21 “You have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘You shall not murder, and anyone who murders will be subject to judgment.’ 22 But I tell you that anyone who is angry with a brother or sister will be subject to judgment. Again, anyone who says to a brother or sister, ‘Raca,’ is answerable to the court. And anyone who says, ‘You fool!’ will be in danger of the fire of hell. 23 “Therefore, if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother or sister has something against you,24 leave your gift there in front of the altar. First go and be reconciled to them; then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:21-24)
Yesterday we saw how intensely committed Jesus is to the Bible. Today we will consider how Jesus related to standards articulated in the Bible. As a reminder, our theme for the 40 Days of Discipline this year is: Be like Jesus. For our Bible study week we are focusing on the mind of Jesus as we explore His thoughts about the Bible. 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.
Today’s passage is from Matthew 5 verses 21 – 24 (please see above). Please prayerfully read and reflect on the passage and answer the questions below.
- Based on the passage, how would describe how Jesus related to Biblical standards?
- By comparison, how do you relate to Biblical standards?