Whereas the preceding narrative introduces the notion that forgiveness is a primary focus of Jesus' mission (v... View the entire commentary
A Time for Everything
Some religious people were disturbed that Jesus would eat with sinners (Mt 9:11); in a manner of speaking, others were disturbed that he ate at all (9:14)... View the entire commentary
Jesus' Authority over Disabilities and Disciples
As in the previous two sections (8:1-22; 8:23-9:17), Matthew begins with three accounts of Jesus' authority in nature (9:18-34) and then articulates Jesus' authority over disciples (9:35-38)... View the entire commentary
Embracing Our Brokenness
When Jesus allows an impure woman to touch him and touches the hand of a corpse, he contracts ritual impurity under the law (Lev 15:19-33; Num 19:11-12)... View the entire commentary
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