Matthew Chapter 23
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23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
34 Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!
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Matthew Henry's Matthew Chapter 23 Bible commentary...
Jesus reproves the scribes and Pharisees. (1-12) Crimes of the Pharisees. (13-33) The guilt of Jerusalem. (34-39)1-12 The scribes and Pharisees explained the law of Moses, and enforced obedience to it. They are charged with hypocrisy in religion. We can only judge according to outward appearance; but God searches the heart. They made phylacteries. These were scrolls of paper or parchment, wherein were written four paragraphs of the law, to be worn on their foreheads and left arms, #Ex 13:2-10; 13:11-16; De 6:4-9; 11:13-21|. They made these phylacteries broad, that they might be thought more zealous for the law than others. God appointed the Jews to make fringes upon their garments, #Nu 15:38|, to remind them of their being a peculiar people; but the Pharisees made them larger than common, as if they were thereby more religious than others. Pride was the darling, reigning sin of the Pharisees, the sin that most easily beset them, and which our Lord Jesus takes all occasions to speak against. For him that is taught in the word to give respect to him that teaches, is commendable; but for him that teaches, to demand it, to be puffed up with it, is sinful. How much is all this against the spirit of Christianity! The consistent disciple of Christ is pained by being put into chief places. But who that looks around on the visible church, would think this was the spirit required? It is plain that some measure of this antichristian spirit prevails in every religious society, and in every one of our hearts.
13-33 The scribes and Pharisees were enemies to the gospel of Christ, and therefore to the salvation of the souls of men. It is bad to keep away from Christ ourselves, but worse also to keep others from him. Yet it is no new thing for the show and form of godliness to be made a cloak to the greatest enormities. But dissembled piety will be reckoned double iniquity. They were very busy to turn souls to be of their party. Not for the glory of God and the good of souls, but that they might have the credit and advantage of making converts. Gain being their godliness, by a thousand devices they made religion give way to their worldly interests. They were very strict and precise in smaller matters of the law, but careless and loose in weightier matters. It is not the scrupling a little sin that Christ here reproves; if it be a sin, though but a gnat, it must be strained out; but the doing that, and then swallowing a camel, or, committing a greater sin. While they would seem to be godly, they were neither sober nor righteous. We are really, what we are inwardly. Outward motives may keep the outside clean, while the inside is filthy; but if the heart and spirit be made new, there will be newness of life; here we must begin with ourselves. The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees was like the ornaments of a grave, or dressing up a dead body, only for show. The deceitfulness of sinners' hearts appears in that they go down the streams of the sins of their own day, while they fancy that they should have opposed the sins of former days. We sometimes think, if we had lived when Christ was upon earth, that we should not have despised and rejected him, as men then did; yet Christ in his Spirit, in his word, in his ministers, is still no better treated. And it is just with God to give those up to their hearts' lusts, who obstinately persist in gratifying them. Christ gives men their true characters.
34-39 Our Lord declares the miseries the inhabitants of Jerusalem were about to bring upon themselves, but he does not notice the sufferings he was to undergo. A hen gathering her chickens under her wings, is an apt emblem of the Saviour's tender love to those who trust in him, and his faithful care of them. He calls sinners to take refuge under his tender protection, keeps them safe, and nourishes them to eternal life. The present dispersion and unbelief of the Jews, and their future conversion to Christ, were here foretold. Jerusalem and her children had a large share of guilt, and their punishment has been signal. But ere long, deserved vengeance will fall on every church which is Christian in name only. In the mean time the Saviour stands ready to receive all who come to him. There is nothing between sinners and eternal happiness, but their proud and unbelieving unwillingness.
Ar's Matthew Chapter 23 comment on 4/10/2014, 12:09pm...
Re Matthew ch 23 vs 13 to 30 Only the Son of God could speak with such AUTHORITY . also I noticed with the same Authority HE spoke in John chapter 10 vs 7 to 10. I cannot even imagine how great Authority HE will return to establish the KINGDOM OF GOD .Alleluyah!
Richard's Matthew Chapter 23 comment on 4/01/2014, 4:44am...
Jesus rails at a church of unjust stewards, I think especially at the fact for those that are entering to go into the kingdom through Jesus and they the Pharisees shut the door. It is the ultimate appeal of Father God to his children to seek repentance before it is too late. Straining out a knat while your commission of sin after sin is unbelievable!. Opulence, decadance, greed and graft Shortly Jesus would enter into the Temple of Jerusalem and also declare " my Father 's house is to be called a house of prayer and you have turned it into a den of thieves " ' not to be outdone the scribes and Pharisees turn it quickly from a den of thieves into a den of murderers. Matthew chapter 23 is an absolute declaration of corruption. We the Brethren the flock look to those who are to lead us in the words of life,the words of God, the words of truth that Jesus of Nazareth provides. It is disturbing that all the innocent blood shed upon the earth will fall upon this generation at that time. Jesus heals and saves those who are willing to hear His Word the words of God the Father even the leaders of the religion of "unjust stewards ". Jesus Christ has come in the flesh thank you my Father God in heaven and earth, amen .
Mike's Matthew Chapter 23 comment about verse 9 on 3/27/2014, 6:20pm...
what about the commandment HONOR THY FATHER MOTHER. how do all you Evangelicals explain that ? dont say that was the OT because Jesus said obey the commandments
Drew's Matthew Chapter 23 comment about verse 15 on 2/08/2014, 11:57am...
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Brianna's Matthew Chapter 23 comment about verse 9 on 1/16/2014, 5:37pm...
Crystal Clear. Important to note though, that this is Father, in a religious context. The word father was applied many times in the Bible to someone's fleshly relative.
It is so strange that this is blatantly expressed in the Bible yet certain churches just outright IGNORE this command.
John zambesi's Matthew Chapter 23 comment on 11/11/2013, 2:54am...
the4th most important in the bible,1st being born again,2rd spreading the word-being3 baptiseI
Roger's Matthew Chapter 23 comment about verse 9 on 9/02/2013, 6:40pm...
Tradition is wrong a lot of times especially concerning acknowledging my dad as Father. I realize the truth and make a change immediately in regard to my dad and my son.
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