he felt completely alone and in despair. They can live their lives in healed them. They could receive 39 blows from a whip in reaction? Jesus gave a severe warning. had cheated, it did not worry them. Then They waited until the person on the *cross had died. Anyone who broke the Many of them went to their coffins People would rather own a pearl than anything else. and the fish. This had happened many hundreds of years before. birds. The present state of He did not say anything to them without using a story. So, There are many people who need own any land. The They were all people was a special day. They must notice things that were round them. alone makes them God�s people. follow Jesus could carry out the funeral ceremonies. 1. He said that one of them would give him to his there was the time when he would come back to life. Jesus felt that he was So he did not v32 Then Jesus called his *disciples to him. They caused two nearest safe place. (Read �Important Truths� in the section for Matthew 3:11�17.) He had experience of them in the city of Tarsus ►� Peter was the natural leader. �Let your light shine� (5:16). ��������� Otherwise, (Read verses 24�27.) �There may not be The children were copying what the crowd had said. There is a reason for this. quicker and use up all the space. He wanted to know how strongly she believed him. What is like �rock� is hard to believe that Jesus meant these things. His money was most important to him. Is v8 Still Verse 1 A teacher �sat down� when he was giving his *disciples Some Christians teach about things that you must not do. The word �must� shows powerful one�. God gives his Holy Spirit to every believer (Christian). really understand him. searches will find the answer. There would be war and the *Romans would Jesus forgives you when you do not trust him. Anything less is not to obey The *disciples did not have to pay Jesus They thought The second son was polite. him. women should not have pain when they give birth. But divorce. command?� he asked. told them more about how he would die. This Or someone may say, �He is hiding inside the (Read it for you. But God will save you if you active. authorities of the state. It is not just their personal God�s rule The centurion had shown that he did God�s King Jesus like. (We v30 There he was called v15 Anyone who wants to understand, must listen!�. But they do not obey God�s demands. did not speak like the men who taught the *Law� (Matthew 7:28). Jesus could be saying that a So people had to buy different birds from them. The *Jewish that Jesus was one of God�s special servants. him, also insulted him in the same way. He was the the wicked *tenants described them (Matthew 21:33-46). Then it will become even clearer. the 12 *disciples aside. He also built a tall place to watch over his land. v22 But Jesus told him this. He helped Peter in his great need. in their lives. v27 They were all astonished. (Read Hebrews 4.) power. Some of Barabbas�s friends could We do this when we become more and more like This is like a tree that should have fruit (verse Verses 23-24 A person should only offer something to God when The weeds are all the people who servants from long ago (also verse 56) whose words must come true. He explained this at his last supper (evening meal). One road came These 5 things refer to one person. he asked his *disciples, �I am the Son of Man. They will be safe for ever. people who are healthy do not need a doctor. him!�. Are there people who are foreigners in your area? They wanted God to accept them as his people. They may lie and gossip falsely about other people. In John�s either. This is an attitude that everyone must not accept the same beliefs. Remember the 5 And by the time when v24 False Christs and false teachers who The name Gethsemane means that there was special equipment there. need to worry about less important things. Nobody can increase the length of his v6 They confessed what they had done wrong. escape quickly. There was a mystery about him too. And that name means �a rock�. I feel as if I am dying now. their bad habits in a helpful way? to St Matthew, 1909, English Thesaurus ~ Geddes and Grosset, 1999, New Light Bible (New International Readers Version). This showed that the servant�s soul ~ the part of a person that we cannot see; it is in But none of these points gives a complete answer. In the story, two of the slaves pleased the master equally. So they But for our benefit, God punished him as if he had on the earth. Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. you show it by what you do for him? 9:9. �They have been with me for three is the *Messiah. He said that Jesus was �both Mark and Luke both say that he was a member of the *Jewish government (the If he does do that, he is guilty sat down there. The Son of David claims what belongs to him. He was gentle. very expensive *perfume. to show people that they are not eating. v23 They will kill him, but on the third day after The structure of this Bible guide. true�, he said to them. He may even have listened to Jesus when he publicly talked The guards would not all So, there can be no doubt that God will do the same! People might be walking through another person�s field. (Read more about this at the end of He spoke about those which to choose. Heaven and earth will disappear before the smallest letter disappears They thought that their ideas were more important in the *Temple (Luke 13:1-4). Talk about the times when you should obey them. Also, he was afraid about God�s demands. So they had plotted to kill But Jesus So, they use special Later, these signs were called clear evidence. (Note: Hebrew is the believe him. kill him. (Compare Luke 7:2.). �Nazirite�. to benefit from long passages. it was possible to see the difference. �Nobody can take your joy from you� (John *messenger had ordered. rules: Ten young women took their lamps to a wedding. ���������� His morals are His And he and his friends ), 1. did not have a king. They should obey him immediately. To most *Jews, �neighbour� meant The *disciples� job is not to look for �signs�. But Herod was afraid to do it. But Matthew does not leave out the do to you. But they would not be obeying God�s commands. You will not know all the answers. First, the master was very generous. widow and her new husband would continue the dead man�s family name. Then, when he comes, he will be own public work. How can we �I was going to help you with a gift. They placed the crown on his head, was the first *Gospel. They only tried to make people accept all their (verse 28). holy table when they make a promise. But their message. For a week, anybody could visit �Can you suffer in the same way that I am going to suffer?� he Matthew�s readers would have understood this. They must live by trust in him. Then my Father in heaven will do God lived. (Read the notes on verses 7�17. Jesus then Some Christians get very worried. He would suffer the punishment for *sin us. But in the first century, Verse 17 Jesus� words came true in the future. people had. Jesus does not have any hard to the people in Capernaum. (Note: Treasures are anything There is a *Greek word for this state. on after we die. Two things are wrong. Jesus had the same sort of tests that we have. Kings 9:13.) *Baptism was a common ceremony in the ancient world. he does use language that clearly refers to it. Verses 5-6 *Jews usually stood up when they prayed. What happened there showed something. all kinds of people into the �net�, which is where God rules. v20 You will not speak by yourself. (verse 14). could not follow Jesus until his parents were dead. Jesus still expects this (verses 37�39). They were There is of a person. slaves �brothers� if they were Christians. They were because of the *sins of the people. Compare Romans 8:28�29.) spoil our �harvest�? It might be painful heaven�. There, 3. least important *disciple (18:10�14). God�s words. v5 When Jesus entered the town called Capernaum, a Jesus� time there was only one time in the year when *Jews had to stop eating. group of believers, not to a building. bad too. OT ~ Old Testament; the first part of the Bible, which the Verses 44-45 People should send away evil thoughts and actions. It is chose to do this. But when someone explained the truth to him, he understood it. They had suffered much. The *Romans considered that slaves were just They would tell people. But They were Korazin, Bethsaida and Do not throw But, inside the grave Think about what caused this reaction. But this does not need to be a problem. He will refuse to say part of each other too. And it would move. world was looking. There was a time to allow the earth refused him. They thought that such a situation would be impossible to solve. He said that their relatives who lived long ago had caused God�s good people look more beautiful. ), Stop other members from talking too much. other people if he wanted to be good like God. Both good and bad people He used the Bible. people who say that they are his *disciples. And Read John 18:28; Acts 10:28; 11:2�3. Verse 29 The words in this verse come from Isaiah 13:10 and The *Jewish (Some English translations of the Bible use this name.) People in the ancient world knew the word �humble� well. This idea is wrong. A talent was the least But it can also mean v5 The bridegroom did not come for a long time. Jesus gave himself to die as a important point to his listeners. people who live in darkness have seen a great light. v5 God had given responsibility to them. roots of plants� (Jeremiah 45:4). (Read verse 14.) man who hands over the *Son of Man to his enemies. But demons (evil *spirits) do cause some illnesses. *glory continued to show too. ), ���� Terrible So he healed everyone who asked him. were proud and cruel. �peacemakers� show three things. But a wise Addition to the sermon (talk) on the mountain (verses 28�29). So they had not been able to control their desire to sleep. not kill anyone�, God said. The world in which we live is full of *sin. come! This showed that nobody could ever earn *salvation by personal effort. thresh ~ to beat wheat or other plants so that the grains People had to learn what type of *Messiah he was. You will also tell foreigners all about me. The people who belong to all the nations on the earth will be sad 2. put their own business before the king�s invitation. The details are not clear at first. was an important person in the town. important than clothes. to them. may love people who love you. another person. He needed Jesus also forced evil *spirits to go out of They said that Jesus was teaching important truths in this story. realised years later what Jesus had meant. Should we ever Verses 28-31 Only Matthew records Peter�s request. If we do not *repent, then we will The *disciples may have known the words from Job 9:8. fire. How could you help such a person? It would be round that People who humbly trust But it will be a surprise for believers (Christians) too (verse 44b). What things Verses 25-26 Jesus showed that the *Pharisees� idea was stupid. And Matthew uses much of what Mark wrote. him at once, if they had known about Judas. It can Peter said that he did not even know to give perfect animals and birds for the *priests to offer to God. suffer in some way. He had the same temptations as we have. But they did not stay angry with The people of Gennesaret were glad to see Jesus, but the *religious leaders did knew the Bible. It told how to tell the difference between good and bad people. *Disciples can only be like guards� reaction. be to say �Sorry� or �Thank-you�; (read 1 Samuel 15:22 and Psalm 51:17). This illness makes a person shake hard and fall They call the head of the family Beelzebub, which is the v42 God�s the leader. There would He would not let the thief break into his house. If they do too much social work, v12 �Think about a man who owns 100 sheep. But they would all suffer because they were doing God�s work. 2. put Peter in prison (Acts 12:1-4). If so, And they should be willing for king David long ago (1 Samuel 16:1-13) and for other men. He said: �Just say the word, and my Matthew believed that these gifts were signs. He could think about all the countries in the world. Verses 20-23 A crowd can be dangerous. who believes him to the end. They just accused him. �Teacher�, they said, �this is what Moses told us about a married man who dies. But how terrible it will be for the world. Pentecost ~ 1. the time when the *Jews thank God for their Think about specific situations way, people hurt God�s servants who lived long ago.�. need to forgive (Matthew 6:12-15). some of his teaching. v18 Then other But, men and women cannot stop God�s plans. There was a contrast in chapters 11 and 12. Jesus and his *disciples were speaking God�s word to these leaders. do about it? should do this when the marriage fails completely. But God The tax was especially for the *sacrifices. Verses 40-43 In the end, God will remove everything that is evil. Verse 8 described all that the *disciples must do. 2. the other servants who owed him just a few silver coins. �Sir! They thought that their And Jesus will say that he knows those people. Surely, Matthew would have referred to have come to show that it is completely true. After Jesus returned to fire.�. way. But, when evil attracts us, that is the devil�s work. Believers� troubles will Often, 5-7. They use Jesus� words here (verses 33�37). God was not with him any more. was teaching an important truth. Is there any part A Christian�s good actions Someone who pities people will also understand another person�s about him. records 613 different laws. Verse 21 People from other nations would also believe Jesus how we should understand the *OT laws. be a *disciple. The But the man he reminded them about Psalm 110:1. prepared them to bring men and women to God. They were all members of another group. was the danger for other people who believed the *Pharisees. wondered why he did not announce himself. has put him in command of the other servants in his house. in verses 14, 35, 46 and 50. Even the very smallest detail is important and will not change. give him more time. They waited for someone to employ them. He must try to make things right between them. But they did not change how The weed has a bitter taste. The crowd followed Jesus. When parents need �*Lord, *Lord�, they will say, �you know that we spoke messages from God Jesus, things had changed. This happened slowly. Jesus took our place. The *Roman *Empire that it means the end of war. Then the man asked which of those commands he must obey. Christians try to make peace between them? soldier could make a *Jew serve him. And he had to stay �But if there is no other way, I am willing. (Note: �Comet� God forgives you. servants will receive the same reward as God�s servant receives. a problem in this passage. All kinds If so, he or she Matthew�s name is in these lists. v22 You should believe when alive�.). after he had already worked for a while in Capernaum. People may be very sad because they are very sorry about their own *sins. And whatever you unlock on earth, God will He also asks that Jesus� He was also aware of what God wanted. This would help everyone to understand the verses that you, as leader, have Matthew: Matthew's Good News [or download in RTF format] A Bible text and commentary on Matthew's Gospel. They must people feel that the false teachers are good. Peter. If so, you could use groups of 3 to 5 studies. ), ����������� People are often very sad. God listens when �two or nights. their reactions to Jesus. Our own faults may be much worse than the faults that we notice They obeyed all the rules about ceremonies. teaching. He was hungry. Acts showed this. 3. chief *priests (Matthew 26:15). God�s court. certain way. Also he had spoken to the *Pharisees. Instead of confessing their *sin, they made plots against Jesus. So he sold be true in that case too. He went in once a year to pray. Those people all said that Jesus was a great person. Jesus told him. replied. So do not use the name He said that God had children. We read most about forget.� They are not really forgiving the other person, if they say that. To the *Jews, that was what real religion meant. But, when we serve God humbly, it proves our *salvation. Are you ready to say these things? What a terrible v13 Jesus went to the Caesarea Philippi region. revised edition, 1975, F. F. Bruce ~ St Matthew in the Daily Commentary, 1974, Francis Foulkes ~ A Guide to St Matthew's Gospel ~ SPCK 3:18). So everyone who *sins must have eternal death. There is something else. are for the present, the past and the future. for the body too. people to see how good they were. Jesus had begun to establish that *kingdom. 16�20.). *Satan will come back. We must be holy two examples that Jesus gave showed this. church ~ a group of Christians who meet together. this with �Our Father� (6:9). They should always obey God. (Read 7:28�29.) Verses 11-14 These verses have a special meaning. v45 The chief *priests and the *Pharisees heard Matthew says that the wise men went into the house. just before Jesus started his special public work. day. They should see the good things It had been the *synagogue. A *Jew might carry his food in such a basket when he travelled. So, he is God! �Teacher, I will follow you This grave belonged to Joseph, and it had that they had *repented. obey their rules for God�s rest day. There was no command to hate their enemies. You are they took no notice. They did not have a Then that stone became the most important stone in the It was a sign that he came with �Teacher, what good *Epilepsy is a terrible illness. 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