The Gospel of Matthew, Part 16

The Gospel of Matthew
Matthew 7:21 – 8:4

Matthew 7:21 Jesus teaches

  • Enter through the narrow gate- there is a great temptation to not do so.
  • Opposition to Christ coming from the Israelite community- mainly the Pharisee’s who were being severely challenged by Jesus Christ teachings and therefore felt threatened. Then they were making it difficult to follow Him. Sets stage for next teaching.
  • Warning to not follow False Prophets. Pharisees teachings- ravenous wolves coming to you in sheep’s clothing.
  • How do we determine the true teachings according to Christ- By their fruits- recognize them, grapes are not gathered from thorns.
  • Bearing of good fruits of righteousness is required from all.
  • Warning to heed Christ’s Teaching
  • Building one spiritual home on solid rock “a prudent man who built his home upon the rock.”
  • Christ tells the parable of two men – a prudent man and a foolish one.
  • Discourse to conclude these teachings
  • He taught as if He were someone having authority and not as their scribes.

Matthew 8:1 Cleansing the Leper

  • A series of stories and sayings of Jesus Christ illustrating His early Galilean ministry.
  • Leper approaches to the healed
  • Leper was driven from common society to face a life of isolation and poverty.
  • Encounter with Christ
  • “If You are willing, You can cleanse me.”
  • Immediately his leprosy was cured.
  • Power of Touch – Divine and Human
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