For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.
Introducing scribes and Pharisees!
These two groups, along with Sadducee’s, are not found in the Old Testament. But suddenly, here they are!
Scribes had knowledge of the law and could draft legal documents like contracts for marriage, divorce, loans, inheritance, mortgages, the sale of land, and the like.
Pharisees were members of a party that believed in resurrection and in following legal traditions, not from scripture, but the Talmud and “the traditions of the fathers.”
To the people, they seemed very religious and sincere in their beliefs.
John called them a brood of vipers.
Jesus often called them hypocrites or whitewashed tombs full of dead men’s bones.
Now Jesus says our righteousness must exceed theirs!
How is that possible?
The Scribes and Pharisee’s were all about themselves. You fulfill the love of Christ when you serve others.
This is what Jesus did – He came to serve!