Last Visit to Nazareth

Matthew 13:53-58

The Sermon on the Mount

Studies in the Sermon on the Mount:  Matthew 5-7

It is no accident that this sermon of Jesus is placed so near the beginning of the New Testament. Its position indicates its importance. It  contains a comprehensive statement of the principles relating to the kingdom which the Lord Jesus proclaimed. The message that He proclaimed was never intended to be a presentation of the Gospel, or the plan of salvation.

Illustration of the dying man.

It was addressed to His disciples, Matthew 5:1 and to "the people" Matthew 7:28.

The ethics expressed have application to all who acknowledge Christ as King, past, present, and future. They had a direct application to the Lord's disciples.  They have an application to us in this age. Finally, they will be the code of behavior for Christ's followers during the tribulation, and the Millennium.

If the aforementioned statements are correct, a study of this sermon will yield its treasures to those who analyze each text, who determine its general meaning - its present application - and its relation to the future kingdom.

Matthew's theme is the King and His Kingdom.

Consider Luke's account of the birth of Christ. Describe Matthew's account.

The "Kingdom of Heaven" is mentioned 32 times in Matthew's Gospel, and is found no where else in the New Testament. It is always the "Kingdom of God."

Matthew 6

Some thoughts on Matthew 6:25-34

Chapters 5-7 give us the laws of the Kingdom.  Primarily, they were intended to govern the kingdom which Christ could have established.  They will yet be used in the future kingdom.

This is the strict interpretation of the chapters.  However, the truths can be applied to us today.

Ch 6 covers some important areas of our life:
Verses 1-4 speak of our giving - In secret - Widow
Verses 5-15 speak of our praying. See verse 6. Elijah - son. Elisha - oil.
Verses 16-18 speak of our fasting.
Verses 19-24 speak of our use of wealth.

Some men spend their life, and ruin their soul, in the quest for wealth.  Some believers, like Esau, have lost their spiritual heritage, and Gods blessing, because of their love of riches. Love of money.

It is not wrong to possess things, but it is very wrong for things to possess you.  See Colossians 3: 1-2

The exhortations from verse 25 onward are not for the rich only, but include the poor.  The sin mentioned here is not confined to worldlings - it is prevalent among believers.  The sin of worry. Take no thought - be not anxious - do not worry.

Worry denies the love of God by implying He doesn't care for us.  It denies the wisdom of God by implying that He doesn't know what He is doing.  It denies the power of God by implying that He isn't able to provide for us.

(1) Context of the Tribulation
Verses 25-26 should put the worrying saint at rest.  Don't worry about food, drink or clothes.  God feeds the birds, and we are of more value than they.  I have never seen the righteous forsaken.


"All power is given unto Me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations ...Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen." -- Matthew 28:18-20. .................... The King is speaking. The King of kings and Lord of lords. It is true that we "do not as yet see all things put under Him," but all things are under Him, and "in His times He shall shew, Who is the blessed and...

Lecture 6 - The Psalm-Books, Gospels, and Acts

The Psalm-Books We are now, beloved brethren, to examine that division of the Old Testament which stands last in all Hebrew Bibles, and last in our Lord's words in the last chapter of Luke, "the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms." He does not use indeed the Jewish term for this last division, which was called by the Jews (vaguely enough), "the writings," or "Scriptures," - Kethubim; and we have no certain proof that He meant to speak of more than the actual book of P...

Tares Among the Wheat

Thus it is plain that the kingdom in its present form is not to be a universal one. From that which the prophets of the Old Testament picture, it is widely distinguished. Left to man's reception of it, and not set up by the right hand of power, it is received by some, rejected by many; and even where outwardly received, in many cases no real fruit Godward is the result. There are thus "children of the kingdom" who in the end, like those among Israel, are cast out of it; and that where there is n...

Parables of the Kingdom in Matthew 13

We have now seen what the kingdom is, and learned the general principles by which to interpret that parabolic teaching in which the Lord was pleased to convey to us most of the instruction which we have concerning it. Of these there are first to be considered the seven parables of the thirteenth chapter, in which we have its prophetic history from its commencement in the seed sown by the Lord Himself, until the mystery-form is ended by His appearing in the heavens. It is plain that this alone wi...

His Yoke and Our Rest

(Matt. xi. 29, 30.) The Lord in this chapter already stands before us as the rejected One. The kingdom has been announced as at hand; the King is there: works of power attest His authority, and works of love display His heart. Disease, elements, devils, and that which lies at the root of man's condition everywhere,- sin, all have in turn yielded to Him, and owned Him Master. Proof upon proof has been given of who He is, who has taken in grace the lowly title of Son of Man. All is (so far as the...

The Gospels and the Offering

The key to the characteristic features of the Gospels is the position of the Lord Jesus. There are four principal positions answering to the four Gospels, one to each.   Thus in Matthew as "Son of David, Son of Abraham," He is seen in relation to the dispensations. We have His position with regard to David's throne and Abraham's true seed,- the heirs of promise. In Mark, on the other hand, we find Him "in the form of a servant," come not to be ministered unto but to minister; and to do t...

Chapter 7 - The Gospel in the Genealogy

(Matt. i. 1-6.) "And Judas begat Pharez and Zara of Thamar; . . . and Salmon begat Booz of Rahab; and Booz begat Obed of Ruth; and David the king begat Solomon of her that had been the wife of Urias." The introduction of four women's names, and of four only, into the genealogy of our Lord as given by Matthew, has furnished material for inquiry to many students of the inspired word. That there was a special purpose in it no one who had any right claim to be such could ev...
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