Did Jesus Upgrade the Law of Moses Morally? – Part 2 | Little Lessons with David Servant


Did Jesus upgrade the Law of Moses morally
and this is the same question we asked on our previous little question, and we’re going
to elaborate a little bit more on it in this lesson. If you didn’t want to see the last one, you
might want to back up and watch that one first. This is another, by the way, special Florida
beach edition of Little Lessons. So we talked last time about the fact that
the second greatest Commandment is a standard that is an Old Covenant and a New Covenant
standard. It’s brought forth by Paul and James as their
Epistles as the highest standard to live by, fully endorsing that loving your neighbor
as yourself is the standard which we all ought to be living by. James said whoever does that does well, all
right? So we’re wondering where do people get the
idea that Jesus upgraded the Law of Moses? That generally comes from their interpretation
of the Sermon on the Mount where Jesus about six times said, “You have heard it was said”
and then He says, “but I say to you.” We would expect that if Jesus was upgrading
the Law of Moses in those cases that fist of all He would correctly cite the Law of
Moses. He does on a couple of occasions but out of
the six times most times He doesn’t correctly cite it. For example, you know this, He said, “You
have heard it said love your neighbor and hate your enemy.” Well, where is that? In fact, if you have a Bible that like upper
cases the Old Testament quotes, you’ll see that the first part of that is in upper case,
where Jesus said, “You have heard it was said love your neighbor.” Well, that’s in all caps, “and you shall hate
your enemy,” that’s not in all caps because that’s not to be found. That’s not int he Law of Moses. God never said to hate your enemy. So Jesus is not correctly citing the Mosaic
Law when He says that, and there are other cases as well. Then you’d expect not only would He correctly
cite the Old Covenant standard but then His upgrade would actually be an upgrade, that
in fact the new standard He gives, you wouldn’t be able to find it under the Law of Moses,
you know, because it’s a new upgraded standard but yet you can. In every case you can. When Jesus said, “You have heard it was said
love your neighbor and hate your enemies but I say to you love your enemies. Pray for those who persecute you. Do good to those who [inaudible 00:02:30].” You see, you think well obviously then that
can’t be found in the Old Covenant. That’s a new standard that’s never been heard
before. But au contraire monsieur, that is an Old
Covenant standard, okay? Now I just happen to have my Bible here and
you know, should we love our enemies under the Old Covenant? Well, apparently God thought so because in
Exodus Chapter 23 and Verse #4 God says, “In the Law of Moses if you meet your enemy’s
ox or his donkey wandering away you shall surely return it to him.” Oh, well that doesn’t sound like hating your
enemies. That sounds like loving your enemies. An Old Testament, an Old Covenant, a Mosaic
Law standard, not brand new under the New Covenant. And then God elaborates, Exodus Chapter 23
and Verse #5: “If you see the donkey of one who hates you, that’s your enemy, lying helpless
under its load you shall refrain from leaving it to him. You shall surely release it with him.” Help your enemy. There’s your donkey lying there, can’t get
up under its load. You’re not to ignore that. You’re to go over there and help release that
load from that donkey with your enemy. Help him. Serve him. Go the extra mile. Turn the other cheek. Ah! An Old Covenant standard. Here’s one for you. Leviticus Chapter 19 and Verse #17: “God commanded
all the people of Israel”, 800 years before Jesus gave the Sermon on the Mount, Leviticus
19 and Verse #17, “You shall not hate your fellow countrymen in your heart. You may surely reprove your neighbor but you
shall not incur sin because of him.” He goes on. “You shall not take vengeance nor bear any
grudge against the sons of your people but you shall”, oh, here’s that Commandment, “love
your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.” How about that? So so much for the idea that loving your neighbor,
you know, or even loving your enemy is just a New Covenant standard. Well, here’s one more. This is in the Old Testament. It’s not in the Law of Moses but it’s certainly
contained within the body of literature from the Old testament and worthy of quoting in
the New Testament as binding upon Christians. Are you ready for this one? Proverbs Chapter 25 and Verse #21: “If your
enemy is hungry, give him food to eat. And if he is thirsty, give him water to drink.” Who’s that? Your enemy. Your enemy. That sounds like even more than turning the
other cheek. Oh my goodness, your enemy is hungry and thirsty,
and you’re feeding him or her and giving him or her something to drink. And why? God says in Proverbs 25 Verse 22: “For you
will heap burning coals on his head and the Lord will reward you.” So you’re overcoming evil with good. A New Covenant concept found in the Old Covenant. It’s interesting that these verses that I
just quoted you from Proverbs, the Apostle Paul quotes them as being binding upon New
Covenant Christians. Yeah, sure. Let me read you from Romans Chapter 12 and
Verse #19: “Never take your own revenge,” Paul said, “beloved but leave room for the
wrath of God for it is written vengeance is mine,” this is a quotation now, “vengeance
is mine and I will repay says the Lord.” Then Paul continues, now he quotes from what
we just read in Proverbs: “But if your enemy is hungry, feed him. If he is thirsty, give him a drink for in
so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.” So you can see that the Apostle Paul believed
that the Old Covenant standard was still the New Covenant ethic, that you could find the
New Covenant ethic in the Old Covenant, in the Law of Moses. So can you see this now? When you begin to say things like Jesus gave
a brand new standard in the Sermon on the Mount, something that no one had ever heard
before and it’s a higher standard, and so therefore, these guys say, the whole Old testament
is irrelevant, the Mosaic Law we don’t even have to look at that because we got a higher
standard now. That’s erroneous teaching. On our next Little Lesson, I’m going to drive
this point home even further as we look at a couple of more of the you have heard but
I say to you statements by the Lord Jesus Christ on the Sermon on the Mount. Okay? Thanks for joining me. Thanks for being so humble to receive this
teaching, all right? God bless you.

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