…and Jesus Christ taught us…
“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfill. For verily I say unto you, till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the least in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5: 17 – 19
These are the words of Jesus Christ himself speaking in the book of Matthew, it’s very important that we understand exactly what he is teaching us when he says “one jot or tittle shall in no wise pass from the law.” To do this lets use the Strong’s concordance to get the definitions of the words “jot” and “tittle” since they are what Jesus is teaching does not change in the law.
“Jot” comes from the Greek word “iota” which is literally the tenth letter of the Greek alphabet and the original New Testament is written in Greek. But the Ten Commandments in the Old Testament were written by GOD in Hebrew, so Jesus is using this term figuratively which also means “a very small part of anything”. Most all of us have heard the phrase “not one iota” which means “nothing” and in this context, “Nothing will change”.
“Tittle” comes from the Greek word “keriai” which means “something horn like, that is, (specifically) the apex of a Hebrew letter, (figuratively) the least particle.”
What is also important to note is that Jesus is using writing terminology, which shows he is speaking directly of his Father GOD’s literal writing of the Ten Commandments on two tablets of stone.
So what Jesus is so obviously, directly and bluntly teaching us is that he did not come to change even the smallest part of the law, not a single particle or a single apex, figuratively meaning stroke, of a single word.
The most obvious changing of GOD’s law and the changing of wording can be found in the Fourth Commandment where mankind has said the word “seventh” has been changed to the word “first”, which Jesus explicitly states he did not do. Modern Christianity may also teach only that part of the commandment that states “Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy” as valid, and erases the rest of the commandment, which would also be a man made change to the bible.
With Jesus Christ’s direct statement that he did not come to change a single stroke of the law it becomes irrefutable fact, if you base your faith on the teachings of Jesus, that not a single letter, syllable, word or commandment could have been changed down to “the least particle” within the Ten Commandments written by the finger of GOD himself.
Through their words or actions,
Modern men teach us that GOD’s law changed.
Our parents teach us that GOD’s law changed.
Our pastors teach us that GOD’s law changed.
Our Sunday school teachers teach us that GOD’s law changed.
Our relatives teach us that GOD’s law changed.
Our friends teach us that GOD’s law changed.
Our theologians teach us that GOD’s law changed.
But, where did they get their information? No amount of philosophizing and spiritualizing can do away with the literal truth Jesus spoke and taught us. It’s just too simple to understand or obscure.
Jesus Christ teaches us that those commandments DID NOT change.
Who should we trust and believe?
“He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me.” Matthew 10:37
Jesus is not teaching in this verse that we should not love our families and friends, but that we should listen to him, Jesus Christ, and put his teachings above all others regardless of who the others are or how close they are to us.
“Jesus answered them, and said, my doctrine is not mine, but his that sent me.” John 7:16
Here Jesus states once again that he came to teach us nothing but the doctrine of GOD in heaven. GOD only wrote one doctrine with his own finger, it was his Ten Commandments. GOD is unchanging and Jesus tells us that the doctrine he wants us to learn is directly from GOD himself.
Regardless of however much we respect, admire, and love our friends, families, pastors, church brothers and sisters, it is the words of JESUS CHRIST that must first be honored and he bluntly teaches us that “till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law”. Jesus could not have been more direct about his teachings than he is with this statement. We cannot be swayed by fancy, high minded, but deceptive arguments on love and how it changes the law. Everything else that Jesus teaches in the bible in regards to love and law must be measured in context with this verse since it is a directly spoken lesson of Jesus to mankind.
Who is your authority in life? Who do you trust the most?
ken elliott jr – July 2010