17 “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18 For truly I tell you, 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. 19 Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20 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. (Matthew 5:17-20)
This is Bible Study week in our 40 Days of Discipline journey. As a reminder, our theme this year is: Be like Jesus. In subsequent weeks we will focus on the actions of Jesus as we consider how Jesus practiced the Disciplines. This week though, we will focus on the mind of Jesus as we explore His thoughts about the Bible. Of course, during the time of Jesus the Old Testament was the Bible. Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount provides excellent insights into what He thought about the Bible and also what He thought about how some people interpreted the Bible. Our study passages will, therefore, be taken from the Sermon on the Mount as recorded in the 5th, 6th and 7th chapters of Matthew.
Monday through Friday of this week we will consider a selected passage from the Sermon on the Mount. Saturday will be our review day. Each day you will be asked to think about the selected passage and answer a couple of questions. You can use the comments section of this blog to share your answers if you feel led to do so. Today’s passage is from Matthew 5 verses 17 – 20 (see above). Please prayerfully read and reflect on the passage and answer the questions below.
- Based on the passage, how would you describe Jesus’ relationship with the Bible (Law & Prophets)?
- How does this compare to your relationship with the Bible?