christ's commandments to his followers

Mat 5:19-20 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. (20) For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

when the bible was translated the english of the 18th century didn't know about the saducees and therefore substituted the word pharisees.

so let us look at it again.

Mat 5:19-20 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. (20) For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and S A D U C E E S, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

christ spoke out regularly against the saducees and scribes, as did john the baptiser. and it is they who rammed the SCRIPTURE (that is the TORAH, which was taught in every jewish church, or synagogue Act 15:21 For Moses of old time hath in every city them that preach him, being read in the synagogues every sabbath day), and their authority, down the throats of the ordinary jews. yet christ said - you shall not enter heaven unless you are more righteous than the scribes and saducees. i think that pretty much negates the importance of the scripture in defining what was righteous in christ's eyes. christ's taught his own commandments.

Mat 5:2: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Mat 5:3: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4: Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Mat 5:7: Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mat 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Mat 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Mat 5:10: Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.

not only did christ give commandments of his own, he also gave instructions in their keeping.

(Mat 5:12: Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.)

Mat 5:13: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Mat 5:14: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15: Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

and then the very next verses...

Mat 5:17: Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
Mat 5:18: 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

these two verses need careful consideration, along wiht matthew 5:12 -

Mat 5:12: Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.


who persecuted the prophets, and why? if the prophets truly espoused the will of the jewish god, why would they be persecuted by the jewish religious leaders? why was christ? what is it about the history of jewism and the bible as it is PRESUMED to have occured that is missing?

Mat 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.
Mat 5:20: For I say unto you, That except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the scribes and SADUCEES, ye shall in no case enter into the kingdom of heaven.

still further we study Matthew chapter 5....

christ did not worship the jewish god, and was persecuted by the jewish religious leaders. he sought to teach his followers his own commandments, and even gave instructions as to their keeping. yet, knowing all this we see the following verses, and wonder just how much of it was truly spoken by christ. because it seems to me that these are the decreed laws of the saduceees...

Mat 5:21: Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not kill; and whosoever shall kill shall be in danger of the judgment:
Mat 5:22: But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.
Mat 5:23: Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee;
Mat 5:24: Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.
Mat 5:25: Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison.
Mat 5:26: Verily I say unto thee, Thou shalt by no means come out thence, till thou hast paid the uttermost farthing.
Mat 5:27: Ye have heard that it was said by them of old time, Thou shalt not commit adultery:
Mat 5:28: But I say unto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Mat 5:29: And if thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Mat 5:30: And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off, and cast it from thee: for it is profitable for thee that one of thy members should perish, and not that thy whole body should be cast into hell.
Mat 5:31: It hath been said, Whosoever shall put away his wife, let him give her a writing of divorcement:
Mat 5:32: But I say unto you, That whosoever shall put away his wife, saving for the cause of fornication, causeth her to commit adultery: and whosoever shall marry her that is divorced committeth adultery.
Mat 5:33: Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths:
Mat 5:34: But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne:
Mat 5:35: Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool: neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King (kohen gadol, and the great sanhedrin).
Mat 5:36: Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.
Mat 5:37: But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay: for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.
Mat 5:38: Ye have heard that it hath been said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth:
Mat 5:39: But I say unto you, That ye resist not evil: but whosoever shall smite thee on thy right cheek, turn to him the other also.
Mat 5:40: And if any man will sue thee at the law, and take away thy coat, let him have thy cloke also.
Mat 5:41: And whosoever shall compel thee to go a mile, go with him twain.
Mat 5:42: Give to him that asketh thee, and from him that would borrow of thee turn not thou away.

yes the above do make good servants for the saducees, but that was not christ's will, nor the focus of his commandments. and here at the end of the chapter are instuctions in keeping his commandments in good faith.

Mat 5:43: Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. (TORAH)
Mat 5:44: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45: That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:46: For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye? do not even the publicans the same?
Mat 5:47: And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others? do not even the publicans so?
Mat 5:48: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

CHRIST DID NOT WORSHIP THE JEWISH GOD, AND DID NOT TEACH THE TORAH. HE TAUGH KINDNESS TO OTHERS, HE TAUGHT THE IMPORTANCE OF RIGHTEOUSNESS (TRUTH) AND THE SEEKING OF IT. AND HE SAID - DO THIS TO ALL.

so what would chapter 5 of the book of matthew look like if, given what we understand to be most likely an account of his own words?

Mat 5:1: And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
Mat 5:2: And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
Mat 5:3: Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:4: Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.
Mat 5:5: Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.
Mat 5:6: Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
Mat 5:7: Blessed are the merciful: for they shall obtain mercy.
Mat 5:8: Blessed are the pure in heart: for they shall see God.
Mat 5:9: Blessed are the peacemakers: for they shall be called the children of God.
Mat 5:10: Blessed are they which are persecuted for righteousness' sake: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Mat 5:11: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Mat 5:12: Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.
Mat 5:13: Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
Mat 5:14: Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15: Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Mat 5:17: Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy.
MT 5:18: But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:19: That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.
Mat 5:20: For if ye love them which love you, what reward have ye?
Mat 5:21: And if ye salute your brethren only, what do ye more than others?
Mat 5:22: Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.

you might ask, why did i remove the reference to publicans (doing the same)? it is not understood that publicans in christ's time were the collectors of tarrifs and taxes. it was the levite priests who collected taxes  FOR THE SADUCEES, and they were considered by the saducees to be beneath them (as were all those not descended from aaron). in fact, the levites were considered ENSLAVED to the descendants of aaron.

Num 2:33: But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses.
Num 3:6: Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him.
Num 3:9: And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.

christ held no such prejudices, so in keeping with his nature i have removed these "comparisons" on order for the entire message to ring true from beginning to end.

matthew chapter 5 is a powerful chapter. a significant chapther.  so little of what christ taught to the masses is recorded in the new testament - which should have been a testament to his teachings. but because he was at odds with the ruling saducees so much of his work has been lost. and yet, despite this faithful and somehow surviving account, his works continued to be denied by "christians" of all denominations.
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