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MatthewSunday, Jun 16, 2019

Matthew

The Least and Greatest in the Kingdom

Those who annul even the least of the commandments and teach others to do so as well will be called “least in the kingdom of heaven. The person who keeps the Torah’s commandments and teaches others to do so as well will be considered great in the Messianic Era.

Those who annul even the least of the commandments and teach others to do so as well will be called “least in the kingdom of heaven. The person who keeps the Torah’s commandments and teaches others to do so as well will be considered great in the Messianic Era.

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