Words from the Heart for Saturday April 25th, 2020

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 tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.

Matthew 5:17-18 (NIV)

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Law Fulfiller

In Canadian law, with respect to courts, and particularly criminal proceedings, there is a general presumption favouring openness. Called open court, because of the right to a fair and public trial, members of the public have a right to receive information pertaining to all judicial proceedings. The open court principle is connected to freedom of the press, as the media are an important means by which the public receives information about what transpires in court. The open court principle pertains to civil cases as well as criminal.

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The legalists in Jesus’ day spent so much of their time trying to trap Jesus with their own laws. Not once were they successful. They accused Jesus of breaking a variety of laws, particularly when it came to Sabbath rules and regulations that had developed over the centuries. Jesus turned things back on them, calling them hypocrites for placing impossible laws on their people while they themselves failed to live up to their own standards. The reason that the religious leaders couldn’t corner Jesus was because He had not come to do away with the law. He taught His followers this in Matthew 5:17-18: “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 tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.” In contrast to the religious leaders, who had developed a lengthy and confusing legal structure, Jesus broke the law down to two laws – love the Lord with your whole body, mind and soul, and love your neighbour as yourself.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley