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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Matthew Chapter 15

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 and Minister (v 1-39)

Matthew 15 Commentary
(15:1-20) Jesus Teaches About Inner Purity - Another delegation came from Jerusalem to investigate this new rabbi who was causing such a stir throughout the country. Again the Pharisees and teachers of religious law, Jesus’ main opponents, raised an issue with Jesus. They wanted to debate Jesus about his disciples’ disregard of their oral traditions and rituals.

(15:21-28) Jesus Sends a Demon Out of a Girl -  Jesus traveled about thirty miles to the region of Tyre and Sidon. These were port cities on the Mediterranean Sea north of Israel. Both cities had flourishing trade and were very wealthy. Jesus withdrew to Gentile territory to evade the opposition of the Pharisees.

(15:29-31) Jesus Heals Many People - Then Jesus left the vicinity of Tyre, and returned to the Sea of Galilee. He did not go  into Jewish regions, however, but traveled to the northeastern shore of the lake instead, into a primarily Gentile area.

(15:32-39) Jesus Feeds Four Thousand - Differences in details distinguish this miracle from the feeding of the five thousand described in chapter 14. At that time, those fed were mostly Jews. At this second miracle, Jesus ministered to a mixed crowd of Jews and Gentiles in a predominantly Gentile region.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Are You a Hypocrite?

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 15. In our text today we see Jesus teaching on inner purity and what catches my eye is verse 8 where Jesus called the Pharisees Hypocrites because they honored them with their lips but vain in their worship and hearts. In making application we see that many today profess Christ with their mouth but their hearts are far from the Lord. Going through the Motions they are Hypocrites and need to get right before the Lord. How about you? Is the Lord in your heart? Let us learn from our text today and the words of Jesus who proclaim that those who fail to have Jesus rule their heart are simply Hypocrites no matter what image they proclaim. 


Matthew 15

Matthew 15

 1Then came to Jesus scribes and Pharisees, which were of Jerusalem, saying,

 2Why do thy disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? for they wash not their hands when they eat bread.

 3But he answered and said unto them, Why do ye also transgress the commandment of God by your tradition?

 4For God commanded, saying, Honour thy father and mother: and, He that curseth father or mother, let him die the death.

 5But ye say, Whosoever shall say to his father or his mother, It is a gift, by whatsoever thou mightest be profited by me;

 6And honour not his father or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made the commandment of God of none effect by your tradition.

 7Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,

 8This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.

 9But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

 10And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand:

 11Not that which goeth into the mouth defileth a man; but that which cometh out of the mouth, this defileth a man.

 12Then came his disciples, and said unto him, Knowest thou that the Pharisees were offended, after they heard this saying?

 13But he answered and said, Every plant, which my heavenly Father hath not planted, shall be rooted up.

 14Let them alone: they be blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind lead the blind, both shall fall into the ditch.

 15Then answered Peter and said unto him, Declare unto us this parable.

 16And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding?

 17Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught?

 18But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man.

 19For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies:

 20These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.

 21Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon.

 22And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him, saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil.

 23But he answered her not a word. And his disciples came and besought him, saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us.

 24But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.

 25Then came she and worshipped him, saying, Lord, help me.

 26But he answered and said, It is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs.

 27And she said, Truth, Lord: yet the dogs eat of the crumbs which fall from their masters' table.

 28Then Jesus answered and said unto her, O woman, great is thy faith: be it unto thee even as thou wilt. And her daughter was made whole from that very hour.

 29And Jesus departed from thence, and came nigh unto the sea of Galilee; and went up into a mountain, and sat down there.

 30And great multitudes came unto him, having with them those that were lame, blind, dumb, maimed, and many others, and cast them down at Jesus' feet; and he healed them:

 31Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to speak, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.

 32Then Jesus called his disciples unto him, and said, I have compassion on the multitude, because they continue with me now three days, and have nothing to eat: and I will not send them away fasting, lest they faint in the way.

 33And his disciples say unto him, Whence should we have so much bread in the wilderness, as to fill so great a multitude?

 34And Jesus saith unto them, How many loaves have ye? And they said, Seven, and a few little fishes.

 35And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.

 36And he took the seven loaves and the fishes, and gave thanks, and brake them, and gave to his disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.

 37And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the broken meat that was left seven baskets full.

 38And they that did eat were four thousand men, beside women and children.

 39And he sent away the multitude, and took ship, and came into the coasts of Magdala.