Matthew

Matthew 19

The early part of this chapter is of tremendous importance and certainly relevant to present-day society.

 

The Lord was beginning His last journey to Jerusalem. Crowds were following Him for healing and teaching.

 

Verse 3 The Pharisees were there also, trying, as usual to trap the Lord. The question of divorce was a sensitive one in those days. The Jews themselves were split. One school was very liberal. The other school was very strict.

 

The question which they asked was loaded, no matter how the Lord answered, He would offend one party or the other.

 

The question, Is it lawful for a man to divorce his wife for every cause?

 

Verse 4 In His answer the Lord took them back to creation and reminded them that God created one wife for Adam. The principle here is that a man should only have one living wife.

 

Verse 5 This verse reminds us that the marriage relationship supercedes all other relationships, including the parental relationship. God also states that in marriage the two participants become one.

Matthew 20

The parable of the householder and the laborers. Verses 1-16.

 

Describe briefly what actually happened.

 

This parable is really an amplification of the Lord’s answer to Peter’s question in Chapter 19:27, “What shall we have, therefore?”

 

In the context of Chapter 19 the Lord told Peter that the disciples would sit on twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel. Verse 28.

 

In Verse 29 “all” who have sacrificed houses, lands, friends, and family for Christ’s sake will be rewarded   one hundredfold.

 

Then in Verse 30 the Lord adds a rider “The first shall be last, and the last shall be first.”

This parable in Chapter 20 is the explanation of this profound statement.

 

There are several lessons here for our admonition.

Matthew 21

The triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

 

The final hours of Jesus’ life on earth drew near. The cross was less than a week away, Jesus knew this. Matthew 20:17-19. In sharp contrast to the shame of the cross is the triumphant entry into Jerusalem, described by all four gospels. The Lord’s heart must have been stirred.

 

Jesus entered into Jerusalem in a manner which showed that He was the Messiah, the Son of David.

 

The four accounts of this triumphal entry differ in some respects. John, who wrote his Gospel sixty years after the event, gives some interesting details, including the fact that the night before the triumphal entry, Jesus had an intimate supper in the home of Lazarus, Martha and Mary. John 12:1-11.

 

The prelude to His triumphal entry into Jerusalem is interesting. He sent two of His disciples into the village to bring to Him an ass and its colt. The owner possibly knew Jesus. “Loose them - bring them unto Me.”

 

Matthew Chapters 14-28

 Chapter 14 Our Gospel resumes the historical course of these revelations, but in such a manner as to exhibit the spirit by which the people were animated. Herod (loving his earthly power and his own glory more than submission to the testimony of God, and more bound by a false human idea than by his conscience, although in many things he appears to have owned the power of the truth) had cut off the head of the forerunner of the Messiah, John the Baptist; whom he had already imprisoned...

Matthew Chapters 1-13

 Introduction Let us now consider the Gospel by Matthew. This Gospel sets Christ before us in the character of the Son of David and of Abraham, that is to say, in connection with the promises made to Israel, but presents Him withal as Emmanuel, Jehovah the Saviour, for such the Christ was. It is He who, being received, should have accomplished the promises (and hereafter He will do so) in favour of this beloved people. This Gospel is in fact the history of His rejection by the people...

Mountains vs. Mustard Seeds - Matthew 17:20

 The Lord Jesus used the largest and smallest things the disciples knew to teach them about the awesome power of faith.  Nothing was smaller in the age before bifocals and magnifying glasses than a mustard seed.  And nothing was bigger than a mountain.  Mountains of Tranfiguration, or the Mountains of Sinai, or the Mountains of Ararat, tower over the earth.  Mountains, however said Jesus, are no match for the most miniscule amount of genuine and authentic faith. ...

Where is He? - Matthew 2:2

"Saying, Where is he that is born King of the Jews? For we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him." Matt. 2:2 There are two great goals of life. These and all truly wise men have taken them as their great ambition. First we must find him. Then we must mind him. The magi followed the star over great distances on a quest driven by the question: WHERE? Where is the king? Although Herod looked like a king, and even held the title "King of the Jews," the wise men knew b...

You Had to be There - Matthew 2:8

 "bring me word again," Matt. 2:8 There is no guarantee that God will send word again if we fail to respond properly the first time we hear it.   That is why the Spirit says, "Today, if you hear his voice, harden not your heart." Faith lays hold of God's Word and clings to it, bows before it, obeys it.      Two men are found waiting in Matthew two for word.   One was waiting in vain.   God would never speak to Herod "a...

Table Talk - Matthew 5:6

Mt. 5:6 “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness….” The Hebrew children lusted for the flesh pots of Egypt. They thought about them, they dreamed about them, they continually talked about them. “Oh, remember the fish?” one would say. Another, “Ah, the garlic..” They began to complain. All they had was God and God was not enough. Jesus would later say, “Seek ye first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.” ...

Close Second - Matthew 6:14-15

I cannot think of a greater need for sinners than to have  (and know) the forgiveness of God.   Man’s greatest problem is sin.   No problem is greater, none.   David needed it, and David knew it.   “Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered” (Ps. 32:1).   David was so blessed.   Paul quotes this wonderful truth in Romans 4.   Paul was blessed as well. It is wonderful to know that our sins are forgiven. ...
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