Matthew Lesson 23 Day 4

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Matthew Lesson 23 Day 4

Matthew 22:41–23:12

9.  a.  Jesus questions the Pharisees about Messiah

“What do you think about the Messiah?

Whose son is he?”

“How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him ‘Lord’? For he says, “‘The Lord said to my Lord:  “Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet.”’
If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?”

b.  God’s Son

As the son of God who had personal knowledge and understanding of the divine, this passage made perfect sense to Jesus. He knew that He existed before the time of David and was his Lord but now stood before them in human form as a descendant of David.

After three attempts to trap Jesus by asking Him difficult questions, Jesus demonstrated His vastly superior wisdom and understanding of the scriptures.

c. Spirit of truth

“no one can say “Jesus is Lord” except in the Holy Spirit.” 1 Corinthians 12:3b

“The Spirit himself bears witness with [my] spirit that [I am a child] of God,”Romans 8:16

Jesus truly is the Son of God, the Messiah, seated once again at the right hand of the Father.

He is the source of wisdom, knowledge, and understanding.

10.  Jesus’ instructions concerning Pharisees’ leadership—

a.  Do what they say, unless they go outside scripture.

“Much of their teaching was sound, but Jesus confronts those points in which their hypocrisy neutralized the validity of their instruction.”

Don’t do what they do, because they don’t follow their own instructions.

“This is always a characteristic of hypocrites. They impose standards on others that they fail to do themselves.”  Andrew Wommack’s Living Commentary.

b. This is what motivates Pharisees/hypocrites:

They are all about pleasing people, not God. “They do everything to be observed by others…”They love the place of honor at banquets, the front seats in the synagogues…” Matthew 23:5–6

c. What should motivate our behavior?

“seek first His kingdom and His righteousness…” Matthew 6:33

Be transparent about my own shortcomings instead of trying to “save face.”
Confess my sin quickly and turn away from it.
Rely on the Holy Spirit for direction and guidance.
Be diligent to renew my mind by meditating on the Word of God.

“Jesus was teaching about a true servant’s heart that loves others more than self and will joyfully do without so that someone else may prosper.”(8)

Christian principles outlined in Matthew 23:8-12—

  • Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness.
  • Don’t seek to be honored and recognized by peers or followers.
  • Avoid both types of hypocrisy: “(1) not practicing what one preaches (Titus 1:16) and (2) right actions with wrong motives (Matthew 15:8).” (8)
  • Don’t burden people with legalism. Teach grace. The gospel is Good News.
  • Be devoted to prayer in the secret place rather than in public.
  • Help those who can’t help themselves as unto the Lord.
  • Desire to please God.
  • Serve others with genuine love and humility.

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6 Barnes’ Notes on the Bible, public domain.
7 The Names of God Bible (without notes) © 2011 by Baker Publishing Group.
8 Andrew Wommack Living Commentary, used by written permission.

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