Resources from Matthew

Little Faith and Great Faith

Nov 2 BETWEEN the very lowest degree of faith and a state of unbelief there is a great gulf. An abyss immeasurable yawns between the man who has even the smallest faith in Christ and the man who has none. One is a living man, though feeble, the other is “dead in trespasses and sins”; the one is a justified man, the other is “condemned already, because he hath not believed in...

Matthew 14:31

The Perseverance of Faith

Oct 30 I HAVE frequently spoken to you concerning the faith of this Canaanitish woman, of the way in which Christ tried it, and of the manner in which, at length, he honoured it, and granted all that the suppliant sought. The story is so full of meaning, that one might turn it this way, and that way, and the other way, and always see jewels in it. But now I am...

Matthew 15:28

"And why not me?"

Sep 7 MATTHEW has placed this miracle immediately after the sermon on the mount. In all probability some little time intervened, in which our Lord had preached at Capernaum, and had also healed the people in the street, as we read just now in the first chapter of Mark. It was not the object of Matthew to arrange his facts precisely in the order of time; he had another end in view....

Matthew 8:2-3

Self Low, but Christ High

Aug 31 THIS centurion was a worthy man from the human point of view; hut he called himself unworthy when he turned towards our Lord. He was so excellent a man that the elders of the Jews, who were by no means partial to Roman soldiers, pleaded with Jesus that he was worthy. Had he been personally there, he would have repudiated their plea; and he did so by the second party...

Matthew 8:8

Carte-Blanche

Mar 20 I MEAN to dwell specially upon those words at the end of the verse, “Be it unto thee even as thou wilt;” but before we consider them, I should like again to remind you, as I did in the reading, that our Lord admired this woman’s faith. He said unto her, “O woman, great is thy faith.” She was humble, she was patient, she was persevering, she was affectionate towards...

Matthew 15:28

“Lama Sabachthani?”

Mar 2 “THERE was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour”: this cry came out of that darkness. Expect not to see through its every word, as though it came from on high as a beam from the unclouded Sun of Righteousness. There is light in it, bright, flashing light; but there is a centre of impenetrable gloom, where the soul is ready to faint because of the terrible darkness....

Matthew 27:46

Pleading, not Contradiction

Feb 9 DID you notice, in the reading of this narrative of the Syro-Phoenician woman, the two facts mentioned in the twenty-first and twenty-second verses? “Then Jesus went thence, and departed into the coasts of Tyre and Sidon. And, behold, a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts.” See, Jesus goes towards the coast of Sidon on the land side, and the woman of Canaan comes from the sea-shore to...

Matthew 15:27

Something Done For Jesus

Jan 26 STUDY carefully the story of the enthusiastic Christian woman who poured the alabaster box of very precious ointment upon the head of our ever-blessed Lord and Saviour. Honoured as that action is by the universal church of God, it did not escape criticism among the religious people of her own day. The disciples censured her, but Christ defended her; and in the course of his vindication of her he said,...

Matthew 26:10

The Physician Pardons His Palsied Patient

Oct 3 I REMARKED in the reading that the Gospel of Matthew is especially the Gospel of the Kingdom, and of the King. All through Matthew’s writing, the title of King constantly occurs in connection with Christ, and his kingliness is prominent from the opening chapter to the close. Here we see the King exercising his royal prerogatives. In this passage we have several instances of Christ acting as he could not...

Matthew 9:2-7

The Withered Fig Tree

Sep 29 THIS is a miracle and a parable. We have books upon the miracles, we have an equal number of volumes upon the parables: into which of these volumes shall we place this story? I would answer, put it in both. It is a singular miracle, and it is a striking parable. It is an acted parable, in which our Lord gives us an object-lesson. He gets truth before men’s eyes,...

Matthew 21:17-20