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While these two statements may seem self-contradictory, there is a fine line which differentiates them. TL;DR: Matthew 5:16 says you should not ever be ashamed to do God's work in public. However, Matthew 6:1 warns that you should also not do these works in public simply for the sake of public attention. The commandment for us to shine our light is ...


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In the Hebrew Bible, salt is both a disinfectant and preservative, but if the salt loses its integrity (or its "flavor" to preserve) the result is disintegration. When Jesus talked about salt "trampled under feet," he was referring to this latter connotation of disintegration found in the Hebrew Bible. So when salt maintains its integrity (or its "flavor" to ...


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The immediate context is adultery, which occurs in the heart. The adultery enters the heart through the eye, and clears the heart through the hand. Under these circumstances, one would be ceremonially unclean only until evening (Lev 15:16-17). That is, there was no sin under these circumstances in the Law of Moses that would have required blood sacrifice ...


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To Fulfill To fulfill the law means to complete it in every aspect. The Greek word is πληρῶσαι (lexical form πληρόω). Τελειόω is a synonym; it has a sense of bringing something to completeness in its end, in its finality. Πληρόω has the sense of to complete something in fullness. And this sense indeed applies to Jesus' fulfillment of the law: it was not a ...


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Some possible meanings: The Old Testament - particularly the legal and sacrificial systems - are types (examples, shadows, mirrors) of Christ. In other words, they point to some aspect of His ministry or work. From Paul's writings in Romans, the Law brings death so that we grasp the life found in Christ as both a satisfaction and a contrast. The prophets ...


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1. Context Matthew 6:22-23 is sandwiched between two passages explicitly about wealth, and the three passages together form a unit with 6:25-34 which is related to possessions and the necessities of life. The logical flow is: 19-21 Do not be short-sighted (seek treasure that will last) 22-23 ?    24 Do not be double-minded (you cannot serve ...


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What it means for Jesus to 'fulfill the law' in Matthew 5:17 is what it means in context, nothing more nothing less. I will argue that Matthew is looking forward to the rest of chapter 5 where he expands and explains what he begins to talk about in 5:17: Matthew 5:17-20 begins a section that ends with the final verse of chapter 5: 17“Do not think that I ...


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I believe this scripture is dealing with the things we set our eyes on. By setting our sights on what is ungodly, we allow darkness to enter our hearts. By setting our eyes on the things of our Lord, we receive light. Here are some scriptures that I feel support this view: "For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose designer and ...


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Matthew 5-7 is most naturally read as a single literary unit. Jesus went up to a mountainside and his disciples went with him (Matt. 5:1-2). However, by the end of the discourse we notice that the crowds are amazed by Jesus' teaching. It seems that the crowds found Jesus and the disciples. I contend that Jesus' primary audience are his disciples. At this ...


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What is the correct interpretation of Matthew 7:6? Beginning with Matthew chapter 5, Yeshua gives a lengthy discourse with a good deal of revelation mixed with correction, much of which is aimed directly at the Pharisees, Scribes, Sadducees, etc. Yeshua begins chapter 7 with an admonition against judging others. This morphs into a plea to get your own ...


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Under levitical law, salt was added to every grain offering (Lev 2:13), as well as added to other offerings (Ezek 43:24). In Genesis, mankind is given dominion over the earth (Gen 1:26, 28), and a bit earlier in this sermon, Jesus says that "the meek" will inherit the earth (Mt 5:5). Taking these elements together, it would appear that dominion over the ...


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I think it all comes down to כונה, or "intention." Pharisees would do good works simply to be seen by others. The apostles and disciples of Christ would be moved by the Holy Spirit to do good works ("the fruits of the Spirit"), and these works were seen by others. Two different intentions of the heart.


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It speaks to doing good deeds for God and His glory vs doing good deeds for your own self promotion. There's a huge difference in say, feeding the hungry because that is what God told you to do in your prayer time and feeding the hungry so that you can say: "Well I feed the hungry." Let's say you share with the hungry that you are there feeding them ...



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