Monday, 25 February 2008

The Law of Moses points to Jesus

I always appreciate Andrew Barry's infrequent blog posts. In this entry he explains how the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is not about the Law of Moses, but something fundamentally new—Jesus.

Here he explains an important parallel:

He never calls people back to the OT Law. He calls people to obey Him. His implicit message is in line with that of the apostle Paul - 'Don't follow Moses, instead follow me.' Don't follow the morning star when the sun has just risen. His last words to his disciples before his ascension reflect his last words in his sermon.

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19-20)

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock." (Matthew 7:24)

Had anyone else noticed how Jesus final words in Matthew reflect his final words in the sermon on the Mount? I hadn't. Thanks Andrew.

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