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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Matthew Chapter 12

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 Continues to  Teach About the Kingdom.

Matthew 12 Commentary
(12:1-8)  The Disciples Pick Wheat on the Sabbath - At this point, Matthew returned to an order of events matching Mark’s Gospel. The sections included in 9:18–11:30 are out of order chronologically, but placed thematically according to Matthew’s focus on Jesus’ teachings.

(12:9-14) Jesus Heals a Man's Hand on the Sabbath - As if to illustrate that the commandment to love takes precedence over the law, Jesus went to the synagogue where he healed a man with a deformed hand.

(12:15-21) Large Crowds Follow Jesus - Jesus was not afraid of the religious leaders. Jesus had been aggressively confronting the Pharisees’ hypocrisy, but here, however, he decided to withdraw from the synagogue before a major confrontation developed. Jesus did this because it was not time for him to die. He still had many lessons to teach his disciples and the people.

(12:22-37) Religious Leaders Accuse Jesus of Getting His Power from Satan - 
Leaving the chronology in these verses, Matthew gives an example of the intensifying conflict between Jesus and the religious leaders. The religious leaders had already decided that they wanted to kill Jesus (12:14), so they began looking for any opportunity to accuse him.

(12:38-45) Religious Leaders Ask Jesus for a Miraculous Sign - The Pharisees (here joined by the teachers of religious law) wanted Jesus to authenticate by a sign the special relationship he claimed to have with God. In a separate incident recorded in 16:1-4, the Pharisees and Sadducees would ask Jesus for a miraculous sign. Jesus responded to both requests the same way.

(12:46-50) Jesus Describes His True Family - In this section, Jesus was not denying his responsibility to his earthly family. He would provide for his mother’s security as he hung on the cross (John 19:25-27). His mother and brothers would be present in the Upper Room at Pentecost (Acts 1:14). Instead, Jesus was pointing out that spiritual relationships are as binding as physical ones, and he was paving the way for a new community of believers to be formed. This family would be characterized by love.

Dave Burnette's Life Application

The Heart of the Law

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 12. In our text today we see the Pharisees as they overlook the heart of the law by taking the letter of the law out of context with our Chapter ending with Christians being of one family. In making application we see today many take the Word of God out of context leaning on one scripture instead of taking the whole counsel of the passage to get the heart of the passage. In doing so they take the position of the Pharisee. How about you? Do you take passages of the Bible out of Context? Let us learn from our text today to see that our Lord has message for us in His Word if we are wise to take each Scripture in its context so we will see the Heart of the Law.


Matthew 12

Matthew 12

 1At that time Jesus went on the sabbath day through the corn; and his disciples were an hungred, and began to pluck the ears of corn and to eat.

 2But when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto him, Behold, thy disciples do that which is not lawful to do upon the sabbath day.

 3But he said unto them, Have ye not read what David did, when he was an hungred, and they that were with him;

 4How he entered into the house of God, and did eat the shewbread, which was not lawful for him to eat, neither for them which were with him, but only for the priests?

 5Or have ye not read in the law, how that on the sabbath days the priests in the temple profane the sabbath, and are blameless?

 6But I say unto you, That in this place is one greater than the temple.

 7But if ye had known what this meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice, ye would not have condemned the guiltless.

 8For the Son of man is Lord even of the sabbath day.

 9And when he was departed thence, he went into their synagogue:

 10And, behold, there was a man which had his hand withered. And they asked him, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath days? that they might accuse him.

 11And he said unto them, What man shall there be among you, that shall have one sheep, and if it fall into a pit on the sabbath day, will he not lay hold on it, and lift it out?

 12How much then is a man better than a sheep? Wherefore it is lawful to do well on the sabbath days.

 13Then saith he to the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it forth; and it was restored whole, like as the other.

 14Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

 15But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;

 16And charged them that they should not make him known:

 17That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

 18Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

 19He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

 20A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

 21And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

 22Then was brought unto him one possessed with a devil, blind, and dumb: and he healed him, insomuch that the blind and dumb both spake and saw.

 23And all the people were amazed, and said, Is not this the son of David?

 24But when the Pharisees heard it, they said, This fellow doth not cast out devils, but by Beelzebub the prince of the devils.

 25And Jesus knew their thoughts, and said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and every city or house divided against itself shall not stand:

 26And if Satan cast out Satan, he is divided against himself; how shall then his kingdom stand?

 27And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your children cast them out? therefore they shall be your judges.

 28But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.

 29Or else how can one enter into a strong man's house, and spoil his goods, except he first bind the strong man? and then he will spoil his house.

 30He that is not with me is against me; and he that gathereth not with me scattereth abroad.

 31Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.

 32And whosoever speaketh a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come.

 33Either make the tree good, and his fruit good; or else make the tree corrupt, and his fruit corrupt: for the tree is known by his fruit.

 34O generation of vipers, how can ye, being evil, speak good things? for out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaketh.

 35A good man out of the good treasure of the heart bringeth forth good things: and an evil man out of the evil treasure bringeth forth evil things.

 36But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.

 37For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.

 38Then certain of the scribes and of the Pharisees answered, saying, Master, we would see a sign from thee.

 39But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

 40For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale's belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.

 41The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

 42The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for she came from the uttermost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.

 43When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest, and findeth none.

 44Then he saith, I will return into my house from whence I came out; and when he is come, he findeth it empty, swept, and garnished.

 45Then goeth he, and taketh with himself seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter in and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first. Even so shall it be also unto this wicked generation.

 46While he yet talked to the people, behold, his mother and his brethren stood without, desiring to speak with him.

 47Then one said unto him, Behold, thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to speak with thee.

 48But he answered and said unto him that told him, Who is my mother? and who are my brethren?

 49And he stretched forth his hand toward his disciples, and said, Behold my mother and my brethren!

 50For whosoever shall do the will of my Father which is in heaven, the same is my brother, and sister, and mother.