AN ETHIC PURSUED

2 Daily Devotional Tuesday

“Whoever then annuls one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever keeps and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:19).

While verse 18 speaks theologically to the authority of scripture, the present verse addresses the ethic of scripture—it is to be obeyed. We are not left to our own subjective whims as to how the life of faith is to be lived, but objective guidance and direction is to be found in scripture. Thus, the warning against annulling (belittling, diminishing) any portion of sacred text. To belittle scripture is to be little in the Kingdom; while honoring it with obedience is to be honored.

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