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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Matthew Chapter 11

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Matthew (Levi)
Date Penned: (60-65 AD)
Overview: Jesus Christ the King (c 1-28)
Theme: Message and Ministry of Jesus, The King (c 4-25)
Message: Jesus Teaches About the Kingdom. - Jesus Eases John's Doubt. (v 1-19) Jesus Promises Rest for the Soul (v 20-30)

Matthew 11 Commentary
(11:1-19) Opposition against Jesus began to grow, as Jesus had prophesied in chapter 10. Even John the Baptist had some misunderstanding. At first the opposition is implicit; later it will be explicit. John the Baptist’s role as forerunner of the Messiah put him in a position of great privilege, described as “more than a prophet” (11:9) with none greater. No man ever fulfilled his God-given purpose better than John. Yet in God’s coming Kingdom, the most insignificant person will have a greater spiritual heritage than John because he will have seen and known Christ and his finished work on the cross. John would die before Jesus would die and rise again to inaugurate his Kingdom. Jesus’ followers, because they will witness the Kingdom’s reality, will have privilege and place greater than John’s.  People could see the Kingdom’s power through Jesus’ miracles. These miracles showed that Jesus’ teaching was right. People might reject both the miracles and the teaching, but that will not change the truth nor will it hinder the Kingdom’s arrival.

(11:20-30) Jesus clearly stated his relationship to the Father of whom he spoke in 11:25. Through the Scriptures Jesus expounds on the Son and Father being one or on His Deity having all power and authority while extending grace to sinners. Jesus’ gracious invitation of rest and freedom extends to all. No one is omitted or neglected. All we must do is acknowledge our need and come to him. The “rest” that Jesus gives equals eternal life (Hebrews 4:9) and brings love, healing, and peace with God, not the cessation of work, effort, worship, or service. Jesus said, “Let me teach you.” Jesus, their leader and example, was also the ultimate servant, humble and gentle. His path of humble service is the pattern for us to follow.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Do Not Doubt the Lord

Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Matthew with Chapter 11. In our text today we see John the Baptist in Prison being persecuted as He did the work of the Lord but doubted He as Messiah due to John's situation in prison. In making application we see that the Christian life is not just filled ease, comfort, and pleasure but rather a will of God that will challenge us. Today many doubt the Lord, just like John the Baptist, because their current situation does not seem to be easy but God has a plan that is bigger than our circumstances. How about you? Do you see that God has a Plan for your life that reaches beyond your comfort? Let us learn from our text today and the life of John the Baptist to see that we should keep our eyes on Jesus, trust Him, and do not doubt His Plan for your life even though our current circumstances do not seem to be going in our favor because God Plan for us is bigger than our circumstances.


Matthew 11

Matthew 11

 1And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

 2Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,

 3And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another?

 4Jesus answered and said unto them, Go and shew John again those things which ye do hear and see:

 5The blind receive their sight, and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up, and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

 6And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.

 7And as they departed, Jesus began to say unto the multitudes concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken with the wind?

 8But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? behold, they that wear soft clothing are in kings' houses.

 9But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet.

 10For this is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.

 11Verily I say unto you, Among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

 12And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force.

 13For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

 14And if ye will receive it, this is Elias, which was for to come.

 15He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

 16But whereunto shall I liken this generation? It is like unto children sitting in the markets, and calling unto their fellows,

 17And saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and ye have not lamented.

 18For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, He hath a devil.

 19The Son of man came eating and drinking, and they say, Behold a man gluttonous, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners. But wisdom is justified of her children.

 20Then began he to upbraid the cities wherein most of his mighty works were done, because they repented not:

 21Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works, which were done in you, had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

 22But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the day of judgment, than for you.

 23And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted unto heaven, shalt be brought down to hell: for if the mighty works, which have been done in thee, had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

 24But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee.

 25At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes.

 26Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight.

 27All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

 28Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

 29Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

 30For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.