by Dr. Dan Sharp, Minister of Worship
You have undoubtedly figured out that the last several months of these “Meditations” have been drawn from Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. Today we come to the last two verses.
As we have mentioned before, the Jews took the Scriptures very, very seriously. Most of them had memorized large portions. It was not uncommon for a ten-year-old boy to have memorized the entire Pentateuch. Rabbis would go on and memorize the entire Old Testament! They would then sit around and discuss and debate various passages. They would teach the people what they had discovered and believed.
Jesus was a Jewish rabbi and that is what he was doing with the Sermon on the Mount. The very unique that occurred however, was the authority with which he taught. He did not come across as “a teacher of the law.”
As people in our day reflect on the Bible and its interpretation, it seems to me the one to pay most attention to is Jesus’ interpretation of the Scriptures. He believed it to be God’s word and taught it as such. Notice he did not “correct” one thing from the Old Testament. That should tell us something. He didn’t even correct “the smallest letter or the least stroke of a pen.”