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Commentaries for Matthew Chapter 19


Jesus continues to face conflicts with the establishment and misunderstanding among his disciples, but especially once he arrives in Jerusalem, the conflicts with the municipal aristocracy-the local religious and political establishment backed by the Roman Empire-grow more intense...
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Inverting the World's Values

Jesus' male contemporaries valued the great and powerful; Jesus summoned status-seeking men to love their wives and children...
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Grounds for Divorce in God's Law

The hardhearted person who cannot forgive or live in proper relation to others in Christ's body (18:1-35) will also despise weaker people in society-in Jesus' day, these included wives (19:1-12; compare Mal 2:14-16) and children (Mt 19:13-15)...
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The Kingdom Belongs to Children

Jesus here reiterates his teaching in 18:1-6, which his disciples have apparently forgotten (compare again 21:15)...
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The Cost of Discipleship

If the kingdom belongs to children (19:13-15)-those who receive the kingdom as humble dependents (18:1-6)-then someone accustomed to being powerful and supporting dependents might find it difficult to enter the kingdom (compare 5:20; 7:14; 18:8; 25:46)...
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Sacrifice and Reward

Jesus had promised a man treasure in heaven if he followed him (v...
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Reversal of Fortunes

The parable in 20:1-16 explicitly illustrates the point that the first will be last and the last ...
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