Matthew

Chapter 19 The New Law of the Kingdom

Having broken with Israel after the flesh for the time being, during which period the kingdom predicted by the prophets is in abeyance, Jesus proceeded to speak with authority concerning matters which would require definite information for the guidance of His followers during the intervening years while the mysteries of the kingdom were being unfolded. Leaving Galilee, He proceeded toward Jerusalem, going down through Perea on the east of the Jordan. And it came to pass, that when Jesu...

Chapter 20 Kingdom Standards

This chapter opens with a parable of the kingdom designed to show that service for the Lord is to be rewarded according to opportunities embraced, not simply for the amount of work accomplished. For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard. And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing i...

Chapter 21 The King in Jerusalem

The so-called Triumphal Entry of our Lord into Jerusalem—at the beginning of the last week of His earthly ministry, which was to culminate in His death and burial and to be followed by a glorious resurrection—was in partial fulfillment of Psalm 118, where He is presented as the rejected Stone, eventually to be made the Head of the corner, but first accepted by a few who cry, “Ho-sanna” (“Save now”), and, “Blessed be he that cometh in the name of the LORD” (Ps. 118:25-26). But...

Chapter 22 The King and His Opponents

In this striking parable that our Lord spoke to the people of Jerusalem toward the end of His ministry, shortly before His going out to the Garden of Gethsemane and from there to the judgment hall and to the cross, He gave a remarkable dispensational outline of the way God is dealing with men in this scene. It is another parable of the kingdom of heaven. It has to do with the sphere of profession and tells us of what was to go on during the time of the absence of the Lord.1 And Jesus answ...

Chapter 23 The King's Indictments

While the Lord Jesus came not to condemn the world but to save all who would believe in Him, He expressed Himself in terms of great severity against those who, while professedly the guardians of Scripture, lived hypocritically and opposed the truth that He proclaimed, thereby misleading their unwary followers. Yet so long as they were the readers of the Law in the synagogues, He would have the people take heed to the Word of God, which they professed to honor, but to be careful not to imitate the corrupt lives of those who expounded it to them.

Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to his disciples, saying, The scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses’ seat: all therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not. For they bind heavy burdens and grievous to be borne, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers. But all their works they do for to be seen of men: they make broad their phylacteries, and enlarge the borders of their garments, and love the uppermost rooms at feasts, and the chief seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets, and to be called of men, Rabbi, Rabbi. But be not ye called Rabbi: for one is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren. And call no man your father upon the earth: for one is your Father, which is in heaven. Neither be ye called masters: for one is your Master, even Christ. But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself shall be exalted, (vv. 1-12)

Chapter 25 The King Reveals the Future Part 2

We have here a continuation of the same discourse as that reported in the previous chapter. There are three parables, each designed to present special aspects of truth in connection with the second coming of Christ. The parable of the ten virgins has been the subject of considerable controversy. Questions that are confusing and contradictory have been raised as to its exact application. It would seem to apply to the entire period during which the professed people of God are waiting for th...

Chapter 26 The King Faces the Cross

The time was drawing near when Jesus was to die—to give His life a ransom for many. All had been foreseen from eternity, and He had come to earth for this express purpose. Yet as the hour drew near His holy soul was deeply moved. And it came to pass, when Jesus had finished all these sayings, he said unto his disciples, Ye know that after two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified. Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and...

Chapter 27 The Condemnation and Death of the King

As the Jews had no authority, under the Roman regime, to visit the death penalty upon anyone, they were unable to carry out the Levitical law which condemned a blasphemer to death (Lev. 24:15-16), unless they took things into their own hands and acted contrary to the code imposed upon them by Caesar’s government, as they did later in the case of Stephen who, like his Lord, was charged with blasphemy (Acts 7:54-60). In the case of Jesus, the chief priests and other leaders were anxious t...

Chapter 28 The Risen King and the Royal Commission

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 (Lev. 23:9-14; 1 Cor. 15:20, 23). His resurrection is the proof that redemption has been accomplished. Because of His perfect satisfaction in the work of His Son, God raised Him from the dead (Acts 4:2) and seated Him at His own right hand, thus acknowledging Him as Lord and Christ (Acts ...

Chapter 24 The King Reveals the Future Part 1

Chapters 24-25 are very closely linked. They give us what Sir Robert Anderson has called “the second Sermon on the Mount.” All that we have here 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 the end of the world [or age]?” They deserve a much more careful consideration than we can give them here. In chapter 24, He shows the conditions that will prevail in the world...
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