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20110306am Red Letter Series 3: A Higher Way

Matthew 5:13-17-21

What is Jesus doing in this section?

If He’s bringing Good News – then this is not the way to do it!!!
If He’s wanting to urge people to follow Him, He is not making it easy:
unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

Ups the Stakes

  • Murder:
    – Calling someone a fool
    – Making an offering with a grudge
    – Going to Court
  • Adultery
    – Committing mental adultery
    – Divorcing frivolously
  • Blasphemy
    – Don’t make oaths

Why is He doing this?

Because Israel’s God had become too small!
The Pharisees and the Teachers of the Law believed that they had it all taped.
– They had it all figured out!
– They had the measure of God.
– They could satisfy God.

He is raising the standard!
– God isn’t merely interested in our actions – He is concerned about our hearts
– God is concerned about more than what we do or don’t do – He is concerned about our motives

But why? – to make it hard for us?
No! But because God is good – goood — goooood.

We NEVER have the measure of God
We are never going to be good enough!
We need a Saviour!

That’s why He went to the cross!

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