Matthew 11: Today’s Chapter

January 10, 2023 in Today's Reading by TGV


Bible Study Guide/ Teaching Outline/ Matthew 11, (40-BSG-11H)/ Theme: Christ’s answer to John and related Discourse

Before and After: Chapter 10 (The mission of the Twelve); Chapter 12 (The opposition of the Pharisees)

In A Nutshell: [1-19] In chapter 10, the Twelve are sent out. Jesus has just ended commissioning them for ministry. Here, Jesus continues His ministry alone. The disciples of John the Baptist approach Him with a question from the perplexed-imprisoned John. Jesus uses this as an opportunity to clear doubts, affirm His Messiahship, and praise John’s life and ministry (Isa 8:14–15; 26:19; 29:18; 35:5–6; 42:18; 61:1; cf. Luke 4:17–21). [20–24] Jesus rebukes the cities that did not repent in light of both John the Baptist and His ministry: He pronounces woes on those who failed to heed the gospel. [25–30] After criticizing the unbelieving Jews, Jesus thanks the Father for His believing disciples (v. 25). He contrasts the burdensome teaching of the Pharisees by telling His disciples that His burden is light (v. 30), inviting them to full discipleship (v. 28–29).

Characters: Jesus, John the Baptist; John’s two disciples, the Multitudes (v. 7), All (v. 28-30).

Key Word: Offended in Christ, Mt 11:6, 19, 25.

Strong Verses: Mt 11:6, 25, 28, 29, 30.

Key Text: “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)

Division of Main Points — John’s doubts about Jesus and Jesus’ reply (11:1–6); Jesus’ Testimony concerning John (11:7–15); The Crowd’s Reaction to John and Jesus (11:16–19); Judgment on Unrepentant Cities (11:20–24); The “Rest” that Jesus provides (11:25–30).

Biblical Events: [Events Occurring]— Life of Jesus (Mt 1:18–19:22); Jesus’ Galilean ministry (Mt 4:12–11:19); Jesus reassures John the Baptist (Mt 11:2–6); Jesus teaches about John the Baptist (Mt 11:7–19); Jesus sends 72 Messengers (Mt 11:20–24); The 72 Messengers return (Mt 11:25–30).

Issues for Further Study – Jesus’ fulfillment of OT Prophecy; Questions on Messiah’s credentials; The Place of Elijah & John (the Baptist) in Christ’s ministry; Chorazin, Bethsaida, Capernaum, Tyre and Sidon; Hades; Sodom in the day of Judgment; Christ Yoke and the “Rest” He offers.

Critical Thought: John the Baptist has doubts if Jesus is indeed the long-awaited Messiah. In John 1:9, John had already recognized Jesus as the Messiah. What happened here? Perhaps in John’s isolation in prison, shadows of doubt about whether Jesus is the Messiah begin to creep into his mind. Like many others, John probably thought that Jesus had come as a political and military deliverer rather than a spiritual deliverer. Remember, John was in prison, and Jesus had not even set him free, so he had some doubts. Thus, he sends his disciples to make sure. Life Application: Even faithful and righteous prophets are people like us. They are human. They have flaws and weaknesses. They have temptations. Sometimes they have doubts or questions. Do you remember the great Elijah, king David, etc.? We should not put these great Biblical characters on a pedestal as if they were perfect. By seeing their true selves (their weaknesses), we are encouraged that we, too, can be effective tools used by God, even in our weaknesses. Occasional doubts or stumbling do not disqualify us from serving the Lord. Do you have doubts about what God can do for you today? Have you obeyed and fully trusted Him?

Promise: “Now to Him who is able to keep you from stumbling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy, To God our Savior, Who alone is wise, Be glory and majesty, Dominion and power, Both now and forever. Amen.” (Jude 24–25, NKJV)




Bible Reading Plan/ The Book of Matthew 11/ Theme: Christ’s answer to John and related Discourse

Matthew 11 (NKJV)

1 Now it came to pass, when Jesus finished commanding His twelve disciples, that He departed from there to teach and to preach in their cities.

2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples

3 and said to Him, “Are You the Coming One, or do we look for another?”

4 Jesus answered and said to them, “Go and tell John the things which you hear and see:

5 The blind see and the lame walk; the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear; the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel preached to them.

6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.”

7 As they departed, Jesus began to say to the multitudes concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?

8 But what did you go out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Indeed, those who wear soft clothing are in kings’ houses.

9 But what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I say to you, and more than a prophet.

10 For this is he of whom it is written: ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Your face, Who will prepare Your way before You.’

11 “Assuredly, I say to you, among those born of women there has not risen one greater than John the Baptist; but he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.

12 And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force.

13 For all the prophets and the law prophesied until John.

14 And if you are willing to receive it, he is Elijah who is to come.

15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear!

16 “But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to their companions,

17 and saying: ‘We played the flute for you, And you did not dance; We mourned to you, And you did not lament.’

18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.’

19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ But wisdom is justified by her children.”

20 Then He began to rebuke the cities in which most of His mighty works had been done, because they did not repent:

21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

22 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment than for you.

23 And you, Capernaum, who are exalted to heaven, will be brought down to Hades; for if the mighty works which were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day.

24 But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you.”

25 At that time Jesus answered and said, “I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.

26 Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight.

27 All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.

28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

30 For My yoke is easy, and My burden is light.”



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