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It's possible that both interpretations are in play and that the word pleion (translated "more") has a double meaning. Nolland (NIGTC) acknowledges: It is commonly taken to mean: 'life and body are greater than that which nurtures them physically; so, since God has given the greater, should we not have confidence that he will give the lesser?'1 So it ...


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Answer: In the Context of the Sermon on the Mount, and the entire Context of Matthew, (especially the end), it is apparent that the text demonstrates that all of Jesus' commandments were to be taught as a part of Discipleship, and to be acted upon. This means we can reasonably infer that Jesus wanted them to act upon everything he ...


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It is an argument of "Greater Vs. Lesser" The Body is Greater than the clothing that covers it Life is more than Feasting it's not about that God gave us the Body and the Life, it is that He cares about the small things in our lives. He feeds and clothes the birds NIV Version Matthew 6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or ...


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I suspect that lurking behind Piper's formulation is awareness of forms of rabbinic interpretation. The principle in question here is the so-called qal waŠł•omer, literally "the light and the weighty". This was the logical move either from greater to lesser (a majori ad minus) or vice-versa (a minori ad majus). This form of argument was accredited to Hillel, ...


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Moses received the Law from the Lord Almighty at Sinai, and he was the mediator/law giver to the Children of Israel. Exo 19:3 And Moses went up unto God, and the LORD called unto him out of the mountain, saying, Thus shalt thou say to the house of Jacob, and tell the children of Israel; Exo 19:4 Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians, and ...


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Jesus is trying to say that if you always look at things the wrong way, your whole body will be darkness. Example: Matthew 20:1-16. The householder is not being evil because he gave the same salary to the laborers who started later, he is being generous, but the eyes of the ones who started earlier are seeing the householder as unjust while he is being good, ...



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