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3R: Matthew – Chapter 11

Matthew 10 / Matthew 11 / Matthew 12

Still sorting out family issues, but hoping to go back and look from the beginning again soon. There are many questions (we have uncovered already) still unanswered …

The Story So Far

  • Chapter 1
    • The genealogy
    • The birth of Jesus
  • Chapter 2
    • The visit of the wise men
    • The escape to Egypt
    • The massacre of the infants
    • The return from Egypt
  • Chapter 3
    • John the Baptist
    • People are being baptised by John in the river
    • But not all are welcomed by John
    • John: One who is coming is greater than he
    • Jesus baptism …
  • Chapter 4
    • Jesus is tested by the devil in the wilderness
    • Jesus begins his ministry in Galilee
    • Jesus calls the first disciples
    • Jesus ministers to a crowd (and his fame spreads)
  • Chapter 5
    • The Beatitudes
    • Salt and light
    • The law and the prophets
    • Concerning
      • Anger
      • Adultery
      • Divorce
      • Oaths
      • Retaliation
    • Love for enemies
  • Matthew 6
    • Concerning
      • Almsgiving
      • Prayer
        • The Lord’s Prayer
      • Fasting
      • Treasure
    • The sound eye
    • Serving two masters
    • Do not worry
  • Matthew 7
    • Do not judge
    • Profaning the holy
    • Ask, seek, knock
    • The golden rule
    • The narrow gate
    • A tree and its fruit
    • Concerning self-deception
    • Hearers and Doers
  • Chapter 8
    • Jesus cleanses a leper
    • Jesus heals a centurions servant
    • Jesus heals many at Peter’s house
    • Would-be followers of Jesus
    • Jesus stills the storm
    • Jesus heals the Gadarene Demoniacs
  • Chapter 9
    • Jesus heals a paralytic
    • The calling of Matthew
    • The question about fasting
    • A girl restored to life and a woman healed
    • Jesus heals two blind men
    • Jesus heals one who was mute
    • The harvest is great, the laborers few
  • Matthew 10
    • The Twelve Apostles
    • The Mission of the Twelve
    • Coming Persecutions
    • Whom to Fear
    • No Peace but the Sword
    • Rewards

Matthew 11

Now when Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and proclaim his message in their cities.

Matthew 11:1; NRSVA

Messengers from John the Baptist

  • Are you the one to come or should we wait for another?
    • Go and tell John what you hear and see:
      • the blind receive their sight,
      • the lame walk,
      • the lepers are cleansed,
      • the deaf hear,
      • the dead are raised,
      • and the poor have good news brought to them.
      • And blessed is anyone who takes no offence at me

Jesus Praises John the Baptist

As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: ‘What did you go out into the wilderness to look at? A reed shaken by the wind? What then did you go out to see? Someone dressed in soft robes? Look, those who wear soft robes are in royal palaces.

Matthew 11:7-8; NRSVA
  • Did they go out to see a prophet?
  • In fact – more than a prophet!
  • In fact – one who had been prophesied about:

“See, I am sending my messenger ahead of you, who will prepare your way before you.”

Matthew 11:10b; NRSVA

A voice cries out:
‘In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
    make straight in the desert a highway for our God.

Isaiah 40:3; NRSVA

See, I am sending my messenger to prepare the way before me, and the Lord whom you seek will suddenly come to his temple. The messenger of the covenant in whom you delight—indeed, he is coming, says the Lord of hosts.

Malachi 3:1; NRSVA
  • Among ‘those born of women’ no one is greater than John the Baptist (11)
    • Yet all in heaven our greater …

From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force. For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John came; and if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah who is to come. Let anyone with ears listen!

Matthew 11:12-15; NRSVA
  • (16) But to what will I compare this generation?
    • It is like children sitting in the market-places and calling to one another

“We played the flute for you, and you did not dance;
    we wailed, and you did not mourn.”

Matthew 11:17; NRSVA
  • They said John had a demon – even though he came neither eating or drinking
  • The Son of Man came eating and drinking – they say a ‘glutton and a drunkard’ – ‘a friend of tax collectors and sinners’
    • Yet wisdom is vindicated by her dreams.

Woes to Unrepentant Cities

  • Chorazin & Bethsaida – failure to repent
  • Capernaum: Deeds of power …

Jesus Thanks his Father

At that time Jesus said, ‘I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

Matthew 11:25-27; NRSVA

28 ‘Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. 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.’

Matthew 11:28-30: NRSVA

Matthew 12

The prep for tomorrow is Matthew 12. Happy reading …

Matthew 10 / Matthew 11 / Matthew 12

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