Going All The Way (Matthew 5; Isaiah 57

“For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven,” Matt. 5:20

As Jesus sits on the Mountain side somewhere beside the Sea of Galilee, he gives a message that will alter the landscape of the preaching in his day and every day since.  The scribes and Pharisees (Vs: 20) were teaching the law of God with a bend to make allowances for their personal bias.  We see 6 illustrations of this in Vs: 21-48.  Each time Jesus began with, “You have heard it said..”  Six times Jesus corrects the errors of these teachers who were changing the meaning of the law to fit their own sin.  But Jesus speaks in complete obedience to the law of God (Vs: 17-19)

Think it through:

“The condition of ones heart determines His or Her going part of the way or all the way in obeying the commands of God.”

Question: ”  What is the condition of your heart?”  Could it possibly be true that we deceive ourselves into believing that we are totally in line with the Word when we may not be?  Here is a simple check list:

1.  The heart must have the right attitude before God, Vs: 3-11

2.  The heart must have the right assignment before God, Vs: 12-16

3.  The heart must have the right alignment, Vs: 17-20

Our response:

Lord help us to align our hearts with you so that we will have the right attitude toward all of your commandments.

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