Greater Than a Prophet (11:1-19) John was greater than earlier prophets (11:9), for he proclaimed a fuller message (11:10; 13:17)... View the entire commentary
The Questions of a Man of God
Many scholars believe that the material in verses 1-15 has a good claim to historical reliability (see Davies and Allison 1991:244; Witherington 1990:42-43, 165; E... View the entire commentary
Those who received Jesus' prophets received him (10:41); most of Israel had accepted neither John the prophet nor Jesus (11:16-19) and hence invited greater judgment than wicked cities that had heard less of God's message (11:20-24)... View the entire commentary
Heads I Win, Tails You Lose
With a sharp parable Jesus pronounces judgment on his generation, which has rejected something greater than the Law and Prophets rejected by many of their ancestors (compare 12:39, 41, 42, 45; 23:29-36)... View the entire commentary
Judgment and Rest
Whereas Jesus pronounces judgment on the arrogant and self-satisfied, including those who thought they had some greater claim on Jesus than others (11:20-24), he embraces the meek, the broken and the little ones, for they are most like him... View the entire commentary
Judgment on Unrepentant Cities
Jesus cries out laments against the Jewish cities most exposed to his miracles; none are known to have been particularly hostile to Jesus, but their reception was not close to commensurate with their opportunity... View the entire commentary
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