Matthew 19:30—20:16, Do Not Envy or Judge One Another

[May 4, 2008] At the end of the section that began in 17:22 Jesus finishes with the para­ble of the workers in the vineyard. Jesus describes a mid-sized farm in which the owner himself recruits his day laborers. He went at six in the morning and hired his first workers, agreeing to . . . → Read More: Matthew 19:30—20:16, Do Not Envy or Judge One Another

Matthew 17:14-27, “The Sons Are Free”

[March 30, 2008] Unlike the sayings in a book of quotations, in order to understand what is in the gospels, context is everything. The words of the Bible are like parts of a living organism. If we separate them from the whole organism, we kill them. That does not mean we need . . . → Read More: Matthew 17:14-27, “The Sons Are Free”

Matthew 15:21-38, The Master of the Feast

[August 19, 2012] After the series of parables that Jesus told in Matthew 13, Jesus went home to Nazareth where He was poorly received and got word of the death of John the Baptist. When He sought to withdraw, thousands of people followed Him and He healed their sick and miraculously fed . . . → Read More: Matthew 15:21-38, The Master of the Feast

Matthew 15:21-38, Jesus Our Satisfaction

[October 5, 2008] As believers in Christ, Christ Himself calls us together to remember Him. We remember Him by hearing the Gospel. When we really give the Gospel our open, trusting and attentive hearing, then the Holy Spirit within us testifies of Christ (John 15:26; 14:26) and becomes the reality of Christ . . . → Read More: Matthew 15:21-38, Jesus Our Satisfaction

Matthew 13:36-53, Attaining the Kingdom

Review

[July 29, 2012] When Jesus began His sermon of parables, it was at a time when the opposition to His ministry from a contingent of Pharisees and His own frustration with the crowds was most acute. With His disciples gathered around Him in a house, He declared that they . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:36-53, Attaining the Kingdom

Matthew 13:36-53, The Reality of the Kingdom

Indoor Parables (Matthew 13:36a)

[September 17, 2008] Today we continue the parables of Jesus in Matthew 13. Matthew, the gospel writer, has organized his material very carefully into themes. You recall that the beginning of Matthew’s gospel presents Jesus as the Kingdom of the Heavens in His own person, who invites people . . . → Read More: Matthew 13:36-53, The Reality of the Kingdom