Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Matthew 12

Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath

Jesus' disciples were hungry on the Sabbath, so they went into a grain field and picked some food to eat. The Pharisees saw it and said  it they were breaking the law, Jesus said that David did it so we can do it too.

A Man with a Withered Hand

Jesus went to a synagogue and found a man with a withered hand. They asked him if it is lawful to heal on the Sabbath because they wanted to accuse him. He said that if they lost a sheep in a pit on the Sabbath they would take it out, and a man is better than a sheep, so he is able to heal on the Sabbath. Jesus then healed the man's hand. The Pharisees then went out and plotted against Jesus.

These Pharisees are a bunch of dicks. If they see him doing actual healings why would they be so against him? [In verse 24 below it says they think he is a demon]

God's Chosen Servant

Jesus was aware of the plotting against him so he left that area. Many followed him and he healed them all but told them to not make him known. "This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah"

If you do something in order to fulfill a prophecy it is really not that spectacular. Is this a translation issue?

Blasphemy Against the Holy Spirit

Jesus heals a demon possessed man and the people say he is the son of David. The Pharisees say he is a demon. He says a house cannot be divided against itself, so if Satan casts out demons his house will not stand.
He then says that anyone who is not with him is against him.

Jesus says any sin against people will be forgiven but any blasphemy against the holy spirit will not be. "whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come"

I really dislike both of those statements. ANY sin against people will be forgiven, so anything you do to another person can be forgiven. There are some pretty bad things that can be done that can be redeemed, that is why we have life in prison as punishment sometimes. On the other hand, SPEAK against the holy spirit and it's over, you are irredeemable. So say a kid goes through a rebellious stage and says some things he maybe doesn't even really mean against the holy spirit. Well, it's over, hell for you buddy.

A Tree is Known by Its Fruit

Good trees give good fruit and bad trees give bad fruit. "On the day of judgement people will give account for every careless word they speak."

That sounds like it would take a while

The Sign of Jonah

The Pharisees ask Jesus for a sign (All of the healing and such aren't enough for them?)  and Jesus says that as Jonah was in the whale for 3 days, he will be in the Earth for 3 days.

Return of an Unclean Spirit

When a spirit leaves a place it find no rest elsewhere and eventually returns home with 7 other spirits more evil than itself. So it is with this evil generation.

I just don't know about the kids these days...

Jesus' Mother and Brothers

While he was speaking to the people his mother and brothers were outside asking to speak to him. He replied that anyone who does the will of his father in heaven is his mother and brother.

Did I just read that right, did Jesus just blow off his family?


  1. Just a few comments about your comments:

    1) God's chosen servant. It not a translation issue. The prophecy refers to that written in Isaiah (who lived 739-686 BC). Malachi was the last prophet and then 400 years later Jesus came along. Israel, because of the prophecies has been waiting for the Messiah to come...but what they actually wanted was for the Messiah to come and fight a war against Rome. Because of everything Jesus had been doing (miracles), He did not want people to start thinking He had come to be a hero/conqueror for Israel's independence against Rome. Instead He wanted confirm that He came for a different purpose all together...

    2) To understand what "Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit" is, you should what the Holy Spirit is. If you haven't heard of the Trinity: it is God in three persons (God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit). You can only "blasphemy" the Holy Spirit if you know that the claims of the Holy Spirit are true but you reject them. This is not for those who do not believe in who Jesus Christ is. This is directed to those who witnessed Jesus' miracles, knew the truth (admitted it), but then blasphemed the Holy Spirit anyway (choosing to be enemies of Christ).

  2. Jesus is the lord of the Sabbath.. In my translation Jesus said (verse 5) "Or have you not read in the Law, that on the Sabbath the priests in the temple break the Sabbath and are innocent?" I believe that there is no such passage that exists. I could be wrong.

    Verse 30 Says he who isn't with me, is against me.. This contradicts what is said in Mark 9:40 "For the one who is not against us is for us." and Luke 9:50 "But Jesus said to him, "Do not stop him, for the one who is not against you is for you."

    Also, in Acts 13:39 says there is no unforgivable sin. "and by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses." Who is right?

    In verse 39 (I know I'm being picky with stuff) "But he answered and said to them, 'An evil and adulterous generation craves for a sign; and yet no sign will be given to it but the sign of Jonah the prophet." In my notes I have noted that in Mark 16:20, John 3:2, 20:30, and in Acts 2:22 he performed signs and wonders.

    I've been told that the Jonah story was an allusion to the three days in the tomb (this could just be a bible "urban legend"), but Jesus only spend one day and two nights in there.

    With the last part, it does sound like Jesus was pretty horrible to his family. It says that he had brothers, but people try to explain this away by saying the bible meant brothers like sic "fraternity brothers." This is questionable to me.

  3. Anzhelika Lychik:

    For the blasphemy against the holy spirit thing, lets say you have someone who is away of exactly what the holy spirit is. Maybe they are going through a hard time or whatever and blasphemed. Later they came back and wanted to repent (maybe right as they were saying it the regretted it and immediately repented). Too bad, for that crime you will go to hell and there's nothing you can do now. This is how I read the passage anyway and it bothers me.


    (verse 5) "I believe that there is no such passage that exists. I could be wrong."
    When I read that, my thoughts were that the law says not to work on the sabbath (which is the "have you read the law" part) and he is also saying that priests work as they perform services on the Sabbath, yet they are not breaking the law. It's definitely a guess, but it is what occurred to me as I read.

  4. For the blasphemy thing, I think that Acts 13:39 says that no sin is unforgivable. It does mention the law of Moses, but the way it sounds to me is like saying "well remember when I passed those laws when Moses was around? Remember when they weren't forgivable? Well, I'm changing that." (Of course in direct defiance of 2 Peter 1:20 I'm putting my OWN interpretation on it).
    Also, when I said no such passage exists, I was referring to the "priests being exempt" clause. While I think it would be self explanatory, there is no mention of this to my knowledge. Also, why do people still work on the Sabbath if it is against God's law?

  5. One thing I want to add here, is that I've already doubted the holy spirit in my life and have probably blasphemed against "it." Would that mean that there is never a chance for me to be forgiven? Am I destined for hell no matter what I do?

  6. "Would that mean that there is never a chance for me to be forgiven?"

    The way I read it this is the case. Seems pretty messed up.


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