Lectionary Reflections on Matthew 5:13-16 February 6, 2011. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Matthew 5:1-12 EXEGESIS: MATTHEW 5-7. It is an honest confession that we are sinful and utterly without moral virtues needed to please God. for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you: — that is, “You do but serve yourselves heirs to their character and sufferings, and the reward will be common.”. How often was Moses made (as Cato among the Romans) to plead for his life! Matthew 1:1; Matthew 1:2; Matthew 1:3; Matthew 1:4; Matthew … Isaiah is said to have been sawed asunder; Jeremiah was thrown into a dungeon and threatened with death; Elijah was hunted by Ahab and Jezebel. The phrase alludes to the fact that, in Jewish history, the mass of the nation — the all men — reviled the prophets, and persecuted the righteous few. So great is that joy, that we are said to enter into it, it is too full to enter into us, Matthew 25:21. Matthew 5:13-16. It is such holy mourners, the Lord Jesus said, shall be comforted. I have read and agree to the privacy policy. But the Teacher gives two reasons to help inexperienced disciples to rise to that moral elevation.— ’ . (Acts and Mon.) The idea of being "blessed" in Jesus' sermon does not mean feeling happy, necessarily. Jesus opens his ministry in Luke 4:16-18 by reading from Isaiah 61:1, saying that he has come “ to preach the gospel to the poor. who shall deliver me from this body of death? What Are the Requirements for Entering the Kingdom of God? This is another example of the desire to avoid using God’s name more than necessary. Isaiah may be added from tradition. But later He will add a warning. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. (Luther, Epist. Anthony Person, with a cheerful countenance, embraced the stake whereat he was to be burned, and kissing it, said, "Now welcome, mine own sweet wife, for this day shall thou and I be married together in the love and peace of God." Mihi maxime prosunt, saith he, qui mei pessime meminerunt. The appointed gospel is Matthew 5:1-12. Calling his faith greater than any He had found in Israel 2. CHRIST is the alone peace-maker, in making our peace in the blood of his cross. Persecution has not occurred only in the case of barbarous nations whilst they were being converted to the Gospel, but always in the times of both the Old and New Testament: see 1 John 3:12-13. They know, through the Lord's teaching, their spiritual poverty, their lost, their undone estate before GOD. Blessed are the merciful. So persecuted they the prophets. ‘Deus est debitor noster non ex commisso, sed ex promisso.’ Aug(40) (Tholuck.) Let the Reader observe how JESUS opens it in pronouncing blessings. רקד et Psal. The reward of the saints I. Great is your reward in heaven - In the Talmudical tract Pirkey Aboth, are these words: "Rabbi Tarpon said, The day is short: the work is great: the laborers are slow: the Reward Is Great: and the father of the family is urgent.". Matthew 5:13-16: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. Matthew’s “exceptive clause” is against such permissiveness for Gentile converts to Christianity; cf. 2. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Matthew 8:5-13. Was it not by their heroic and impregnable faith causing them to endure, as seeing him that is invisible, and having respect, as Moses, to the recompence of reward! Jason John OP on Matthew 5:27-32) - … We shouldn’t aggrieve by suffering persecution and even less should we doubt God’s way and His work because of persecution. By ensuring that they do His will, they will then ensure that they remain as true prophets. Consider its preciousness. The Similes of Salt and Light. 12. 13 “You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? And graciously the Lord JESUS here declares all such shall not hunger in vain. And that peace of GOD which ruleth in their hearts, will manifest itself in acts of peace among them which make peace. Matthew: A Man Under Authority (8:5-13) by Mark Copeland "THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW" A Man Under Authority (8:5-13) INTRODUCTION 1. The Church of Christ, endowed with the Pentecostal gift, was to be as a prophet to the nations. The rejoicing is to be for having been classed with the righteous prophets. How early did martyrdom come into the world! Maiora certamina, maiora sequuntur praemia, saith Tertullian. Ed Morrissey Posted at 11:31 am on January 29, 2017. The chance to preach four Sundays in a row on the Sermon on the Mount may seem to be less an opportunity and more like a burden. POISONED RELIGION – Matthew 16:1-4 But we may take it as giving a co-ordinate reason for joy = ye are in good company. 3) Reflection • Here, in Chapter 18 of the Gospel of Matthew begins the fourth great discourse on the New Law, the discourse on the community. This verse continues the thought of the preceding one. The saints’ great reward, not in this life. of grace. The first word of CHRIST'S Gospel is Blessing. Sunday reflection: Matthew 5:1-12. You can opt out if you wish. Your reward.—The teaching of Luke 17:10 shows that even here the reward is not “of debt, but of grace” (Romans 4:4). They are presumably indeed to see themselves as prophetic men. for so persecuted they the prophets before you. An exhortation based on the declaration of blessedness in Matthew 5:11, and confirming it. In heaven.—Literally, in the heavens, as in the phrase, the “kingdom of heaven.” the plural being used possibly with reference to the Jewish belief in three (2 Corinthians 12:2) or seven heavens, more probably as implying, in its grand vagueness (like the “many mansions” of John 14:2), the absence of any space limits to the promised reward. But the words were, we can hardly doubt, true of the prophetic order as a whole. * [9:9–17] In this section the order is the same as that of Mk 2:13–22. Hence the LORD promiseth his people to take away the heart of stone, and give them an heart of flesh. SERMON ON THE MOUNT COMMENTARY Verse by Verse notes On Site Bruce Hurt, MD. The same combination is found, possibly as an actual echo of its use here, in 1 Peter 1:8; 1 Peter 4:13; Revelation 19:7. But if salt loses its taste, with what … 5 “Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Also, the Lord made use of object lessons and sometimes the object was a person; in this case, a child. This title comes from the Latin word beatus, which means "blessed" or "happy." They are conscious they owe ten thousand talents, and have nothing to pay. Matthew 5:12. ὁ μισθός] comp. Lorin. 1 Timothy 2 Timothy Titus Philemon Hebrews James 1 Peter. When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain; and after he sat down, his disciples came to him. Browse Sermons on Matthew 8:5-13. Matthew 5:12. On the conception of μισθός, which κατὰ χάριν λογίζεται (Romans 4:4), comp. In the corresponding passage of Luke (Luke 6:22-23), where every indignity trying to flesh and blood is held forth as the probable lot of such as were faithful to Him, the word is even stronger than here, "leap" [ skirteesate (Greek #4640)], as if He would have their inward transport to overpower and absorb the sense of all these affronts and sufferings; nor will anything else do it. Matthew’s extension to human beings of the authority to forgive sins points to the belief that such authority was being claimed by Matthew’s church. Not simply peace-makers between man and man in the strifes of the world, for there is no peace saith my GOD to the wicked. For he had oculum in metam (which was Ludovicus Vives his motto), his eye upon the mark; he pressed forward toward the high prize, with Paul, Philippians 3:14; and looking through the terror of the fire, saw heaven beyond it; and this made him so valiant, so violent for the kingdom. Quisquis volens detrahit famae meae, nolens addit mercedi meae, saith Augustine. Matthew 5:12. χαίρετε, rejoice) Joy is not only a feeling, but also a duty of the Christian (see Philippians 4:4); and in adversity, the highest grade and very nerve of patience.— ἀγαλλιᾶσθε, be exceeding glad) so that others also may perceive your joy.— ὅτι, κ. τ. λ, because, etc.) This morning’s Gospel reading is Matthew 5:1-12: When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. When the chain was put about Alice Driver’s neck: "Oh," said she, "here is a goodly neckerchief, blessed be God for it." There is nothing dishonorable about any of these motives. They are so presented as to suggest that Luke reports but a part, and that our Lord uttered an antithetic woe for each benediction. (Bristow) --- If you participate in the sufferings of the prophets, you will equally participate in their glory, their reward. "Oh that joy! Though God does not require us to seek persecution, yet all this shows that there is something in religion to sustain the soul which the world does not possess. "After I came into prison" (saith Robert Glover, martyr, in a letter to his wife), "and had reposed myself there awhile, I wept for joy and gladness, my belly full, musing much of the great mercies of God; and as it were, thus saying to myself, Lord, who am I, on whom thou shouldst bestow this great mercy, to be numbered among the saints that suffer for thy gospel sake?" γάρ] assigns the reason from the recognised certainty (Matthew 10:41) that to the prophets, who formerly were persecuted in like manner (Matthew 23:29 ff. He answered, "Well, God be praised, good Master Sheriff, never better; for now I know I am almost at home. Matthew Mark Luke John Acts of Apostles Romans 1 Corinthians. The area Jesus went to was probably the hills to the west of the Sea of Galilee. 4 “Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. "And, indeed," said Bradford, "I thank God more for this prison than of any parlour, yea, than of any pleasure that ever I had, for in it I find God my most sweet God always." As your sufferings associate you with. • Matthew 5: 1-2: The solemn announcement of the New Law. Directly said, to know and practice the Beatitudes is to be saintly. They were chosen in CHRIST, and are thus training for the everlasting enjoyment of CHRIST, to all eternity. Mary Erickson Revelation 7:9-17; Matthew 5:1-12 Friends Forever Friends, may grace and peace be yours in abundance in the knowledge of God and Christ Jesus our Lord. And seeing the multitudes — At some distance, as they were coming to him from every quarter.He went up into the mountain — Which was near: where there was room for them all.His disciples — not only his twelve disciples, but all who desired to learn of him. Few people. Not an express assertion that the disciples were prophets. Their case we have sufficiently explained in our comment on. How Should Christians Prepare for the Day of the Lord? It purports to be based on Matthew 5:1-12. The latter sense accords best with the language of the discourse, and culminates in the former one. ‘An expression,’ as De Wette observes, ‘taken from our earthly commerce, and applied to spiritual things;’ in which however we must remember, that the principal reference is to God as the giver, and not to us as the deservers: see the parable above cited, where the μισθός is not what was earned, but what was covenanted. 3) Reflection • From today, beginning of the 10th week of Ordinary Time, up to the end of the 21st Week of Ordinary time, the daily Gospels are taken from Matthew. It is connected with recognition of service. We all have responsibility and unique role , But put Jesus at the centre (Also 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 2:20; 3:5; 4:11, etc.). Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. He says that if someone hits you, don't just hit them no harder than they did, but, instead, he says to let them hit you again. Christ regards his people as the salt of the earth and as the light of the world. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. "I have rejoiced in this passage which said to me, I will go to the house of the Lord." For it will indicate that they are deserving people, and it will mean that their reward in Heaven will be great. Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted. They see God in CHRIST in all the blessedness of salvation here in the life that now is, and they shall See him in the complete enjoyment of him in the life of glory that is to come. For great is your reward in heaven] God is a liberal paymaster, and no small things can fall from so great a hand as his. I must not trespass in my Poor Man's Commentary, to explain to the full on gospel principles the whole of the characters which the LORD JESUS hath here drawn, but were it not for enlarging, I might otherwise show how beautiful a correspondence they all bear to each other. 3. In like manner, the whole of the features of character, which follow, if construed with an eye to the whole tenor of CHRIST'S gospel, plainly shew forth whom the Lord JESUS had in view. DO YOU WANT TO WELCOME THE LORD DURING THE DISASTERS. Rejoice and be exceeding glad] Leap and skip for joy, as frolicing young cattle use to do in the spring, when everything is in its prime and pride. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. "Oh, how my heart leapeth for joy," said Mr Philpot, "that I am so near the apprehension of eternal life. Jesus used a number of teaching methods. ), great reward is reserved in heaven for future communication in the kingdom of the Messiah. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. God’s desire to stimulate us to a better life by revealing to us the great reward. Thereupon our Saviour departed out of Judea into Galilee, as John the Evangelist hath it, lest he should suffer the same things from them. The article denotes: the reward which is destined, kept in readiness for you (Matthew 25:34; Colossians 1:5), and that for the indignities, persecutions, and lies borne through faith in me. The eye of the soul is no sooner opened to see his state of poverty and wretchedness before Cod, but the heart melts at the view of it. "For, indeed," as Mr Philpot the martyr said, "to die for Christ is the greatest promotion that God can bring any in this vale of misery unto; yea, so great an honour, as the greatest angel in heaven is not permitted to have." Commentary on Matthew 5:1,2 (Read Matthew 5:1,2) None will find happiness in this world or the next, who do not seek it from Christ by the rule of his word. 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