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Explain Matthew 5:19

What are the commandments in Matthew 5:19, "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."

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greetings.The kingdom of heaven or God ,the brotherhood of man is not without mankind breaking commandments or injustice toward his /her fellow citizens of the brotherhood.We all are in need of correction,direction and forgiveness.What we loose in life when we break the commandments is credibility.We loose credit among man and angel.If we teach unrighteousness to others we find it difficult to regain,if ever,the symbol we once were.
---earl on 5/19/08

Anonymous makes an important point; "whoever teaches people to sin will be the least in the Kingdom." Sin, by definition, is breaking God's Law.

1 John 3:4
Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the Law: for sin is the transgression of the Law.

I am glad for Jesus who "teaches rightousness and leads away from sin."
---Geoff on 6/27/07

As stated, Jesus is referencing v. 17-18, the Law which refers to Genesis-Dueteronomy.

Jesus' words here refute the notion that the Law has been done away with.

As does this Scripture.

Gal 3:24 Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.
25 But after that faith is come, we are no longer under a schoolmaster.
---a_servant on 6/26/07

The commandments refer to vss 17 & 18 - the Tanakh (the Law & the Prophets). Especially the Torah (the Law) or inspired Word (teachings & instructions) of Almighty God, which He (Jesus) came to fulfill.
---Francis on 6/5/07

Among the commands of God there are some less than others, none absolutely little, but comparatively so. It is a dangerous thing in doctrine or practice, to disannul the least of God's commands. It is bad enough to break one of God's commandments, but it is worse if you teach men to do. Those who speak from experience, who live up to what they preach, are truly great. Hereafter they shall shine as the stars in the Kingdom of our Father. We must aim at acceptance with God, rather than with men.
---catherine on 5/31/07

You must also read vs 17&18, The Old Law enjoined precepts of a moral, legal and liturical type. It's moral precepts still hold good in the New Testament because they are for the most part specific devine-positive promulgations of the natural law. The law promulgated through Moses and explained by the prophets was God's gift to his people a kind of anticpation of the definitive Law which Christ would lay down.
---Johannes on 5/31/07

Isn't it interesting that Jesus mentions the "least of the commandments" here but when the woman taken in adultery was placed in the midst with Him, her accusers went out beginning with the "oldest". In other words, the one who had been around the longest was the first to go. She could not have ever loved God with the fallen nature of Adam so Jesus had to show her that He loved her first. He's incredible.
---Linda on 5/31/07

Anotherwords whoever teaches people to sin will be the least in the Kingdom of Heaven. But whoever teaches rightousness and leads away from sin will be called the greatest.
---anonymous on 5/31/07

Well, let's take a look at the verses in context with Matthew 5:19 > it looks to me like Jesus means the commandments of Moses' Law.

He apparently includes even any commandment that is "one of the least". So, I'd say He means every single one.

And the Mosaic Law includes dietary rules, plus orders to execute people for adultery, sodomy, blasphemy, and offenses.

But ones seem to be picking and choosing which commandments we are really expected to keep.
---Bill_bila5659 on 5/29/07

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