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

Matthew 18

What information does the chapter contain?

– The greatest in the kingdom (:1-5).  Mark’s account (9:34) tells us that the disciples had been discussing among themselves which was the greatest.  Jesus illustrated with a child that they lacked the needed humility to truly be greatest.

– Stumbling blocks (:6-11).  Jesus warned them against being and/or having stumbling blocks and told them to go to great extremes to remove them.

– The lost sheep (:12-14).  When the owner finds one lost sheep, “he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine which have not gone astray.”

– When a brother sins (:15-18).  Jesus gave an order for dealing with a brother who sins – you, one or two more, then the church.

– Showing mercy (:21-35).  When questioned about how often to forgive a brother, Jesus basically answered an unlimited number of times and then presented the parable of the slave who received mercy from the king but refused to show mercy to a fellow slave.  The king then condemned the unmerciful slave.

How can we apply the chapter to our lives?

“Unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven” (:3).  The following verse shows that Jesus meant specifically humility.

– Don’t cause others to stumble.  Jesus used graphic imagery to demonstrate the fate of those who cause others to stumble (:6-7).  “Woe” to those who do!

– Show mercy to others.  If you don’t, then don’t expect it from God.

Any comments?

Have a great day in His word!


2 Responses to “Matthew 18”

  1. Hey brother, your chapter heading says 19 but all comments reflect information in chapter 18. Just a typo. Thanks for doing this, I am and have enjoyed it very much…..Van

  2. Van, I don’t see anything that says 19 except your response. 🙂
    Thanks for the note, brother. I have fixed it.

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