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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Matthew Chapter 17

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 in His Mission (v 1-28)

Matthew 17 Commentary
(17:1-13) Jesus is Transfigured on the Mountain - The time frame of “six days later” ties into 16:28. If Jesus had been referring to his coming Transfiguration, then three of those with Jesus at the time (Peter, James, and John) did get a glimpse of the Kingdom during this significant event. These three disciples comprised the inner circle of the Twelve. Seeing Jesus transfigured was an unforgettable experience for Peter (see 2 Peter 1:16).

(17: 14-21) Jesus Heals a Demon Possessed Boy - Even though the disciples had been given much power (10:8), Matthew records the failure of the disciples throughout this section (14:16-21, 26-27, 28-31; 15:16, 23, 33; 16:5, 22; 17:4, 10-22). It serves to teach that the power to heal is God’s and must be appropriated by faith.

(17:22-3) Jesus Predicts His Death the Second Time - 17:22-23 The disciples still resisted Jesus’ predictions of his suffering and death. This was the second time he clearly told the disciples that he (the Son of Man) would suffer (see 16:21). Whereas Jesus had spoken before about being rejected, this time he added the element of betrayal. He again said that he would be killed and be raised from the dead. There was again the assurance of victory, although the disciples always seemed to miss this point.

(17:24-27) Peter Finds the Coin in the Fish's Mouth - This return to Capernaum would be Jesus’ last visit prior to his death. Only Matthew records this incident—perhaps because he had been a tax collector himself.

Verse 22,23: Christ perfectly knew all things that should befall him, yet undertook the work of our redemption, which strongly shows his love. What outward debasement and Divine glory was the life of the Redeemer! And all his humiliation ended in his exaltation. Let us learn to endure the cross, to despise riches and worldly honours, and to be content with his will.

Verses 24-27: Peter felt sure that his Master was ready to do what was right. Christ spoke first to give him proof that no thought can be withholden from him. We must never decline our duty for fear of giving offence; but we must sometimes deny ourselves in our worldly interests, rather than give offence. However the money was lodged in the fish, He who knows all things alone could know it, and only almighty power could bring it to Peter's hook. The power and the poverty of Christ should be mentioned together. If called by providence to be poor, like our Lord, let us trust in his power, and our God shall supply all our need, according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus. In the way of obedience, in the course, perhaps, of our usual calling, as he helped Peter, so he will help us. And if any sudden call should occur, which we are not prepared to meet, let us not apply to others, till we first seek Christ.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Do You Have Faith?

 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 17. In our text today we see Jesus transfigured, His healing of the demon-possessed boy, His prediction of Calvary, and the coin in the fish's mouth. What catches my eye is verse 20 where the Lord speaks of the power of faith as he says our little faith can move Mountains. In making application we see that our faith in the Lord will produce great victories in our lives. We simply must trust the Lord believing Him and we will see Him do great an mighty things in our lives. How about You? Do you have faith in your current circumstances? Let us learn from our text today and the example that our Lord gives us to see that our faith opens the door for the Lord to great and mighty things in our lives.


Matthew 17

Matthew 17

 1And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James, and John his brother, and bringeth them up into an high mountain apart,

 2And was transfigured before them: and his face did shine as the sun, and his raiment was white as the light.

 3And, behold, there appeared unto them Moses and Elias talking with him.

 4Then answered Peter, and said unto Jesus, Lord, it is good for us to be here: if thou wilt, let us make here three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias.

 5While he yet spake, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them: and behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear ye him.

 6And when the disciples heard it, they fell on their face, and were sore afraid.

 7And Jesus came and touched them, and said, Arise, and be not afraid.

 8And when they had lifted up their eyes, they saw no man, save Jesus only.

 9And as they came down from the mountain, Jesus charged them, saying, Tell the vision to no man, until the Son of man be risen again from the dead.

 10And his disciples asked him, saying, Why then say the scribes that Elias must first come?

 11And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

 12But I say unto you, That Elias is come already, and they knew him not, but have done unto him whatsoever they listed. Likewise shall also the Son of man suffer of them.

 13Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist.

 14And when they were come to the multitude, there came to him a certain man, kneeling down to him, and saying,

 15Lord, have mercy on my son: for he is lunatick, and sore vexed: for ofttimes he falleth into the fire, and oft into the water.

 16And I brought him to thy disciples, and they could not cure him.

 17Then Jesus answered and said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you? how long shall I suffer you? bring him hither to me.

 18And Jesus rebuked the devil; and he departed out of him: and the child was cured from that very hour.

 19Then came the disciples to Jesus apart, and said, Why could not we cast him out?

 20And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you.

 21Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting.

 22And while they abode in Galilee, Jesus said unto them, The Son of man shall be betrayed into the hands of men:

 23And they shall kill him, and the third day he shall be raised again. And they were exceeding sorry.

 24And when they were come to Capernaum, they that received tribute money came to Peter, and said, Doth not your master pay tribute?

 25He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

 26Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.

 27Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.