Think not that I am come to destroy the law... Matt 5:17

Leslie M. John

“Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil” (Matthew 5:17)  

It was the beginning of Lord Jesus Christ’s ministry on this earth when He was making a point that He did not come to abrogate the “Law” but to fulfill it. The “Law” is the title given for the first five books of the Bible, namely, Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.  

The “Prophets” is the title given for the second largest division of the Hebrew Scriptures, namely, Joshua, Judges, 1st Samuel, 2nd Samuel, 1st Kings, 2nd Kings, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, and other books Daniel to Malachi. The third portion of the Hebrew Scriptures is the title given for not only to “Psalms” but also to Proverbs, Job, Song of Solomon, Ruth, Lamentations, Ecclesiastes, Esther, Ezra, and Nehemiah, and 1st Chronicles, and 2nd Chronicles.  

Jesus was and is the “Son of God”, who came into this world in the likeness of man, and therefore He was also called “Son of man”. He was very God, who said He and the Father are one. He was not created being, but the very imprint of the Father in heaven.

He was going to take a position of a teacher, prophet, priest, and a king. He was going to be in opposition to the hypocritical teachings of Pharisees and Sadducees, and therefore it was necessary for Him to establish in the very beginning of His ministry that He was not going to destroy the Law, of which Pharisees and Sadducees were ardent followers, but to fulfil what was written therein.