In Matthew 5:17-20 Jesus introduces (or clarifies) concepts which are difficult to reconcile with our understanding of the gift of grace and new covenant.
Do we follow the Law or not? Are we required to follow the Law better than the Pharisees in order to enter heaven? Is it ok to be a least in the kingdom if we are at there anyway? What exactly has to be accomplished before the Law disappears?
To guide preparation for this Bible lesson I encourage you to use the following study questions to guide you. When you discover something please post a comment so others can benefit and continue the thread with their own comments.
Question 1: What is the Law anyway? (and what is the difference between the Law and covenant?)
Question 2: What does it mean to fulfill something in the Jewish world? (verse 17)
Question 3: What is it needs to be accomplished before the Law disappears? (verse 18)
Question 4: Why does Jesus (and Matthew) change from using “Law” in verses 17 and 18 to “command” in verse 19?
Question 5: Is our righteousness obtained through a strict observance of the Law (like the Pharisees) or through some other way? (verse 20)
List other verses throughout the Bible that seem to contradict Jesus message.