Yearly Archives: 2004


Above All Else the Heart

Matthew 15:1-20 Text Comment v.1       Given that Jesus was then in Galilee, the fact that these men came from Jerusalem may suggest that it was some kind of deputation sent to query Jesus about what they viewed as heterodox teaching and practice.  This then is some evidence of the stir Jesus was creating as well […]


With Jesus in the Storm

Matthew 14:22-36 Text Comment v.22     “Made” is a strong term.  “Compelled” is more like it.  John, in his Gospel, also records this episode as following immediately upon the feeding of the 5,000.  But he adds that such was the enthusiasm of the crowd after that great miracle that an effort was made to make Jesus […]


The Feeding of the 5,000

Matthew 14:13-21 Text Comment v.13     “What had happened” refers, of course, to the death of John the Baptist.  [Hagner, ii, 417]  We can well imagine what a personal blow this must have been to the Lord.  The one man whose life was most connected to his own; the one man who best understood who Jesus […]


The Path to Victory

Matthew 14:1-12 Text Comment v.2       We have said that Matthew is treating us to a succession of responses made to Jesus by various people or groups.  Now we have the response of Herod Antipas, though his response to Jesus is somewhat indirect, being couched in comments that Herod made about John the Baptist. A tetrarch, […]


A Prophet Without Honor

Matthew 13:53-58 The chapter divisions, you remember, are not original to the Bible, being added a thousand years after the New Testament was completed.  We now realize that Matthew has organized his material in alternating sections of narrative and teaching.  The third of the teaching sections in the Gospel ended at 13:52 with the last […]


The Pearl of Great Price

Matthew 13:44-52 We consider this morning three short parables, the first two which have a common theme and the third that links up, in large part, with the parable of the weeds that we considered last Lord’s Day morning. Text Comment v.44     There were banks in the Greco-Roman world of that day and money was […]


The Parable of the Weeds

Matthew 13:24-43 Text Comment v.25     The weeds in view are probably darnel or rye grass, a poisonous plant related to wheat and virtually indistinguishable from it until the ears form.  Roman law actually imposed punishment on anyone who sowed darnel among wheat as an act of revenge.  So, once again, as with the parable of […]


The Parable of the Sower

Matthew 13:1-23 Text Comment We begin in 13:1 the next section of the Gospel, a section devoted to the Lord’s teaching.  We had such a section in chapters 5-7, the Sermon on the Mount, another in chapter 10, and now the third that begins here and ends in 13:52.  You remember we said that Matthew […]


The Lord’s Family

  Matthew 12:46-50 Remember, all of this material in chapters 11 and 12 has been concerned with various responses made to Jesus and his ministry.  Most of those responses have been negative and unbelieving.  But the section concludes with a statement about what constitutes a true and faithful response to Jesus, the response he was […]