Jesus quoted the Law of Moses many times in the New Testament. Matthew 5 gives us a list of amendments that Jesus made to the Law in order to make it complete and perfect. This makes me wonder why would Jesus take the time to do all this to the Law if it is not needed anymore. Following are a few amendments Jesus made to the Law of Moses.
THE FIRST REFERENCE
“Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:”
“Matthew 5:22 King James Version
22 But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
All of the above represents a type of killing of your brothers and sisters and the judgments they carry.
THE SECOND REFERENCE
27 Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
28 But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Lusting is a type of adultery and will carry the same judgment that adultery carries--hell.
THE THIRD REFERENCE
31 It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:”
This is not one of the ten commandments written by the finger of God, but was another commandment under the Law of Moses.
32 But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
THE FOURTH REFERENCE
“33 Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:”
This is not one of the ten commandments written with the finger of God, but was another commandment under the Law of Moses.
34 But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:
35 Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.
36 Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
37 But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
Keep your answers to a simple “yes” or “no” because anything and everything else comes from evil.
THE FIFTH REFERENCE
38 Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
This is not one of the ten commandments written by the finger of God, but was another commandment under the Law of Moses (Exodus 21:22-25).
39 But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
40 And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloak also.
41 And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
42 Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.
I know. These are some hard pills to swallow.
THE SIXTH REFERENCE
43 Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
This is not one of the ten commandments, although it contains a part of one of the 10 commandments “to love your neighbour.”
44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
45 That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
46 For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
47 And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
48 Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.
All of the above represent changes that Jesus made to the Law of Moses in order to complete and perfect it. Have you ever written something and knew that it was incomplete--that something was missing? So it was with the Law of Moses; but Jesus completed it and made it perfect.
Grace and peace be multiplied to you through the knowledge of God.
By Evangelist K. Michael
If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour and you will like to inherit eternal life. I would like to invite you to pray this simple prayer with me right now.
Lord Jesus, I repent of my sins. Thank you for forgiving me. Please come into my life and save me. I confess you as my Lord and Savior and believe in my heart that God has raised you from the dead, Amen.
I wish you congratulations, and would like to advise to ask God to lead you to a church that teaches truth. To get baptized and receive the Holy Spirit with the evidence of speaking in tongues. May the Lord richly bless you and keep you, Amen.