Tag Archive: Matthew 12


The Ministry Continues

“Such perceptive and authoritative teaching has obviously won the attention of the multitudes, who have long been disillusioned by the empty ritualism and superficiality of their present religious system.  As Jesus’ fame continues to spread, John the Baptist sends a message to Jesus asking for final confirmation of his messiahship.   Jesus sends a message of reassurance and praises John for his courage and dedication as a servant of God.

No doubt by this time the religious leaders are also becoming increasingly aware of Jesus[‘ extraordinary power.  Instead of accepting it as divine, they accuse Jesus of having power from Satan.”

Read:  Matthew 8:5-13, Luke 7, Matthew 11:2-19, Luke 8:1-3;19-21, Matthew 12:22-50, Mark 3:20-35, Luke 11:14-36

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

The Rise of Opposition

“By indicating that he has the divine authority to forgive sins, Jesus naturally arouses immediate reaction from the Scribes and Pharisees.  Since they correctly believe that only God can forgive sins, they reject the possibility that Jesus himself is divine and conclude instead that he is guilty of blasphemy.

In addition to the written law given through Moses, the Pharisees accept as equally binding the oral traditions of the rabbis, which traditions have evolved into a highly ritualistic set of religious observances.  So when Jesus and his disciples violate some of these traditional rules, the Pharisees are highly offended.

Despite growing opposition, Jesus continues to go about teaching and performing miracles, yet almost consciously without fanfare.  As if to underscore the urgency of his mission in the face of opposition, Jesus appoints 12 of his disciples as specially chosen apostles to aid him in his ministry.  With their added support, Jesus continues to attract even greater crowds from among the common people.”

Read:  Matthew 9:9-17, Mark 2:13-28, Luke 5:27-39, John 5:1-3 & 5-47, Matthew 12:1-21, Luke 6:1-19, Mark 3:1-19

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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