In Matthew 12:1-14 the Pharisees try to trip Jesus up for his so-called Sabbath violations. In his response, Jesus exposes – yet again – the Pharisees for the professional legalists and hypocrites they are. Here we have helpful insights into not only the perpetuity of the Sabbath institution, but also
The scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’ day believed that they had kept the 6th commandment by not committing the gross external act of murder. In keeping with the penetrating and disorienting nature of Christ’s Sermon on the Mount so far, in Matthew 5: 21-26 Jesus proclaims that anger in the
Does your righteousness exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees? The pious Jews of Christ’s day thought they had holiness before God figured out with their meticulous observance of the OT law. In Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus destroys any notion that he had come to abolish the law or save anyone
In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus declares that his disciples are the salt of the earth and the light of the world. The saltiness and luminosity of the church is derived from the gospel of salvation by grace alone through faith alone. To replace or twist the preaching of justification of sinners
[Sermon audio here.] Theme: The baptism of John is a symbol of judgment on Israel lest she – like us – repent of our sins and put our faith in Jesus, who endured God’s judgment on the cross. Water, like bread, is something we take for granted in our lives.