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1. What does Jesus say about the law in Matthew 5:17?

Going deeper: The word “law” in this passage is the Hebrew word “Torah.” In the Jewish mind, Torah doesn’t mean just law, but rather it is a system of rules and commands for right living–living in a way that is pleasing to God. Jesus’ statement that He did not come to “abolish”
was a first-century rabbinic idiom. The expression “abolish Torah” mean to misinterpret Torah–not get rid of it or replace it. To “fulfill” or “complete” Torah mean to teach it correctly. So we could translate the statement of Jesus, “I did not come to misinterpret Torah but rather to teach it correctly.” He was going to affirm Torah and clarify those areas of the law that had been misinterpreted or taught incorrectly.

2. What does Jesus confirm about the completeness of Torah and the prohibition against changes to it in Matthew 5:18?

3. What warning does Jesus give in Matthew 5:19 about disobedience of the law?

4. Copy Matthew 5:20. Meditate on this. What you think Jesus was saying in making this statement.. What does Jesus say about murder in Matthew 5:21-22?

Going deeper: This section, Matthew 5:21-48 includes six teachings, sometimes referred to as “antitheses” operate to intensify what is prohibited. This idea was a common technique among the sages and rabbis known as “making a fence around the Torah.” By this expanding out of the commandment to include the thought or intention behind it, the sages and rabbis were offering a means to keep people even further from the conduct that would violate the commandment against murder.

5. Review Exodus 20:13. What do the following passages add to your understanding of this prohibition?
Exodus 21:12-14

Numbers 35:16-28

6. What does Jesus say about making your offering in Matthew 5:23-24?

Going deeper: Jesus’ reference to “offering your gift” relates to the Temple and the sacrificial system established in Leviticus. This is further evidence that Jesus was a Torah-observant Jew and was likely speaking largely to other Torah-observant Jews.

7. Why would Jesus be adding this additional “hedge” to the requirements of the sacrifices and offerings made to God?

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Read Matthew Chapter 2
1. Why does Joseph take his family to Egypt in Matthew 2:13?

2. Where is Egypt in relationship to Israel?

Going deeper: How has Egypt figured into the history of the Jews prior to this time? Provide scriptures to support your response where possible.

3. How long did Joseph and his family stay in Egypt according to Matthew 2:14-15?

4. Copy Hosea 11:1 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

5. What did Herod do when the wise men didn’t return to him according to Matthew 2:16?

6. Copy Jeremiah 31:15 here. Mediate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

7. Why does Joseph decide to return to Israel from Egypt according to Matthew 2:20?

8. Why does Joseph choose to live in Nazareth in the Galilee according to Matthew 2:22-23?

Going deeper: Who is Herod Archelaus?

9. What application can be made to your life and relationship with God from this chapter?

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Read Matthew 1:18-25
1. Who was Mary’s betrothed (husband)?

2. How is Joseph described in Matthew 1:19?

3. What was the punishment for adultery under the Mosaic Law? (Hint: Leviticus 20:10)

4. What was Joseph’s plan for dealing with Mary and her pregnancy in Matthew 1:19?

5. What happens to Joseph as he is considering these things in Matthew 1:20?

6. What does the angel tell Joseph in Matthew 1:20-23?

7. What will the baby’s name be? What does it mean?

8. Copy Isaiah 7:14 here. Mediate on this

9. During what time period did Isaiah prophesy?

10. Copy Isaiah 7:14 here. Mediate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

11. What do you learn about Joseph in Matthew 1:24 to 25?

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