Study 3 of 13 on Christ and His Law
Scriptural Basis: Isa. 29:13; Matt. 5:17–20; 15:1–6; 23:1–7; Rom. 10:3.
Key Text: “ ‘ “This people honors me with their lips, but their heart is far from me; in vain do they worship me, teaching as doctrines the percepts of men” ’ ” (Matt. 15:8, 9, RSV).
1. How did Jesus differentiate between God’s law and human traditions?
2. What did Jesus mean when He said, “ ‘that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven’ ”? (Matt. 5:20, NKJV).
3. How did the traditions that were meant to help people better keep the law actually make it of “none effect”?
4. How does Romans 10:3 help to see what true righteousness is all about?
5. How can we avoid an attitude of “better than thou” when dealing with others who do not follow all the precepts of God’s law?
6. How can we avoid elevating our interpretations of God’s laws to the same level as the law itself?