Chapter Seven The Principles Of The Kingdom Part Three

Judging Our Brother (Matthew 7:1-6) In the first five verses of this section the Lord exposes that almost unconscious hypocrisy, so common to us all, which leads us to judge our fellows so severely, while overlooking or excusing our own sins as though they were of little moment. “Judge not.” There are circumstances when the people of God are commanded to judge when dealing with offenders against the Christian standard of morals, even to excluding them from church fellowship (1 Cori...

Chapter Eight The Works Of The King Part One

Jesus Cleanses the Leper (Matthew 8:1-4) Having listened to the instruction of the King as He proclaimed the laws of His kingdom, we are now called on to consider His works. We may think of these as His royal credentials, proving Him to be in very truth the promised Messiah who was to bring healing and plenty to Israel, reigning in righteousness and peace (Psalm 72:7). John wrote of the first miracle performed by the Lord Jesus Christ at the wedding in Cana; he said that in doing it He

Chapter Nine The Works Of The King Part Two

Healing of the Palsied Man (Matthew 9:1-8) The events recorded here and in the previous chapter did not follow one another in chronological sequence, but they are grouped together according to their moral order as testimonies to prove that Jesus Christ was the Messiah. They probably all occurred in the second year of His public ministry. Upon returning from Galilee to the northwestern shore of the sea of Galilee, Jesus went to Capernaum where He healed a palsied man. Mark and Luke wrot...

Chapter Ten The King's Couriers

The King Sends Out His Couriers (Matthew 10:1-15)

The calling of the twelve apostles was the initial act of a new and wider ministry. The twelve were disciples before they became apostles. Jesus had been training them for some time, and they were recognized as His disciples or pupils. They were learners in the school of Christ before they were commissioned as apostles and sent out two by two as couriers of the King, to proclaim that the long-awaited kingdom of Heaven was near. Their commission is given in this tenth chapter. It differs considerably from that given in Matthew 28:16-20, after the King had been rejected, and when He was about to return to the Father. This earlier commission had to do with their ministry to Israel only. The later one embraced all nations.

As the King’s messengers to the chosen nation they were to count on the loyal subjects of the King to provide hospitality and to further them on their way. They were to go without purse or scrip or other provision, as though for a long journey. If received in peace, they were to preach the gospel of the kingdom and heal the sick, as empowered by the Lord. If rejected, they were to declare that judgment was about to fall, and were to proceed on their way to other towns and villages. The Lord Jesus forewarned them of the ill-treatment that awaited them in some places, but declared that the heavenly Father would watch over them.

Chapter Eleven The Grace Of The King

Jesus Speaks of John the Baptist (Matthew 11:1-15) After commissioning the twelve and sending them out to preach the gospel of the kingdom Jesus went alone to minister in other cities. Two of John the Baptist’s disciples came to inquire of the Lord whether He was indeed the coming One or whether they should look for another. The Lord Jesus answered by demonstrating His power over disease and demons, and took occasion to give due recognition to John and his message. We need not specul...

Chapter Twelve The King's Authority Denied

Jesus Teaches concerning the Sabbath (Matthew 12:1-8)

The events recorded in Matthew 12 bring us to the close of the first great division of this Gospel in which the King and the kingdom were presented to Israel and deliberately rejected by the leaders of the nation.

In the first eight verses we have a most interesting and instructive incident recorded. Here Jesus declares Himself to be Lord of the sabbath, again attesting to His deity. The sabbath was Jehovah’s witness to His power in creation (Exodus 20:10-11) and to the redemption of Israel from Egyptian bondage (Deuteronomy 5:14-15). It was distinctively “the sabbath of Jehovah.” The Jehovah of the Old Testament is the Jesus of the New, and He is Lord of the sabbath, as of all else.

Walking quietly in the country, the Lord and His disciples passed through a cornfield. The hungry disciples began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat. This was quite in keeping with the provision made in the law, for in Deuteronomy 23:25 we read, “When thou comest into the standing corn of thy neighbour, then thou mayest pluck the ears with thine hand; but thou shalt not move a sickle unto thy neighbour’s standing corn.” This incident occurred on the sabbath day however, and the Pharisees immediately took exception to it, exclaiming, “Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.” There was absolutely no prohibition in the law of Moses in regard to this, but in the traditions of the elders there were many added laws and regulations that made it at times almost impossible for the ordinary man to know whether he was violating one of them or not. Among these rules was the prohibition to gather fruit or grain of any kind on the sabbath day. Even to rub it out in the hand as the disciples were doing seemed to these Pharisees a violation of that which they regarded as sacred.

Chapter Thirteen The Mysteries Of The Kingdom

Parable of the Sower (Matthew 13:1-9) In Matthew 13 our Lord used seven parables to describe the condition that He saw the kingdom would take on earth as a result of His rejection. This series of parables is divided into four that were spoken in the open air by the seaside, and three that were given to the disciples only after they had entered into the house. The first of this series is not a likeness of the kingdom, as in the case of the other six. When the Lord explained the parable of ...

Introductory Notes by Arno C. Gaebelein

© 1994 by Loizeaux Brothers, Inc. Baltimore, Maryland First Edition, 1948 Revised Edition, 1994 Unless otherwise indicated, Scripture quotations are taken from the King James version of the Bible. Introductory Notes taken from Gaebelein ‘s Concise Commentary on the Whole Bible © 1970, 1985 by Loizeaux Brothers, Inc. Introductory Notes by Arno C. Gaebelein The Gospel of Matthew stands first among the Gospels and in the New Testament because it belongs in the first ...

Chapter 2 The Preservation of the King

Of Messiah it was prophesied that He should bring blessing to the nations as well as to Israel. Aged Simeon epitomized these promises when he declared of Jesus that He should be “a light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel” (Luke 2:32). The incident now before us is an earnest or foretaste of this. Many nonscriptural ideas and legends have been linked with the visit of these wise men from the East. Contrary to the pictures we see generally, they are not called ...

Chapter 18 Ideal Subjects of the Kingdom and Discipline in the Church

Two things are brought into juxtaposition in this chapter: the kingdom in its spiritual aspect and the church yet to be brought into existence by the Lord after His death and resurrection, but seen here in its local aspect as an assembly of believers responsible to maintain principles of righteousness, and therefore to deal in discipline with refractory or trespassing members who refuse to repent. The kingdom section includes verses 1-14: At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus,...
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