Commentary on Matthew 14:13-21

Notes (NET Translation) 13 Now when Jesus heard this he went away from there privately in a boat to an isolated place. But when the crowd heard about it, they followed him on foot from the towns. The last known location of Jesus in Matthew's narrative is Nazareth (13:54-58), which is not a coastal village. … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 14:13-21

Commentary on Matthew 14:1-12

Notes (NET Translation) 1 At that time Herod the tetrarch heard reports about Jesus, 2 and he said to his servants, "This is John the Baptist. He has been raised from the dead! And because of this, miraculous powers are at work in him." "At that time" provides a very loose link to the previous … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 14:1-12

Commentary on Psalm 55

Notes (NET Translation) For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song by David. One could imagine the psalm on the lips of David while he was pursued by Saul, or during Absalom's revolt, with the enemy as Ahitophel. But the talk of desolation (v. 15, K) might also invite us … Continue reading Commentary on Psalm 55

Commentary on Matthew 13:53-58

Notes (NET Translation) 53 Now when Jesus finished these parables, he moved on from there. Verse 53 provides a bridge between the preceding parables and the rejection at Nazareth. Passages about the breaking of traditional family ties frame the kingdom parables. Craig Keener says the two accounts (12:46-50 and 13:54-58) illustrate the message of those … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 13:53-58

Commentary on Matthew 13:44-52

Notes (NET Translation) 44 "The kingdom of heaven is like a treasure, hidden in a field, that a person found and hid. Then because of joy he went and sold all that he had and bought that field. People in Palestine often hid treasure and, if the hider died before he retrieved it, it would … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 13:44-52

Commentary on Matthew 13:24-43

Notes (NET Translation) 24 He presented them with another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a person who sowed good seed in his field. Verse 34 makes it clear that Jesus is now speaking to the crowds again. 25 But while everyone was sleeping, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat and … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 13:24-43

Commentary on Matthew 13:1-23

Notes (NET Translation) 1 On that day after Jesus went out of the house, he sat by the lake. The time note links the parables of ch. 13 to the rejection Jesus encountered in ch. 12 and ch. 13 closes with Jesus' rejection at Nazareth (13:53-58) so that the kingdom parables are framed by the … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 13:1-23

Commentary on Matthew 12:46-50

Notes (NET Translation) 46 While Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, his mother and brothers came and stood outside, asking to speak to him. Matthew omits Mark 3:21: "When his family heard this they went out to restrain him, for they said, 'He is out of his mind.'" Jesus' father Joseph is not mentioned … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 12:46-50

Commentary on Psalm 54

Notes (NET Translation) For the music director, to be accompanied by stringed instruments; a well-written song by David. It was written when the Ziphites came and informed Saul: "David is hiding with us." For the story of the Ziphites see 1 Sam 23:14-29 and 26:1-25. To be betrayed by Doeg the Edomite had been hardly … Continue reading Commentary on Psalm 54

Commentary on Matthew 12:38-45

Notes (NET Translation) 38 Then some of the experts in the law along with some Pharisees answered him, "Teacher, we want to see a sign from you." The word "answered" indicates the experts in the law (scribes) and Pharisees are responding to Jesus' claims in the Beelzebul interaction (12:22-37). After just witnessing a healing exorcism … Continue reading Commentary on Matthew 12:38-45