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June 7, 2007 / Daniel

Question

My friend Kevin called me up last night with a theological question that I thought was pretty interesting.  Your answer to the question reveals a lot about your understanding of the Sermon on the Mount. 

Which is easier to keep–the Sermon on the Mount or the Old Testament Law? 

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  1. Matthew C / Jun 7 2007 4:53 pm

    The OT law.

  2. Dennis / Jun 7 2007 6:41 pm

    Hey Daniel,

    Great question. I would have to say the OT law as well. Earlier, you had a post on “Poor in Spirit” which I meant to comment on. As you know, it’s the first words out of Christ’s mouth on the Sermon on the Mount.

    I heard a talk a few months ago given by a bishop about “Spiritual Poverty.”
    The way I understand it, Spiritual Poverty is about total dependence on God. It’s where you so trust in Him that everything comes from Him and you thank Him for everything.

    Well, that very first Beatitude sets up the entire Sermon on the Mount. If you do that perfectly, then the rest is a given and the Kingdom of Heaven is yours.

    Doing that is a lot tougher than it sounds. It means giving yourself totally to God. It’s to totally trust in Him in all that you do and coming to Him for all that you need. It’s to focus all of your energy on Him and allow Him to give you what you need.

    Once the focus is only on God, the person truly understands how all grace and glory goes to Him.

    The OT law was just about following laws. The Sermon is a change in your lifestyle that is renewed every day of your life similar to when you got married. When you married your wife, the commitment started there and needs to be renewed every single day. Why? Because you love your wife. And so it is with God. Every day is a renewed commitment in prayer where a person says, “God, today, I choose you!”

    I believe this is why Jesus talks about divorce during the Sermon. He’s reminding us that once you make that commitment (covenant), you just don’t give up and leave. You draw closer to your spouse in love and the relationship reflects the description in Ephesians 5.

    Again, Great question.

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