Old Testament. . .New Hearts

Re: Verse reading–Matthew 5:17-48 (day one)  “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law and the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them” (vs 17)  The Old Testament was the Bible that Jesus read.  It was “a light on his path, a lamp for his feet”. (Psalm 119 )  It is a mistake to teach or think (as some do) the New Testament makes the Old obsolete.  Jesus respected the Old Testament.  He “filled it full” of its original meaning and intent.  On Wednesday, January 4, we will begin a series of “Bible talks” on the 10 Commandments.  The subtitle of the series is “What they mean and why we need them”  As you read Matthew 5 this week, I hope you will observe the Lord pressing the 10 Commandments beyond external compliance to spirit and motive.  ( No murder AND no hatred!)  Jesus knew that for us to keep the commandments as God intended, we need new hearts.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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