The OT was what the entire NT is based on. Jesus was a Jew and all the authors were Jewish, (besides Luke who was a Gentile convert) To understand Jesus, you have to understand the original story. Not knowing why the holy spirit is the Shekina glory of the Holy of Holies makes it hard to understand WHY he is so amazing. Knowing that the Jews had 345 (I think) laws to follow to the letter, shows how wonderful the Sermon on the Mount is and why they killed him. Jesus said multiple times that he was God in the Flesh. When they asked him who he was, he said "I am". That was the name God used for himself. That was pure blasphemy. So the Jews killed him, and he opened the door of salvation to the gentiles (the gentiles are anyone who is not Jewish). But Paul says "Gentiles were "grafted in to" the vine completely by His grace and only because the Jews rejected their Messiah. Christ became the vine because he was the only one to obey every commandment of God. (There are volumes of books explaining this Christology. They have entire forums just on this toic alone) But reading the OT with a Messianic viewpoint opens our eyes to a whole new world. Seeing the entire miracle of being led around the desert for 40 years with a flame during the night, and a cloud during the day, and being fed by Mannah every morning, gives the analogies and metaphors an entire new meaning. Christ is our Mannah, Christ is also the leading our souls. But we are nt born a Christian. We have to willfully come to Christ on our knees and repent. And we must repent daily. Why the NT is better for me, is the OT never had true forgiveness. All those thousands of years to prepare the way for the Messiah. If someone wants to truly understand the NT, read the books of Luke or John. They was written to both Gentiles and Jews. (Matthew was written mainly to Jews).
Then Jesus said,
“God blesses you who are poor,
for the Kingdom of God is yours.
God blesses you who are hungry now,
for you will be satisfied.
God blesses you who weep now,
for in due time you will laugh.
What blessings await you when people hate you and exclude you and mock you and curse you as evil because you follow me. When that happens, be happy! Yes, leap for joy! For a great reward awaits you in heaven. And remember, their ancestors treated the ancient prophets that same way.
“What sorrow awaits you who are rich,
for you have your only happiness now.
What sorrow awaits you who are fat and prosperous now,
for a time of awful hunger awaits you.
What sorrow awaits you who laugh now,
for your laughing will turn to mourning and sorrow.
What sorrow awaits you who are praised by the crowds,
for their ancestors also praised false prophets.
“But to you who are willing to listen, I say, love your enemies! Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you. If someone slaps you on one cheek, offer the other cheek also. If someone demands your coat, offer your shirt also. Give to anyone who asks; and when things are taken away from you, don’t try to get them back. Do to others as you would like them to do to you.
“If you love only those who love you, why should you get credit for that? Even sinners love those who love them! And if you do good only to those who do good to you, why should you get credit? Even sinners do that much! And if you lend money only to those who can repay you, why should you get credit? Even sinners will lend to other sinners for a full return.
“Love your enemies! Do good to them. Lend to them without expecting to be repaid. Then your reward from heaven will be very great, and you will truly be acting as children of the Most High, for he is kind to those who are unthankful and wicked. You must be compassionate, just as your Father is compassionate.
“Do not judge others, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn others, or it will all come back against you. Forgive others, and you will be forgiven. Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back.”
Then Jesus gave the following illustration: “Can one blind person lead another? Won’t they both fall into a ditch? Students are not greater than their teacher. But the student who is fully trained will become like the teacher.
“And why worry about a speck in your friend’s eye[e] when you have a log in your own? How can you think of saying, ‘Friend,let me help you get rid of that speck in your eye,’ when you can’t see past the log in your own eye? Hypocrite! First get rid of the log in your own eye; then you will see well enough to deal with the speck in your friend’s eye.
“A good tree can’t produce bad fruit, and a bad tree can’t produce good fruit. A tree is identified by its fruit. Figs are never gathered from thornbushes, and grapes are not picked from bramble bushes. A good person produces good things from the treasury of a good heart, and an evil person produces evil things from the treasury of an evil heart. What you say flows from what is in your heart.
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