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Sermon on the Mount 6

Reputation for Honesty 5:33-37 The corrupt oral traditions in Jesus’ day saw the Pharisees and friends holding forth a catalog of various oaths. Each one was supposed to be appropriate for different contexts. These men were swearing on everything imaginable: … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 4

Matthew 5:21-26 — The Forgotten Treasure The Sermon on the Mount explains repentance and renewing the Covenant in anticipation of the Messiah coming. In this passage, Jesus repeatedly refers to “your brother” as a reference to your covenant kinfolk. It’s … Continue reading

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Sermon on the Mount 3

The Last Measure — Matthew 5:17-20 Everything about this passage hangs on how you understand Matthew’s choice of the Greek word for “fulfill” (pleroo play-rah’-oh) in verse 17. Once again, let’s remind ourselves that there are two primary issues behind … Continue reading

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Glory Is Not An Outcome

Don’t get tangled up in outcomes. One of the biggest, most persistent and pernicious lies in Western society is that objectives or outcomes are the whole point of our striving. God’s Word says that it matters not how things turn … Continue reading

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How Bad Will It Be?

If you examine the record of Scripture, you can discern a thread of moral propriety in dealing with other nations. The starting point is to leave folks alone. In truth, this is the broad instinct of the Children of Israel. … Continue reading

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Psalm 56

This psalm refers to events in 1 Samuel 21:10-15, and precedes the moment celebrated in Psalm 34. This is very much a Covenant song. The Law of God promises divine protection among other blessings to those who obey. On the … Continue reading

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StT: Galatians 3:10-12

(A little more from Gospel Red Herring: Spiritualizing the Text.) Galatians 3:10-12 Westerners tend to demand a semantic precision that is often absent in the New Testament. In this context, Paul uses the term “law” (Grk: nomos) in place of … Continue reading

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