Weekly Playlist  |  April 8-14

Sermon on the Mount - Jesus and the Torah

The Greater Righteousness

Listen to the reading of Scripture below, and then learn more from related resources. As you meditate on this passage, think about this question: What does righteousness mean in the Sermon on the Mount?

Read – Matthew 5:17-20

Consider While Reading

The words “dot” and “squiggle” in this passage refer to the tiniest pen strokes used in writing Hebrew letters.

Matthew 5:17-20

Jesus and the Torah

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Don't suppose that I have come to do away with the Torah or the Prophets. I have not come to do away with them, but to fill them full.
Because truly I tell you, until the sky and the land pass on, not one dot or one squiggle will pass on from the Torah until all things have taken place.
Therefore, whoever undoes one of the least of these commands, and then they teach people to do this, that person will be called least in the kingdom of the skies.
And whoever does the commands, and then teaches people to do this, that person will be called great in the kingdom of the skies.
Because truly I tell you, unless your doing-what-is-right far surpasses the scribes and Pharisees, you won't be entering into the kingdom of the skies.

Reflect

What do these details about pen strokes tell us about Jesus’ perspective on the Torah?

About This Translation
This reading uses a new translation from the BibleProject Scholar Team, which aims to bring fresh language to familiar words while using consistent English terms for Greek words used throughout this part of Scripture.

We'll be adding more translations here in the future, but in the meantime, you can find more translations now on the BibleProject app.
Watch – Vocab Insight: Dikaiosune / Righteousness

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“Dikaiosune, or righteousness, means living in right relationship with God, other people, and all creation. We act with righteousness when we live justly, honestly, and faithfully, according to God’s instruction.”

Listen – The Call to a Greater Righteousness

Chapter from Sermon on the Mount E9

The Call to a Greater Righteousness

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“The Pharisees are very strict. They're super careful. What we learn about Jesus … He gets frustrated that their strictness keeps them from seeing the forest through the trees. But what's interesting here is that he's kind of saying, ‘I'm going to be more strict.’ He's upping the ante here. He's saying, ‘I am actually calling people to be more faithful to the will of God.’”

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