Matthew Chapter 21
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14And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
19 And when he saw a fig tree in the way, he came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away.
21 Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.
23 And when he was come into the temple, the chief priests and the elders of the people came unto him as he was teaching, and said, By what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?
31 Whether of them twain did the will of his father? They say unto him, The first. Jesus saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That the publicans and the harlots go into the kingdom of God before you.
32 For John came unto you in the way of righteousness, and ye believed him not: but the publicans and the harlots believed him: and ye, when ye had seen it, repented not afterward, that ye might believe him.
33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to husbandmen, and went into a far country:
42 Jesus saith unto them, Did ye never read in the scriptures, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord's doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes?
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Matthew Henry's Matthew Chapter 21 Bible commentary...
Christ enters Jerusalem. (1-11) He drives out those who profaned the temple. (12-17) The barren fig-tree cursed. (18-22) Jesus' discourse in the temple. (23-27) The parable of the two sons. (28-32) The parable of the wicked husbandmen. (33-46)1-11 This coming of Christ was described by the prophet Zechariah, #Zec 9:9|. When Christ would appear in his glory, it is in his meekness, not in his majesty, in mercy to work salvation. As meekness and outward poverty were fully seen in Zion's King, and marked his triumphal entrance to Jerusalem, how wrong covetousness, ambition, and the pride of life must be in Zion's citizens! They brought the ass, but Jesus did not use it without the owner's consent. The trappings were such as came to hand. We must not think the clothes on our backs too dear to part with for the service of Christ. The chief priests and the elders afterwards joined with the multitude that abused him upon the cross; but none of them joined the multitude that did him honour. Those that take Christ for their King, must lay their all under his feet. Hosanna signifies, Save now, we beseech thee! Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord! But of how little value is the applause of the people! The changing multitude join the cry of the day, whether it be Hosanna, or Crucify him. Multitudes often seem to approve the gospel, but few become consistent disciples. When Jesus was come into Jerusalem all the city was moved; some perhaps were moved with joy, who waited for the Consolation of Israel; others, of the Pharisees, were moved with envy. So various are the motions in the minds of men upon the approach of Christ's kingdom.
12-17 Christ found some of the courts of the temple turned into a market for cattle and things used in the sacrifices, and partly occupied by the money-changers. Our Lord drove them from the place, as he had done at his entering upon his ministry, #Joh 2:13-17|. His works testified of him more than the hosannas; and his healing in the temple was the fulfilling the promise, that the glory of the latter house should be greater than the glory of the former. If Christ came now into many parts of his visible church, how many secret evils he would discover and cleanse! And how many things daily practised under the cloak of religion, would he show to be more suitable to a den of thieves than to a house of prayer!
18-22 This cursing of the barren fig-tree represents the state of hypocrites in general, and so teaches us that Christ looks for the power of religion in those who profess it, and the savour of it from those that have the show of it. His just expectations from flourishing professors are often disappointed; he comes to many, seeking fruit, and finds leaves only. A false profession commonly withers in this world, and it is the effect of Christ's curse. The fig-tree that had no fruit, soon lost its leaves. This represents the state of the nation and people of the Jews in particular. Our Lord Jesus found among them nothing but leaves. And after they rejected Christ, blindness and hardness grew upon them, till they were undone, and their place and nation rooted up. The Lord was righteous in it. Let us greatly fear the doom denounced on the barren fig-tree.
23-27 As our Lord now openly appeared as the Messiah, the chief priests and scribes were much offended, especially because he exposed and removed the abuses they encouraged. Our Lord asked what they thought of John's ministry and baptism. Many are more afraid of the shame of lying than of the sin, and therefore scruple not to speak what they know to be false, as to their own thoughts, affections, and intentions, or their remembering and forgetting. Our Lord refused to answer their inquiry. It is best to shun needless disputes with wicked opposers.
28-32 Parables which give reproof, speak plainly to the offenders, and judge them out of their own mouths. The parable of the two sons sent to work in the vineyard, is to show that those who knew not John's baptism to be of God, were shamed by those who knew it, and owned it. The whole human race are like children whom the Lord has brought up, but they have rebelled against him, only some are more plausible in their disobedience than others. And it often happens, that the daring rebel is brought to repentance and becomes the Lord's servant, while the formalist grows hardened in pride and enmity.
33-46 This parable plainly sets forth the sin and ruin of the Jewish nation; and what is spoken to convict them, is spoken to caution all that enjoy the privileges of the outward church. As men treat God's people, they would treat Christ himself, if he were with them. How can we, if faithful to his cause, expect a favourable reception from a wicked world, or from ungodly professors of Christianity! And let us ask ourselves, whether we who have the vineyard and all its advantages, render fruits in due season, as a people, as a family, or as separate persons. Our Saviour, in his question, declares that the Lord of the vineyard will come, and when he comes he will surely destroy the wicked. The chief priests and the elders were the builders, and they would not admit his doctrine or laws; they threw him aside as a despised stone. But he who was rejected by the Jews, was embraced by the Gentiles. Christ knows who will bring forth gospel fruits in the use of gospel means. The unbelief of sinners will be their ruin. But God has many ways of restraining the remainders of wrath, as he has of making that which breaks out redound to his praise. May Christ become more and more precious to our souls, as the firm Foundation and Cornerstone of his church. May we be willing to follow him, though despised and hated for his sake.
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Daniel Campbell's Matthew Chapter 21 comment on 2/02/2013, 11:52am...
In this Scripture the Chief Priest and elders were confused because they would accept the Messiah as the Son of God, they thought him to be a prophet instead. The Pharisees were believers of tradition, the kingdom here is being offered to mankind.
Doug's Matthew Chapter 21 comment about verse 16 on 12/15/2012, 9:17pm...
Truly blesses my heart.
Jay's Matthew Chapter 21 comment on 12/05/2012, 4:39pm...
In parables, Jesus is constantly trying to demonstrate the differences between true faith of grace versus false faith and religion. The tree is Israel, the fig leaves is religion that has no fruits. The Pharisees are religion with false fruits, constant with their rejection of Jesus. Regarding verse 43, many theologians believe the kingdom of God taken from Israel and given to a nation bringing forth fruit is America. As for verse 21 again, Jesus is denouncing religion encouraging his disciples and other believers that with true faith that Jesus has brought with him. That even when believers are up against false beliefs (religion), believers with biblical truth will be able to overcome obstacles (mountains) to do the work (missionary) of true believers, which is soul winning 1 Thessalonians 2:19.
Jay's Matthew Chapter 21 comment on 12/05/2012, 11:47am...
On Matthew 21:5-7, when a person is reading and studying book of Matthew, there are guidelines to remember.
1. Matthew is a New Testament book, but it is a transitional book between Old and New Testament. Matthew is mainly written doctrinally to Jews and contains a lot of typology which are pictures of biblical truths for the kingdom that Jesus was wanting to bring in, but we know that the Jews rejected him as their Messiah (John 1:11-14), anointed one of God. The religion of the Jews has many customs and this is one of these customs. The anointed incoming kings was to ride on a mule/colt as part of the ceremony to be crowned king (I Kings 1:33-38, Zechariah 9:9). The ass/colt also represents a person who has not been broken, saved Luke 19:35. Jesus is not only a prophet, priest, and incoming king, but our savior as well.
2. When reading the gospels, remember that before Jesus said it is finished on the cross, they were still under the law and then it is transitional into the church age or age of grace.
Anonymous's Matthew Chapter 21 comment on 10/08/2012, 10:55am...
Hi Betty, You are right. Jesus could have travelled like light but He chose not to. To the King Of Kings riding upon an ass was a lesson in humility. Jesus took the form of human likeness upon Himself in order to die for us but before doing so, demonstrate to the angels and the being of the other university that we human being can live a righteous life IF we abide in Him, just as Jesus abides in GOD. The power given Him by God was not to be use to gratify Himself rather it was to be used to the glory of God, relieve the suffering of mankind and to teach us the power of humility. In other words His powers and capabilities were not for self exaltation or to ease his own pain. Compare the lifestyle of Jesus to the church officials when He lived on earth; you will see the difference. God Bless you.
Evander Renner's Matthew Chapter 21 comment on 9/05/2012, 6:44am...
What a mighty God is JESUS the healer of all sickness, both spiritual and physical. Matthew 21 verse 14 reads ; And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. After that JESUS gave us the power to do more powerful things, even more than what He did. Let me tell you what this man JESUS did for me and my family. My Brotherís son named Elikem Ayi Sittie was attacked by mysterious sickness for over 2 years, of which doctors did all but they could not solve the situation and canít even tell what sickness was it. At a point in time some doctors said they suspected cancer. When we call upon the name of JESUS, the mighty Healer to heal our son, He did just that for us, and today the boy Elikem is doing very good to the Glory to God. Thank you JESUS. Thank you for the CROSS. The Renner & Sittie families in Ghana will always remain grateful to you JESUS.
Elizabeth Lee Qiao's Matthew Chapter 21 comment about verse 7 on 8/28/2012, 6:27am...
as per (Mt 21:5,6,7)Jesus sat on the ass and ride into the city
WHY DO GOD NEED ANIMAL FOR TRANSPORT same as normal human being needed why cant he just travel like a light
Please help me to understand
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