Matthew 5:19

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!

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10 thoughts on “Matthew 5:19

  1. What does “fulfill” mean? How do you fulfill laws that are not to be abolished? In what way can they be changed? What do you, The Poised Atheist, think?

    BTW: I adore your blog. So I hope you’ll never stop questioning and analyzing Bible verses.

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  2. Jesus is fullfuling. He fulfills the law by taking the place of the old things. Just like the bible says that we don’t need to do sacrices anymore because jesus already sacrificed himself. (Hebrews)

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    1. In exactly which Bible verse can I read “that we don’t need to do sacrices anymore because jesus already sacrificed himself. (Hebrews)”

      Please help me to find that specific verse.

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  3. Today almost no Christian follows all the laws of the Old Testament, maybe with the exception of some few Messianic Jews who at least try.

    Which Christian follows the “tahara” (Old Testament laws of ritual purity) today? Or how many Christians follow the Old Testament dietary laws? – Very few like the Seventh Day Adventists who try to follow some dietary laws.

    Why is that? – It’s because in the New Testament it is made clear by examples and the deeds of the apostles over and over again that the law of Moses is replaced by the law of Jesus which is ethical law.

    Matthew 7:12 says clearly: “So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets.”

    Here Jesus says the Golden Rule is the law.

    Matthew 22:36-40: “Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?” Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

    Here Jesus says ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ is the law.

    Most Christians have understood that and do not follow Old Testament laws which are not ethical teachings.

    The best example in the New Testament how Old Testament law does not apply tho Christians anymore are the dietary laws.

    Mark 7:1-23 and also Matthew 15:1-20: What goes into someone’s mouth does not defile them, but what comes out of their mouth, that is what defiles them.

    The question if Christians must follow the Old Testament law is highlighted by the so-called “Incident at Antioch”

    Galatians 2:11–14: But when Cephas [St Peter] came to Antioch, I [St Paul] opposed him to his face, because he stood self-condemned; for until certain people came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But after they came, he drew back and kept himself separate for fear of the circumcision faction. And the other Jews joined him in this hypocrisy, so that even Barnabas was led astray by their hypocrisy. But when I saw that they were not acting consistently with the truth of the gospel, I said to Cephas before them all, “If you, though a Jew, live like a Gentile and not like a Jew, how can you compel the Gentiles to live like Jews?”

    The lesson from this conflict is that Paul, the Apostle of the Gentiles, taught that the Old Testament (dietary) laws do not apply the Christians of Gentile origin and should also not apply to Christians of Jewish origin.

    In the first centuries of Christianity there was a minority of Jewish Christians that tried to follow the Old Testament laws, but then they slowly vanished. The Pauline Christianity without the Old Testament laws won! In the last 200 year a small minority of Christians emerged again who try to follow some Old Testament laws.

    Following the Old Testament law completely is not possible today, because the Jewish temple is needed to fulfill several laws, but there is no more Jewish temple today.

    Read the New Testament and read it closely and learn something about church history, that will help you a lot to understand Christianity better.

    The message of the New Testament is complicated because Jesus acted among Jews who followed the law and he was preaching his message that sad that there is a better thing than just following the Old Testament laws.

    Jesus was forced to preach is message in a way, that he was understood and nonetheless immediately killed. In the end he was crucified because many Jews thought that he had offended the Jewish religion.

    P.S.: Another verse: Luke 16:16: The Law and the Prophets were until John; since then the good news of the kingdom of God is preached, and everyone forces his way into it.

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    1. We both agree that the Old Testament Laws are unethical. As do most Christians. Not all, but most. But what does that then say about God? God created those unethical rules. I’m not doubting the verses you’ve chosen from the New Testament, but there are also verses in which Jesus says awful things as well as Paul saying awful things. At best, the New Testament is a set of books filled with contradictions.

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  4. It should read: “Jesus was forced to preach His message in a way, that he was understood and nonetheless NOT immediately killed.”

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