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Jesus and his teachings on Adultery, Matt. 5:27-28

    Here is an interesting blog I wanted to share with you. The main point that this 'professor' makes is that Jesus was expressing an opinion. The professor explains, in typical Jewish manner, that whether or not it is OK to look at a woman depends on what rabbis you want to follow! Rashi and Ramban taught the looks was wrong, although Ramban thought refusing to look at a woman was not the law, it was a 'fence' meant to keep you from going further and breaking the Law.

You have heard it said...

     One of the teachings of Judaism regarding Messiah (to this day), is that He will come and teach His people the deeper points of the Torah. Jesus does this deeper teaching in the remaining verses of chapter five. He begins with the expression, "You have heard it said." This He does both to draw his audience's attention to a specific point, as well as to make a distinction between His opinion on a matter of Torah and any other(s) of His time. He is offering His authoritative interpretations on how to follow the commandments.

Jesus and the Law, R. C. Sproul Jr.

This is a clear and well stated commentary on Matthew 5:17-20 by R. C. Sproul. For those not familiar with Sproul, he is a conservative theologian with radio programs and an internet site of real value. Although I do not agree with everything he may state, I do frequently listen his to teachings and read his books. The following is from his devotionals on Matthew:

                             The Fulfillment of the Law

Jesus and the Law

    Christian Bibles consistently refer to "the Law," meaning the Law of Moses, as given in the first five books of the Bible. The Hebrew term for this is theTorah.However, the correct translation of "Torah," is not "law" (not in the western legal sense of the word). Rather, Torah is correctly translated asrevelationorinstructionfrom God.
When understood in its proper Hebrew context, here is some of what the "New Testament" says about Torah:

Easter, Passover and Jesus

     Children look forward to Easter with keen anticipation. It is THE time of the year when chocolate is the primary treat. Parents spend time considering the various chocolate eggs, chocolate rabbits and countless other forms of chocolate. There is of course an Easter bunny and for many eggs are hidden for the children to find, of course filled with candy and chocolate.                                                        

Why Dont You Jump? Matt.4:5-7

      Jesus had been led into the wilderness by the Spirit. Matthew intends for the reader to see an obvious parallel between the children of Israel as they were led out of Egypt and the temptation of Jesus. In both cases there is a going through water, in both cases they are called the son of God. In both cases there was hunger and the desire for food. Israel grumbled and rebelled stating "if only we had died in Egypt...there we ate all the food we wanted" (Ex.

Turning Rocks into Bread, Matthew 4:1-14

    It is just our nature to want to 'do it' ourselves. We run into challenges or difficulties and we make every effort to take care of the issue with our abilities and according to our preferences. Those of us who have raised children can remember our little ones demanding to 'do it themselves'. Whether it was pouring the milk, tying their shoes or riding a bike, the desire was to 'do it themselves'.
    Not only do we have a desire to take care of problems by our self, asking for help is often seen as a weakness.

The Baptism of Jesus

The Wise and Foolish Maidens

  It is difficult to understand some of details of many of the parables of Jesus. Many points or details reflect a culture of long ago. Additionally most people simply have little awareness of current Jewish customs and ideas, not to mention those of nearly 2000 years ago. Of course to those who heard these words of Jesus the parables made sense.
    Questions instantly arise as we read through the parable of the Wise and Foolish Maidens, Matthew 25:1-13. The story begins with an understandable situation-a groom coming for his bride.

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