And here is a double-challenge, even though it might not actually demand much. Then again, it might not seem to demand much, but it does demand that we get the point, and that can be a challenge!
In the Epistle, there is talk of death and rebirth through baptism, but baptism wasn’t a new concept even in John The Baptist’s time – he was harnessing the power of the Mikvah, a powerful Jewish ritual bath!
And when Jesus says, “Except your righteousness shall exceed the righteousness of the Scribes and Pharisees, what kind of “righteousness” did he mean?
Get those two, and you get some of what you’re here for!