The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:5:17 @ Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets; I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill.

kjv@Matthew:5:18 @ For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.

kjv@Matthew:5:19 @ Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

kjv@Matthew:5:20 @ For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

Today's notes: Exceeding the Righteousness


Note: You would think after forty-two generations of practicing righteousness, righteousness would become nearly second nature and that by now we would be far exceeding the righteousness of those first practicing it, would you not? What does the context of the bible testaments old and new tell you about that notion? What does your own observance and experience of the proceeding forty-two generations tell you? Why then is this exceeding righteousness not the case?

What is man believing/doing?:

Critics are bending Jesus' own words against Him giving the public the false impression that Jesus is out to destroy both the Law (of Moses and Levitical) and the Prophets. This is how men typically fight against the things that they oppose; the perceived ends justifies the questionable means. The thing is that Jesus is not out to destroy these two things, so why would they be spreading these lies about His purposes in the first place? Isn't it breaking the commandment of bearing false wittness?

The answer comes down to their traditions. Other than nation, three things were important to the religious life of the Hebrews of that age: the Law(s), the Prophets, and increasing becoming superior to those two the third the oral traditions. Jesus stated He had not come to destroy the two, but the third would constantly be found lodged tight obscuring the the consideration of the righteous way. The traditions though derived from the scriptures are man's interpretations of those precepts; not just a interpretation, but the synthesis of many varying interpretations. They become over time part of the manufactured image of religion and God that our context is saying mankind suffers most.

How superior do traditions become? For how long had they been superior? There were times in the Old Testament that the whereabouts of the actual Book of the Law was long forgotten, later found in the cellar of the temple by accident during the rebuilding of the city. There were frequent times that the prophets of old were persecuted and rejected, even murdered by the same types of people that are contributing to the synthesis of such interpretations. David claims to be surrounded by a great many enemies/workers of iniquity constantly setting traps before him there in his own Law and Prophet based kingdom.

How do they allow themselves to publicly bare blatant false witness such as this accusation? Their tradition allows them to use deceit if it protects the nation from hostile intents. Do you see then how traditions go?

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

The influence stems from a belief that while the Law and the Prophets are God given they are incomplete, God has given certain men the intellect to complete them. Jesus counters that it is not for men that won't even be in the eternal kingdom to complete, it is only for Him the Son of God/Man. The Law/Prophets/Fulfillment in Christ should never be questioned by the traditions, rather the traditions should always be questioned by the Law/Prophets/Fulfillment in Christ.


See: law commandment statute tradition Talmud Mishnah

This is not to say that religious traditions are not important in the lives of believers, nor some interpretations. In some respects, when used properly, it provides us with a protection mechanism against unscriptural whims and heresies. It is to keep traditions from becoming superior to the Law/Prophets being therefore much inferior especially where they obviously contradict the Law/Prophets/fulfillment of all things in Christ Jesus.

We will have plenty of opportunity to come to explore what this "exceeding righteousness" referred to actually is. It again will likely come down to the context of what man is able to manufacture himself verses what God is gracefully willing to cover over us in to then influence us into a better obedience making HIS righteousness further known.

Teaching others to do the same can be as simple as unconsciously leading by example or as deviant as consciously misleading with further intent.

This "not one jot/tittle" declaration is spoken by "The Righteous One" who knows that they will use their interpretation of the law/prophets to sentence Him to death.

Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Isn't it odd that people that don't keep the law themselves are so concerned how the others (Jesus) goes about to keep it and will use it against Him to make their accusations? That those concerned enough about actually keeping the law have seriously tried and know that they cannot?
  2. There are two particular weaknesses of the law (both man's), how it is interpreted and corrupted into saying what it does not say, how it's just and civil penalty is not enforced on the back end each time as unfeigned and consistent.

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