisfied.
Once lust, or covetousness, obtains its desire – it wants more. That’s the very nature of covetousness – an insatiable desire. Luke 12:15 (KJV), “And he [Jesus] said unto them, ‘Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.’’’ There is a difference in coveting the latest brand name and just needing clothes.
Covet is also akin to envy. Envy dwells on what someone else possesses. The longer the dwell, the deeper envy works its way into the heart. Once there, envy causes conflict. Not because you’ve been done any wrong, but because the one you envy dresses like you want to – but can’t.
Galatians 5:26 (KJV), “Let us not be desirous of vain glory, provoking one another, envying one another.”
Don’t let worry thought patterns fill you with strife over clothes.
Lord Jesus, Help me trust You to provide for me what is best at this time. In the powerful name of Jesus, Amen.
Christ knows all my needs—He will provide