….and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in The Kingdom of God (Heaven): but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of God (Heaven). (All brackets mine)
Oh how the satanic Judaising mongrel dogs love to throw this verse at those who are saved and born of God and living FREE under Yashua Messiah’s Glorious Grace. Their use of this verse in such a negative way is living proof of their overpowering jealousy of our saved and redeemed condition. Obviously they would never verbalise it or admit to it, but their actions in using this verse speak far louder than any of their evil words.
So does this verse prove that The Law is binding on saved sons and daughters of God living under Yashua Messiah’s Grace? If it does, then that must mean Yashua Messiah didn’t know what He was talking about!! Could that be possible?? Well no, of course not, so what does this verse really mean?
OK let’s first set the scene. 1) Who was Yashua Messiah talking to? Answer: The lost and unsaved, His Learners and The Pharisees and Sadducees. 2) Were any of His audience saved and/or born of God? Answer: No. 3) Were any of them living under His Grace? Answer: No. 4) Did any of them have the indwelling of The Holy Spirit? Answer: No. 5) Did any of them understand what He was saying? Answer: No with the exception of The Pharisees etc. 6) Did even His Learners (disciples) understand what He was saying? Answer: No. 7) How many of them, including Yashua Messiah, were living under The Law – The OLD Covenant – The Commandments? Answer: All of them were living under The Law – The OLD Covenant – The Commandments and made their animal sacrifices, including Yashua Messiah, at The Passover.
So what was the order of the day in Yashua Messiah’s time? The Old Covenant – The Law as written down by Moses including The Statutes, The Ordinances and The Commandments = The Whole Law UNTIL John the Baptist.
Matthew 11:13 (KJV) For all The Prophets and The Law prophesied until John.
Luke 16:16 (KJV) The Law and The Prophets were until John: since that time The Kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.
John 1:17 (KJV) For The Law was given by Moses, but Grace and Truth came by Jesus Christ.
OK, so now we know that the authority of The Law for believers ended with John the Baptist, but what about all the people that were there on the Mount of Olives listening to Yashua Messiah, were they believers? Well the Learners were sort of believers and there may have been one or three others that would eventually become believers, but in the main the majority of that audience would have been non-believers, so were all under The Law – The Commandments.
With that in mind we should now read the above verse with new understanding. So let’s take the first part:
Matthew 5:19 (KJV) (first part) Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in The Kingdom of God (Heaven). (Brackets mine)
Now when Yashua Messiah says: “the least of these commandments” what was He talking about. Well we have to look at the next verse for the answer to that because there is nothing in The Holy Scriptures that can tell us what a “least commandment” is.
Matthew 5:20 (KJV) For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into The Kingdom of God (Heaven). (Brackets mine)
There we have them, the gnat straining, camel swallowing, law keeping, commandment keeping Pharisees and Sadducees and scribes in all their ‘glory’, as an example of how we are NOT TO BE as followers of Yashua Messiah. Yet what did Yashua Messiah say? He said to them, break one of these gnat straining elements of The Law and teach men to do likewise and you will be called least in the Kingdom of God.
Why did Yashua Messiah say this when He had come to fulfil the demands and condemnatory nature of The Law – The Commandments by nailing it to His stake/cross?
Paul later states:
Col 2:14 (KJV) Blotting out The Handwriting of Ordinances (The Law) that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to His cross. (Brackets and emphasis mine)
So clearly Yashua Messiah said these things so that the self-righteous satanic Pharisees & Co could not point any fingers at Him for being a breaker of The Law, but He also said them because He Himself was under The Law even though it had ended with John the Baptist. Yashua Messiah was to be the LAST Passover Lamb bringing an end to The Law completely for those who were to be His followers. The Law would be written on the hearts of His followers – internalised Spiritually, not external and condemnatory.
However, was The Law – The Commandments to continue for the lost and unsaved including the least of The Commandments? Yes, or how else would people know right from wrong – good from evil?
Romans 3:20 (KJV) Therefore by the deeds of The Law there shall no flesh be justified in His sight: for by The Law is the knowledge of sin. (Emphasis mine)
Through The Law (the School Master) is how we’re brought to Yashua Messiah via The Father’s call.
Galatians 3:24-26 (KJV) Wherefore The Law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by Faith (righteousness). 25 But after that Faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster. 26 For ye are all the children (sons) of God by Faith in Christ Jesus. (Brackets and emphasis mine)
Right, let’s paste the second half of this verse and see if we can make sense of that.
Matthew 5:19 (KJV) (second part) but whosoever shall do and teach [them], the same shall be called great in the Kingdom of God (Heaven). (All brackets mine)
When explaining the first half I did not deal with the Kingdom of God element in this verse so I will do so now. Now what do we have?
We have a large crowd of lost and unsaved people who most likely have no idea what The Kingdom of God (Heaven) is, so why is Yashua Messiah mentioning it? And which resurrection is he referring to? We have to presume it’s the second resurrection, because most of those present will not be a part of the first resurrection. Hence Yashua Messiah said this:
Matthew 13:10-16 (KJV) And the disciples came, and said unto Him, Why speakest thou unto them in parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of The Kingdom of God (Heaven), but to them it is not given. 12 For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. 13 Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. 14 And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias (Isaiah), which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive: 15 For this people’s heart is waxed gross (become fat and lazy), and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear. (Brackets and emphasis mine)
Matthew 22:14 (KJV) For MANY are called, but FEW are chosen. (Emphasis mine).
This means that the bulk of mankind will be a part of the second resurrection and will be standing before Yashua Messiah in the Great White Throne tribunal on the Last Great Day. Those that have done well in this life will be rewarded according to their works and in contrast those who have done badly will also be rewarded according to their works. This means some will be counted the least in the Kingdom of God and others will be called great in the Kingdom of God.
However, this has nothing to do with those who are a part of the first resurrection and this means that Yashua Messiah certainly knew what He was talking about and was not aiming Matthew 5:19 at those who are called and chosen in this age to be a part of the first resurrection. This is because He knew The Law would be done away for those The Father would be calling to His Son in this age, but it would not be done away for most of those present on the Mount of Olives, nor for the majority of mankind alive today.
To sum up I will re-emphasise that Matthew 5:19 is aimed at the lost and unsaved majority who were listening silently to Yashua Messiah on that incredible day and it was not aimed at those who Father was calling to His Son Yashua Messiah who would, after His death and resurrection be living under His Glorious Grace.