Category Archives : Matthew (Rayburn)

The Deity of Jesus Christ

Matthew 22:34-46 Text Comment Remember, we are reading a succession of episodes in which the Lord’s enemies attempt to catch him in some faux pas.  In this last case, while the Jews themselves were always talking about this very question – which is the most important commandment – there were minefields here and an incautious […]

The Christian and the State

Matthew 22:15-22 Text Comment v.16     The Pharisees detested the Herodian dynasty but this was a case of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend.”   The Herodians, were the partisans of the Herodian dynasty and so of Herod Antipas, Rome’s client king in the area, whose allegiance was to Rome, whose patronage he required to […]

The Wedding Banquet

Matthew 22:1-14 Text Comment Remember, this parable we are about to read is the last in a series of three, all aimed at the religious establishment.  All three illustrate the unbelief of the religious leaders and predict divine judgment as a result of that unbelief and the spiritual fruitlessness that resulted from it.  If you […]

The Parable of the Tenants

Matthew 21:33-46 Text Comment v.33     No Jew would fail to recognize in this story a picture of the relationship between the Lord and Israel.  In Isaiah 5:1-2, for example, God is once again the owner of the vineyard and Israel the vineyard itself, yielding bad fruit.  In this case the vineyard is the people of […]

Christian Living: The Bad Doing Good

Matthew 21:23-32 Text Comment v.23     The chief priests and elders made up the Sanhedrin the ruling council of the Jews.  So this was an official deputation that approached the Lord in the temple courts.  Obviously, people who have authority, as these men did, are all the more concerned about someone who feels free to exercise […]

The Temple and the Fig Tree

Matthew 21:12-22 Text Comment v.12     We need to remember the context fully to appreciate this event.  Jesus had just entered the city virtually as a king.  He now lays claim to the sanctuary and demonstrates his rule over the spiritual life of the nation.  He is a prophet, critiquing the false worship of the temple, […]

The Triumphal Entry

Matthew 21:1-11 Text Comment Matthew has not related Jesus’ previous visits to Jerusalem.  John, for example, records visits to Jerusalem made at the beginning and in the middle of the Lord’s ministry.  Matthew has concentrated on the Lord’s ministry in Galilee where, all the Gospels agree, the Lord spent most of his time, where he […]

Relentless Faith and Great Compassion

Matthew 20:29-34 Text Comment v.29     This next episode plays a strategic role in the Gospel history.  For the traveler to Jerusalem, coming from the Trans-Jordan, Jericho is the last city before Jerusalem.  The capital was only some 15 miles from Jericho on a main road.  You will notice that the next paragraph in Matthew’s Gospel […]

Christian Greatness

Matthew 20:17-28 Text Comment v.17     Remember, we learned in 19:1 that Jesus had, by this time, left Galilee, the primary site of his public ministry, and was now making his way deliberately toward Jerusalem where the final crisis of his life and work would occur. v.19     This is the fourth of these short summaries of […]