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June 8, 2007 / Daniel

My answer

Here’s how I answered my friend Kevin’s question.     Since the OT Law and the Sermon on the Mount are both reflections of God’s moral character, they are equally difficult to keep.   

I understand the Sermon on the Mount to be the fulfillment of the OT Law. 

 17“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. 18I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. 19Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. 20For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.

In the Sermon on the Law, Jesus teaches what the intents of the Torah were all along.  It was because Pharisees misinterpret the Torah that the Torah was easier to follow.  So if we interpreted the Torah right, we would get the Sermon of the Mount.   The Sermon on the Mount is the fulfillment of the OT Law. 

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