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5379 law, Jesus Christ’s attitude to

5379 law, Jesus Christ’s attitude to

Jesus Christ accepted the authority of the OT law and saw himself as coming to fulfil its purpose.

Jesus Christ’s disputes with the Pharisees and teachers of the law

The Pharisees and teachers of the law accuse Jesus Christ’s disciples of not following tradition Mk 7:5 pp Mt 15:2

Jesus Christ accuses the Pharisees and teachers of the law of hypocrisy Mk 7:6-8 pp Mt 15:7-9 See also Isa 29:13

Jesus Christ gives examples where human tradition is observed rather than God’s law Mk 7:10-13 pp Mt 15:3-6; Mt 23:1-36 pp Mk 12:38-39 pp Lk 20:45-46

The Pharisees accuse Jesus Christ of breaking the Sabbath Mk 2:23-24 pp Mt 12:1-2 pp Lk 6:1-2

Jesus Christ demonstrates his authority over the Sabbath Mk 2:27-3:4 pp Mt 12:8-10 pp Lk 6:5-7

Jesus Christ challenges the religious leaders to think about principles not rules Mk 3:4 pp Lk 6:9 pp Mt 12:11-12 See also Lk 13:10-17

Jesus Christ came to fulfil the law

Mt 5:17,21-22 Jesus Christ went beyond the literal rules of the law, to the thought behind the act. See also Ex 20:13
Mt 5:27-28 See also Ex 20:14

Jesus Christ asserts the continuing validity of the law

Mt 5:18-19; Lk 10:25-28 pp Mt 22:37-39 pp Mk 12:29-34 See also Lk 10:29-37; Lk 16:16

Jesus Christ himself was obedient to the law and its commands

In honouring his parents Lk 2:41-51

In being baptised Mt 3:13-15

In resisting temptation See also Lk 4:1-13

In observing the Passover Lk 22:7-8

In submitting to the will of God Mt 26:39 pp Mk 14:35-36 pp Lk 22:41-42

See also

2057Christ, obedience
2333Christ, attitude to OT
2545Christ, opposition to
7464teachers of the law

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