This chapter says people brought the little children to Jesus. When the disciples refused them, they not only were doing a disservice to the children, but also to the people (most likely parents) who brought them.
As Jesus told the disciples how to deal with sin, I wonder what Matthew thought when Jesus told them if a sinner didn’t listen you are to “treat them as you would a pagan or a tax collector.”
I was hit by the fact Jesus talked about his death and resurrection twice in this chapter. I still do not get how come the disciples did not get the fact that Jesus was going to resurrect.
I have said many times that I think the disciples were caught off guard when Jesus talked about taking up their cross and following him. But as I read this, as Jesus explained what was going to happen to him, … Continue reading
Jesus healed the people. The results of those healing were recorded by Matthew- “So the crowd marveled as they saw the mute speaking, the crippled restored, and the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they glorified the God of … Continue reading
I never noticed this before, but in v. 30 Matthew writes, “But seeing the wind, he [Peter} became frightened, and beginning to sink.” How could Peter have seen the wind? He was seeing things that weren’t there. But isn’t that … Continue reading
In verse 16 Jesus tells the disciples, “But blessed are your eyes, because they see; and your ears, because they hear.” I am not sure how well the disciples saw and heard. In my opinion, some of their actions prove … Continue reading
At the beginning of this chapter, Jesus is on a roll. He manages to challenge the Sabbath rules twice in one Sabbath, ticking off the Pharisees both times.
“29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” So reading this morning, I … Continue reading