They literally rejoiced, and leaped for joy, at the prospect of death for the sake of Jesus. (Acts and Mon.) And they will be known by their fruits (Matthew 7:15-23). Besides, if we consider the imperfections and faults of any good works that are done by the very best of men, there will be no work which God can judge to be worthy of reward. 5: 12-16) - Duration: 4:41. γάρ] assigns the reason from the recognised certainty (Matthew 10:41) that to the prophets, who formerly were persecuted in like manner (Matthew 23:29 ff. His disciples came to him, Please read and agree to our privacy policy below to start chatting with us. And this loathsome and horrible prison is as pleasant to me as the walks in the garden in the King’s Bench." Not merely kindness to the bodies of men, no nor to the souls of men only. Be exceeding glad - Αγαλλιασθε, leap for joy. ( σκιρταω, Heb. Walter Mill, Scot, being put to the stake, ascended gladly, saying, " Introibo altare Dei I will go to rise to God." Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Matthew 8:5-13. So persecuted they the prophets. for so persecuted they the prophets before you. This verse is full of the Lord’s intention and His promise to those who follow Him. Beza. Commentary on Matthew 5:1,2 (Read Matthew 5:1,2) None will find happiness in this world or the next, who do not seek it from Christ by the rule of his word. New Bible Reflections Life, through the lens of The Scriptures. Matthew 5:1-12 EXEGESIS: MATTHEW 5-7. Yet the multitudes, as listeners, were entitled to appropriate their share. It will then be brought out that it was important therefore that His disciples recognise the danger of becoming false prophets. Luther was wont to say, when any man spake evil of him, This will be accounted to my reckoning at the last day. It is the opposite of arrogance. Contra horrenda audax fuit, et cum gaudio flammeos currus inscendit. Your reward. It is no accident that Jesus winds up in the wilderness after his baptism. p. 104 ff. (Acts and Mon.) Rejoice, and be exceeding glad. Others clapped their hands in the flames in token of triumph; as Hawks and Smith, and five martyrs burnt together by Bonner. If the Reader looks attentively to this opening of our LORD'S sermon, be will find no less than eight distinct characters JESUS speaks of as blessed; namely, poor in spirit; they that mourn; the meek; they who hunger and thirst after righteousness; the merciful; the pure in heart; the peace-makers; and the persecuted (and falsely reviled) for righteousness' sake. Be so far from being troubled, as to count it all joy, when you fall into these trials, James 1:2. So Doctor Taylor going toward his death, and coming within a mile or two of Hadley (where he was to suffer), he leapt and fetched a frisk or twain, as men commonly do in dancing. The reason both for rejoicing and for the blessedness. Annal.) For the prophets too were persecuted by the fathers of these people in the same way as they will shortly be. Look first at verses 1-4. To three of these benedictions, St. Luke’s report of the discourse contains three counter woes. They are so presented as to suggest that Luke reports but a part, and that our Lord uttered an antithetic woe for each benediction. Rejoice and be exceeding glad Because of the honour put upon them, the glory they bring to Christ and his cause, by cheerfully suffering for it; and because of the glory and happiness that shall follow upon their sufferings: 12. FREE Catholic Classes Pick a class, you can learn anything. It will be nothing new for the Lord"s disciples to be treated unjustly, for the righteous prophets were thus treated in forme• years. 6 “Be careful,” Jesus said to them. There is nothing dishonorable about any of these motives. (Also 1 Corinthians 12:28; Ephesians 2:20; 3:5; 4:11, etc.). ... 2020 06 12 Reflection 883 (Bro. Those prophets were ‘blessed ones’ as well. 3) Reflection • Here, in Chapter 18 of the Gospel of Matthew begins the fourth great discourse on the New Law, the discourse on the community. The more we suffer with and for Christ, the more glory we shall have with and from Christ. (Allusively, to the walks and galleries that were about the temple.) Thereupon our Saviour departed out of Judea into Galilee, as John the Evangelist hath it, lest he should suffer the same things from them. His disciples were hungry, and they began to pluck heads of grain and to eat. Psalms 149:4. To whom he replied, "If you knew how these words rejoice mine heart, you would not have spoken them." The young cashier handed her the receipt and said cheerily, "Have a … We have here the opening of our LORD'S Sermon, and, a most blessed sermon it is. 1 Peter 4:3. Now what was it else whereby those worthies (of whom the world was not worthy) quenched the violence of the fire, and out of weakness were made strong? said a dying peer of this realm (the Lord Harrington). This meekness of the LORD'S own creating in the soul is of great price. But the Teacher gives two reasons to help inexperienced disciples to rise to that moral elevation.— ’ . Two Austin monks at Bruxelles, A. D. 1523 (the first among the Lutherans that suffered for religion), being fastened to the stake to be burnt, sang Te Deum and the Creed. 2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians 1 Thessalonians 2 Thessalonians. Neither can it mean a man making his own peace with God, for that is impossible. Though God does not require us to seek persecution, yet all this shows that there is something in religion to sustain the soul which the world does not possess. Listen to what Matthew writes: Listen to what Matthew writes: (Mt 2:17-18) Then what was said through the prophet Jeremiah was fulfilled: (18) "A voice is heard in Ramah, weeping and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." Blessed are the merciful. Rejoice in your hearts, express it in your lips and behaviour. John 1:1. Psalm. * A man named Matthew: Mark names this tax collector Levi . Matthew 20:1 ff. — τοὺς πρὸ ὑμῶν: words skilfully chosen to raise the spirit. Not unlike the five weeks assigned to the Bread of Life Discourse from John in the season of Pentecost in Year B, this opening speech of Jesus in … Continue reading "Commentary on Matthew 5:1-12" THE CONTEXT. I have studied as much brevity as possible in my illustration of those characters, that I might not unnecessarily swell the pages of the Poor Man's Commentary. 5 When they went across the lake, the disciples forgot to take bread. Hence the LORD promiseth his people to take away the heart of stone, and give them an heart of flesh. It is freed from all admixture of sorrow. cxliv. These words, ἐν τοῖς οὐρανοῖς, must not be taken as having any bearing on the question as to the future habitation of the glorified saints. Let it be music in your ears to hear that the drunkards make you their song. On All Saints Sunday we remember and celebrate how we have been knit together into the mystical body of our Lord Jesus Christ November 1, 2020 All Saints’ Day Hope Lutheran Church Rev. There is inspiration in the “goodly fellowship of the prophets,” quite as much as in thought of their posthumous reward. The idea of being "blessed" in Jesus' sermon does not mean feeling happy, necessarily. 3) Reflection • Today in the Gospel we receive an important instruction on the mission of the community. Can All the Believers in God Enter the Kingdom of Heaven? 12. ὁ μισθὸς ὑμ.] ” When John the Baptist questions whether Jesus is the Messiah, Jesus replies, “ The good news is preached to the poor ” (Matthew 11:5). The local question is to be decided by wholly different testimonies of Scripture;—by the general tenor of prophecy, and the analogies of the divine dealings: and all of these seem to point rather to this earth, purified and renewed, than to the heavens in any ordinary sense of the term, as the eternal habitation of the blessed. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Have you ever had an “epiphany?” When was the last time you had an “epiphany?” An “epiphany” may simply be a sudden realization or a moment of clarity. We see God's design, God's plan, and God's direction of events. ‘Your reward in Heaven.’ That is, ‘your reward stored up for you by God’. JESUS himself is the great comprehensive blessing of all blessings, and the blessedness of his people. Ed Morrissey Posted at 11:31 am on January 29, 2017. We shouldn’t aggrieve by suffering persecution and even less should we doubt God’s way and His work because of persecution. The Sermon on the Mount (chapters 5-7) immediately follows, and constitutes the largest collection of Jesus’ teachings in the Gospels. Matthew 5:12. ὁ μισθός] comp. Jason John OP on Matthew 5:27-32) - … When God rejects you, there is no way for you to continue living on earth. The Similes of Salt and Light. Not an express assertion that the disciples were prophets. It is wholly from Jesus. In spite of all, joy, exultation is possible—nay, inevitable. This morning’s Gospel reading is Matthew 5:1-12: When Jesus saw the crowds, he went up the mountain, and after he had sat down, his disciples came to him. In the Old Testament, Moses went up to Mount Sinai to receive the Law of God. I have so much joy of the reward prepared for me, most wretched sinner, that though I be in place of darkness and mourning, yet I cannot lament; but both night and day am so joyful, as though under no cross at all; yea, in all the days of my life I was never so merry, the name of the Lord be praised therefore for ever and ever; and he pardon mine unthankfulness. At present He is speaking with positive confidence in His disciples, and showing them what kind of people they are and must be. But we may take it as giving a co-ordinate reason for joy = ye are in good company. What Are the Requirements for Entering the Kingdom of God? To them will belong the Kingly Rule of Heaven which has been given to the persecuted ones of Matthew 5:10. To be blessed means that self-decreases, … Indeed they should be deliriously happy. Matthew very cryptically informs his readers that Jesus left Nazareth and settled in Capernaum “by the sea, in the region of Zebulun and Naphtali” (Matthew 4:12). Matthew 5:13-16 . 4. Few people. But of whom doth CHRIST speak? "For, indeed," as Mr Philpot the martyr said, "to die for Christ is the greatest promotion that God can bring any in this vale of misery unto; yea, so great an honour, as the greatest angel in heaven is not permitted to have." "You shall be whipped and burned for this gear, I think," said one Mr Foster to John Fortune, martyr. I not only exhort you to it, but I tell you, you cannot help being in this mood, if once you throw yourselves enthusiastically into the warfare of God. An example from former times. A Dutch martyr, feeling the flame to come to his beard: "Ah," said he, "what a small pain is this to be compared to the glory to come." This would be indeed to run back to the law of Moses, instead of preaching the Gospel of Christ. The eye of the soul is no sooner opened to see his state of poverty and wretchedness before Cod, but the heart melts at the view of it. In this passage, Christ firmly underscored the principle motive undergirding human submissiveness to God. 3 Philip, and Bartholomew; Thomas, and Matthew the a publican; James the son of Alphæus, and Lebbæus, whose surname was Thaddæus; 4 Simon the Canaanite, and Judas Iscariot, who also a betrayed him. Therefore, take up the work and endure the suffering of those that were before you, knowing that their reward will be yours also. You may therefore rejoice on account of your reward.— ὁ μισθὸς, the reward) sc. Matthew Mark Luke John Acts of Apostles Romans 1 Corinthians. Matthew 7:12) are a typical example for the disciples. Christ pronounces upon them WOE; a word in which grief and authority in him are combined, and in which future sorrow and vain weeping are predicted for them. This hope, weak now, was strong in primitive Christianity, and greatly helped martyrs and confessors.— . Rejoice, and be exceeding glad - Regard it as a great privilege thus to be persecuted and to suffer - a thing not to be mourned over, but as among the chief blessings of life. Noah rose up and condemned them by his contrary courses, and therefore underwent a world of calamities. Joy, gladness in the highest measure is possible, an irrepressible exhibition of exultation is expected of Christ's followers. The notion commonly entertained, of making out nine distinct beatitudes, is too frivolous to need a long refutation. This made John Clerk’s mother, of Melda in Germany (when she saw her son whipped and branded in the forehead for opposing the pope’s indulgences, and calling him Antichrist), to hearten her son, and cried out, Vivat Christus eiusque insignia: "Blessed be Christ, and welcome to these marks of his." (J. W. Hussey, M. κατεργάζεται, 2 Corinthians 4:17, and remarks thereon. In verses 13, 19, and 22 an angel of the Lord directs Joseph to act and each of those acts is anchored to an Old Testament prophecy. Weekly Picks. They will be more than amply repaid for all the disagreeable show of hatred which they were compelled to endure here, Rom_8:17-18; 2Co_4:17. The reward will come after this life is over and the victims have been admitted into heaven. He was nailed to the cross and had redeemed us sinners. The first feature of character the Lord takes notice of them is, that they are poor in spirit, not poor in pocket; for outward circumstances, either in poverty or riches, have nothing to do with inward grace. A support in trial. 14 “You are the light of the world. It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people’s feet. He says that if someone hits you, don't just hit them no harder than they did, but, instead, he says to let them hit you again. for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you: — that is, “You do but serve yourselves heirs to their character and sufferings, and the reward will be common.”. for great is your reward, not of debt, but of grace; for our light and momentary afflictions are not worthy to be compared with an eternal and exceeding weight of glory; where there is no proportion, there can be no merit: especially, when it is given to us on the behalf of Christ to suffer, Philippians 1:29. There is a general sense in which God is the Father of all men by creation, but in the sense used in the Sermon on the Mount He is the Father only of disciples of Jesus, those who are seeking to be true sons of their Father (Matthew 5:9; Matthew 5:45) because of the blessing that He has worked on their lives. Have you read and do you agree to our privacy policy? His emphasis in this place is on the hope of heaven (see under Matthew 6:9). 1 Timothy 2 Timothy Titus Philemon Hebrews James 1 Peter. The article denotes: the reward which is destined, kept in readiness for you (Matthew 25:34; Colossians 1:5), and that for the indignities, persecutions, and lies borne through faith in me. We learn this as Matthew develops his story. But later He will add a warning. He has been led by the Holy Spirit for a purpose: to be tempted … Continue reading "Commentary on Matthew 4:1-11" Matthew 5:12 Great is your reward. So persecuted they the prophets that were before you ... Christ in this place puts the same dignity upon the apostles as pertained to the prophets of the Old Testament, ranking them, in fact, higher, and showing that they also are to be heeded as inspired men. * [9:9–17] In this section the order is the same as that of Mk 2:13–22. And here He stops, on a high note with no jarring thought of false prophets. MATTHEW: JESUS AND HIS PROMISED KINGDOM. It is worthy remark that the Old Testament ended, yea in the very last word of it, with the LORD'S threatenings of a Curse. Their case we have sufficiently explained in our comment on. As has already been said before (on Monday of the 10th week of the year), the Gospel of Matthew, written for the communities of the Christian Jews of Galilee and Syria, presents Jesus as the new Moses. Now when Jesus saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. And even to the close of life, the conscious sense of the remains of in-dwelling corruption, tends, under grace, to keep open an unceasing spring of our repentance towards Cod, while the soul is supported in the assured interest in CHRIST by which, Christ. There are several cases on record, where this was literally done by the martyrs, in Queen Mary's days. "Why," quoth Foster, "thou fool, dost thou rejoice in whipping?" 12. Sin; in-dwelling, in-bred sin, opens a constant spring of sorrow. » You may be interested in reading more: • Oppression of Faith: After Serving Time the Oppression Continues, • How to Overcome Trials and Tribulations in Life, • A Young Christian’s Story: How I Grew Under Persecution and Tribulations. Hebrews 11:26-27. Browse Sermons on Matthew 8:5-13. for so persecuted they the prophets before you. Matthew 5:13-16: Pulpit Commentary Homiletics. Also, the Lord made use of object lessons and sometimes the object was a person; in this case, a child. He was humble. 1853, p. 40 ff. 3. And although Cain is gone to his place, Acts 1:25, yet I would he were not still alive in his sons and successors, who hate their brethren, because they are more righteous, Et clavam eius sanguine Abelis rubentern cireumferunt, as Bucholcer speaketh. For so did they persecute This was expressly added, that the apostles might not expect to triumph without exertion and without a contest, and might not fail, when they encountered persecutions. And, Matthew tells us that the death of Bethlehem's babes is no less a part of God's plan. But the peace-makers here said to be blessed, shalt be called the children of GOD. May not you be glad of that, mother?" The Lord wondereth," saith he in another place, "how we can be so merry in such extreme misery: but our God is omnipotent, which turneth misery into felicity. I. In like manner, the whole of the features of character, which follow, if construed with an eye to the whole tenor of CHRIST'S gospel, plainly shew forth whom the Lord JESUS had in view. However, even so, people cannot bear to leave God; this is the significance of God’s conquest of people, and this is God’s glory.”“This is just as in the stage of Jesus’ work; He could only be glorified among those Pharisees who persecuted Him. I'm not even worthy to carry His sandals." [4] We personally acknowledge our spiritual bankruptcy before God. For he had oculum in metam (which was Ludovicus Vives his motto), his eye upon the mark; he pressed forward toward the high prize, with Paul, Philippians 3:14; and looking through the terror of the fire, saw heaven beyond it; and this made him so valiant, so violent for the kingdom. Such JESUS declares to be blessed, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. (Beza.) THE LIFE OF JESUS AS COVERED BY MATTHEW (shaded area) Click chart to enlarge. DO YOU WANT TO WELCOME THE LORD DURING THE DISASTERS. Sirach 3: 2-6, 12-14; Colossians 3: 12-21; Matthew 2: 13-15, 19-23 (Sunday, December 30, 2007 - Feast of the Holy Family) Throughout the period of advent, we hoped for the coming of the savior. Commentary on Matthew 5:12. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Ed Morrissey Posted at 11:31 am on January 29, 2017. There is great happiness and joy in God’s warfare! And the third day, when his hour was once come, he should be sacrificed; but it must be in Jerusalem, and by the Pharisees, for it befell not a prophet to perish out of Jerusalem. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad; for great is your reward in heaven; for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. The prophets (comp. Matthew 5:13-16. – Matthew 19:26 Reflection …, Persecutions and Tribulations Perfect Our Faith – Reflection on Matthew 5:12. Hence, the crown of martyrdom has been thought to be the brightest that any of the redeemed shall wear; and hence many of the early Christians sought to become martyrs, and threw themselves in the way of their persecutors, that they might be put to death. The meekness the SON of God pronounced blessed, is the meekness inwrought in the soul, by the gracious influence of GOD the HOLY GHOST. The people that are blessed are those whose hearts the Lord hath changed, who are indeed holy and pure in the cleansing and justifying purity and holiness of the LORD, their righteousness; but who feel conscious of the remains of indwelling corruption under which they groan. How often was Moses made (as Cato among the Romans) to plead for his life! You are welcome to join our devotional group to explore the issues of faith such as how to welcome the Lord’s return, how to increase one’s faith, how to rely on God and get close to God, how to know God, and how to read God’s words. They see God in CHRIST in all the blessedness of salvation here in the life that now is, and they shall See him in the complete enjoyment of him in the life of glory that is to come. Blessed are the pure in heart; made so by regenerating grace; for by nature the heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked. God Asks Us to Forgive Others – Reflection on Matthew 18:21-22, We Should Bear Witness to God in Persecutions – Gospel Reflection on Matthew 5:11, Leaven of the Pharisees – Gospel Reflection on Matthew 16:6, Do Not Worry About Tomorrow – Reflection on Matthew 6:34, Beware of False Prophets – Reflection on Matthew 7:15, With God All Things Are Possible – Reflection on Matthew 19:26. Matthew 12 - At that time Jesus went through the grainfields on the Sabbath. Persecution hath ever been the saints’ portion. (Luther, Epist. 12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. 12. The latter sense accords best with the language of the discourse, and culminates in the former one. And this mark of grace follows the former. Matthew 5:13, 14. The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees. The phrase alludes to the fact that, in Jewish history, the mass of the nation — the. (Acts and Mon.) 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