The Word on the Word
I. Assumptions about the Scriptures: Jesus addressed the Scripture's roll in the greater redemptive plan of God - 5:17. "I did not come to destroy but to fulfill."
II. Affirmations about the Scriptures: Jesus embraced the absolute integrity of the Scriptures - 5:18-19. "I assure you...not one...letter will pass from the law"
A. Completely authentic: "iota" (`) or "seriff" (t)
B. Completely authoritative: Four responses in v.19
III. Applications of the Scriptures: Jesus clarified the true nature of redemption - 5:20. "unless your righteousness surpasses the Scribes..."
Scribes and Pharisees had reduced righteousness down to an elaborate system of rules that ignored your relationship with God.
Command -- Rule/Regulation -- Interpretation