Matthew 11 – Not the Messiah they Expected Him to Be A. Jesus and John the Baptist. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: 18 “Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen;My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased;I will put My Spirit upon Him,And He will proclaim justice to the nations.19 “He will not quarrel, nor cry out loudly;Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.20 “A battered reed He will not break,And a smoldering wick He will not extinguish,Until He leads justice to victory.21 “And in His name the Gentiles (all the nations of the world) will hope [with confidence].”(N), 22 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man both spoke and saw. We must constantly deal with the world, human nature, and the Evil One himself, as well as his demons. Your disciples are doing what [e]is unlawful on the Sabbath.”(I) 3 He said to them, “Have you not read [in the Scriptures] what David did when he was hungry, he and those who accompanied him—(J) 4 how he went into the house of God, and they ate the [f]consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests only? The word rendered as "the violent" (biastes; Strong's #973), a closely related word, is used nowhere else in the Bible. As John records, "He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him" (John 1:11). 6Blessed is th… Barnes' Notes is typical: "Since 'the kingdom of heaven' or 'the gospel' has been preached, there has been a 'rush' to it. We know that God’s Word brings truth, healing, sets captives free, restores, redeems, reconciles neighbors, and enemies. N.A.S.B. John W. Ritenbaugh Compare all. The word used in chap. Matthew 11:12 says that from the days of John the Baptist's preaching until that of Jesus—and even to today—Christ and those in whom He dwells suffer violence: physical or verbal assault, affliction, oppression, constraint, and perhaps even martyrdom. (O) 23 All the people wondered in amazement, and said, “Could this be the Son of David (the Messiah)?” 24 But the Pharisees heard it and said, “This man [h]casts out demons only by [the help of] Beelzebul (Satan) the prince of the demons.”, 25 Knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom that is divided against itself is being laid waste; and no city or house divided against itself will [continue to] stand. John 9:22 records that "the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue." 13 For all the prophets and the Law prophesied up until John. The key to understanding Jesus' words lies in understanding how the phrase "kingdom of God" or "kingdom of heaven" is used. They sneer at His inspired Word. It bore fruit in those who were being called (Isaiah 55:11). For you shut up the kingdom of heaven against men; for you neither go in yourselves, nor do you allow those who are entering to go in." 26 Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. ", But did John the Baptist restore all things? (Matthew 11:25-26; Luke 10:21). (K) 6 But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. All rights reserved. A prophet? For the mouth speaks out of that which fills the heart. From The Kingdom in Matthew, by Matthew Allen, posted at www.bible.org "Then Jesus said something even more strange: “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and violent men take it by force.” (Mt. The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). It is like little children sitting in the market places, who call to the others, 17 and say ‘We piped the flute for you [playing wedding], and you did not dance; we wailed sad dirges [playing funeral], and you did not mourn and cry aloud.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking [with others], and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking [with others], and they say, ‘Look! Zeal and earnestness are absolutely needed for the sanctification process. 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. We are already part of that heavenly Kingdom. For this reason they will be your judges. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the, Gen 49:10; Num 24:17; Ps 40:7; 118:26; Is 59:20, Amplified Study Bible, Large Print, Imitation Leather, Brown, Amplified Holy Bible: Captures the Full Meaning Behind the Original Greek and Hebrew - eBook, Amplified Compact Holy Bible--soft leather-look, camel/burgundy. “What man is there among you who, if he has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? 11:12). This may raise other questions—to be examined shortly—but it is at least not contradictory. For Permission to Quote Information visit, Spiritual Creation within a Physical Body, Zeal and Earnestness needed for Sanctification, Kingdom of God both a Present and Future Reality, Turning the Hearts of Fathers to Children. A rendering that is faithful to the rest of Scripture and fits with the Greek would be something like "everyone uses violence towards it" or "everyone is behaving violently against it." In addition, the way that one enters the Kingdom is not simply through a confession or profession of faith. It is something that only the Father does—no amount of human effort forces Him to open the door. The Kingdom of God will be the recipient of slings and arrows and wars and temptations, and its own people will need to be violent in return. John was born six months before Jesus. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize]. 11 When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He went on from there to teach and to preach in their [Galilean] cities. Amplified: Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle … Instead, Jesus says, "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32). Matthew. Our Mission: To provide the Bible in accurate, contemporary translations and formats so that more people around the world will have the opportunity to be transformed by Jesus Christ. However, for those who had a vested interest in maintaining the political and religious status quo, the gospel was seen as a threat, and those linked with the Kingdom of Jesus Christ were the object of all manner of resistance and persecution, both before and especially after His death. Commentary on 1 Peter 2:11,12 (Read 1 Peter 2:11,12) Even the best of men, the chosen generation, the people of God, need to be exhorted to keep from the worst sins. We are going to have to work vigorously and "violently" at times, to force ourselves to do what is right, because the Kingdom of God is now under siege in so many ways. J. The violence we suffer will never compare to the violence that He suffered for us. Richard T. Ritenbaugh However, once that regeneration has taken place, then we are "conveyed into the kingdom of the Son of His love," as it says in Colossians 1:13. Similarly, in Luke 16:16, Jesus is saying that the Kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone uses violence against it, signifying opposition in one form or another, to constrain or repress the King and His citizens. And they asked Jesus, “Is it lawful and permissible to heal on the Sabbath?”—they asked this so that they might accuse Him and bring charges into court. Those who wear soft clothing are in the palaces of kings! After only ten minutes I had successfully used the text to shed great light upon texts (Matthew 11:12 for example) which have so many possible meanings and translations, and essays written about them, that I was beginning to feel weighed down! To take this a step further, where the King abides in any person or where a person is in Christ, the Kingdom is also present. A reed shaken by the wind, go out to see? 7 And if you had only known what this statement means, ‘I desire compassion [for those in distress], [g]and not [animal] sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. You will descend to Hades (the realm of the dead); for if the miracles done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. 26 Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. But kingdoms are more than that, they … Rather, Jesus says in John 3:5 that one must be "born of water and Spirit" to enter the Kingdom of God, a reference to the Father's cleansing and engendering of a person that makes him a new, spiritual creation within a physical body. After only ten minutes I had successfully used the text to shed great light upon texts (Matthew 11:12 for example) which have so many possible meanings and translations, and essays written about them, that I was beginning to feel weighed down! Matthew 11:29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. Study Jeremiah 2 using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been sub... Read verse in New International Version "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force" (Matthew 11, 12). NASB E-Prime Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Matthew 3:1-12 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: John the Baptist took his place on stage just before Jesus' birth. (M) 10 A man was there whose hand was withered. 16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? In Luke 16:16 ("the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it"), the Greek word translated as "pressing" in the New King James is the same word translated as "suffers violence" in Matthew 11:12 (biazo). Parables of Matthew 13 (Part 2): Leaven. Thus energy, determination, and self-discipline are wonderful traits—but they do not match with what Jesus describes in Matthew 11:12. "Pressing" is a weak translation, suggesting a group of people squeezing together to get in the doors of an amusement park. He got into a boat and sat: Jesus sometimes used a boat as His “pulpit” (Mark 4:1). Therefore, "everyone is pressing into it" not only misrepresents the underlying Greek, but it is also out of sync with what the scriptures reveal concerning God's calling and election. (U) 42 The Queen of the South (Sheba) will stand up [as a witness] at the judgment against this generation, and will condemn it because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon; and now, something greater than Solomon is here. 21 “Woe (judgment is coming) to you, [c]Chorazin! The New King James translators chose the phrase "everyone is pressing into it," despite the Greek just barely supporting it. When He told the Pharisees that the Kingdom of God was among them, or in their midst (Luke 17:21), He referred to Himself. Yes, I tell you, and one [more eminent, more remarkable, and] [b]far more than a prophet [who foretells the future]. by Shawn Brasseaux Matthew 11:12 is considered yet another difficult passage. 23 And you, Capernaum, are you to be exalted to heaven [for your apathy and unresponsiveness]? Darby All rights reserved. The bread of the Presence, the twelve fresh loaves presented each Sabbath to the Lord in the Holy Place. It can be passive. 28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. Woe to you, Bethsaida! We face a similar circumstance today. A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners [including non-observant Jews]!’ Yet wisdom is justified and vindicated by her deeds [in the lives of those who respond to Me].”, 20 Then He began to denounce [the people in] the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent [and change their hearts and lives]. We read: “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent… Jesus tells them they will see the Kingdom of God present with power, and within a week they see Him transfigured. It takes sweat. They had the long promised and long-awaited Messiah in the midst and refused to acknowledge Him. On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. Yet, there is another way to understand the Kingdom. One problem with this interpretation is that it puts men in the position of "taking" or "seizing" the Kingdom, another false concept. Matthew 11:12 The Desperately Determined; Matthew 11:25-30 The Pleading Christ; Matthew 11:2-3 The Perplexity of the Prophets; Matthew 11:28 The Most Precious Invitation; Matthew 11:28 The Spirit of Jesus; Matthew 11:29 At the Feet of Jesus; Matthew 12:39 The Sign of the Prophet Jonah; Matthew 12:1-14 The Sabbath Day Matthew 11 Amplified Bible (AMP) John’s Questions. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is [the fulfillment of] Elijah [as the messenger] who was to come [before the kingdom]. The amplified nature of the text is very useful to me as a person who reads and studies bible texts. ", John W. Ritenbaugh A.S.V. For this update to the Amplified Bible (AMP), the goal of the translation team was to enhance the appeal of the Amplified Bible by refreshing the English and refining the amplifications for relevance and clarity. Beelzebul (Satan), by whom do your sons drive them out? A common explanation is that believers with holy zeal and earnestness are laying hold of the Kingdom with absolute determination. 29 Or how can anyone go into a strong man’s house and steal his property unless he first overpowers and ties up the strong man? Christ was perhaps recalling His wrestling match with Jacob, centuries earlier, when He commented that "the violent take [the Kingdom] by force". We are already a part of that Kingdom! Any reward, prize, gift, or instance of grace that comes to us from God—including the Kingdom—can be received but not seized by force. It is a sore judgment to be given up to them. His being revealed to them in glory was a demonstration of the power of God's Kingdom. Matthew 11 provides an interesting example of Christ's thankfulness and praise. In secular usage, this word means "to use force on; to use power; to behave violently; to assault; to afflict; to oppress; or to constrain." See vv 31, 32. Jesus warns us it will not be easy. Matthew 19:8-9. Verse 14 is an interesting statement all by itself. Matthew 11:12 Young's Matthew 11:12 We know that the Kingdom of God has a future aspect, when Christ will rule over the nations and His glorified brothers and sisters will reign with Him. 2 Now when [a]John [the Baptist] in prison heard about the activities of Christ, he sent word by his disciples(A) 3 and asked Him, “Are You the Expected One (the Messiah), or should we look for someone else [who will be the promised One]?”(B) 4 Jesus answered, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5 the blind receive [their] sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed [by healing] and the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. Perhaps for Matthew it means the generation to which he and his community belonged. How camest thou! Other translations at least acknowledge the forcefulness inherent within the Greek words, rendering it as "everyone strives violently to go in" (The Amplified Bible; emphasis ours throughout) or "everyone forces his way into it" (English Standard Version). The violence that the Kingdom suffers will vary by degrees, but it is found wherever the ruler of this world has influence. Even nominal Christians suffer Muslim persecution in one part of the world, while others are blocked, ridiculed, and constrained by secularists and humanists in another. As primitive as their method of predicting the weather was, their ability to discern spiritual matters was worse. 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit [by attributing the miracles done by Me to Satan] will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. Matthew 11:12 People have been 'earnest' about it; they have come 'pressing' to obtain the blessing, as if they would take it by violence.". God was not calling everyone then (or now), and so everyone was not "pressing" to get into His Kingdom. For this reason they will be your judges. A prophet? In Jesus, God presents submission to us in its purist form. In the book of Acts, the message of the Kingdom is inextricably tied to the central Being in that Kingdom (Acts 8:12; 19:8-10; 28:23, 31). 9 But what did you [really] go out to see? For if the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon [cities of the Gentiles], they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes [their hearts would have been changed and they would have expressed sorrow for their sin and rebellion against God]. The idea that everyone hearing the gospel of the Kingdom is pushing to get in completely overlooks the specificity of God's calling and election (Romans 8:30) and the fact that He is working with only a few during this age, the firstfruits of His spiritual harvest. Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. But the bottom line is that this is an operation that happens according to the Father's will, not any human's. 10 This is the one of whom it is written [by the prophet Malachi], ‘Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You,Who will prepare Your way before You.’(E). 8 What did you go out to see? This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. A person cannot truly seek the Kingdom or its King until God changes something in his mind (John 5:39-40), and simply hearing the words of the gospel does not necessarily accomplish that. 24 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment, than for you.”. There is also a present aspect, as we have already been conveyed into the Kingdom (Colossians 1:13), and now our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). But He asks His Father to give us His protection from the Evil One so that we can at least have that added strength. It will take a titanic struggle to enter it because so many things are acting against us. It can be verbal. Whether we are considering our being conveyed into the Kingdom after our regeneration or inheriting it when Christ returns, in neither case is it fitting to say that we seize it or take it by force. No man can turn himself into a Christian - that is perfectly true. David C. Grabbe And from the days of John the Baptist until now From the time that he began to preach, to the then present time, the kingdom of heaven, the Gospel, and the ministry of it, first by John, then by Christ and his apostles, suffereth violence; 11 When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He went on from there to teach and to preach in their [Galilean] cities. The verse revolves around these words, but their narrow biblical usage limits our technical understanding. 7 As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out in the wilderness to see? Even without the glory, what stood among them was still the Kingdom of God. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you speak good things when you are evil? 26 If Satan casts out Satan [that is, his demons], he has become divided against himself and disunited; how then will his kingdom stand? It was a bold intrusion, a despising of the king, to appear in his own ordinary dress. This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. 25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth [I openly and joyfully acknowledge Your great wisdom], that You have hidden these things [these spiritual truths] from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants [to new believers, to those seeking God’s will and purpose]. In the various translations and commentaries of these verses, certain prejudices influence how scholars interpret them. (Q), 31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy [every evil, abusive, injurious speaking, or indignity against sacred things] will be forgiven people, but [i]blasphemy against the [Holy] Spirit will not be forgiven. 35 The good man, from his [inner] good treasure, brings out good things; and the evil man, from his [inner] evil treasure, brings out evil things. We must keep in mind that it is the same verb translated as "suffers violence.". (NASB: Lockman)Greek: arate (2PAAM) ton zugon mou eph humas kai mathete (2PPAAM) ap' hemou, hoti praus eimi (1SPAI) kai tapeinos te kardia, kai heuresete (2PFAI) anapausin tais psuchais humon;. “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants, what David did when he was hungry, he and those who accompanied him—. Matthew 11:12. One day soon, though, the violence against the Kingdom will be defeated, and the violent will be given the opportunity to worship the King whom they have pierced (Zechariah 12:10). And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). at the judgment against this generation, and will condemn it because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon; and now, something greater than Solomon is here. Discover and read Bible verses from the AMP translation. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is denying all the work of the Holy Spirit. Matthew 11:12 Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside asking to speak to You.” 48 But Jesus replied to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples [and all His other followers], He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! CAN YOU EXPLAIN MATTHEW 11:12? Here, God's Kingdom is defined as Jesus' exercise of His power. Similar misconceptions need to be dealt with in Matthew 11:12. You will descend to Hades (the realm of the dead); for if the miracles done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. True Christianity is denounced as being heretical and cultic, and its adherents suffer violence in various ways. Matthew 11:12 says that from the days of John the Baptist's preaching until that of Jesus—and even to today—Christ and those in whom He dwells suffer violence: physical or verbal assault, affliction, oppression, constraint, and perhaps even martyrdom. Wardrobes filled with many thousand garments formed part of the wealth of every Eastern prince (Matthew 6:19; James 5:2), and it was part of his glory, as in the case of the assembly which Jehu held for the worshippers of Baal (2 Kings 10:22), to bring them out for use on state occasions. And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. Many followed Him, and He healed all of them [who were sick], 16 and warned them not to tell [publicly] who He was. “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”. Matthew 16:17 shows that only by an act of the Father did Peter recognize Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God. It seems as though everything is working against Him, but what is His reaction? (R), 33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is recognized and judged by its fruit. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you [before you expected it]. Read the Bible free online. The king is always the highest representative of a kingdom, so when the king is present, the kingdom is also present. 12 How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! The seventh day of the week, the day of worship. Because He is the King, as the central figure of the Kingdom, wherever He went, the Kingdom was present. But it is vital to understand what Jesus Christ is saying here, so it is worth the effort to more thoroughly examine His words. Perhaps the clearest statement of this is Luke 18:17, where Jesus says, "Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." The context begins with the disappointing breakdown of John the Baptist's faith (verses 2-3) and the people's discontent with both John's solemn message and Christ's more joyous one (verses 16-19). Jesus skipped right over this passage in the midst of Israel's civil law. Matthew 16:2 "He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, [It will be] fair weather: for the sky is red." It means ‘companion,’ without implying friendship. Matthew 11-12 Amplified Bible (AMP) John’s Questions. In other words, the gospel message was not popular. The King, in exerting His authority over unclean spirits, displays the reign or the rule of God. Notice, for example, Jesus' words in Matthew 23:13: "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! sign; but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah; Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster. 27 If I cast out the demons by [the help of] Beelzebul (Satan), by whom do your sons drive them out? Amplified® It can be persecution or opposition in any number of ways. 11 But He said to them, “What man is there among you who, if he has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Matthew 20:13, and addressed to Judas (chap. Matthew 11:12. Is there another Elijah to come? Version Information. When Jesus said that "the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17)—meaning nearby—He was referring to Himself. It was not possible for everyone who heard the gospel to enter the Kingdom, no matter how vigorously one might try, and that is true even now. 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