“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.
(Matthew 5:17-18 ESV)
Yesterday we learned that despite His teachings going against what many believed, Jesus’ goal was not to eradicate the Scriptures (which at this time was only the Old Testament). His purpose was to complete them. By so doing Jesus confirmed the Old Testament as valid and true.
Just like the Jewish religious leaders did 2,000 years ago many try to do today. People who know nothing about the Bible attempt to modify – or even nullify – God’s word. This happens all the time.
You don’t have to work too hard to find articles on mainstream websites such as CNN, Slate, or MSNBC or TV shows on networks such as The History Channel that deny the Bible. They attempt to “explain” events such as the virgin birth, or the flood, or the resurrection by denying the existing evidence while providing no credible evidence of their own.
We also see our government diluting and rejecting God’s laws. Over the past several decades this movement has taken on increased momentum. During that time our government has condoned and even promoted sinful behavior including pornography, abortion, and the homosexual lifestyle. In so doing we are saying that God’s word is wrong.
Of course we also see in this in the general lifestyle of our population. We take on debt. We have sex outside of marriage. We seek fame and fortune. We pollute the environment and don’t take care of those in need. We reject what God says is true and replace it with what we think is true, just like the Pharisees and Sadducees did in Jesus’ day.
In 1974 Harvard law professor Harold J. Benjamin stated that laws without a foundation in religion are unworkable. Without an absolute truth external to ourselves our laws and rules are nothing but self-serving whims of the human mind. What is true today may not be true tomorrow, or vice-versa. Circumstances dictate what is right and what is wrong. Mr. Benjamin concludes that no society can function like this for very long.
As we saw when we studied the Beatitudes [Matthew 5:3-12] and also see throughout the entire Bible – God’s truth is not easy. It holds us to an incredibly high standard. But man rejects God’s truth and replaces it with his own to make life easier. But this does not make life better. We’d rather take the easy road rather than the hard and in so doing we retard our own development. We may accomplish many things. But our character languishes, hastening our own destruction [Matthew 7:13-14].
Every iota and every dot of God’s word has been true from day one and will continue to be true until heaven and earth pass away. These words of Jesus (who was God in a human body) confirm the accuracy, importance, and usefulness of the Bible. What God says is true is true. All of it. For ever.
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