“Listen carefully to me,” said the father to his children. “This bull is a dangerous animal. As long as it stays in the fenced area and you stay out, you will be safe. If you leave the gate open it will escape. This bull will harm you if it has the opportunity.”

The wide-eyed children nodded respectfully at their father’s instruction. They had no reason to doubt their father’s word or assume to know better than he. Still, the potential for disobedience and horrible consequence was an everyday reality for the children.

Consider the father’s perspective on the law he was giving to the children. He loves them deeply and knows the consequences of letting the bull have its way. The children listen to the father; perhaps with a mix of fear and curiosity. Disobeying their father would lead to certain consequence. An encounter with the bull could be deadly. And so, the children obey… until their Frisbee enters the bull’s fenced area.

Now the law is no longer a question of protection, but a barrier to their fun. Father is not within eyesight. The bull is at the far end of the enclosure. The Frisbee is just over the fence. What would you do?

We have no problem siding with the father’s concern for the safety and well-being of his children. But we have all been the child thinking we can get away with breaking the law. Jesus taught the world how we are to approach the Law that our Father has given.

Matthew 5:
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. 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.

Jesus stands up and proclaims something higher than the Law. He calls it ‘The Kingdom of God’. It is His central message and it extends beyond the mindset of Judaism. God is taking His Law and imparting it to His children in radical, new ways. Life in God’s Kingdom is a return to the Father’s heart for the children; and vice versa.