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... View the entire commentary
Inverting the World's Values
Jesus' male contemporaries valued the great and powerful; Jesus summoned status-seeking men to love their wives and children... View the entire commentary
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)... View the entire commentary
The Kingdom Belongs to Children
Jesus here reiterates his teaching in 18:1-6, which his disciples have apparently forgotten (compare again 21:15)... View the entire commentary
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)... View the entire commentary
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