Matthew Lesson 19 Day 2

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Matthew Lesson 19 Day 2

Matthew 18:1-5

“here Jesus deals with principles and attitudes that should mark His people as they get along with each other.”1

3. Who’s the greatest in heaven’s kingdom?

Luke tells us Jesus’ disciples asked him this question to resolve an argument. “An argument arose among them as to which of them was the greatest.” (Luke 9:46)

“They dreamt of a distribution of honours and offices, a worldly monarchy, like the kingdoms of the earth.” (Trapp)1

Jesus calls a little child over. “Children were regarded more as property than individuals. . . . to be seen and not heard. Jesus said we have to take this kind of humble place to enter the kingdom, much less be the greatest in the kingdom.”1

4. How to enter the kingdom of heaven

Become like children—

  • humble
  • dependent (on God) and not independent
  • trusting
  • loving
  • forgiving
  • not threatening or intimidating
  • unconcerned about social status
  • not good at deceiving others
  • admitting our spiritual inadequacies and need for God

“Children do not try to be humble, but they are so, and the same is the case with really gracious persons. The imitation of humility is sickening; the reality is attractive.” (Spurgeon)

Matthew 5:3-4 — The Greek word translated as poor probably means “inadequate, lacking, or inferior and not just financially poor.” (Life for Today Study Bible Notes) The likely meanings also relate to being childlike.

Mourning/weeping is common with children. They run to their parents or siblings for comfort. In the kingdom of God, we can run to our heavenly father and our kingdom siblings for comfort.

John 1:12-13 — Those who humble themselves and receive Him, gain access to the kingdom and partake in the authority given to its citizens.

John 3:3-6 — Spiritual birth is the only entrance into the kingdom of heaven. Being born a Jew does not automatically grant citizenship.

Jesus said the one who desires to be first must be last.

5. True greatness

a. Those who are His children.

Those who are considered insignificant and uneducated in the eyes of the religious. Those are the ones to whom He reveals Himself.

b.  Great in the world’s eyes

  • Rich, powerful, talented, or famous
  • Holds a key position in business, politics, education, sports, media, or a church/ministry
  • Award-winner
  • Inventor
  • Intimidating presence
  • Superior to others
  • Self-promotion

The least among us are the powerless, the sick, the poor, the elderly, the single mothers, the children of inattentive parents (whatever the reason), the unborn, the disabled, the servers, the employees, and others. In fact, many qualify.

There are so many simple ways to lend a hand. We don’t have to leave the country, our town/city, our neighborhood, our street, or even our own house.

People need to know someone cares. We can offer to pick up groceries for an elderly neighbor, offer to babysit to give a single mom a break, pray for someone who is sick, etc.

All it takes is to look for the needs of others and not focus on ourselves. 

6. Little ones

When we welcome the little children, we welcome Jesus.

He is our example. “even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Matthew 20:28

(See Romans 15:1-2)

Answer from 2014

I spent the last week helping care for five of my grandchildren while their parents were away. The past year was very difficult for them due to illness and other challenges. 

I’ve had a year filled with challenges as well, so I spent several frazzled and exhausted moments over the past week feeling sorry for myself.

Last night was the final one away from the comfort of my own bed. After the house was finally quiet, I imagined how the disciples must have felt after nine hours of rowing a boat against contrary winds.

Like them, I was doing something Jesus insisted I do. I mentally strained my eyes hoping to see Him walking on the water to calm the storm.

I prayed for peace and began to get sleepy. Thankfully, even though my bed was a lumpy sofa, I had the best sleep I’d had all week.

Even though I only slept five hours, I awoke refreshed.

I have to say, even though I didn’t see Him, Jesus did show up. For that, I am so very grateful.


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2 AWM Living Commentary used by written permission.
3 Unless otherwise indicated, all Scripture quotations from *The ESV Bible® (The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®) copyright © 2001 by Crossway, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
4 Strong’s Concordance, public domain.
5 *Spirit Filled Life Bible®copyright © 1991 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. (The Holy Bible, New King James Bible) copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.
6 Ellicott’s Commentary, public domain.
7 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
8 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.

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