Saturday, 2 February 2013

Matthew 12

Here's how the study works: Read the chapter mentioned in the heading several times during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for a chapter creates the opportunity to reread it several times and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan said...

v. 1-2 At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

It was lawful to pick some heads of grain and eat them when walking through a field (Deuteronomy 23:25) but the Pharisees had added their traditions to the laws.

Susan said...


The Sabbath was intended to bring rest but the Pharisees had made it a burden.

It is not a coincidence that this passage follows immediately after Jesus offering rest (11:28-30).

Susan said...

v.3-5 “Haven’t you read…”

Jesus quotes from 1 Samuel 21:5-6 & 2 Chronicles 30:18-20 & Numbers 28:9-10. David was a man after God’s own heart and because he knew God, he knew it was ok to eat this bread.

Susan said...

v.7 “I desire mercy, not sacrifice”

From Hosea 6:6. The Pharisees, well versed in the Old Testament, totally missed God’s priorities.

Susan said...

v.14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.

Not ok to heal on the Sabbath but apparently ok to plot murder!!

Susan said...


(From Constable’s commentary) “Note too the three 'greater' statements that He made: as the
Priest, He is 'greater than the temple' (Matt. 12:6); as Prophet, He is 'greater than Jonah' (Matt. 12:41); and as King, He is 'greater than Solomon' (Matt. 12:42)."

Susan said...

v.34 For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Our words reveal our character. They reveal what is in our heart.

Susan said...

v.39 He answered, “A wicked and adulterous generation asks for a sign! But none will be given it except the sign of the prophet Jonah.

We tend to have a negative view of Jonah as the disobedient prophet but this verse doesn’t give this impression. It has been suggested that Jonah was trying to save the Jews and his thinking went like this: If I don’t go to Nineveh the people will not repent, God will destroy them and Israel will be saved from her enemies. It could be argued that in heading off in the opposite direction, Jonah was laying down his life for his people which would make him a sign, a type of Christ.

But perhaps this is reading too much into the passage?