Matthew 5: Worship Guide

May 1, 2021 in Today's Worship by TGV

Matthew 5: Worship Guide/ 40-BSG-5A, (Matthew 5:17-20, 48)/ Theme: I came to magnify the Law/ Hymn: Cover with His life, whiter than snow (SDAH 412).


 

Exploration: Jesus’ Teachings by Precept or Example/ Doctrine → Law & Righteousness – (Mt 5:17–20, 21–47; Mt 19:16–26; Mt 22:36–40; Mk 10:17–19; Lk 16:17). Christ → Fulfilling the Law (Mt 8:4; 17:24-27; Ps 40:6-8; Is 42:21; Lk 2:39-42; Heb. 10:3-4, 6-7).

Reflection: In this chapter, Matthew draws our attention to the following –The Beatitudes; Believers are Salt and Light; Christ fulfills the Law; Murder begins in the Heart; Adultery begins in the Heart; Marriage is sacred and binding; Jesus forbids Oaths; Going the second mile; and Loving your Enemies!

Devotional Implication: There many themes here, but for the purpose of our ‘Worship Hour’ this morning, let us focus our attention on the subject of the Law of God: “Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Mt 5:17). From v. 17 through the end of the chapter we can develop the following points— 1. The Preeminence of the Law (Mt 5:17): Christ did not come to abolish the Law but to fulfill and magnify it/ 2. The Permanence of the Law (Mt 5:18): In the Mark’s gospel, Christ says, “Heaven and earth will perish and pass away, but My words will not perish or pass away.” (Mark 13:31, AMP). “The law being an expression of the will of God, and the plan of salvation an expression of the mercy of God, neither will fail” (SDA BC 5:332). Prophet Isaiah wrote,  “The word of our God shall stand for ever” (Isa. 40:8)/ 3. The Pertinence of The Law (Mt 5:19-20): Those who obey and teach God’s laws will be great in the Kingdom of Heaven. People like the godless Pharisees, who do not obey the law, will not enter into the Kingdom/ 4. The Purpose of the Law (Mt 5:21-47): God’s Law points out our sinful conditions, our unworthiness, our shortcomings, etc., that we may see our need for the Saviour. Christ does this eloquently by using six illustrations. In the end, He urges, “You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” (Matthew 5:48, ESV) Beloved, that’s what God wants, that’s what He’s looking for in your life and in my life: to be obedient, holy, and to uphold His Law!

Listen to this quote: “The death of Christ was to forever settle the question of the validity of the law of Jehovah. Having suffered the full penalty for a guilty world, Jesus became the Mediator between God and man, to restore the repenting soul to favor with God by giving him grace to keep the law of the Most High. Christ came not to destroy the law or the prophets, but to fulfill them to the very letter. The atonement of Calvary vindicated the law of God as holy, just, and true, not only before the fallen world but before heaven and before the worlds unfallen. Christ came to magnify the law and to make it honorable.” – [Ellen G. White, Faith and Works, (Southern Publishing Association, 1979), 118–119].

The Gospel’s Voice: This section is written as if God were speaking directly to you—Because He does. What does the LORD say to me this morning? My son, when Christ came in this world, He not only obeyed My Law but demonstrated that it can be kept perfectly! He kept it even when it meant death, “even death on a cross” (Phil. 2:8). He went on the Cross, praying, “Not My will, But Your will Father be done” (Mt 26:36, 42). Jesus Christ did not sin, He kept the Law! By looking unto Jesus (Heb 12:2) you too can keep My Law. His Righteousness will be imparted and imputed in you: you will obey as He obeyed; live righteously; and eventually “see God” (Mt 5:8) in the coming Kingdom of glory! Is this your desire? Would you?

My Desire: By God’s grace, I want to – 1. Have the qualities needed to inherit the Kingdom of God (Mt 5:3-12)/ 2. Be ‘the salt’ and ‘the light’ – shinning for Jesus (Mt 5:13-16)/ 3. Keep God’s holy Law (Mt 5:17-20)/ 4. Be victorious over ‘lust’ (v. 27)/ 5. Love my enemies (Mt 5:43-47)/ 6. Be perfect, just as my Father in heaven is perfect (Mt 5:48).

Have A Blessed Day: “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19, NKJV)


 

Worship Through Singing: Cover with His life, whiter than snow (SDAH 412).

1 Look upon Jesus, sinless is He;
Father, impute His life unto me.
My life of scarlet, my sin and woe,
Cover with His life, whiter than snow.

Refrain:
Cover with His life, whiter than snow;
Fullness of His life then shall I know;
My life of scarlet, my sin and woe,
Cover with His life, whither than snow.

2 Deep are the wounds transgression has made;
Red are the stains; my soul is afraid.
O to be covered, Jesus, with Thee,
Safe from the law that now judgeth me!

3 Longing the joy of pardon to know;
Jesus holds out a robe white as snow;
“Lord, I accept it! Leaving my own,
Gladly I wear Thy pure life alone.”

4 Reconciled by His death for my sin,
Justified by His life pure and clean,
Sanctified by obeying His word,
Glorified when returneth my Lord.

The End: Scroll down to Section (40-BSG-5B) for a ‘Prayer Guide.’ May the LORD Bless You!

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