Matthew 18(01–14)

Introduction I'm not sure if I've mentioned before, but Matthew's gospel contains five blocks of teaching. So, Matthew gives us a section of narrative in which he describes what happened; and then that is followed by a block of teaching. And then there's more narrative, followed by more teaching; and so on, through the gospel. … Continue reading Matthew 18(01–14)

Matthew 17

Introduction We've been working our way through the gospel of Matthew since this time last year. And we come today to chapter 17 and to the account of the Lord's transfiguration. Many of the commentators take it for granted that when the Lord was transfigured like this he was briefly displaying his true nature as … Continue reading Matthew 17

Matthew 16(21–28)

Introduction The last time we were studying Matthew's gospel together we read Peter's confession about the Lord Jesus. The Lord asked: 'Who do you say that I am?' And Peter said: 'You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.' So, you're God's Anointed King, sent to save God's people; and you're also the … Continue reading Matthew 16(21–28)

Matthew 15(21–39)

Introduction Last week's passage was about the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who were careful to separate themselves from everything and everyone which might defile their ceremonial purity. And that meant the Pharisees and teachers of the law stayed away from Gentiles, who they considered to be unclean. However, in the first part … Continue reading Matthew 15(21–39)

Matthew 15(01–20)

Verses 1 to 9 Today's passage begins with Matthew telling us that Pharisees and teachers of the law came from Jerusalem. The Pharisees were the 'separated ones'. They were Jews who tried to separate themselves from everything which was unclean and which might defile them. And that meant staying away from 'sinners' and performing ceremonial … Continue reading Matthew 15(01–20)