David Hall
Notice also what is happening in this process in which the Scribes seek to negotiate the value of words with Jesus. They try to buttress their words with authority greater than their own character. The reason for this is because their character was contradictory or deceptive. They said one thing...Continue reading.
David Hall
At this stage in our study of the Sermon on the Mount, we are analyzing six illustrations of Jesus' main principle asserted in Matthew 5:17-20. Remember his principle and posture toward the law: "I have not come to overturn the Law of God, but to fulfill it." However, he had come to...Continue reading.
David Hall
Jesus' second example concerns sexual faithfulness within marriage. Before I analyze this let me give two asides about our contemporary situation...Continue reading.
David Hall
Matthew 5:27-32 These verses provide an exercise in learning how error functions. I want you to note four things about Jesus' correction of the Scribes' interpretation of the law. First, "anyone" refers to both male and female. Jesus intentionally phrases this commandment in...Continue reading.
David Hall
In our previous study, we examined Jesus' first example of how the Pharisees had distorted the Law and how Jesus actually was in harmony with it. This first example was from the 6th Commandment, which negatively states "Thou shalt not murder." We saw the positive side accentuated by...Continue reading.
David Hall
A litmus test reveals the chemical makeup of something that is normally invisible. Jesus taught that the law of God actually reveals much about our inner life; it is a litmus test of our inner life. A person consumed with hatred or loathing toward another can become a murderer. Jesus taught that in...Continue reading.
David Hall
Our Lord states his main principle in the prior verses (Mt. 5:21-22). Then in verses 23-26, he gives two examples in practical life of what he means. In both, he illustrates the inescapably internal nature of the law of God.Continue reading.
David Hall
Often we will read in the newspaper or see on the TV news about a road-rage killing or some other situation in which anger gets out of control and leads to a homicide. For example, a woman is attacked, her attacker was consumed with anger or lust, and then her husband, as a result, could not forget...Continue reading.
David Hall
There are some who mistakenly think that Christ in this sermon expounds a new and improved moral code. I hope as we review the balance of Matthew 5 to persuade you that he speaks with one voice with the OT revelation. There is a unity of doctrine all throughout Scripture, rooted in the divine...Continue reading.
David Hall
Thus far our Lord has stated how he is in harmony or continuity with the Old Testament. But in verses 19-20, he describes the Christian's righteousness as being utterly contradictory or in discontinuity with the Pharisees' tradition. In these verses Christ teaches that true righteousness-...Continue reading.

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