(W) 47 Someone said to Him, “Look! It can be persecution or opposition in any number of ways. 27 If I cast out the demons by [the help of] Beelzebul (Satan), by whom do your sons drive them out? He sets limits on how much violence He will allow, and what He does allow He will redeem for His own good will. “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”. Richard T. Ritenbaugh Did John turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers? This may raise other questions—to be examined shortly—but it is at least not contradictory. Jesus tells them they will see the Kingdom of God present with power, and within a week they see Him transfigured. Because He is the King, as the central figure of the Kingdom, wherever He went, the Kingdom was present. How camest thou! will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the, good treasure, brings out good things; and the evil man, from his. No man can turn himself into a Christian - that is perfectly true. A statement of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and make their home there. Young's One problem with this interpretation is that it puts men in the position of "taking" or "seizing" the Kingdom, another false concept. Amplified® Yet, there is another way to understand the Kingdom. 26 Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. (G) 30 For My yoke is easy [to bear] and My burden is light.”, 12 At that particular time Jesus went through the grainfields on the [d]Sabbath, and His disciples were hungry and began to pick the heads of grain and eat them. 16 “But to what shall I compare this generation? J. The kind of child He means does not violently seize anything, especially not the Kingdom. They also contain the idea that everyone could enter the Kingdom at that time. We are going to have to work vigorously and "violently" at times, to force ourselves to do what is right, because the Kingdom of God is now under siege in so many ways. Those who wear soft clothing are in the palaces of kings! A.S.V. Amplified: Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle … And fleshly lusts are most destructive to man's soul. A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners [including non-observant Jews]!’ Yet wisdom is justified and vindicated by her deeds [in the lives of those who respond to Me].”, 20 Then He began to denounce [the people in] the cities in which most of His miracles were done, because they did not repent [and change their hearts and lives]. Discover and read Bible verses from the AMP translation. at the judgment against this generation, and will condemn it because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon; and now, something greater than Solomon is here. All rights reserved. 9 Leaving there, He went into their synagogue. 11 When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He went on from there to teach and to preach in their [Galilean] cities. at the judgment against this generation, and will condemn it because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and now, something greater than Jonah is here. John was unique among the prophets because he was sent to prepare the hearts of the people for the immediate disclosure of their Messiah. The context begins with the disappointing breakdown of John the Baptist's faith (verses 2-3) and the people's discontent with both John's solemn message and Christ's more joyous one (verses 16-19). The amplified nature of the text is very useful to me as a person who reads and studies bible texts. We read: “And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent… But John and Jesus were close in … Prophets and Prophecy (Part 1). David C. Grabbe This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. 22 Nevertheless I say to you, it will be more tolerable for [the pagan cities of] Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. Matthew 11:12. The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. (U) 42 The Queen of the South (Sheba) will stand up [as a witness] at the judgment against this generation, and will condemn it because she came from the ends of the earth to listen to the wisdom of Solomon; and now, something greater than Solomon is here. Perhaps for Matthew it means the generation to which he and his community belonged. 25 At that time Jesus said, “I praise You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth [I openly and joyfully acknowledge Your great wisdom], that You have hidden these things [these spiritual truths] from the wise and intelligent and revealed them to infants [to new believers, to those seeking God’s will and purpose]. The NWT Study Bible is complete with cross references, maps, and an accurate Bible dictionary. 34 You brood of vipers, how can you speak good things when you are evil? It means ‘companion,’ without implying friendship. It takes sweat. 7 And if you had only known what this statement means, ‘I desire compassion [for those in distress], [g]and not [animal] sacrifice,’ you would not have condemned the innocent. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Matthew 11:12: Genesis 3:16 In the book of Acts, the message of the Kingdom is inextricably tied to the central Being in that Kingdom (Acts 8:12; 19:8-10; 28:23, 31). 32 Whoever speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit [by attributing the miracles done by Me to Satan] will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come. Darby But kingdoms are more than that, they … Your disciples are doing what [e]is unlawful on the Sabbath.”(I) 3 He said to them, “Have you not read [in the Scriptures] what David did when he was hungry, he and those who accompanied him—(J) 4 how he went into the house of God, and they ate the [f]consecrated bread, which was not lawful for him to eat nor for those with him, but for the priests only? See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. The New King James translators chose the phrase "everyone is pressing into it," despite the Greek just barely supporting it. It was not possible for everyone who heard the gospel to enter the Kingdom, no matter how vigorously one might try, and that is true even now. They would have heard His teachings many times. (K) 6 But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. We must constantly deal with the world, human nature, and the Evil One himself, as well as his demons. The translation "suffers violence" in Matthew 11:12 springs easily from this meaning, but "pressing into" in Luke 16:16 obscures it. The verse revolves around these words, but their narrow biblical usage limits our technical understanding. Notice what Jesus did in this instance: He leap-frogged over Deuteronomy 24, which covers divorce and remarriage and sets a foundation of principles from which divorce-and-remarriage decisions can be made. Picking grain to eat was not forbidden on the Sabbath. 36 But I tell you, on the day of judgment people will have to give an accounting for every careless or useless word they speak. It is a present reality for the firstfruits—though not in its fullness—and in the near future, it will be a worldwide reality. 24 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment, than for you.”. Matthew 11:12 6Blessed is th… The word used in chap. Yes, I tell you, and one [more eminent, more remarkable, and] [b]far more than a prophet [who foretells the future]. 12 From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize]. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight." Amplified® Bible copyright © 1954, 1958, 1962, 1964, 1965, 1987 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. For this reason they will be your judges. He does not say He will remove persecution right away, but instead, He says that He has overcome the world. When Jesus said that "the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 4:17)—meaning nearby—He was referring to Himself. Is there another Elijah to come? Matthew 11:12 A city near Capernaum, where Jesus later made His home. (R), 33 “Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for the tree is recognized and judged by its fruit. The Bereans "received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so" (Acts 17:10-11). Acts 13:48 says specifically that "as many as had been appointed to eternal life believed," indicating that those who have not yet been appointed to eternal life did not (and cannot) believe. Yes, I tell you, and one, and you did not dance; we wailed sad dirges, and they say, ‘Look! At that time Jesus answered and said, "I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes. B. Phillips has it: "The Kingdom of heaven has been taken by storm and eager men and forcing their way into it." Matthew 22: 37-40 (Amplified Bible) November 12, 2017 / laughinglinda. We are already part of that heavenly Kingdom. Our Mission: To provide the Bible in accurate, contemporary translations and formats so that more people around the world will have the opportunity to be transformed by Jesus Christ. Then He spoke many things to them in parables,a. Matthew 11:12 says that from the days of John the Baptist's preaching until that of Jesus—and even to today—Christ and those in whom He dwells suffer violence: physical or verbal assault, affliction, oppression, constraint, and perhaps even martyrdom. Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you. It was a bold intrusion, a despising of the king, to appear in his own ordinary dress. 7 As these men were going away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds about John: “What did you go out in the wilderness to see? Your mother and Your brothers are standing outside asking to speak to You.” 48 But Jesus replied to the one who told Him, “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?” 49 And stretching out His hand toward His disciples [and all His other followers], He said, “Here are My mother and My brothers! * [ 24:36 – 44 ] The statement of Mt 24:34 is now counterbalanced by one that declares that the exact time of the parousia is known only to the Father ( Mt 24:36 ), and the disciples are warned to be always ready for it. Matthew 11 Amplified Bible (AMP) John’s Questions. Wherever the spirit of Satan is present, his children make the way difficult for those who are in Christ or who are being drawn to Him. ", But did John the Baptist restore all things? 2 Now when [a]John [the Baptist] in prison heard about the activities of Christ, he sent word by his disciples(A) 3 and asked Him, “Are You the Expected One (the Messiah), or should we look for someone else [who will be the promised One]?”(B) 4 Jesus answered, “Go and report to John what you hear and see: 5 the blind receive [their] sight and the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed [by healing] and the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the poor have the gospel preached to them. Read the Bible free online. 27 All things have been handed over to Me by My Father; and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Son except the Father; and no one fully knows and accurately understands the Father except the Son, and anyone to whom the Son [deliberately] wills to reveal Him. 12 How much more valuable then is a man than a sheep! (O) 23 All the people wondered in amazement, and said, “Could this be the Son of David (the Messiah)?” 24 But the Pharisees heard it and said, “This man [h]casts out demons only by [the help of] Beelzebul (Satan) the prince of the demons.”, 25 Knowing their thoughts Jesus said to them, “Any kingdom that is divided against itself is being laid waste; and no city or house divided against itself will [continue to] stand. A.F.V The violence that the Kingdom suffers will vary by degrees, but it is found wherever the ruler of this world has influence. K.J.V. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Matthew 3:1-12 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: John the Baptist took his place on stage just before Jesus' birth. From John 17:11-18, we know that the Kingdom functions in the world, and Jesus is not going to take us out of it. The king is always the highest representative of a kingdom, so when the king is present, the kingdom is also present. 11 But He said to them, “What man is there among you who, if he has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? Similarly, in Luke 16:16, Jesus is saying that the Kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone uses violence against it, signifying opposition in one form or another, to constrain or repress the King and His citizens. Access the free online AMP Bible to study God's Word in a powerful way. John was born six months before Jesus. 2 When John heard in prison what Christ was doing, he sent his disciples 3to ask Him, “Are you the one who was to come, or should we expect someone else?” 4 Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. 28 But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out the demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you [before you expected it]. Matthew 16:2 "He answered and said unto them, When it is evening, ye say, [It will be] fair weather: for the sky is red." 11 When Jesus had finished giving instructions to His twelve disciples, He went on from there to teach and to preach in their [Galilean] cities. Jesus skipped right over this passage in the midst of Israel's civil law. Woe to you, Bethsaida! "Pressing" is a weak translation, suggesting a group of people squeezing together to get in the doors of an amusement park. To take this a step further, where the King abides in any person or where a person is in Christ, the Kingdom is also present. Taking the Kingdom by Force. They had the long promised and long-awaited Messiah in the midst and refused to acknowledge Him. God was not calling everyone then (or now), and so everyone was not "pressing" to get into His Kingdom. Matthew 11:12 True Christianity is not a popular way of life today, and it was no different during the first century. Matthew 11 – Not the Messiah they Expected Him to Be A. Jesus and John the Baptist. We are already a part of that Kingdom! People have been 'earnest' about it; they have come 'pressing' to obtain the blessing, as if they would take it by violence.". N.A.S.B. And they asked Jesus, “Is it lawful and permissible to heal on the Sabbath?”—they asked this so that they might accuse Him and bring charges into court. John 9:22 records that "the Jews had agreed already that if anyone confessed that He was Christ, he would be put out of the synagogue." A prophet? As John records, "He came to His own, and His own did not receive Him" (John 1:11). He got into a boat and sat: Jesus sometimes used a boat as His “pulpit” (Mark 4:1). Matthew chapter 11 KJV (King James Version) 1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.. 2 Now when John had heard in the prison the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples,. A common explanation is that believers with holy zeal and earnestness are laying hold of the Kingdom with absolute determination. 11 I assure you and most solemnly say to you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater [in privilege] than he. There is also a present aspect, as we have already been conveyed into the Kingdom (Colossians 1:13), and now our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). 11:12). Jesus rejoiced in a thankful spirit even though, from a human point of view, it did not seem logical and right. The seventh day of the week, the day of worship. Matthew 16:17 shows that only by an act of the Father did Peter recognize Jesus as the Christ, the Son of the living God. I.S.V. The King, in exerting His authority over unclean spirits, displays the reign or the rule of God. And the last condition of that man becomes worse than the first. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet Isaiah: 18 “Behold, My Servant whom I have chosen;My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased;I will put My Spirit upon Him,And He will proclaim justice to the nations.19 “He will not quarrel, nor cry out loudly;Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets.20 “A battered reed He will not break,And a smoldering wick He will not extinguish,Until He leads justice to victory.21 “And in His name the Gentiles (all the nations of the world) will hope [with confidence].”(N), 22 Then a demon-possessed man who was blind and mute was brought to Jesus, and He healed him, so that the mute man both spoke and saw. Luke 16:16. We know that God’s Word brings truth, healing, sets captives free, restores, redeems, reconciles neighbors, and enemies. Notice, for example, Jesus' words in Matthew 23:13: "But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! In Matthew’s gospel the words “Kingdom of Heaven” mean the same as Kingdom of God. Matthew 11:29 "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. In addition, the preconceptions and biases of the translators influence the way they render passages. It can be passive. But it is vital to understand what Jesus Christ is saying here, so it is worth the effort to more thoroughly examine His words. They sneer at His inspired Word. 44 Then it says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when it arrives, it finds the place unoccupied, swept, and put in order. A person cannot truly seek the Kingdom or its King until God changes something in his mind (John 5:39-40), and simply hearing the words of the gospel does not necessarily accomplish that. (Q), 31 “Therefore I say to you, every sin and blasphemy [every evil, abusive, injurious speaking, or indignity against sacred things] will be forgiven people, but [i]blasphemy against the [Holy] Spirit will not be forgiven. ", John W. Ritenbaugh Then he will ransack and rob his house. Thus energy, determination, and self-discipline are wonderful traits—but they do not match with what Jesus describes in Matthew 11:12. For this reason they will be your judges. 23 And you, Capernaum, are you to be exalted to heaven [for your apathy and unresponsiveness]? See vv 31, 32. It is something that only the Father does—no amount of human effort forces Him to open the door. Part of the difficulty in understanding the meaning of these verses stems from the fact that the pivotal Greek words are rare, which means we cannot examine their usage in other places in the Bible to understand how they should be used here. 3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? To briefly summarize these two verses, then, everyone is pressing into the Kingdom, the Kingdom suffers violence, and violent people take it by force. When we think about a kingdom we often have in mind a geographical location such as a nation or a state. True Christianity is denounced as being heretical and cultic, and its adherents suffer violence in various ways. 26 If Satan casts out Satan [that is, his demons], he has become divided against himself and disunited; how then will his kingdom stand? This phrase conveys the idea of a strong awareness of one’s spiritual poverty and dependence on God. So it is lawful and permissible to do good on the Sabbath.” 13 Then He said to the man, “Reach out your hand!” The man reached out and it was restored, as normal and healthy as the other. Instead, Jesus says, "Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom" (Luke 12:32). Sovereignty and Its Fruit: Part Ten. Nevertheless, we cannot gainsay what Jesus says: "This is Elijah! In Jesus, God presents submission to us in its purist form. In secular usage, this word means "to use force on; to use power; to behave violently; to assault; to afflict; to oppress; or to constrain." They reject the royal law of the Kingdom and ridicule God's sovereignty. 12 And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize–a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion]. What does Matthew 11:12 mean? 13 For all the prophets and the Law prophesied up until John. Even though "He made the worlds" (Hebrews 1:2), He thankfully and joyously bowed to the will of the Lord of heaven and earth. Matthew 11-12 Amplified Bible (AMP) John’s Questions. Study Jeremiah 2 using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. NASB E-Prime Copyright © 2015 by The Lockman Foundation, La Habra, CA 90631. Jesus warns us it will not be easy. Therefore, we have to fight as warriors in battle and violently engage the enemy. John and Jesus were about the same age and were related through their mothers, Elizabeth and Mary (Luke 1:36). "And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffereth violence, and the violent take it by force" (Matthew 11, 12). We face a similar circumstance today. Matthew 19:8-9. 29 Or how can anyone go into a strong man’s house and steal his property unless he first overpowers and ties up the strong man? It is of the grace of God that we become Christians. For Permission to Quote Information visit, Spiritual Creation within a Physical Body, Zeal and Earnestness needed for Sanctification, Kingdom of God both a Present and Future Reality, Turning the Hearts of Fathers to Children. We must keep in mind that it is the same verb translated as "suffers violence.". The violence we suffer will never compare to the violence that He suffered for us. Barnes' Notes is typical: "Since 'the kingdom of heaven' or 'the gospel' has been preached, there has been a 'rush' to it. In other words, the gospel message was not popular. Any reward, prize, gift, or instance of grace that comes to us from God—including the Kingdom—can be received but not seized by force. 37 For by your words [reflecting your spiritual condition] you will be justified and acquitted of the guilt of sin; and by your words [rejecting Me] you will be condemned and sentenced.”, 38 Then some of the scribes and Pharisees said to Him, “Teacher, we want to see a sign (attesting miracle) from You [proving that You are what You claim to be].” 39 But He replied and said to them, “An evil and adulterous generation [that is morally unfaithful to God] craves and demands a [miraculous] sign; but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah;(S) 40 for just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster, so will the Son of Man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth. 14 And if you are willing to accept it, John himself is [the fulfillment of] Elijah [as the messenger] who was to come [before the kingdom]. (L), 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”. A man dressed in soft clothing [entirely unsuited for the harsh desert]? Zeal and earnestness are absolutely needed for the sanctification process. On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. Like verse 11, however, it is easy to get when we just let the Bible speak for itself. It was ridiculous for the Pharisees to try to equate gleaning for food with reaping a harvest (which was forbidden on the Sabbath). “What man is there among you who, if he has only one sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will not take hold of it and lift it out? It is like little children sitting in the market places, who call to the others, 17 and say ‘We piped the flute for you [playing wedding], and you did not dance; we wailed sad dirges [playing funeral], and you did not mourn and cry aloud.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking [with others], and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking [with others], and they say, ‘Look!