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THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
MATTHEW

CHAPTER 12

IV. The King's Being Rejected
12:1--27:66

A. The Establishment of Rejection
12:1-50

1. The Cause of Rejection
vv.1-14


1 1aAt that time Jesus went on the bSabbath through the grainfields. And His disciples became hungry and began to pick cears of grain and eat.

2 But the Pharisees, seeing this, said to Him, Behold, Your disciples are doing what is 1anot lawful to do on the Sabbath.

3 But He said to them, Have you not 1aread what 2bDavid did when he became hungry, and those who were with him;

4 How he entered into the house of God, and they ate the abread of the presence, which was not lawful for him to eat, nor for those who were with him, except for the bpriests only?

5 Or have you not 1aread in the law that on the bSabbath the priests in the temple profane the Sabbath and are guiltless?

6 But I say to you that something 1agreater than the btemple is here.

7 But if you knew what this means, a"I desire mercy and not sacrifice,'' you would not have condemned the guiltless.

8 For the aSon of Man is 1Lord of the Sabbath.

9 And adeparting from there, He came into their synagogue.

10 And behold, a man who had a withered 1hand was there. And they asked Him, saying, Is it alawful to heal on the Sabbath? so that they might baccuse Him.

11 And He said to them, What man will there be among you who will have one sheep, and if it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and alift it out?

12 Of how much amore value then is a man than a sheep! So then it is blawful to do well on the Sabbath.

13 Then He said to the man, Stretch out your hand. And he stretched it out and it was 1restored, as sound as the other.

14 But the Pharisees, going out, took acounsel against Him as to how they might 1bdestroy Him.


2. Rejection Causing the King's Turn to the Gentiles
vv.15-21


15 But Jesus, knowing it, withdrew from there. And many afollowed Him, and He healed them all;

16 And He charged them anot to make Him known,

17 In order that what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet might be afulfilled, saying,

18 a"Behold, My 1Servant whom I have chosen, My bBeloved in whom My soul has found delight. I will put My cSpirit upon Him, and He will announce 2justice to the 3Gentiles.

19 He will not strive nor cry out, nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.

20 A 1bruised reed He will not break, and smoking 2flax He will not quench until He brings forth justice unto victory.

21 And in His name will the Gentiles ahope.''


3. The Climax of Rejection
vv.22-37


22 aThen there was brought to Him one possessed by a demon, 1bblind and cdumb, and He healed him, so that the dumb man spoke and saw.

23 And all the crowds were amazed and said, Is this not the 1aSon of David?

24 But the Pharisees, hearing this, said, This man does not cast out the demons except by 1aBeelzebul, bruler of the demons.

25 aBut bknowing their thoughts, He said to them, Every kingdom divided against itself becomes desolate, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand.

26 And if Satan casts out Satan, he is divided against himself. How then will his 1akingdom stand?

27 And if I, by aBeelzebul, cast out the demons, by whom do your sons bcast them out? Therefore they shall be your judges.

28 But if I, by the 1aSpirit of God, cast out the demons, then the 2bkingdom of God has come upon you.

29 Or how can anyone enter into the 1house of the 2strong man and aplunder his 3goods unless he first 4binds the strong man? And then he will thoroughly plunder his house.

30 1He who is not with Me is aagainst Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.

31 aTherefore I say to you, Every sin and bblasphemy will be forgiven men, but 1blasphemy against the Spirit will not be forgiven.

32 And whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever 1speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, aneither in this 2bage nor in the one to come.

33 Either make the tree good and its afruit good, or make the tree corrupt and its fruit corrupt; for 1by the fruit the tree is known.

34 Offspring of avipers, how can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the bheart the mouth speaks.

35 The good man, out of his good treasure, brings forth good things, and the evil man, out of his evil treasure, brings forth evil things.

36 And I say to you that every 1idle word which men shall speak, they will render an aaccount concerning it in the day of bjudgment.

37 For by your 1awords you shall be justified, and by your words you shall be condemned.


4. The Sign to the Rejecting Generation
vv.38-42


38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees answered Him, saying, Teacher, we want to see a 1asign from You.

39 aBut He answered and said to them, An bevil and adulterous 1generation seeks after a sign, and a sign shall not be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.

40 For just as Jonah was in the belly of the great fish athree days and three nights, so will the bSon of Man be in the 1cheart of the earth dthree days and three nights.

41 aNinevite men will stand up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because they brepented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something 1cmore than Jonah is here.

42 The aqueen of the south will rise up in the judgment with this generation and will condemn it, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something 1bmore than Solomon is here.


5. The Rejecting Generation Becoming Worse
vv.43-45


43 aWhen the unclean spirit goes out from the man, it roams through 1waterless places, seeking rest, and does not find it.

44 Then it says, I will return to my house from which I came out. And it comes and finds it unoccupied, swept, and decorated.

45 Then it goes and takes along with itself seven other spirits more evil than itself, and they enter in and settle down there. And the last state of that man becomes worse than the first. Thus shall it be also with 1this aevil generation.


6. Rejection Resulting in the King's Forsaking
vv.46-50

46 aWhile He was still speaking to the crowds, behold, His bmother and His cbrothers stood outside seeking to speak to Him.

47 And someone said to Him, Behold, Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside seeking to speak to You.

48 But He answered and said to him who spoke to Him, 1Who is My mother, and who are My brothers?

49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples, He said, Behold, My mother and My brothers!

50 For whoever 1adoes the will of My Father who is in the heavens, he is My bbrother and sister and mother.