Mathew 12. Forum Discussion

The 12th chapter of Mathew covers the increasingly adversarial relationship between Jesus and the Pharisees. Not wanting to give up their power, the Pharisees seek to destroy Jesus and question His ways at every opportunity.

They ask why Jesus’ disciples were picking heads of grain to eat on the Sabbath. Jesus responds to them beginning in verse 3, “Have you not read what David did when he became hungry, he and his companions, how he entered the house of God, and they ate the consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests alone?  Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent? But I say to you that something greater than the temple is here.”

Later in the synagogue Jesus comes across a man with a withered hand. The Pharisees see this as am opportunity to confront Jesus about healing on the Sabbath and question Him. Jesus responds beginning in verse 11, “What man is there among you who has a sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will he not take hold of it and lift it out?  How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! So then, it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”  Then He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand!” He stretched it out, and it was restored to normal, like the other.

The Pharisees continue to seek out ways to try and destroy Jesus. Jesus was aware of their intentions, and since His time had not yet come, He withdrew from there.

In verse 22, Jesus comes across a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute. Jesus heals the man, and the Pharisees said, “This man casts out demons only by Beelzebul the ruler of the demons.”

Jesus then talks about blasphemy against the Holy Spirit as the unpardonable sin. Therefore I say to you, any sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven people, but blasphemy against the Spirit shall not be forgiven. Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.”

The chapter concludes with the Pharisees demanding a sign from Jesus. Jesus responds that no further sign will be given. He has already given them plenty of signs. While Jesus was still speaking to the crowds, someone said to Him, “Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.” But Jesus answered the one who was telling Him and said, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, “Behold My mother and My brothers! For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother.”

To do the will of God in heaven, and be Christ’s brothers and sisters, we must continue to study the Bible and learn what God’s commandments are and then put our faith into action. - Amen

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