Matthew

Chapter Nineteen The New Law Of The Kingdom

Jesus Answers Questions on Divorce (Matthew 19:1-12) Leaving Galilee Jesus proceeded toward Jerusalem, going down through Perea on the east of the Jordan. By the expression “the coasts of Judea” we are to understand the land bordering on Judea. As He moved majestically on toward His death He continued to exercise His grace and power toward all who came to Him for physical healing. Through His miracles He demonstrated that He was the anointed of Jehovah (Acts 10:38), although unrecogni...

Chapter Eighteen Citizens Of The Kingdom

The Greatest in the Kingdom (Matthew 18:1-14) Not yet delivered from the desire for prominence in the coming kingdom, the disciples came to Jesus with the question, “Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?” It is a question that would not concern the truly noble soul. But devoted as these disciples were, they could not seem to get away from the thought that the kingdom was to be a place and a time for flesh to assert itself, although the Lord had rebuked them for this on former ...

Chapter Twenty-Two The King And His Opponents

Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14) In this striking parable, which our Lord spoke to the people of Jerusalem toward the end of His ministry, He gave a remarkable dispensational outline of the way God is dealing with men in this world. Jesus presented this parable shortly before going out to the garden of Gethsemane and from there to the judgment hall and to the cross. It is another parable of the kingdom of Heaven. It has to do with the sphere of profession, and tells us of wh...

Chapter Twenty-Three The King's Indictments

Warning against Seeking Earthly Glory (Matthew 23:1-12)

The Lord Jesus came not to condemn the world but to save all who would believe in Him. However, He expressed Himself in terms of great severity against those who professed to be the guardians of the Scriptures, but lived hypocritically and opposed the truth that He proclaimed, thereby misleading their unwary followers. The term “Moses’ seat” indicates the place that the Pharisees and the scribes occupied as the recognized teachers of the law given by Moses. When they read and explained its precepts their hearers were responsible to obey, not because of any inherent authority vested in these teachers, but because of the truth they taught. But He drew a marked distinction between their words and their ways. They expounded and preached to others what they did not attempt to practice themselves. It is a terrible thing for those who occupy the place of preachers or teachers of the Word when they simply traffic in truth that has never affected their own lives.

These leaders in Israel formed a kind of clerical caste and were most outspoken in denouncing the sins and frailties of the people in general. But they themselves were simply complacent as they gave punctilious attention to the outward signs of religion. They knew nothing of genuine piety and holiness of heart and life.

They were not concerned about the approval of the God they professed to honor, but were constantly looking for men’s applause. It is always a snare when one feels he has a certain reputation of godliness to maintain before his fellows. It is so easy to succumb to the temptation of trying to appear more devoted than one really is. The only right thing is to live before God and to be utterly indifferent to men’s praise or blame.

Chapter Twenty-Four The King Reveals The Future Part One

Characteristics of the Present Age (Matthew 24:1-8) Matthew 24 and 25 are very closely linked together. They give us what Sir Robert Anderson has called the second sermon on the mount. All that we have in these two chapters was uttered by our Lord on the mount of Olives in answer to the questions of His disciples, “When shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of thy coming, and of the end of the world [or age]?” (24:3) His answers deserve a much more careful consideration th...

Chapter Twenty-Six The King Faces The Cross

Mary’s Devotion (Matthew 26:1-13) The time was drawing near when Jesus was to die. All events had been foreseen from eternity, and He had come to earth for this express purpose—to give His life a ransom for many. Yet as the hour drew near, His holy soul was deeply moved. Jesus had completed His last public discourse and the dark shadow of the cross was falling across His spirit as He spoke of the coming feast of the Passover, after which He was to be betrayed and crucified. He alon...

Chapter Twenty-Seven The Condemnation And Death Of The King

Judas’s Remorse (Matthew 27:1-10) The Levitical law condemned a blasphemer to death (Leviticus 24:15-16), but the Jews had no authority under the Roman regime to inflict the death penalty on anyone. Therefore they were unable to carry out their desire to execute Jesus unless they took things into their own hands, as they did later on in the case of Stephen who, like his Lord, was charged with blasphemy (Acts 7:54-60). The chief priests and other leaders were anxious to shift the resp...

Chapter 1 The Genealogy and Birth of the King

The book of the generation of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.” Matthew begins with the genealogy of our Lord from Abraham to Joseph. But this was not the blood-line. It was the royal line, however, and carried with it the throne rights. As Son of Abraham, our Lord is the promised Seed in whom all nations of the world shall be blessed (Gen. 22:18). As Son of David, He is the King who is to reign in righteousness upon David’s throne (Isa. 9:6-7). His actual descent from...

Introduction

While we have no means of knowing just when this gospel was written, or even whether (as some suppose) it first appeared in Hebrew, or was originally written in Greek as it has come down to us, it is very evident that it is placed rightfully at the beginning of the New Testament; for it is very definitely the connecting link between the prophets of old and the new dispensation of grace. The many quotations in it from the books of the prophets are designed to show how our Lord Jesus Christ ca...

Chapter Twenty-Eight The Risen King And The Royal Commission

The Resurrection (Matthew 28:1-10) The Jewish sabbath was now ended. A new era was about to begin, to be characterized by a new day. On the morning of the feast of the first fruits, the first day of the week following the first sabbath after the Passover, Jesus was raised from the dead and so became the first fruits of them that slept (Leviticus 23:9-14; 1 Corinthians 15:20, 23). Early in the morning of the day following the sabbath the two Marys went out “to see the sepulchre,” pr...
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