Sunday Sermon

Matthew Series

TIME FOR JUDGMENT How Did You Respond?

Textual context:  The last discourse (23-25) anticipates an impending judgment on the Jewish leadership – the scribes and Pharisees.  They have focused on outward expressions of piety, rather than on justice, mercy, and faith.  They were hypocrites.  They have cause Israel to look in the wrong direction at the very hour when the Messiah had come.  They were true children of their prophet-killing ancestors as they were about to kill the greatest prophet of all—the promised Messiah.  Israel was called to represent the world before God.  They were called to be a holy nation (not merely for their sake) for

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