Does the word least in the phrase “from the least to the greatest” (Jeremiah 31:34; Hebrews 8:11) equate to this phrase? “Saved, but only as through fire” (1 Corinthians 3:33) Are those who are disciples called “the greatest?” “Those of you who do not give up every thing you can not be my disciple.’ (Luke 14:33)
The verse in Hebrews is quoting Jeremiah as God explains what the new covenant will be. Basically, God does everything so that He might secure a people for Himself. In Corinthians Paul is explaining the results of building on the foundation of Jesus Christ. Build with righteousness and be rewarded. Build crappy and your works will be burnt up and you will suffer loss, but your soul is saved, “as through fire,” because of your foundation, Jesus.
Matthew chapters 5-7 records Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount. With these words the answers to the questions becomes crystal clear. “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.” (Matthew 5:18) Jesus accomplished everything that was necessary for our salvation, but all prophecy has not been fulfilled nor has heaven and earth disappeared. The Law is God’s will for our behavior as His children.
“Therefore anyone who sets aside one of the least of these commands and teaches others accordingly will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever practices and teaches these commands will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 5:19)
The only question that remains is the one we ask ourselves. “How will we behave in our Father’s household?” Shabbat Shalom