David -v- Doug: Matthew 5:17-19


Are the Commandments still valid today?

Bible Answers Live – Doug Batchelor

Matthew 5:17-19

Doug’s Bible Reference: Matthew 5:17-19  “Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.  18  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.  19  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.”

David’s Bible Answer: Doug mistakenly only sees the “Ten Commandments” exclusively in these verses. neglecting the verses obvious context. Note that these scriptures do not apply to the “Ten Commandments” exclusively as Doug and our Seventh-day Adventist friends would infer when they reference these scriptures, rather these verses apply to all “the law, and the prophets.”

‘The law,” portion of the Law and the Prophets refers to the “The Torah,” which are the five books of Moses.  The laws of Moses consists of 613 statutes, ordinances, and commandments.

Anyone that wants to use Matthew 5:17-19 as a Ten Commandments “proof text” insisting that every jot and tittle of the law is to be strictly obeyed today, by default is also bound by that same argument to strictly obey all 613 commandments in the Law of Moses. Otherwise their argument is inconsistent, incomplete and self-contradicting.

Jesus commanded the leper to go to the temple and perform an animal sacrifice as commanded by Moses. After healing a leper “Jesus saith unto him, See thou tell no man; but go thy way, shew thyself to the priest, and offer the gift that Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them.” Matthew 8:4. Read Leviticus 13:2-46 and you will see just how deeply the animal sacrifices were involved in the “gift that Moses commanded,” those cleansed leprosy. Christ commanded the leper to perform these animal sacrifices to give evidence that he did not “come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.”

When Christ died, he became the “Lamb of God” and fulfilled the purpose of the Law and the Prophets. Christ obeyed all 613 statutes, ordinances, and commandments in the torah, every jot and tittle. Christ fulfilled them all, in fact He is the only man who ever lived who has obeyed them perfectly! Jesus lived without sin and was blameless. He obeyed the Law and the Prophets, and His death fulfill ‘the type’ of the lamb without spot or blemish that was sacrificed in the Temple by the priests according to the law.

Make no mistake about this, Christ did fulfill the Law and the Prophets. “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.” We no longer live under the Old Covenant, we are not obligated to live by any of the 613 commandments in the Books of Moses. They were a shadow pointing forward to the Cross. Every jot and tittle remained legally binding until the Cross, however since Christ’s resurrection we no longer live under it’s shadow.

Conclusion: It is a grievous error to use Matthew 5;17-20 as a “proof text” that Christians are bound to keep or obey every jot and tittle commanded in the Law and the Prophets today. Applying Matthew 5;17-20 exclusively to the Ten Commandments and denying that they apply to every jot and tittle commanded in “the Law and the Prophets” is a gross violation of the context of Matthew 5;17-20.

Anyone who knows these things in my estimation really should stop using Matthew 5;17-20 as a Ten Commandments “proof text.” To continue doing so after you know these things is to be deliberately misleading! Well… so much for Doug’s “Slam Dunk!” Let’s look at his next Bible reference.


Pretexts| Matthew 5:17-19 | Mark 10:17-22 |Matthew 15:3-9 | Romans 4:15 | John 14:15 |1 John 5:2-3

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