It’s Crazy Bible Verse Tuesday!!! We know there is a ton of crazy in the Old Testament. That’s undeniable and Christians who have read the Bible will, often, acknowledge this crazy exists. Unfortunately, they follow this up with the argument that “well, that’s the Old Testament. It doesn’t apply today as Jesus came down to Earth and changed those old laws.” Um, no he didn’t!
“Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” – Matthew 5:19
This is Jesus speaking and he makes it very clear that ALL commands must be followed. Break the very least of these commands and you will be called the least in the kingdom of heaven. It’s clear that Jesus expects you to follow the rules. Those commands are NOT just the ten commandments Christians often say. They include ALL of God’s commands. Read Matthew 5:17, two verses before this verse.
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.” – Matthew 5:17
This is Jesus speaking again and it is very clear from his words that he did not come to abolish any laws but to fulfill them. All those crazy laws in the Old Testament? Yep, Jesus demands they be followed and that, my friends, is a big load of crazy!