Summary of passage: Jesus says he has come to fulfill the Law and the Prophets. Nothing will disappear from the law until everything is accomplished. If you break any of these command, you will be called least in the kingdom of heaven but if you practice and teach these commands you will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.
3a) That you cannot disregard the teachings of the Old Testament just because he is here and fulfilling it. You still must obey the commandments. (Reflects my post HERE again, doesn’t it?). Jesus did not come to negate or destroy the word of God He had given to His people and the prophets. He came to fulfill it. Thus, through fulfilling it, the old laws had to be re-interpreted.
b) Personal Question. My answer: The same as Jesus’. The Old Testament exists for our knowledge; so we learn from our mistakes. It records the history of God’s people (our history) and gives us laws to follow.
c) God. The New Testament. The Holy Spirit.
d) Personal Question. My answer: It is alive always. Through prayer and study, it becomes ingrained in your heart and mind and propagates in your life.
4a) The perfect righteousness of Jesus: Hebrews 4:15; 1 Peter 2:20-22). Romans 10:4 establishes Jesus as the end of the law for those who believe in him. Old Covenant replaced with New Covenant (2 Corinthians 3:11 and Ephesians 2:15).
b) Sacrifices: Male without blemish (Leviticus 1:3 and Hebrews 4:15), offered continually (Exodus 29:38-39 and Hebrews 9:28; 10:8-11), to make atonement (Leviticus 1:4 and Hebrews 9:12)
c) The prophecies of the Old Testament: Just like we studied, he was born in Bethlehem (Micah 5:2), of a virgin (Isaiah 7:14), he was Immanuel, God with us (Isaiah 4:6), he performed miracles (Isaiah 35), he suffered for our sins (Isaiah 53), he established his kingdom during Roman times (Daniel 2:44).
Conclusions: Question 4 was a doozy when we’re told to use the entire Bible. Unsure what to think about this lesson or what BSF was trying to convey about the Old Testament versus the New Testament. I’ll be anxious to hear the lecture on this one and read the notes.
I believe the point is this: Jesus was the only one who could fulfill the Old Testament and all the laws because he was perfect. Try as the Pharisees might, they were never perfect (Isaiah 64:6) and thus no one could stand before God as righteous. We had to have Jesus to cleanse us and justify us before we could “enter the kingdom of heaven” and be with God.
And I believe that is Jesus’ point. Everything in the Old Testament is true and should be obeyed. Just now, Jesus will fulfill it and change some of the legalistic interpretations.