17 “Do not think that I have come to eliminate the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to eliminate them but to carry them out.
18 Because, I honestly tell you, until the sky and land pass away, not an bit, not a dot, will be eliminated from the Law until all of it is carried out.
19 Therefore whoever ignores one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom from the sky, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom from the sky.
20 Because I tell you, unless your uprightness is greater than that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom from the sky. _________________________________________
The scribes and Pharisees were supposed to be the super religious. People thinking themselves upright before God compared themselves to scribes or Pharisees. They set the standard. Jesus blew his disciples away when he told them that these super religious were actually substandard. Anyone hoping to be in his kingdom (due to come down from the sky) would have to be more upright than a scribe or Pharisee.
Jesus implied that the scribes and Pharisees had ignored the implications of some of the Bible, and taught others to do the same. A relationship with God comes through listening to the instructions found in his word (which the Torah taught), and getting back in touch with what God wants (which the prophets taught). By living a righteous life, we can light the world with God’s light. The Bible is the standard of that righteousness.
LORD, enable us to stay true to the Bible, and allow us to use it as you intended, as a means of strengthening our relationship with you.