Feb 12, 2017
By: The Reverend Andria Skornik
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus interprets four of the laws given in the Torah in the light of His knowledge of God. Rather than seeing the Law as a fixed set of strictures, Jesus is concerned with looking and living beyond the letter of the Law. To Him, keeping the Law is not just about avoiding harm or punishment; to truly follow the Law means living and obeying God with our whole heart in our intents and in our actions. When we interpret His instructions in the light of God's will for us, to see each and every person as a fellow creature of God, much more is demanded of us than is by a mere literal interpretation.
The Scripture references are Deuteronomy 30:15-20, Psalm 119, and 1 Corinthians 3:1-9. The Gospel reference is Matthew 5:21-37.