in loc. 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. Truly I say to you, they have their reward in full. on StudyLight.org See notes on Mr 3:28 Lu 4:24 Joh 3:3. Adam Clarke Commentary. 2. Source(s): https://shrink.im/a8UIT. 1 decade ago. ((z) Fol. There will be no need for any law of any kind to be spelled out and written down. Menachot, fol. But determining what Jesus meant by “Law” in Matthew 5:18 is more challenging and debated: For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished (emphasis mine). 20. The moral laws are such as grow out of the nature of things, and which cannot, therefore, be changed - such as the duty of loving God and his creatures. Matthew 5:3 "Blessed [are] the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven." The law was a guardian, according to Paul (Gal 3:24-29). 93. One jot or one tittle.—The “jot” is the Greek iota (0, the Hebrew yod (’), the smallest of all the letters of the alphabet. "And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them," "And Jesus called a little … - Illustrations of Scripture, p. 234. These cannot be abolished, as it can never be made right to hate God, or to hate our fellow-men. until heaven and earth shall have passed away, onwards to the destruction of the world the law will not lose its validity in the slightest point, until all which the law requires shall he accomplished, ἝΩς ἊΝ ΠΑΡΈΛΘῌ Ὁ ΟὐΡΑΝῸς Κ, the law will not lose its binding obligation, which reaches on to the final realization of all its prescriptions, so long as heaven and earth remain, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. MATTHEW 5:18. 2. Maimon Hilch. 36. 3. One jot or one tittle. We will live in the presence of God in the New Heavens and Earth, in the New Jerusalem. There are two cases in Matthew that he spoke to Gentiles and spoke of his demands. ((e) T. Hieros. The “tittle” was one of the smaller strokes, or twists of other letters, such, e.g., as distinguished ד (D) from ר (R), or כ (K) from ב (B). Matthew 5:18. Shebuot, fol. He came to fulfill the ceremonial law, which was all designed by God to point to the truth of Jesus. Each “jot” or “tittle “must first complete its work; then, and not till then, will it pass away. Till heaven and earth pass - This expression denotes that the law never would be destroyed until it should be all fulfilled. One jot - The word "jot," or yod (י y), is the name of the Hebrew letter I, the smallest letter in the Hebrew alphabet. Matthew 5:18. So taken, we find that the words do not assert, as at first they seem to do, the perpetual obligation even of the details of the Law, but the limit up to which the obligation was to last; and they are therefore not inconsistent with the words which speak of the system of the Law as a whole as “decaying and waxing old, and ready to vanish away” (Hebrews 8:13). Jewish Rabbis used to caution their scholars against so writing as to cause one letter to be mistaken for another, and to give examples of passages from the Law in which such a mistake would turn a divine truth into nonsense or blasphemy. The yod in its turn was equally important. The words in the English version suggest an identity with the “fulfil” of Matthew 5:17, which is not found in the Greek. The laws of love will be written on our hearts (Ro 2:15). The Lord Jesus had just announced that He did not come to destroy the Law but to fulfil both the Law and the prophetic writings and then He continued to explain that not until heaven and earth pass away will the smallest jot or tiniest tittle of the Law pass - for all things had to be accomplished. Commentary on Matthew 18:1-6 (Read Matthew 18:1-6) Christ spoke many words of his sufferings, but only one of his glory; yet the disciples fasten upon that, and overlook the others. The Book of Acts gives an account of the beginning of the Age, and we are hopefully at the end when Jesus will soon appear with his powerful host of angels and the dead in Christ shall rise to meet him, along with those who are in Christ and still living. It distinguished Joshua from Hoshea, Sarai from Sarah. #2 “until heaven and earth disappear,” There will come a day when heaven and earth will disappear. 160. Bava Kama, c. 9. sect. A Preterist Commentary on Matthew 5:18: As a Sign of the Fulfillment of the Law, the Romans Demolished the Temple in A.D. 70 making it impossible to fully practice the Law. #4 “will by any means disappear until everything is accomplished.” When “everything is accomplished,” Jesus will have returned. It is the same as saying everything else may change; the very earth and heaven may pass away, but the law of God shall not be destroyed until its whole design has been accomplished. His demand for them was not to follow Moses, but to have faith (Matthew 8:5-13; 15:21-28) At first, Jesus sent his disciples to Israel alone, but when he sent them finally to the Gentiles, they were to teach Jesus’ commands, not Moses’. 2. Meaning of “Law” in 5:18. KING JAMES VERSION (KJV) TRANSLATION, MEANING, CONTEXT. Matthew 5:18-19. He used the example that a young heir to a fortune and an estate will be under the rule of his nanny. 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished. This would be a ceremonial law, and might be changed as he pleased. Now that he has come we no longer must keep ceremonial laws meant to set us apart from the unbelieving world, destined for wrath (Jn 3:36). 1. apud Capell. Matthew 5:18 is the eighteenth verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. On May 5th, 533 A.D. almost all references to reincarnation were removed from both the Old and New Testaments by the Fifth Ecumenical Congress of Constantinople under pressure by the Emperor Justinian and his wife. Such an expounder was Akiba ben Joseph (c). 96. 17 "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. 5:18 Verily I say unto you. & 105. Till heaven and earth pass.—The formula was probably one in common use by our Lord to express the unchangeableness of the divine word. The name "little horn" was given to these points probably from the manner in which they were written, resembling a little horn. The sign in question, as connected with the Hebrew Letter Lamedh (ל L) in particular, had almost the appearance of an intentional imitation of a ram's head. Matthew 6:5-6 reads, “When you pray, you are not to be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synogogues and on the street corners so that they may be seen of men. A third species of law was the judicial, or those laws regulating courts of justice which are contained in the Old Testament. We read also of Rabbi Jod (y), perhaps so called because , he was little, as the author of Juchasin observes (z). "Whosoever will receive, i.e. 104. The “all things” in both cases are the great facts of our Lord’s life, death, resurrection, and the establishment of the kingdom of God. WORDS OF JESUS IN RED. 242. When the form of their polity was changed this was of course no longer binding. Christ did not abolish the law, but by keeping it perfectly and then imputing his righteousness to those who believe, he has fulfilled it. The law increased our accountability, but also by keeping it, the Jews could live in harmony with God in anticipation of the fulfillment of that law. one jot—the smallest of the Hebrew letters. 60. (c) T. Bab. So the laws of the Jews. The two “untils” have each of them their significance. Matthew 5:19 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Matthew 5:19, NIV: "Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven." Of this kind are the ten commandments, and these our Saviour has neither abolished nor superseded. To change a small point of one letter, therefore, might vary the meaning of a word, and destroy the sense. Matthew 5:18 - For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 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. Shebuot, c. 2. sect. 5) by being loud and in a special kind of voice to be recognized or look good to others. 29. The only ones that remained were ones that had "flown under the radar" like this one, Matthew 5:18. The law was the way for us to know what sin was. It is the enduring stability, then, of the great truths and principles, moral and spiritual, of the Old Testament revelation which our Lord thus expresses. Our series on the Sermon on the Mount continues with a sequel to the sermon last week on almsgiving. Debarim Rabba, fol. Pass away means be changed from one condition to another. 4. 1. In this verse this claim is reinforced. These can be changed when circumstances are changed, and yet the moral law be untouched. Matthew 5:18 "For truly I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not the smallest letter or stroke shall pass from the Law until all is accomplished. 22. I had seen the same mark, before this, in Hebrew manuscripts, but never where it was so prominent as here. Read more Share Copy The seeds of the New Heavens, the New Earth, and our new glorified bodies are all within their current forms. However, the meaning may carry the idea of the entire Old Testament. Menachot, fol. Psalm 119:89-90. #3 “not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen,” Jesus was saying that, contrary to what it seemed to the Jews, he was not trying to abolish the law. Those designed to regulate mere matters of ceremony and rites of worship might be changed. in which it is said, there is not one letter deficient or superfluous. Heaven and earth will be no more but purified by fire becoming renewed again. Till heaven and earth pass—Though even the Old Testament announces the ultimate "perdition of the heavens and the earth," in contrast with the immutability of Jehovah (Ps 102:24-27), the prevalent representation of the heavens and the earth in Scripture, when employed as a popular figure, is that of their stability (Ps 119:89-91; Ec 1:4; Jer 33:25, 26). 2. Jesus has just reported that he came not to destroy the law, but fulfil it. This is a moral law. The section will end with the warning that their righteousness must surpass that of the Pharisees who were a sect of Judaism that was committed first and foremost to keep not only the whole law but hundreds of sub laws within it. 3. The "or jot", in the Greek language, answers to "jod" in the Hebrew, the least of all the letters in the alphabet; hence a little city is called by this name, and this reason is given for it, (x) , "because that jod is the least among letters". The guilt of changing those little hooks which distinguish between certain Hebrew letters is declared to be so great that, if such a thing were done, the world would be destroyed. & Gloss. Matthew 6:5-15 Praying to God. The duty of obeying him, and of being faithful to his country, could not be changed. 2. A general in an army may command his soldiers to appear sometimes in a red coat and sometimes in blue or in yellow. Peah, fol. A parent might permit his children to have 50 different dresses at different times, and love them equally in all. And elsewhere the same expression is used (f), and it is added, "ljbm ynya Kmm huwqw, "but a tittle from thee shall not perish. The same formula is used in the Greek of Matthew 24:34. It is better to go into a room alone and pray than to be a show-off in public (v. 6). Many love to hear and speak of privileges and glory, who are willing to pass by the thoughts of work and trouble. 2 Peter 3:10-14. ((b) In Semitis fidei, fol. This is like a spiritual change in a person who believes in christ - 2 Corinthians 5:17. The moral law was confirmed and unchanged. 4. 15. Luke 16:17. The judicial law of the Hebrews was adapted to their own civil society. by Shawn Brasseaux “Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.” This verse, Matthew 18:19, is … Jesus speaks here about the practice of prayer, which the Pharisees loved to perform publicly. Matthew 5:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓] Matthew 5:18, NIV: "For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished." T. Bab. “Blessed” means … Till all be fulfilled.—Literally, Till all things have come to pass. Satan, sin, and death will have been vanquished. To get what Matthew 5:18 means based on its source text, scroll down or follow these links for the original scriptural meaning , biblical context and relative popularity. It was afterwards used, we must remember, by our Lord, with even augmented force, in reference to His own words (Matthew 24:35; Mark 13:31; Luke 21:33). Matthew 5:17 is the 17th verse of the fifth chapter of the Gospel of Matthew in the New Testament and is part of the Sermon on the Mount. Sanhedrim, fol. Dr. Philip W. McLarty. Hence, the Jews were exceedingly cautious in writing these letters, and considered the smallest change or omission a reason for destroying the whole manuscript when they were transcribing the Old Testament. 2. Shirhashirim Rabba, fol 20. 1. Those requiring love and obedience to God and love to people could not be changed, and Christ did not attempt it, Matthew 19:19; Matthew 22:37-39; Luke 10:27; Romans 13:9. One of the most debated verses in the gospel, this verse begins a new section on Jesus and the Torah , [1] where Jesus discusses the Law and the Prophets . Misn. Jot means the smallest letter of the Hebrew alphabet, while tittle refers to a simple turn by which one letter is distinguished from another. ((d) Vajikra Rabba, fol. Matthew 6:5-15 Praying to God. But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one dot of the Law to become void. 21. It would be revealed throughout his ministry that he was, however, trying to make it stricter (Mt 5-7), and also refine their understanding of it. Whatever we do now for the Kingdom of God we do to build for this future reality (1 Cor 15:58). till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. The ceremonial laws are such as are appointed to meet certain states of society, or to regulate the religious rites and ceremonies of a people. Kiddushin, fol. This formula always introduces a very emphatic saying. The Jews who will believe will have been grafted back into the Vine (Ro 11:23). One tittle - The word used here, in the Greek, means literally a little horn, then a point, an extremity. But this isn’t Jesus against Moses; it is Jesus against false and superficial interpretations of Moses. one tittle—one of those little strokes by which alone some of the Hebrew letters are distinguished from others like them. ((x) T. Bab. (NASB: Lockman) Greek: amen gar lego humin eos an parelthee o ouranos kai e ge, iota en e mia keraia ou me parelthe apo tou nomou eos an panta genetai. God has spoken, His words have been written down accurately, and what God has said will surely come to pass. To which custom Christ is here supposed to have respect: however, certain it is that he speaks very much in the language, and agreeably to the mind of the Jewish doctors; and some things in their writings will serve to illustrate this passage, "If, (say they (d),) all the nations of the world were gathered together, "to root one word out of the law", they could not do it; which you may learn from Solomon, who sought to root "one letter out of the law", the letter "jod", in Deuteronomy 17:16 but the holy blessed God said, Solomon shall cease, and an hundred such as he (in the Talmud (e) it is a thousand such as he) , "but, jod shall not cease from thee (the law) for ever".''. It occurs thirty times in Matthew. Read Introduction to Matthew “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.” 5:18 For truly, I say to you, 0 0. 4. 1. There will be a great judgment and heaven and earth will pass away to be replaced by the New Heavens and the New Earth, with the New Jerusalem coming out of the sky (Rev 21:2). We currently live in the midst of the Church Age, which began with the life, death, and resurrection of Christ and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. The expression, "one jot or tittle," became proverbial, and means that the smallest part of the law should not be destroyed. Again, this general way of viewing our Lord's words here seems far preferable to that doctrinal understanding of them which would require us to determine the different kinds of "fulfilment" which the moral and the ceremonial parts of it were to have. The Temple was the nucleus of the Law. Jesus fulfilled the moral and spiritual codes with His life and work. in ib. For the law has its effect, when the rewards are given, and the punishments annexed to it inflicted, as well as when its precepts are obeyed. This shows in what language the law was written; not in the Samaritan language, for the jod in that is a large letter, but in the Hebrew, in which it is very small; and particularly is written in a very diminutive character, in Deuteronomy 32:18 "by one tittle" some think is meant one of those ducts, dashes, or corners of letters, which distinguish one letter from another, that are much alike; others have thought that one of the pricks or vowel points is intended; others, one of those little strokes in the tops of letters, which the Jews call (a) "crowns" and "spikes", is here meant, in which they imagined great mysteries were contained; and there were some persons among them, who made it their business to search into the meaning of every letter, and of everyone of these little horns, or pricks, that were upon the top of them. When Jesus said, “Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled” in Matthew 5:18, He was stating emphatically that God’s Word is true and trustworthy. 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. 29. The ceremonial law was fulfilled by the coming of Christ: the shadow was lost in the substance, and ceased to be binding. For verily I say unto you — This expression, whereby our Lord often prefaces what he is about to say, always imports the great importance, as well as certain truth of it. Matthew 5 18. Wesley's Matthew 5:18 Bible Commentary 5:18 Till all things shall be effected - Which it either requires or foretells. ((a) T. Bab. (w) T. Hieros. Laws for cleansing, expiation, and atonement, no longer needed to be kept, but Jesus was the end of all of it, being the perfect sacrificial lamb. But the law was powerless to change us. shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled—The meaning is that "not so much as the smallest loss of authority or vitality shall ever come over the law." (y) T. Bab. Taanith, fol. So says R. Meir (b), "in the time of the prophets there were such who very diligently searched every letter in the law, and explained every letter by itself; and do not wonder at this that they should expound every letter by itself, for they commented , upon everyone of the tops of each letter.''. The dress is a mere matter of ceremony, and may be changed. Professor Hackett says of a manuscript which he saw a Jew transcribing: "One peculiarity, that struck me at once as I cast my eye over the parchment, was the horn-like appearance attached to some of the letters. In Matthew 5:19, Jesus Christ mentions "the least commandment." Check out these helpful resources Biblical Commentary Children’s Sermons Hymn Lists. They would surpass it by moving past behavior and into the motives and secret desires of the heart. The Jews had indeed a strange legend that its insertion in the former name was given as a compensation for its exclusion from the latter. Jewish tradition mentions the letter jod as being irremovable; adding that, if all men in the world were gathered to abolish the least letter in the law, they would not succeed. NIV “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”, NLT “I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear, not even the smallest detail of God’s law will disappear until its purpose is achieved.”, ESV “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.”, KJV “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.”, NKJV “For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled.”, Bible Commentary Bible Verses Devotionals Faith Prayers Coloring Pages Pros and Cons, Give No Place to the Devil Meaning and Meditation, 10 Powerful Prayers for Selling Your Home, Be Not Drunk with Wine Meaning and Meditation, Even a Child Is Known by His Doings Meaning and Meditation, Washing of Water by the Word Meaning and Meditation, Righteousness Exalts a Nation Meaning and Meditation. "'', The design of Christ, in conformity to the language of the Jews, is to declare, that no part of the law, not one of the least commandments in it, as he explains himself in the next verse, should be unaccomplished; but all should be fulfilled before "heaven and earth pass" away, as they will, with a great noise and fervent heat, as to their present form and condition; or sooner shall they pass away, than the least part of the law shall: which expresses the perpetuity of the law, and the impossibility of its passing away, and the superior excellency of it to the heavens and the earth. Explanation and Commentary of Matthew 5:18 Jesus did not come to abolish the law, although that is one of the things he was accused of. ((f) Shemot Rabba, fol. One such little child - As our Lord in the preceding verses considers a little child an emblem of a genuine disciple, so by the term in this verse he means a disciple only. Matthew 5:18 “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”. Hebrews 1:10-12. It is parallel to verse 18 where it says, "not one jot or one tittle," the least things that are part of the law of God. With the Temple destroyed, the Jewish people could no longer carry out the full requirements of the Law. This is a moral law, and cannot be changed. Matthew 5:18 18 For truly , I say to you , s until heaven and earth pass away , not an iota , not a dot , will pass from the Law until all is accomplished . It is a saying of one of the Jewish doctors (g), that, "the whole world is not equal even to one word out of the law,''. show unto such a child-like, unambitious disciple of mine, any act of kindness for my sake, I will consider it as done to myself." WHAT DOES MATTHEW 18:19-20 REALLY MEAN? The full number of Christians will be saved. #1 “For truly I tell you,” This comes after Jesus explains that he has not come to abolish the law. Jesus did not come to abolish the law, although that is one of the things he was accused of. It was to that appendage of the Hebrew letters that the Saviour referred when he said, "'Not one jot or little horn' (as the Greek term signifies, which our version renders 'tittle,') 'shall pass from the law until all be fulfilled.'" There are three codes in the Mosaic Law: The moral code or commandments—shows God’s standards for fellowship with Him. Several of the Hebrew letters were written with small points or apices, as in the Hebrew letter, shin (שׁ sh), or the Hebrew letter, sin (שׂ s), which serve to distinguish one letter from another. Tittle is the little bend or point which serves to distinguish certain Hebrew letters of similar appearance. 2. The child, in all these garments, is bound to love and obey his father. 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