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"Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path." – Psalm 119:105

Matthew 12

What information does the chapter contain?

– Working on the Sabbath (:1-21).  The Pharisees came up with their own definition of what was considered work on the Sabbath.  It included both picking heads of grain and healing.  Jesus pointed out the error of their reasoning in that they overlooked David eating the consecrated bread when he was hungry, and also they saw no problem with lifting a sheep out of a pit on the Sabbath.  If anyone was to define what did and did not violate the Sabbath, it would be Jesus, “For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath” (:8).

– Jesus healed a demon-possessed man (:22-29).  When the Pharisees accused Jesus of doing so by Beelzebul, Jesus again showed their faulty reasoning.  Why would the ruler of demons cast out demons?  And their own sons claimed to cast out demons.  By whom did they do it?

– Scribes and Pharisees seeking a sign (:38-45).  They asked Jesus for a sign, as though He had not already provided plenty.  The real problem was disbelief.  The Ninevites believed Jonah and repented, but the scribes and Pharisees were not willing to do the same in response to Jesus who was greater.

– Jesus’ family (:46-50).  This is one passage in which we learn that Jesus had biological brothers.

How can we apply the chapter to our lives?

– You are either for God or against Him – you can’t be neutral (:30).

“The tree is known by its fruit” (:33b).  We are still known the same way, so be sure your fruit is good.

“For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned” (:37).

– Be a part of Jesus’ family.  “For whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven, he is My brother and sister and mother” (:50).

Any comments?

Have a great day in His word!

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