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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Matthew Chapter 18

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 Gives Instruction to the Disiciples (v 1-35)

Matthew 18 Commentary
(18:1-6) The Disciples Argue About Who Would be the Greatest - All believers are presently part of the Kingdom, yet the consummation of that Kingdom is still in the future. In the meantime, we must learn to live together in a way that pleases God. In this chapter, Matthew included a fourth discourse that deals with life in the community of believers.

(18:7-9) Jesus Warns Against Temptation - With strong language (not meant to promote self-mutilation), Jesus described how the disciples should renounce anything that would cause them to sin or turn away from the faith.

(18:10-14) Jesus Warns Against Looking Down on Others - This verse is found only in Matthew and bridges from the concept of leading the little ones astray to seeking them when they do go astray (see also 18:6).

(18:15-20) Jesus Teaches How to Treat a Believer Who Sins - The thrust of the parable in 18:12-14 leads naturally into the area of discipline. Note that the rigid use of excommunication (18:8-9) was muted by the law of love, which seeks to bring the straying believer back into the fold.

(18:21-35) Jesus Tells the Parable of the Unforgiving Debtor - At this point, the perspective shifts to showing God’s grace and how ridiculous it is for us to withhold forgiveness from those who sin against us.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Will You Forgive Others?

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 18. In our text today we see the disciples arguing about who would be the greatest while Jesus preaches on temptation, pride, sin in the Church, and Forgiveness. In making Application my eye is directed to how we should forgive others as Jesus has forgiven us. How can we hold our brother hostage to his transgressions when Christ has forgiven us of a Higher and Much Larger Sin Debt. How about you? Are you holding someone hostage in your heart for their sin against you? Let us learn from our text today and the Words of Jesus to see that we have no right to hold unforgiveness in our heart toward others when Jesus-Christ has forgiven us of our sin and set us free. 


Matthew 18

Matthew 18

 1At the same time came the disciples unto Jesus, saying, Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?

 2And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

 3And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

 4Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

 5And whoso shall receive one such little child in my name receiveth me.

 6But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

 7Woe unto the world because of offences! for it must needs be that offences come; but woe to that man by whom the offence cometh!

 8Wherefore if thy hand or thy foot offend thee, cut them off, and cast them from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life halt or maimed, rather than having two hands or two feet to be cast into everlasting fire.

 9And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out, and cast it from thee: it is better for thee to enter into life with one eye, rather than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire.

 10Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.

 11For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.

 12How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?

 13And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.

 14Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

 15Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone: if he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother.

 16But if he will not hear thee, then take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established.

 17And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell it unto the church: but if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as an heathen man and a publican.

 18Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

 19Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

 20For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

 21Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

 22Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

 23Therefore is the kingdom of heaven likened unto a certain king, which would take account of his servants.

 24And when he had begun to reckon, one was brought unto him, which owed him ten thousand talents.

 25But forasmuch as he had not to pay, his lord commanded him to be sold, and his wife, and children, and all that he had, and payment to be made.

 26The servant therefore fell down, and worshipped him, saying, Lord, have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

 27Then the lord of that servant was moved with compassion, and loosed him, and forgave him the debt.

 28But the same servant went out, and found one of his fellowservants, which owed him an hundred pence: and he laid hands on him, and took him by the throat, saying, Pay me that thou owest.

 29And his fellowservant fell down at his feet, and besought him, saying, Have patience with me, and I will pay thee all.

 30And he would not: but went and cast him into prison, till he should pay the debt.

 31So when his fellowservants saw what was done, they were very sorry, and came and told unto their lord all that was done.

 32Then his lord, after that he had called him, said unto him, O thou wicked servant, I forgave thee all that debt, because thou desiredst me:

 33Shouldest not thou also have had compassion on thy fellowservant, even as I had pity on thee?

 34And his lord was wroth, and delivered him to the tormentors, till he should pay all that was due unto him.

 35So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.