Matthew 23:1-12, The Humility Required of Teachers

[November 2, 2014] For no particular reason I decided to follow the Sunday Gospel lectionary schedule of the Presbyterian calendar, in which today is the 21st Sunday after Pentecost, instead of the Anglican alternative in which today is either the 4th Sunday before Advent or the celebration of All Saints’ Day. So I . . . → Read More: Matthew 23:1-12, The Humility Required of Teachers

Matthew 15:39—16:20, The Revelation of Christ and the Church

The Climax of Matthew

[October 12, 2008] In this passage, Matthew 15:39-16:20, we reach the climax of the Gospel accord­ing to Matthew. It is like the peak of the mountain. Everything before this leads up to it and everything after flows down from it. From the time when Jesus first presented Himself to . . . → Read More: Matthew 15:39—16:20, The Revelation of Christ and the Church

Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Controversy with the Zealous

[August 12, 2012] Last time we considered the introductory narrative cycle that leads up to Jesus’ teaching on the church in the light of the kingdom. Who is Jesus’ mother and siblings, His home? It is not those whose familiarity with Him does not include spiritual insight into His Person. It is . . . → Read More: Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Controversy with the Zealous

Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Church’s Journey

[September 28, 2008] Last Sunday we began a new section of Matthew. This section is about who Jesus is, and ends with Peter confessing Jesus to be the Messiah and the Son of God and Jesus revealing (1) the church that He will build on this foundation, (2) His death and resurrection . . . → Read More: Matthew 14:22—15:20, The Church’s Journey

Matthew 12:38-50, Jesus Distinguishes His Own

[July 8, 2012] In today’s portion of the Gospel according to Matthew, the narrative subsection that prepares us for the seven parables of chapter 13 comes to an end. It began with John the Baptist (who was in prison) sending his disciples to Jesus to ask, “Are You the coming One or . . . → Read More: Matthew 12:38-50, Jesus Distinguishes His Own

Matthew 12:9-37, Do Not Harden Your Heart

[August 17, 2008] In the Gospel according to Matthew we have: the coming of the kingdom of the heavens to Israel in the person of the Messiah Jesus, the calling into being of His church within Israel, and the turning of the Gentiles to God within the church as a sign to . . . → Read More: Matthew 12:9-37, Do Not Harden Your Heart

John 9:1-17, The Gift of Sight to the Believer

[September 18, 2011] This week we come to the crowning miracle of the Feast of Tabernacles, which began in chapter 7. There we began with the hiddenness of Jesus during Israel’s wilderness sojourn (the present day) and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon those who believe. As in the parallel story in . . . → Read More: John 9:1-17, The Gift of Sight to the Believer