Yeah, That Thing I Said, I Didn’t Mean It Like That

The Sermon on the MountCarl Bloch, 1890

When Jesus said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets: I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them,” do you think he really meant, “But on the other hand, do not think that I have come to completely affirm everything in the Law or Prophets either”?

Or when Jesus said, “For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished,” do you think he really meant, “By ‘jots and tittles’ I don’t mean every bit of chronology, cosmology, or history”?

Or when Jesus said, “Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven” do you think he really meant:

I’m not actually against relaxing some of the more outdated commandments. After all, who doesn’t like relaxing! I don’t want my disciples getting hung up on minutia. As long as you are concerned about love–whatever you understand that to be–I wouldn’t worry about the particulars.”

I don’t.

And neither does Kevin DeYoung.

Of the blogs that I read consistently, DeYoung’s is one of my favorites. I thought you’d enjoy a taste of his writing in the above quotes.

The full post can be found here. In it, the sarcasm might be a little too thick, but then again… maybe it is not thick enough. You decide.