Matthew 13

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Matthew 13 begins the parable section of Matthew’s gospel account. And every time I come to this passage I wonder, “What sort of Parables would Jesus use today, in our culture?”

The truths and principles of the Kingdom revealed in Jesus’ parables would still be the same in the western world of the 21st century, but it’s highly unlikely that Jesus would use farming and shepherding parables. Instead He might say, “An investor went to the trading floor to invest, and some of his money he invested in cryptocurrency, some in stocks, some in credit default swaps, and some in well balanced mutual funds.”

I think it’s important that we find the parables that speak Gospel truths to the people of our day, instead of only explaining the farming allusions of first century Galilee.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Matthew 12

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“But if you had known what this means, ‘I desire mercy and not sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the guiltless.

– Matthew 12:7

We can be so focused on our religious efforts and sacrificial service that we miss the heart of God in our judgments. How often have we self-righteously condemned and judged others who were, quite frankly more righteous than we? More often than I think we’d like to admit.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Matthew 11

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Matthew 11 contains one of my favorite sayings of Jesus. A simple true statement: “wisdom is justified by her children.”

Sometimes we need to take a “wait and see” approach in judging decisions and plans. Was it a good idea to do X? Was it wrong to do Y? The wisdom of a decision (or lack there of) sometimes must be judged by the outcome.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Matthew 10

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These twelve Jesus sent out and commanded them, saying: “Do not go into the way of the Gentiles, and do not enter a city of the Samaritans. But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

– Matthew 10:5-6

Who has Jesus sent you to? Do you know? Have you asked? If you’re a Christian, sometimes it’s good to be reminded that Jesus saved you for a purpose. He desires to use your life to reach those that are yet unreached.

So, who is Jesus sending you to this week?

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Matthew 9

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Then behold, they brought to Him a paralytic lying on a bed. When Jesus saw their faith, He said to the paralytic, “Son, be of good cheer; your sins are forgiven you.”

– Matthew 9:2

How do you see one’s faith?

True saving faith manifests in observable actions. A group of individuals demonstrated trust in Jesus by bringing the paralyzed man to Him for healing. Luke’s account of this same story gives is even greater insight into their clearly demonstrated faith.

Then behold, men brought on a bed a man who was paralyzed, whom they sought to bring in and lay before Him. And when they could not find how they might bring him in, because of the crowd, they went up on the housetop and let him down with his bed through the tiling into the midst before Jesus.

– Luke 5:18-19

In what ways has your faith in Jesus been manifested in observable actions? Have you trusted Jesus for salvation? Have you trusted Jesus with your kids, your finances, your future?

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Matthew 8

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We observe Jesus in this passage interacting with people in ways that were totally out of place for His day and culture.

He touches an unclean leper, to bring healing. He interacts with and commends the faith of a Gentile, Roman centurion. He touches an individual of the the opposite sex (Peter’s mother-in-law) who was not related to Him. He associates with the demon possessed to bring deliverance.

Jesus understood that the work of the Kingdom was bigger than the cultural ins and outs of His day. I think there’s an important lesson here for us in our day.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Matthew 7

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Christians are often told by non-Christians that they aren’t to be so judgmental, because Jesus said, “Judge not!” Jesus did say “Judge not.” But that’s not all He said on the subject.

It’s incredibly important that we read and understand the teachings of Scripture in context, and in their entirety. When we do, we often find that the meaning of the teaching is a lot more weighty than we first thought.

“Judge not, that you be not judged” must be understood in light of the context of verse 5.

“Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.”

– Matthew 7:5

Christians are not commanded to never judge, but rather to judge ourselves first before examining the words, motivations or actions of others. Biblical self-examination is an essential aspect of Christian living.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Matthew 6

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Most everything we do in this life is for some form of a reward. We’re essentially conditioned from a very early age to seek for a reward. God knows this about us and though we might imagine this aspect of psyche our to be carnal, God still appeals to our desire for reward.

Three times in Matthew 6 Jesus says, “your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” These rewards are for our spiritual services of prayer, good deeds and fasting. And while we might be motivated to do these things for some earthly reward, Jesus seeks to motivate us to continue them for a heavenly eternal reward.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Matthew 5

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“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

– Matthew 5:3

Access to and apprehension of the Kingdom of Heaven is only for those who recognize their poverty of spirit, and repent of their sinful failures and spiritual inadequacies. Oh the blessed joy of realizing your impoverished spiritual condition, mourning over it, and therein finding the wonderful comfort (Matthew 5:4) of the Comforter, the Holy Spirit.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

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Matthew 4

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From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

– Matthew 4:17

I’m tempted to talk about repentance again. I won’t. Instead I think it might be good to meditate today on the words after “repent” in Jesus’ proclamation.

“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” We need to turn from our sin, and turn to Christ, because the kingdom of heaven is available. But only to those who turn away from their sin and to Christ.

Tomorrow we’ll begin The Sermon on the Mount. Spoiler Alert! The opening words say “Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Something about repentance and poverty of spirt go hand in hand. But I think I’ll save that for tomorrow.

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Enduring Word Commentary with Pastor David Guzik

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Additional Daily Devotionals

My Utmost for His Highest | Oswald Chambers

Morning & Evening | Charles Spurgeon