The Greatest Sermon Ever #2

I taught today from a section of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:17-48. In it Jesus shows that the Old Testament law points to something deeper and relational. Jesus teaches that the choice not to sin reflects our devotion to God and our consideration for others, not just to following a set of rules.

Jesus gave six illustrations that all begin with a similar line, “you have heard it said…” Jesus follows it up with, “…but I say to you…” Using issues like murder, adultery, and divorce, Jesus shifted the focus of attention from the behavior that the Law dealt with, to the intent and motive behind the behavior. In other words, he doesn’t just want to change your behavior, he wants to change the values and motives from which your behavior results. Jesus is not saying he wants more righteousness, he’s saying he wants a deeper righteousness. He doesn’t want you to get your act together. He wants to get your heart together, with his help. God has always been more conerned about the heart. “Man looks at the outward appearance, but God looks at the heart” (1 Samuel 16:7).

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