This last statement about righteousness seems like a massive undertaking. The Scribes and Pharisees were considered the most righteous men in the community, and every Jew aspired to be such. To exceed them in righteousness would be a seemingly impossible task… unless they had misunderstood what it meant to be righteous. This is where the Sermon on the Mount comes in to shatter their understanding of the Law and righteousness. I encourage you this week to begin where you are. Don’t worry about “catching up” if you are behind or if you are just getting started. Any part of the Word of God committed to memory is of immense value.
Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commands and teaches people to do so will be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I tell you, unless your righteousness surpasses that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Grace to you and peace from God, our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
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