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COMMENTARY
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Gospel according to Matthew
Gospel according to Mark
Gospel according to Luke
Gospel according to John
Acts of the Apostles
Epistle to the Romans

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Die Offenbarung des Johannes

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إنجيل المسيح حسب متى
إنجيل المسيح حسب مرقس
إنجيل المسيح حسب لوقا
إنجيل المسيح حسب يوحنا
أعمال الرسل
رسالة إِلى أهل رومية
رسالة إِلى أهل غلاطية
رسالة إِلى أهل فيلبي
رسالة إلى أهل كولوسي
رسالة إلى العبرانيين
رسالة يعقوب
رؤيا يوحنا

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2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17) - continued
14   And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them.
15   And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased,
16   And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?
17   And he left them, and went out of the city into Bethany; and he lodged there.

Christ is the temple of God, and in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily. God worked through Him to save many. Jesus is also the true High Priest, and the Lamb of God who offered Himself for us so that the fullness of the Holy Spirit’s blessing might dwell in us. Consequently, He is simultaneously the Temple, the High Priest, and the sacrifice of atonement for the sins of the world. These three roles meet all of the legal requirements regarding the priestly duties for reconciliation with God.
Where Christ is, miracles appear. When He healed the sick, the blind, and the lame, He not only proved His divinity, but He also drew people’s attention away from the stones of the physical temple to Christ Himself as God’s true temple.
The blind and the lame were not allowed to enter David’s palace (2 Samuel 5:8), but they were admitted into God’s house because the honor of God’s temple does not lie in earthly glories. The blind and lame must keep their distance from princes’ palaces, but only the unrepentant, wicked, and profane are barred from God’s temple.
The temple became profane when it was made into a market place, but it was honored when it became a hospital. Doing good in God’s house is more honorable than making money there.
Sometimes children recognize the essence of a person faster than an adult does. In this portion of scripture, the children began to shout, “Hosanna to the Son of David.” They may not have realized that they were greeting the Divine King. They intended only to greet Jesus, the merciful Healer that the crowds had been applauding the day before.
Children imitate what they see and hear so easily that great care must be taken to set them good examples for them. A Latin proverb says, “Our behavior with the young should be conducted with the most scrupulous care.” Children learn from those who are with them, either to curse and swear, or to pray and praise. The Jews taught their children to carry branches and shout “Hosanna!” at the Feast of Tabernacles, but in this portion of Scripture, God teaches them to apply it to Christ.
The teachers and leaders of the people were furious and angry about this display of praise in the temple. Fearing political and national disorder, they watched Jesus closely. Would He seize power by force? When nothing like this happened, and no angels were called up from heaven to destroy the Romans, the people came to Jesus and asked him, “What do you say when you hear your followers calling you the Son of David?” Jesus replied that the Holy Spirit would speak out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants if the leaders and princes did not worship Him. By these words, He asked the Jewish council to submit willingly to His majesty. This submission did not happen, and the people were actually planning to kill Him. So Jesus left Jerusalem and went to Bethany.

 

Prayer:   Father, we are in dire need of purification, revival, and regeneration in the recess of our hearts that we may not look like a den of thieves. Drive away our thoughts that contradict Your love and kindness. Remove our pressing worries from within that we may be sanctified by the blood of Your Son, that Your Holy Spirit may dwell in us, making our mouths and hearts sing, for You are worthy of praise at all times.

 

Question:

188. What is the difference between the singing children in a temple and the angry chief priests and scribes?

 

 

Table of contents

PREFACE

PART 1
THE PRELIMINARY PERIOD IN THE MINISTRY OF CHRIST
(MATTHEW 1:1 - 4:25)

PART 2
CHRIST TEACHES AND MINISTERS IN GALILEE
(MATTHEW 5:1 - 11:1)

PART 3
THE UNBELIEVING JEWS AND THEIR ENMITY TO JESUS
(MATTHEW 11:2-18:35)

PART 4
JESUS’ MINISTRY IN THE JORDAN VALLEY DURING HIS JOURNEY TO JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 19:1 - 20:34)

PART 5
JESUS’ LAST MINISTRIES IN JERUSALEM
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 25:46)

A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9)
21:1
A - A DISPUTE IN THE TEMPLE
(MATTHEW 21:1 - 22:46)

1. Jesus’ Entrance into Jerusalem
(Matthew 21:1-9) - continued
21:6
2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17)
21:10
2. Jesus Cleanses the Temple
(Matthew 21:10-17) - continued
21:14
3. The Unfruitful Fig Tree Cursed
(Matthew 21:18-22)
21:18
4. Jesus Questioned by the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 21:23-27)
21:23
4. Jesus Questioned by the Elders of the Jews
(Matthew 21:23-27) - continued
21:24
5. Jesus Gives Four Parables
(Matthew 21:28 - 22:14)

a) The Parable of the Two Sons
(Matthew 21:28-32)
21:28
b) The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers
(Matthew 21:33-41)
21:33
c) The Parable about the Stumbling Block
(Matthew 21:42-46)
21:42
d) The Parable of the Great Wedding Feast
(Matthew 22:1-14)
22:1
6. The Things that are Caesar’s, and Those that are God’s
(Matthew 22:15-22)
22:15
7. In the Resurrection they neither Marry nor are Given in Marriage
(Matthew 22:23-33)
22:23
8. The Great Commandment
(Matthew 22:34-40)
22:34
9. Christ is the Lord
(Matthew 22:41-46)
22:41
B - CHRIST REBUKES AND WARNS THE JEWISH SPIRITUAL LEADERS
(MATTHEW 23:1-39) (The Fifth Collection of the Words of Jesus)

1. Rebuke of the Scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 23:1-7)
23:1
2. The Humility of Faithful Teachers
(Matthew 23:8-12)
23:8
3. The First Woe to the Scribes and Pharisees
(Matthew 23:13)
23:13
4. The Second Woe
(Matthew 23:14)
23:14
5. The Third Woe
(Matthew 23:15)
23:15
6. The Fourth Woe
(Matthew 23:16-22)
23:16
7. The Fifth Woe
(Matthew 23:23-24)
23:23
8. The Sixth Woe
(Matthew 23:25-26)
23:25
9. The Seventh Woe
(Matthew 23:27-28)
23:27
10. The Eighth Woe
(Matthew 23:29-33)
23:29
11. Jesus’ Prophesy about Jerusalem
(Matthew 23:34-36)
23:34
12. The Hardheartedness of the People of Jerusalem in Front of Christ’s Mercy and Compassion
(Matthew 23:37-39)
23:37
C - CHRIST’S SERMON ON THE MOUNT OF OLIVES
(MATTHEW 24:1-25:46) (The Sixth Collection of Words of Jesus)

1. Christ Leaves the Temple (Matthew 24:1-2)
24:1
2. The Disciples’ Questions (Matthew 24:3) 24:3
3. Take Heed that no One Deceives You
(Matthew 24:4-5)
24:4
4. God’s Wrath Falling on Men
(Matthew 24:6-8)
24:6
5. They Will Deliver You up to Tribulation
(Matthew 24:9-14)
24:9
5. They Will Deliver You up to Tribulation
(Matthew 24:9-14) - continued
24:12
6. The Destruction of Jerusalem
(Matthew 24:15-22)
24:15
7. False Christs
(Matthew 24:23-26)
24:23
8. The Clear Signs of Christ’s Second Coming
(Matthew 24:27-31)
24:27
9. The End of the Worlds
(Matthew 24:32-36)
24:32
10. The Salvation of the Believers
(Matthew 24:37-41)
24:37
11. Watch!
(Matthew 24:42-51)
24:42
11. Watch!
(Matthew 24:42-51) - continued
24:45
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13)
25:1
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13) - continued
25:6
12. The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins
(Matthew 25:1-13) - continued
25:8
13. The Parable of the Talents
(Matthew 25:14-30)

a) Are You Talented?
(Matthew 25:14-18)
25:14
b) The Lord Rewards the Faithful
(Matthew 25:19-23)
25:19
c) The Lord Judges the Lazy Servant
(Matthew 25:24-30)
25:24
14. Christ is the Eternal Judge
(Matthew 25:31-33)
25:31
15. Christ’s Judgment on His Loving Followers
(Matthew 25:34-40)
25:34
16. The Judge’s Judgment on the Evil Ones
(Matthew 25:41-46)
25:41

PART 6
CHRIST’S SUFFEINGS AND DEATH
(MATTHEW 26:1-27:66)

PART 7
THE RESURRECTION OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST
(MATTHEW 28:1-20)

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