Matthew 11

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1 και G2532 CONJ εγενετο G1096 G5633 V-2ADI-3S οτε G3753 ADV ετελεσεν G5055 G5656 V-AAI-3S ο G3588 T-NSM ιησους G2424 N-NSM διατασσων G1299 G5723 V-PAP-NSM τοις G3588 T-DPM δωδεκα G1427 A-NUI μαθηταις G3101 N-DPM αυτου G846 P-GSM μετεβη G3327 G5627 V-2AAI-3S εκειθεν G1564 ADV του G3588 T-GSM διδασκειν G1321 G5721 V-PAN και G2532 CONJ κηρυσσειν G2784 G5721 V-PAN εν G1722 P EP ταις G3588 T-DPF πολεσιν G4172 N-DPF αυτων G846 P-GPM

2 ο G3588 T-NSM δε G1161 CONJ ιωαννης G2491 N-NSM ακουσας G191 G5660 V-AAP-NSM εν G1722 P EP τω G3588 T-DSN δεσμωτηριω G1201 N-DSN τα G3588 T-APN εργα G2041 N-APN του G3588 T-GSM χριστου G5547 N-GSM πεμψας G3992 G5660 V-AAP-NSM δυο G1417 A-NUI των G3588 T-GPM μαθητων G3101 N-GPM αυτου G846 P-GSM

3 ειπεν G2036 G5627 V-2AAI-3S αυτω G846 P-DSM συ G4771 P-2NS ει G1488 G5748 V-PXI-2S ο G3588 T-NSM ερχομενος G2064 G5740 V-PNP-NSM η G2228 P T ετερον G2087 A-ASM προσδοκωμεν G4328 G5719 V-PAI-1P

4 και G2532 CONJ αποκριθεις G611 G5679 V-AOP-NSM ο G3588 T-NSM ιησους G2424 N-NSM ειπεν G2036 G5627 V-2AAI-3S αυτοις G846 P-DPM πορευθεντες G4198 G5679 V-AOP-NPM απαγγειλατε G518 G5657 V-AAM-2P ιωαννη G2491 N-DSM α G3739 -APN ακουετε G191 G5719 V-PAI-2P και G2532 CONJ βλεπετε G991 G5719 V-PAI-2P

5 τυφλοι G5185 A-NPM αναβλεπουσιν G308 G5719 V-PAI-3P και G2532 CONJ χωλοι G5560 A-NPM περιπατουσιν G4043 G5719 V-PAI-3P λεπροι G3015 A-NPM καθαριζονται G2511 G5743 V-PPI-3P και G2532 CONJ κωφοι G2974 A-NPM ακουουσιν G191 G5719 V-PAI-3P νεκροι G3498 A-NPM εγειρονται G1453 G5743 V-PPI-3P και G2532 CONJ πτωχοι G4434 A-NPM ευαγγελιζονται G2097 G5743 V-PPI-3P

6 και G2532 CONJ μακαριος G3107 A-NSM εστιν G2076 G5748 V-PXI-3S ος G3739 -NSM εαν G1437 COND μη G3361 P T-N σκανδαλισθη G4624 G5686 V-APS-3S εν G1722 P EP εμοι G1698 P-1DS

7 τουτων G5130 D-GPM δε G1161 CONJ πορευομενων G4198 G5740 V-PNP-GPM ηρξατο G756 G5662 V-ADI-3S ο G3588 T-NSM ιησους G2424 N-NSM λεγειν G3004 G5721 V-PAN τοις G3588 T-DPM οχλοις G3793 N-DPM περι G4012 P EP ιωαννου G2491 N-GSM τι G5101 I-ASN εξηλθετε G1831 G5627 V-2AAI-2P εις G1519 P EP την G3588 T-ASF ερημον G2048 A-ASF θεασασθαι G2300 G5664 V-ADN καλαμον G2563 N-ASM υπο G5259 P EP ανεμου G417 N-GSM σαλευομενον G4531 G5746 V-PPP-ASM

8 αλλα G235 CONJ τι G5101 I-ASN εξηλθετε G1831 G5627 V-2AAI-2P ιδειν G1492 G5629 V-2AAN ανθρωπον G444 N-ASM εν G1722 P EP μαλακοις G3120 A-DPN ιματιοις G2440 N-DPN ημφιεσμενον G294 G5772 V- PP-ASM ιδου G2400 G5628 V-2AAM-2S οι G3588 T-NPM τα G3588 T-APN μαλακα G3120 A-APN φορουντες G5409 G5723 V-PAP-NPM εν G1722 P EP τοις G3588 T-DPM οικοις G3624 N-DPM των G3588 T-GPM βασιλειων G934 N-GPM εισιν G1526 G5748 V-PXI-3P

9 αλλα G235 CONJ τι G5101 I-ASN εξηλθετε G1831 G5627 V-2AAI-2P ιδειν G1492 G5629 V-2AAN προφητην G4396 N-ASM ναι G3483 P T λεγω G3004 G5719 V-PAI-1S υμιν G5213 P-2DP και G2532 CONJ περισσοτερον G4053 A-NSN-C προφητου G4396 N-GSM

10 ουτος G3778 D-NSM γαρ G1063 CONJ εστιν G2076 G5748 V-PXI-3S περι G4012 P EP ου G3739 -GSM γεγραπται G1125 G5769 V- PI-3S ιδου G2400 G5628 V-2AAM-2S εγω G1473 P-1NS αποστελλω G649 G5719 V-PAI-1S τον G3588 T-ASM αγγελον G32 N-ASM μου G3450 P-1GS προ G4253 P EP προσωπου G4383 N-GSN σου G4675 P-2GS ος G3739 -NSM κατασκευασει G2680 G5692 V-FAI-3S την G3588 T-ASF οδον G3598 N-ASF σου G4675 P-2GS εμπροσθεν G1715 P EP σου G4675 P-2GS

11 αμην G281 HEB λεγω G3004 G5719 V-PAI-1S υμιν G5213 P-2DP ουκ G3756 P T-N εγηγερται G1453 G5769 V- PI-3S εν G1722 P EP γεννητοις G1084 A-DPM γυναικων G1135 N-GPF μειζων G3187 A-NSM-C ιωαννου G2491 N-GSM του G3588 T-GSM βαπτιστου G910 N-GSM ο G3588 T-NSM δε G1161 CONJ μικροτερος G3398 A-NSM-C εν G1722 P EP τη G3588 T-DSF βασιλεια G932 N-DSF των G3588 T-GPM ουρανων G3772 N-GPM μειζων G3187 A-NSM-C αυτου G846 P-GSM εστιν G2076 G5748 V-PXI-3S

12 απο G575 P EP δε G1161 CONJ των G3588 T-GPF ημερων G2250 N-GPF ιωαννου G2491 N-GSM του G3588 T-GSM βαπτιστου G910 N-GSM εως G2193 CONJ αρτι G737 ADV η G3588 T-NSF βασιλεια G932 N-NSF των G3588 T-GPM ουρανων G3772 N-GPM βιαζεται G971 G5743 V-PPI-3S και G2532 CONJ βιασται G973 N-NPM αρπαζουσιν G726 G5719 V-PAI-3P αυτην G846 P-ASF

13 παντες G3956 A-NPM γαρ G1063 CONJ οι G3588 T-NPM προφηται G4396 N-NPM και G2532 CONJ ο G3588 T-NSM νομος G3551 N-NSM εως G2193 CONJ ιωαννου G2491 N-GSM προεφητευσαν G4395 G5656 V-AAI-3P

14 και G2532 CONJ ει G1487 COND θελετε G2309 G5719 V-PAI-2P δεξασθαι G1209 G5664 V-ADN αυτος G846 P-NSM εστιν G2076 G5748 V-PXI-3S ηλιας G2243 N-NSM ο G3588 T-NSM μελλων G3195 G5723 V-PAP-NSM ερχεσθαι G2064 G5738 V-PNN

15 ο G3588 T-NSM εχων G2192 G5723 V-PAP-NSM ωτα G3775 N-APN ακουειν G191 G5721 V-PAN ακουετω G191 G5720 V-PAM-3S

16 τινι G5101 I-DSN δε G1161 CONJ ομοιωσω G3666 G5692 V-FAI-1S την G3588 T-ASF γενεαν G1074 N-ASF ταυτην G3778 D-ASF ομοια G3664 A-NPN εστιν G2076 G5748 V-PXI-3S παιδιοις G3813 N-DPN εν G1722 P EP αγοραις G58 N-DPF καθημενοις G2521 G5740 V-PNP-DPM και G2532 CONJ προσφωνουσιν G4377 G5723 V-PAP-DPM τοις G3588 T-DPM εταιροις G2083 N-DPM αυτων G846 P-GPN

17 και G2532 CONJ λεγουσιν G3004 G5723 V-PAP-DPM ηυλησαμεν G832 G5656 V-AAI-1P υμιν G5213 P-2DP και G2532 CONJ ουκ G3756 P T-N ωρχησασθε G3738 G5662 V-ADI-2P εθρηνησαμεν G2354 G5656 V-AAI-1P υμιν G5213 P-2DP και G2532 CONJ ουκ G3756 P T-N εκοψασθε G2875 G5668 V-AMI-2P

18 ηλθεν G2064 G5627 V-2AAI-3S γαρ G1063 CONJ ιωαννης G2491 N-NSM μητε G3383 CONJ εσθιων G2068 G5723 V-PAP-NSM μητε G3383 CONJ πινων G4095 G5723 V-PAP-NSM και G2532 CONJ λεγουσιν G3004 G5719 V-PAI-3P δαιμονιον G1140 N-ASN εχει G2192 G5719 V-PAI-3S

19 ηλθεν G2064 G5627 V-2AAI-3S ο G3588 T-NSM υιος G5207 N-NSM του G3588 T-GSM ανθρωπου G444 N-GSM εσθιων G2068 G5723 V-PAP-NSM και G2532 CONJ πινων G4095 G5723 V-PAP-NSM και G2532 CONJ λεγουσιν G3004 G5719 V-PAI-3P ιδου G2400 G5628 V-2AAM-2S ανθρωπος G444 N-NSM φαγος G5314 N-NSM και G2532 CONJ οινοποτης G3630 N-NSM τελωνων G5057 N-GPM φιλος G5384 A-NSM και G2532 CONJ αμαρτωλων G268 A-GPM και G2532 CONJ εδικαιωθη G1344 G5681 V-API-3S η G3588 T-NSF σοφια G4678 N-NSF απο G575 P EP των G3588 T-GPN τεκνων G5043 N-GPN αυτης G846 P-GSF

20 τοτε G5119 ADV ηρξατο G756 G5662 V-ADI-3S ονειδιζειν G3679 G5721 V-PAN τας G3588 T-APF πολεις G4172 N-APF εν G1722 P EP αις G3739 -DPF εγενοντο G1096 G5633 V-2ADI-3P αι G3588 T-NPF πλεισται G4118 A-NPF δυναμεις G1411 N-NPF αυτου G846 P-GSM οτι G3754 CONJ ου G3756 P T-N μετενοησαν G3340 G5656 V-AAI-3P

21 ουαι G3759 INJ σοι G4671 P-2DS χοραζιν G5523 N-P I ουαι G3759 INJ σοι G4671 P-2DS βηθσαιδα G966 N-P I οτι G3754 CONJ ει G1487 COND εν G1722 P EP τυρω G5184 N-DSF και G2532 CONJ σιδωνι G4605 N-DSF εγενοντο G1096 G5633 V-2ADI-3P αι G3588 T-NPF δυναμεις G1411 N-NPF αι G3588 T-NPF γενομεναι G1096 G5637 V-2ADP-NPF εν G1722 P EP υμιν G5213 P-2DP παλαι G3819 ADV αν G302 P T εν G1722 P EP σακκω G4526 N-DSM και G2532 CONJ σποδω G4700 N-DSM μετενοησαν G3340 G5656 V-AAI-3P

22 πλην G4133 ADV λεγω G3004 G5719 V-PAI-1S υμιν G5213 P-2DP τυρω G5184 N-DSF και G2532 CONJ σιδωνι G4605 N-DSF ανεκτοτερον G414 A-NSN-C εσται G2071 G5704 V-FXI-3S εν G1722 P EP ημερα G2250 N-DSF κρισεως G2920 N-GSF η G2228 P T υμιν G5213 P-2DP

23 και G2532 CONJ συ G4771 P-2NS καπερναουμ G2584 N-P I η G3588 T-NSF εως G2193 CONJ του G3588 T-GSM ουρανου G3772 N-GSM υψωθεισα G5312 G5685 V-APP-NSF εως G2193 CONJ αδου G86 N-GSM καταβιβασθηση G2601 G5701 V-FPI-2S οτι G3754 CONJ ει G1487 COND εν G1722 P EP σοδομοις G4670 N-DPN εγενοντο G1096 G5633 V-2ADI-3P αι G3588 T-NPF δυναμεις G1411 N-NPF αι G3588 T-NPF γενομεναι G1096 G5637 V-2ADP-NPF εν G1722 P EP σοι G4671 P-2DS εμειναν G3306 G5656 V-AAI-3P αν G302 P T μεχρι G3360 ADV της G3588 T-GSF σημερον G4594 ADV

24 πλην G4133 ADV λεγω G3004 G5719 V-PAI-1S υμιν G5213 P-2DP οτι G3754 CONJ γη G1093 N-DSF σοδομων G4670 N-GPN ανεκτοτερον G414 A-NSN-C εσται G2071 G5704 V-FXI-3S εν G1722 P EP ημερα G2250 N-DSF κρισεως G2920 N-GSF η G2228 P T σοι G4671 P-2DS

25 εν G1722 P EP εκεινω G1565 D-DSM τω G3588 T-DSM καιρω G2540 N-DSM αποκριθεις G611 G5679 V-AOP-NSM ο G3588 T-NSM ιησους G2424 N-NSM ειπεν G2036 G5627 V-2AAI-3S εξομολογουμαι G1843 G5731 V-PMI-1S σοι G4671 P-2DS πατερ G3962 N-VSM κυριε G2962 N-VSM του G3588 T-GSM ουρανου G3772 N-GSM και G2532 CONJ της G3588 T-GSF γης G1093 N-GSF οτι G3754 CONJ απεκρυψας G613 G5656 V-AAI-2S ταυτα G5023 D-APN απο G575 P EP σοφων G4680 A-GPM και G2532 CONJ συνετων G4908 A-GPM και G2532 CONJ απεκαλυψας G601 G5656 V-AAI-2S αυτα G846 P-APN νηπιοις G3516 A-DPM

26 ναι G3483 P T ο G3588 T-NSM πατηρ G3962 N-NSM οτι G3754 CONJ ουτως G3779 ADV εγενετο G1096 G5633 V-2ADI-3S ευδοκια G2107 N-NSF εμπροσθεν G1715 P EP σου G4675 P-2GS

27 παντα G3956 A-NPN μοι G3427 P-1DS παρεδοθη G3860 G5681 V-API-3S υπο G5259 P EP του G3588 T-GSM πατρος G3962 N-GSM μου G3450 P-1GS και G2532 CONJ ουδεις G3762 A-NSM επιγινωσκει G1921 G5719 V-PAI-3S τον G3588 T-ASM υιον G5207 N-ASM ει G1487 COND μη G3361 P T-N ο G3588 T-NSM πατηρ G3962 N-NSM ουδε G3761 ADV τον G3588 T-ASM πατερα G3962 N-ASM τις G5100 X-NSM επιγινωσκει G1921 G5719 V-PAI-3S ει G1487 COND μη G3361 P T-N ο G3588 T-NSM υιος G5207 N-NSM και G2532 CONJ ω G3739 -DSM εαν G1437 COND βουληται G1014 G5741 V-PNS-3S ο G3588 T-NSM υιος G5207 N-NSM αποκαλυψαι G601 G5658 V-AAN

28 δευτε G1205 G5773 V-XXM-2P προς G4314 P EP με G3165 P-1AS παντες G3956 A-NPM οι G3588 T-NPM κοπιωντες G2872 G5723 V-PAP-NPM και G2532 CONJ πεφορτισμενοι G5412 G5772 V- PP-NPM καγω G2504 P-1NS-C αναπαυσω G373 G5692 V-FAI-1S υμας G5209 P-2AP

29 αρατε G142 G5657 V-AAM-2P τον G3588 T-ASM ζυγον G2218 N-ASM μου G3450 P-1GS εφ G1909 P EP υμας G5209 P-2AP και G2532 CONJ μαθετε G3129 G5628 V-2AAM-2P απ G575 P EP εμου G1700 P-1GS οτι G3754 CONJ πραος G4235 N-NSM ειμι G1510 G5748 V-PXI-1S και G2532 CONJ ταπεινος G5011 A-NSM τη G3588 T-DSF καρδια G2588 N-DSF και G2532 CONJ ευρησετε G2147 G5692 V-FAI-2P αναπαυσιν G372 N-ASF ταις G3588 T-DPF ψυχαις G5590 N-DPF υμων G5216 P-2GP

30 ο G3588 T-NSM γαρ G1063 CONJ ζυγος G2218 N-NSM μου G3450 P-1GS χρηστος G5543 A-NSM και G2532 CONJ το G3588 T-NSN φορτιον G5413 N-NSN μου G3450 P-1GS ελαφρον G1645 A-NSN εστιν G2076 G5748 V-PXI-3S

  


Exploring the Meaning of Matthew 11      

Napsal(a) Rev. Dr. Ray Silverman

Chapter 11.

The Persecutions Begin

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1. And it came to pass when Jesus had finished instructing His twelve disciples, He passed on thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

2. And John, hearing in the prison the works of the Christ [and] sending two of his disciples,

3. Says to Him, “Art Thou He that comest, or should we expect another?”

4. And Jesus answering said to them, “Go, report to John what you hear and see:

5. The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel announced to them.

6. And happy is [he], whoever shall not be offended in Me.”

7. And as they went, Jesus began to say to the crowds concerning John: “What did you come out into the wilderness to observe? A reed shaken by the wind?

8. But what did you come out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, they that wear soft things are in kings’ houses.

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

10. For this is [he] about whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Thy face, who shall make ready Thy way before Thee.’

11. Amen I say to you, There has not arisen among those that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist; but the least in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he.

12. And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of the heavens presses, and they who press seize upon it.

13. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,

14. And if you will to accept [it], he is Elijah who was going to come.

15. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

16. But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like little boys sitting in the markets, and summoning their fellows,

17. And saying, ‘We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have lamented to you, and you have not wailed.’

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, ‘Behold, a man, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!’ And wisdom has been justified by her children.”

20. Then He began to reproach the cities in which most of His [works of] power were done, because they did not repent.

21. “Woe to thee, Chorazin! Woe to thee, Bethsaida! Because if the [works of] power had been done in Tyre and Sidon that were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

22. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment, than for you.

23. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted up to heaven, shalt be thrust down even to hell; for if the [works of] power which have been done in thee had been done in Sodom, it would have remained even to 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 thee.”
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In the previous episode the disciples were organized, instructed, and sent forth. Because each disciple represents a spiritual principle that is central to our spiritual life, it is necessary that the “disciples in us” (core spiritual principles) be well-organized. 1 This pictures the way our good affections and true thoughts — though initially scattered — are organized, put into shape, and readied for action. It is a spiritual law, however, that every forward step in our spiritual development will be met by an equal and opposing assault. In this way, the Lord maintains a continuous state of equilibrium, thereby protecting and preserving our spiritual freedom. 2

This is precisely what is represented in the next episode when we discover that John the Baptist has been imprisoned. The counter-attacks have begun. Because John the Baptist followed Jesus, and publicly proclaimed that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, he was persecuted and put in prison.

This however, is merely the external story. More interiorly, the counter-attacks take place within each of us — in our minds. When we are persecuted, when we feel discouraged and upset, we begin to doubt whether following the Lord is the right thing to do. We doubt His divinity. We doubt the authority of His words. We doubt that the kingdom of heaven is really at hand.

Even John the Baptist, one of Jesus’ staunchest supporters, is beginning to have his doubts. Although he is confined in prison, John is able to send a message to Jesus saying, “Are you the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (11:3). Jesus does not respond directly. Instead He tells John’s messengers to go back and report what has been happening: “The blind receive their sight 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” (11:5). 3

It’s important to keep in mind that John the Baptist represents the literal teachings of the Word. 4 In John’s day, the Word of God had been twisted and profaned until it became useless for anything more than confirming whatever the religious establishment wanted the people to believe. The clear literal teachings were deemed less significant than the rigorous traditions taught and enforced by the reigning religious leaders. All this is represented by John’s being in prison, and this is what Jesus is referring to when He says, “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force” (11:12).

The human race was rapidly descending into the darkest night it would ever know, as indicated by the epidemic of demonic possession. Even though Jesus was doing mighty works, many still refused to believe. A Day of Judgment seemed to be drawing near. And so He warned them: “And you, Capernaum, who are exalted in heaven, will be brought down to hell; for if the mighty works that were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day” (11:23). Jesus had indeed done mighty works such that even the evil people of Sodom might have repented and believed. God had come into the world through Jesus Christ, but some had grown so accustomed to the darkness that they rejected the light — even when it was in their very midst.

Jesus continues to warn them of the impending doom and destruction. “But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you” (11:24). Those who refuse to believe, and who reject the light, represent those parts of us that are unwilling to change, even when there is enough light to do so.

“My yoke is easy”

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25. At that time Jesus answering said, “I profess Thee, Father, Lord of the heaven and of the earth, because Thou hast hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and hast revealed them to infants.

26. Yes, Father; for so it was [for] good pleasure before Thee.

27. All things are delivered up to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; neither knows anyone the Father, except the Son, and [he] to whomever the Son intends to reveal [Him].

28. Come to Me, all [ye] who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

29. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.

30. For My yoke [is] easy, and My burden is light.”
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In the midst of these dire warnings, Jesus continues to provide hope and comfort. As this episode closes, He speaks with the tenderness and compassion of the Father within Him: “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son wills to reveal Him” (11:27). In other words, all things come forth from Divine love (the Father). Because of the increasing darkness in the world, people are no longer aware that this kind of love even exists. But Jesus is now bringing it forth to view, and will manifest it to others — to those whom “the Son wills to reveal Him.”

Although it appears that only some will be chosen to receive this love, the invitation is given to everyone. No longer speaking in terms of a separation between Father and Son, Jesus now speaks most tenderly, like a loving father speaking to tired children. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,” He says, “and I will give you rest” (11:28). It is to be noted that Jesus does not say, “The Father will give you rest.” Instead, He says, “I will give you rest.” This is a beautiful message of comfort, a promise that in Jesus we shall not only find physical rest, but, more importantly, spiritual rest — that is, rest for our souls: “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” (11:30).

As Jesus reveals His oneness with the divinity within Him, there is a growing softness and tenderness in His words. More and more, we see the Divine love of the Father manifested in the Divine wisdom of the Son, and we begin to sense that in some way they are One. In Jesus we do not see the stern, angry, punitive idea of a God who is to be feared. Instead, we see a God who can be loved, a compassionate, forgiving Father who says to each of us, “Come unto Me . . . and you will find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy and my burden light” (11:30).

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Footnotes:

1Apocalypse Explained 411: “All the Lord’s disciples together represented the church; and each one of them some central principle of the church; ‘Peter’ represents the truth of the church [faith], ‘James’ it’s good, and ‘John’ good in act, that is, works; the rest of the disciples represent the truths and goods that are derived from these central principles.”

2Apocalypse Explained 349:2: “A person is kept in the freedom of choosing, that is, of receiving good and truth from the Lord or of receiving evil and falsity from hell. This is done for the sake of a person’s reformation. Being kept between heaven and hell, and thence in spiritual equilibrium, is freedom.”

3Arcana Coelestia 9209:4 “Those called ‘blind’ are in ignorance of truth ; ‘lame,’ those who are in good, but on account of their ignorance of truth, not in genuine good; ‘leprous,’ those who are unclean and yet long to be made clean; ‘deaf,’ those who are not in the faith of truth, because not in the perception of it; and ‘poor,’ those who have not the Word, and thus know nothing of the Lord, and yet long to be instructed. Consequently, it is said that ‘to these the gospel shall be preached.’”

4. See footnote at Matthew 3:1 which explains the representation of John the Baptist.

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Exploring the Meaning of Matthew 11      

Napsal(a) Rev. Dr. Ray Silverman

Chapter 11.

The Persecutions Begin

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1. And it came to pass when Jesus had finished instructing His twelve disciples, He passed on thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

2. And John, hearing in the prison the works of the Christ [and] sending two of his disciples,

3. Says to Him, “Art Thou He that comest, or should we expect another?”

4. And Jesus answering said to them, “Go, report to John what you hear and see:

5. The blind receive their sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed and the deaf hear, the dead are raised up and the poor have the gospel announced to them.

6. And happy is [he], whoever shall not be offended in Me.”

7. And as they went, Jesus began to say to the crowds concerning John: “What did you come out into the wilderness to observe? A reed shaken by the wind?

8. But what did you come out to see? A man clothed in soft garments? Behold, they that wear soft things are in kings’ houses.

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

10. For this is [he] about whom it is written, ‘Behold, I send My messenger before Thy face, who shall make ready Thy way before Thee.’

11. Amen I say to you, There has not arisen among those that are born of women a greater than John the Baptist; but the least in the kingdom of the heavens is greater than he.

12. And from the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of the heavens presses, and they who press seize upon it.

13. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John,

14. And if you will to accept [it], he is Elijah who was going to come.

15. He that has ears to hear, let him hear.

16. But to what shall I liken this generation? It is like little boys sitting in the markets, and summoning their fellows,

17. And saying, ‘We have piped to you, and you have not danced; we have lamented to you, and you have not wailed.’

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, ‘Behold, a man, a glutton and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!’ And wisdom has been justified by her children.”

20. Then He began to reproach the cities in which most of His [works of] power were done, because they did not repent.

21. “Woe to thee, Chorazin! Woe to thee, Bethsaida! Because if the [works of] power had been done in Tyre and Sidon that were done in you, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

22. But I say unto you, It shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon in the day of judgment, than for you.

23. And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted up to heaven, shalt be thrust down even to hell; for if the [works of] power which have been done in thee had been done in Sodom, it would have remained even to 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 thee.”
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In the previous episode the disciples were organized, instructed, and sent forth. Because each disciple represents a spiritual principle that is central to our spiritual life, it is necessary that the “disciples in us” (core spiritual principles) be well-organized. 1 This pictures the way our good affections and true thoughts — though initially scattered — are organized, put into shape, and readied for action. It is a spiritual law, however, that every forward step in our spiritual development will be met by an equal and opposing assault. In this way, the Lord maintains a continuous state of equilibrium, thereby protecting and preserving our spiritual freedom. 2

This is precisely what is represented in the next episode when we discover that John the Baptist has been imprisoned. The counter-attacks have begun. Because John the Baptist followed Jesus, and publicly proclaimed that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, he was persecuted and put in prison.

This however, is merely the external story. More interiorly, the counter-attacks take place within each of us — in our minds. When we are persecuted, when we feel discouraged and upset, we begin to doubt whether following the Lord is the right thing to do. We doubt His divinity. We doubt the authority of His words. We doubt that the kingdom of heaven is really at hand.

Even John the Baptist, one of Jesus’ staunchest supporters, is beginning to have his doubts. Although he is confined in prison, John is able to send a message to Jesus saying, “Are you the Coming One, or do we look for another?” (11:3). Jesus does not respond directly. Instead He tells John’s messengers to go back and report what has been happening: “The blind receive their sight 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” (11:5). 3

It’s important to keep in mind that John the Baptist represents the literal teachings of the Word. 4 In John’s day, the Word of God had been twisted and profaned until it became useless for anything more than confirming whatever the religious establishment wanted the people to believe. The clear literal teachings were deemed less significant than the rigorous traditions taught and enforced by the reigning religious leaders. All this is represented by John’s being in prison, and this is what Jesus is referring to when He says, “The kingdom of heaven suffers violence and the violent take it by force” (11:12).

The human race was rapidly descending into the darkest night it would ever know, as indicated by the epidemic of demonic possession. Even though Jesus was doing mighty works, many still refused to believe. A Day of Judgment seemed to be drawing near. And so He warned them: “And you, Capernaum, who are exalted in heaven, will be brought down to hell; for if the mighty works that were done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day” (11:23). Jesus had indeed done mighty works such that even the evil people of Sodom might have repented and believed. God had come into the world through Jesus Christ, but some had grown so accustomed to the darkness that they rejected the light — even when it was in their very midst.

Jesus continues to warn them of the impending doom and destruction. “But I say to you that it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment than for you” (11:24). Those who refuse to believe, and who reject the light, represent those parts of us that are unwilling to change, even when there is enough light to do so.

“My yoke is easy”

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25. At that time Jesus answering said, “I profess Thee, Father, Lord of the heaven and of the earth, because Thou hast hidden these things from the wise and intelligent, and hast revealed them to infants.

26. Yes, Father; for so it was [for] good pleasure before Thee.

27. All things are delivered up to Me by My Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father; neither knows anyone the Father, except the Son, and [he] to whomever the Son intends to reveal [Him].

28. Come to Me, all [ye] who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.

29. Take My yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am meek and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls.

30. For My yoke [is] easy, and My burden is light.”
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In the midst of these dire warnings, Jesus continues to provide hope and comfort. As this episode closes, He speaks with the tenderness and compassion of the Father within Him: “All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son, and he to whom the Son wills to reveal Him” (11:27). In other words, all things come forth from Divine love (the Father). Because of the increasing darkness in the world, people are no longer aware that this kind of love even exists. But Jesus is now bringing it forth to view, and will manifest it to others — to those whom “the Son wills to reveal Him.”

Although it appears that only some will be chosen to receive this love, the invitation is given to everyone. No longer speaking in terms of a separation between Father and Son, Jesus now speaks most tenderly, like a loving father speaking to tired children. “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden,” He says, “and I will give you rest” (11:28). It is to be noted that Jesus does not say, “The Father will give you rest.” Instead, He says, “I will give you rest.” This is a beautiful message of comfort, a promise that in Jesus we shall not only find physical rest, but, more importantly, spiritual rest — that is, rest for our souls: “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” (11:30).

As Jesus reveals His oneness with the divinity within Him, there is a growing softness and tenderness in His words. More and more, we see the Divine love of the Father manifested in the Divine wisdom of the Son, and we begin to sense that in some way they are One. In Jesus we do not see the stern, angry, punitive idea of a God who is to be feared. Instead, we see a God who can be loved, a compassionate, forgiving Father who says to each of us, “Come unto Me . . . and you will find rest for your souls, for My yoke is easy and my burden light” (11:30).

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Footnotes:

1. Apocalypse Explained 411: “All the Lord’s disciples together represented the church; and each one of them some central principle of the church; ‘Peter’ represents the truth of the church [faith], ‘James’ it’s good, and ‘John’ good in act, that is, works; the rest of the disciples represent the truths and goods that are derived from these central principles.”

2. Apocalypse Explained 349:2: “A person is kept in the freedom of choosing, that is, of receiving good and truth from the Lord or of receiving evil and falsity from hell. This is done for the sake of a person’s reformation. Being kept between heaven and hell, and thence in spiritual equilibrium, is freedom.”

3. Arcana Coelestia 9209:4 “Those called ‘blind’ are in ignorance of truth ; ‘lame,’ those who are in good, but on account of their ignorance of truth, not in genuine good; ‘leprous,’ those who are unclean and yet long to be made clean; ‘deaf,’ those who are not in the faith of truth, because not in the perception of it; and ‘poor,’ those who have not the Word, and thus know nothing of the Lord, and yet long to be instructed. Consequently, it is said that ‘to these the gospel shall be preached.’”

4. See footnote at Matthew 3:1 which explains the representation of John the Baptist.

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Swedenborg

Výklad(y) nebo odkazy ze Swedenborgových prací:

Arcana Coelestia 905, 1607, 2026, 2542, 2576, 3038, 3428, ...

Apocalypse Revealed 87, 294, 492, 502, 553, 788, 839

Doctrine of the Lord 9

Doctrine of the Sacred Scripture 17

Heaven and Hell 5, 353, 359, 365, 533

True Christian Religion 111, 113, 135, 370, 572

The New Jerusalem and its Heavenly Doctrine 283, 291


Odkazy ze Swedenborgových nevydaných prací:

Apocalypse Explained 108, 114, 118, 200, 239, 612, 624, ...

On the Athanasian Creed 39

Charity 170, 201

Marriage 111, 113

Scriptural Confirmations 2, 12

Skočit na podobné biblické verše

Genesis 18:20

1 Kings 17:1

Job 37:24

Psalms 38:5, 45:5

Isaiah 8:14, 14:15, 28:23, 29:18, 35:5, 6, 42:18, 55:3, 61:1

Jeremiah 6:16, 31:25

Ezekiel 28:1, 2, 21

Jonah 3:6

Zechariah 9:9

Malachi 3:1

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