To ascertain fully the meaning of the present passage, we must examine more closely the design of Christ, the reason why, and the purpose for which, these words were spoken. Such plays are still enacted among the Basque mountaineers. See Poole on "Matthew 5:2". A "mystery" in Scripture is a previously hidden truth, now divinely revealed; but in which a supernatural element still remains despite the revelation. (11) the mystery of Babylon Revelation 17:5; Revelation 17:7. BibliographyPett, Peter. Bullinger's Companion bible Notes". They looked to it as a time when the hopes of the world would be fulfilled, and when the righteous would be happy, John 8:56. Where this gospel mystery has been preached, sin alone hides it from men; however much may remain not fully revealed to us. Whedon's Commentary on the Bible. —The description indicates the accuracy of the trained observer. I have not spoken in secret, nor in a dark corner: I said not in vain to the seed of Jacob, Seek me, is a lamp to the feet, and that it giveth wisdom to little children, Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary, Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Justin Edwards' Family Bible New Testament, Cambridge Greek Testament for Schools and Colleges, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, "Jesus spoke in parables in order to make his teaching easier to be understood by the people. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/tfg/matthew-13.html. The knowledge of these mysteries, in the first instance, can be given only to a few; but when these faithfully write and publish what they have heard and seen, unto the world, then the science of salvation is revealed and addressed to all. Copyright StatementThese files are public domain.Text Courtesy of BibleSupport.com. BibliographyAlford, Henry. But to them it is not given] By a secret but most just judgment of God, who hath mercy on whom he will, and whom he will he hardeneth. (4) the mystery of N.T. A gift of God, is here said to be bestowed on one class of hearers (you), and not bestowed on another (them). 1832. Therefore many of them believed. They were firmly based on earth. Blessed are your eyes - That is, you are happy that you are permitted to see truth which they will not see. Copyright StatementThe Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament. In Philemon 4:12 Paul says: “I have learned the secret or been initiated” (μεμυημαι memuēmai). EASTERN WISE-MEN, OR MAGI, VISIT JESUS, THE NEW-BORN KING. 1874-1909. Standard Publishing Company, Cincinnati, Ohio. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". Click to Sign Up Now! https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/matthew-13.html. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? 13:10-17 Our Lord Jesus attended upon public worship on the sabbaths. (Just as the Saracens mocked when Christian knights told them how they had walked their horses across water (frozen rivers). Whosoever hath - This is a proverbial method of speaking. The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven; the deep truths respecting the dispensation of the gospel, which had not before been revealed, or were revealed only in part, and which Christ opened plainly to his disciples. on StudyLight.org 1. The SEVENTY, as being a temporary symbol, now recede forever from view. In this latter sense the term was used in the Middle Ages of miracle-plays - rude dramas representing scenes from scripture and from the apocryphal gospels. They are the purposes that are hid in God, which man can only know by the help of divine teaching, and which the gospel unveils. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cgt/matthew-13.html. Have patience, and be content in the mean while with a learned ignorance. οὐραν.] 1905. To the Greek, μυστήρια would recall the associations of Eleusis and Samothrace, and so necessarily bring a part of the mystic thought into Christianity; only, however, to contrast the true Christian mysticism, which is open to all (νῦν δὲ ἐφανερώθη τοῖς ἁγίοις αὐτοῦ, Colossians 1:27), with the secresy and exclusiveness of the pagan mysteries. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". … CHAPTER 11 Mt 11:1-19.THE IMPRISONED BAPTIST'S MESSAGE TO HIS MASTER--THE REPLY, AND DISCOURSE, ON THE DEPARTURE OF THE MESSENGERS, REGARDING JOHN AND HIS MISSION. Had the apostles and evangelists done nothing more than publish their writings, and disseminate them to every pagan country, not a single nation, not a single pagan, would have abandoned their gods to believe in a crucified Jesus. Not Yet a Member? We have here Jesus constant emphasis on the difference between those who are ‘given’ spiritual things by God (they are the ‘blessed ones’ - Matthew 13:16) and those who are not. Mark and Luke do not state the “fact,” but affirm that he spoke with this “intention” - implying that such “was” the result. Home > Commentaries > Coffman Commentaries > Matthew > Chapter 13. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/vnt/matthew-13.html. The kindred verb occurs e.g. Copyright StatementJames Burton Coffman Commentaries reproduced by permission of Abilene Christian University Press, Abilene, Texas, USA. Parables serve the double purpose of revealing and concealing; presenting “the mysteries of the kingdom” to those who know and relish them, though in never so small a degree, in a new and attractive light; but to those who are insensible to spiritual things yielding only, as so many tales, some temporary entertainment. Here Mark 4:11 also has hina while Matthew 13:13 has ινα — hoti (because). BibliographyWhedon, Daniel. ‘To you’ is emphatic. In a highly volatile area like Galilee, among a people who were constantly looking for a deliverer to arrive from God and free them from the Roman yoke, talk about the Kingly Rule of Heaven could soon become dangerous. 2. Plain; evident and clear to their minds; or, right, just and good. Formerly Jesus had likened the evil race of Pharisaic religionists to children playing in the market-place (Matthew 9:16-19). (5) the mystery of the church as the bride of Christ Ephesians 5:28-32. That he should deceive the nations no more - That is, during the thousand years. Yet there was no Scripture during all that period. Heinrich Meyer's Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament. Matthew 12:43-45. To use a crude term the Old Testament has been ‘deallegorised’ by Jesus. - By mysteries, here, we may understand not only things concerning the scheme of salvation, which had not yet been revealed; but also the prophetic declarations concerning the future state of the Christian Church, expressed in the ensuing parables. Christ loved his disciples, for he chose and ordained them to be the prime instruments of his glory and honour in the world ( John 15:16 ): I have chosen you, and ordained you, His love to them appeared, Prophets —As Moses, Isaiah, and Daniel.. Kings —As David, Josiah, and Hezekiah.. Even bodily infirmities, unless very grievous, should not keep us from public worship on sabbath days. All rights reserved. 1909-1922. (Beside the Sea of Galilee.) https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/acc/matthew-13.html. (Isaiah 45:19;), or with the commendations which David pronounces on the Law, that it, is a lamp to the feet, and that it giveth wisdom to little children This cure represents the work of Christ's grace upon the soul. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". The parables which harden scorners in their scorning, and make divine things more difficult to them, enlighten those who are willing to learn, and make the same things more plain, and intelligible, and familiar to them, Matthew 13:11,15,16. 1896. Those concepts did not include ideas about Heaven as a future dwellingplace. Read and study Matthew 13 with the Verse-by-Verse Bible Commentary Nimrod and the rest of his confederates of Ham’s posterity; not from Armenia, where the ark rested, which was north from Babel, and is called north in Scripture, as Jeremiah 25:9,26, &c.; but from Assyria, into which they had before come from the mountains of Ararat for more convenient habitation. Greek Testament Critical Exegetical Commentary. Christ turned to teaching in parables after opposition developed against his divine mission; and this verse shows that Christ designed the parables, at least in part, to conceal his teachings from those who were not sincerely seeking to know and do his will. Secrets known only to the initiated—the inner teaching of the gospel. (7) the "mystery of God even Christ," i.e. American Tract Society. (Matthew 13:12) Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. Greek. To the others it was not “then” given. What they had not then conceived of was that it would actually be in Heaven (and then in a new Heaven and a new earth - 2 Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1 where all the promises concerning ‘earth’ could be fulfilled, and Abraham and his seed could receive the promises - Hebrews 11:13-16). The Old Testament had taught many things about the coming Kingly Rule, but it had had to be in a form that was not fully or properly understood (although the idea was grasped in general on a basis within their level of understanding), nor could have been, because the people were limited by the level of their concepts at the time. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. From μύω , to close or shut. Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament. 1685. The verses Matthew 2:6 Matthew 2:15 Matthew 2:18 give us three different kinds of prophecy. 13:11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. Such a statement is exactly opposite of the truth, for this very verse says, in answer to the question of the disciples, that it was not given to the multitudes to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven. Click the Bible for the all new StudyLight.org!! BibliographyVincent, Marvin R. DD. - By mysteries, here, we may understand not only things concerning the scheme of salvation, which had not yet been revealed; but also the prophetic declarations concerning the future state of the Christian Church, expressed in the ensuing parables. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". Matthew 13:11. δέδοται] by God, through the unfolding, that is, of your inward powers of perception, not merely by means of the exposition (Weizsäcker, p. 413). Compare Isaiah 14:12. 15 And after the reading of the law and the prophets the rulers of the synagogue sent unto them, saying, Ye men and brethren, if ye have any word of exhortation for the people, say on. . ], to a total alienation of his heart from God [Note: Matthew 4:8-9. (Witham). Appeareth in a dream to Joseph in Egypt. Genitive of Relation. Those ideas had been proved occasions of offence, and therefore, for the present, the Teacher falls back upon a method of more exoteric instruction. To them that find knowledge - When a man gets the knowledge of himself, then he sees all the threatenings of God to be right. But by New Testament times the way had been prepared, and it was therefore now necessary for Jesus to demonstrate how the Scriptures should be reinterpreted in the light of the new understanding of Heaven and eternal judgment that had grown up during the inter-testamental period. BibliographySchaff, Philip. BY MATTHEW (shaded area) Click chart to enlarge Jesus Birth and Early Years Leading up to the Sermon on the Mount Matthew 1-7 Source: Ryrie Study Bible. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bul/matthew-13.html. "Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". Compare in John’s Gospel those who have been ‘given to Him by the Father’, and thus those who in contrast have not (John 6:37; John 6:39; John 10:29) And these who have been given to Him are those who believe (John 6:40). The gospel and the classes. They hear the parables as parables, not as vehicles of spiritual truth. 1999. The greater mysteries are: (1) The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven Matthew 13:3-50. BibliographyWesley, John. Renewal 1960. The Kingdom of Heaven, like other Kingdoms, has its secrets ( μυστήριον,—see a definition by St. Paul in Romans 16:25 f.,—viz. It is not by any means intended that Isaiah, when he spoke these words, had any reference to the time of Christ. Coffman Commentaries on the Old and New Testament. 1974. The parabolic form veils the truth from them, but unveils the truth to you. The mysteries of the kingdom - The word “mystery,” in the Bible, properly means a thing that is “concealed,” or that “has been concealed.” It does not mean that the thing was “incomprehensible,” or even difficult to be understood. BibliographyMeyer, Heinrich. (9) the mystery of iniquity 2 Thessalonians 2:7; Matthew 13:33. BibliographyBeza, Theodore. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". 1952. Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". Without this gift there could not be proper knowledge of the truth to be conveyed by the parable. Because they seeing, see not - Mark Mark 4:12 and Luke Luke 8:10 say, “That seeing, they may not see etc. Now since Christ has purposely dispensed his doctrine in such a manner, that it might be profitable only to a small number, being firmly seated in their minds, and might hold others in suspense and perplexity, it follows that, by divine appointment, the doctrine of salvation is not proclaimed to all for the same end, but is so regulated by his wonderful purpose, that it is not less a savor of death to death to the reprobate than a life-giving savor to the elect, (2 Corinthians 2:15.) Matthew 24:11 "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". A common feature in connection with new religious movements (vide on Matthew 7:15). "Peter Pett's Commentary on the Bible ". They could conceive of no other. Matthew 13:11. With respect to the Gospel, Paul affirms with truth, that it is hidden to none but to the reprobate, and to those who are devoted to destruction, whose minds Satan hath blinded, (2 Corinthians 4:3.) The "mysteries" of it intend the sublime doctrines thereof; such as relate to the Trinity of persons in the Godhead, to the incarnation of Christ, and the union of the two natures, human and divine, in him, eternal predestination, redemption by Christ, satisfaction by his sacrifice, justification by his righteousness, and pardon through his blood, the resurrection from the dead, &c. things, though clearly revealed, yet may have difficulties attending them, and which are not very easily solved: now to know and understand the great truths of the Gospel, spiritually, savingly, and experimentally, is not from nature, or to be acquired by men's industry, but is the gift of God's grace, flowing from his sovereign will and pleasure; a favour which the disciples of Christ, as a chosen people, receive from the Lord, and which is denied others: but to them it is not given; to the wise and prudent, to the Scribes and Pharisees, to the multitude, to the bulk and generality of the people, to the rest that were blinded. The Pharisees, and Jews generally, were not prepared to receive the system, and would not have believed it, and therefore he purposely employed a kind of teaching which was intended for his apostles only. on StudyLight.org Matthew 13:11 The King and the Kingdom; Matthew 13:11 The Twelve Mysteries of God; Matthew 13:3-9 Perseverance; Matthew 13:13-18 The Church; Matthew 13:10-16 The Consummation of the Age; Matthew 13:10-17 The Responsive Heart; Matthew 13:11 The Difference Between the Kingdom and the Church; Matthew 14:1-12 Martyrdom of John the Baptist 1765. See introductory note of the chapter. John 19:17 - They took Jesus, therefore, and He went out, bearing His own cross, to the place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha. It is not given to them to know the purport and design of these things - they are gross of heart, earthly and sensual, and do not improve the light they have received: but to you it is given, because I have appointed you not only to be the first preachers of my Gospel to sinners, but also the persons who shall transmit accounts of all these things to posterity. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". (182) Christ declares that there are certain and elect men, on whom God specially bestows this honor of revealing to them his secrets, and that others are deprived of this grace. Now He uses expelled demons to depict their spiritual condition. Therefore the Book of Revelation is not a code book about what will happen right before the end. Matthew 13:11 The Difference Between the Kingdom and the Church; Matthew 14:1-12 Martyrdom of John the Baptist; Matthew 14:13-21 Feeding the Five Thousand; Matthew 14:22-36 Christ and Human Nature; Matthew 15:1-20 The Religion of Hand Washing; Matthew 15:21-28 Getting Answers from God; Matthew 15:32 Jesus and Human Need ; Matthew 15:29-38 Bread in the Wilderness; Matthew 15:29 … By our words we must be justified or condemned, Matthew 12:37. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/bcc/matthew-13.html. You; his disciples, who loved him and desired to understand his teaching. Matthew 6:25 - 'For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. To know. BibliographyAbbott, John S. C. & Abbott, Jacob. Matthew 13:11. τὰ μυστήρια: the word, as here used, might suggest the idea of a mysterious esoteric doctrine concerning the Kingdom of God to be taught only to a privileged inner circle. Now our Lord, who was privy to the secret and sovereign dispensation of God, who, of his own will and pleasure, had determined to give a spiritual and saving knowledge of divine things to some, and deny it to others, made this the rule of his conduct in his ministry; that is to say, he preached in parables to some without an explication, whilst he spoke plainly to others; and, if in parables, yet gave them an interpretation, and an understanding of them. Nothing would be revealed later. The reason of many things now hidden from us we shall see at the last day. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hac/matthew-13.html. (Read Matthew 23:34-39) Our Lord declares the miseries the inhabitants of Jerusalem were about to bring upon themselves, but he does not notice the sufferings he was to undergo. 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. Thus they had known that the Kingly Rule of Heaven would be spread by the teaching of the word (compare Isaiah 2:2-4), and would receive the response of individuals who would come together under His rule (Isaiah 45:23), and that it would all somehow end in a final Kingly Rule of God from Heaven. Verse 1. angels (See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4 ").. Verse 5. mystery (See Scofield "Matthew 13:11 "). Second aorist active infinitive of γινωσκω ginōskō The word μυστηριον mustērion is from μυστης mustēs one initiated, and that from μυεω mueō (μυω muō), to close or shut (Latin, mutus). But the answer is easy: the word of God, in its own nature, is always bright, (179) but its light is choked by the darkness of men. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible". Ver. 13:11, above, Christ referred to the hidden nature of God's eternal purpose for man's salvation. Acts 17:12. May we speak of the parables as a means of making the subject plainer in our teaching of the subjects of the New Testament? Parables serve the double purpose of revealing and concealing; presenting 'the mysteries of the kingdom' to those who know and relish them, though in never so small a degree, in a new and attractive light; but to those who are insensible to spiritual things yielding only, as so many tales, some temporary entertainment. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". Again — The three following parables were proposed, not to the multitude, but peculiarly to the apostles: the two former of them relate to those who receive the gospel; the third, both to those who receive, and those who preach it. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary. Joseph had obeyed the command given at Matthew 2:13, and God kept the promise contained therein. Copyright StatementThe New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible Modernised and adapted for the computer by Larry Pierce of Online Bible. The mysteries of the kingdom of God are not disclosed to the Scribes and Pharisees, who were unwilling to believe in him, (though it was the duty and occupation of the Scribes to expound the sacred oracles to others) but to those who adhered closely to Christ, and believed in him: let us therefore run in company with the apostles to Jesus Christ, that he may disclose to us the mysteries of his gospel. This cure represents the work of Christ's grace upon the soul. Copyright StatementThese files are considered public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available in the Online Bible Software Library. Matthew 5:17-20 He came not to destroy, but to fulfil, the law. Plug in, Turn on and Be En light ened! The kingdom of heaven — It is to be noted that these seven parables all have for their subject the kingdom of God: its planting principles, developments, and final victory. Matthew 28:19 "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. "Vincent's Word Studies in the New Testament". See also Mark 4:10-12; Luke 8:9-10. And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciple--rather, "the twelve disciples," he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities--This was scarcely a … "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". First published online in 1996 at The Restoration Movement Pages. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, It is given unto you to know the mysteries, etc. That (hina). Go to. 1863-1878. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/cal/matthew-13.html. These are only revealed to the humble diligent hearers, ὑμῖν: to those who were immediately around the Lord with the twelve; not ἐκείνοις = τοῖς λοιποῖς Luke, = ἐκείνοις τοῖς ἔξω Mark. The knowledge of these mysteries, in the first instance, can be given only to a few; but when these faithfully write and publish what they have heard and seen, unto the world, then the science of salvation is revealed and addressed to all. For because of the dangers of ideas connected with the surrounding gods and their mythology all teaching had to be given to Israel as though it applied to earth so that it would not become mixed up with myths about the gods. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". Megilla, fol. (180) There are two ways in which he deprives them of the light of his doctrine. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/geb/matthew-13.html. They are called μυστήρια, because their ἀποκάλυψις was now being brought about for the first time by means of the gospel. This woman came to Christ to be taught, and to get good to her soul, and then he relieved her bodily infirmity. Acts 9:9 - And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank. And they had to be lest they got caught up in myths of the gods, a route that could have led them anywhere. He answered and said to them, "Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. (See Vincent, “In the Shadow of the Pyrenees.”). Given unto you to know the mysteries — Mysteries to others but plain truths to you, because I furnish you the key. Paul will use it freely of the mystery once hidden, but now revealed, now made known in Christ (Romans 16:25; 1 Corinthians 2:7, etc.). Of this nature was the truth that the gospel was to be preached to the Gentiles; that the Jewish polity was to cease; that the Messiah was to die, etc. ‘And he answered and said to them, “To you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingly rule of heaven, but to them it is not given.”. This woman came to Christ to be taught, and to get good to her soul, and then he relieved her bodily infirmity. Had he clearly and fully stated them to the Jews, they would have taken his life long before they did. Matthew 24:11 "Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. He answered, and said unto them,.... Christ was always ready to give an answer to his inquiring disciples, concerning his ministry, and his conduct in it; which shows great respect to them, and condescension in him: because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven: by the "kingdom of heaven", is meant the Gospel, which treats of the kingdom of heaven, and of things pertaining to it; of the saints' meetness for it, which is the regenerating and sanctifying grace of the Spirit; and of their right to it, which lies in the justifying righteousness of Christ. Study 1 Kings using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. The parables which harden scorners in their scorning, and make divine things more difficult to them, enlighten those who are willing to learn, and make the same things more plain, and intelligible, and familiar to them, Matthew 13:11,15,16. Even bodily infirmities, unless very grievous, should not keep us from public worship on sabbath days. Study 1 Kings using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. ;” but there is no difference. So their God did not play around in the heavens, He ruled over the heavens and dealt very solidly with earth. BibliographyTorrey, R. A. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". Depending in construction upon the verb write, and in apposition with the things which thou sawest. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hmc/matthew-13.html. The former of these occasions afforded him a favourable opportunity for tempting our blessed Lord to despondency [Note: Matthew 4:2-3. Bp. 20). "Calvin's Commentary on the Bible". 1871-8. Matthew … To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use our convenient, Baker Evangelical Dictionary of Biblical Theology, Hastings' Dictionary of the New Testament, The Hawker's Poor Man's Concordance And Dictionary, International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, John Etheridge Translation of the Peshitta, James Murdock Translation of the Peshitta, because it is given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, It is given unto you to know the mysteries, etc. (11) It is given.—Better, it has been given, as by the special act of God. There was no conception in Israel of a Heaven to which they could go or of a heavenly future in which they would be involved. Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible. They “believed”--a little word, but a great thing--the step by which they passed from condemnation to peace; from the house on the sand before it fell, to the rock. BibliographyCalvin, John. BibliographyIce, Rhoderick D. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". ], to a total alienation of his heart from God [Note: Matthew 4:8-9. They were clever men but they had no concept of ice). From Matthew 13:17, we learn, that many prophets and righteous men had desired to see and hear these things, but had not that privilege - to them it was not given; not because God designed to exclude them from salvation, but because He who knew all things knew, either that they were not proper persons, or that that was not the proper time: for the choice of the Persons by whom, and the choice of the Time in which it is most proper to reveal Divine things, must ever rest with the all-wise God. Christ, in these verses, gives a “reason” why he used this manner of instruction. Again — The three following parables were proposed, not to the multitude, but peculiarly to the apostles: the two former of them relate to those who receive the gospel; the third, both to those who receive, and those who preach it. So the disciples have been initiated into the secrets of the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 13:44. Their having been ‘blessed’ produces fruit. Copyright StatementThe text of this work is public domain. And Luke 12:48, to know the Master’s will, is the great talent of all other: there is a "much" set upon it. Compare the ‘mystery’ in Daniel 2:28 which was revealed by Daniel himself (Daniel 2:47). “The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven,” then, mean those glorious Gospel truths which at that time only the more advanced disciples could appreciate, and they but partially. And in them is fulfilled - This place is quoted substantially from Isaiah 6:9-10. "Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged". the secret things of the Messiah’s kingdom, things which refer to the Messiah’s kingdom. "The 1599 Geneva Study Bible". BibliographyEllicott, Charles John. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfb/matthew-13.html. Of the kingdom of heaven. 11. BibliographyJ. The ‘mystery’ had been a necessity in Old Testament days, because the people did not have the kind of background that would have enabled them to understand heavenly truth baldly stated. ... which Christ promised to send (Matthew 23:34), such as were every way qualified for the service of the Christian church. Many prophets and righteous men - They wished to see the times of the Messiah. Matthew 13:11. The first is direct, and relates whollyto an event which was yet future; the second is a case where an "act"described is symbolic of another later and larger act; the last is acase where WORDS describing another later act, though the actsthemselves may bear small resemblance. : but Christ here calls the wise men themselves such. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". A hen gathering her chickens under her wings, is an apt emblem of the Saviour's tender love to those who trust in him, and his faithful care of them. By teaching in parables this danger was largely avoided. 1840-57. ], to presumption [Note: Matthew 4:6. Matthew 16:13-20 The people’s opinion, and Peter’s confession, of Christ. New York, USA. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/fam/matthew-13.html. ( = Lu 7:18-35). And yet the Lord conceals its mysteries, so that the perception of them may not reach the reprobate. 1878. --- To them it is not given; i.e. BibliographyScofield, C. I. Mark calls them "them that are without"; who are not in the number of God's elect; nor within the covenant of grace, nor among the disciples of Christ; referring to a common way of speaking among the Jews, who used to call the Gentiles, all without their land, "they that are without"; and indeed all within themselves that despised the rules and judgment of the wise menF9Vid. Whedon's Commentary on the Bible. Matthew 13:11. The words of Isaiah were therefore “as well fitted” to express the character of the people in the time of Christ as in that of the prophet. Nor was there any dishonesty in this, or any unfair disguise. First, the comparison is undoubtedly intended by Christ to exhibit the magnitude of the grace bestowed on his disciples, in having specially received what was not given indiscriminately to all. They did not have sufficient conceptual background. The meaning in both places is, that the people were so gross, sensual, and prejudiced, that they “would” not see the truth, or understand anything that was contrary to their grovelling opinions and sensual desires; a case by no means uncommon in the world. But those initiated knew them. To the disciples it was given to know these truths. Christ as the incarnate fullness of the Godhead embodied, in whom all the divine wisdom for man subsists Colossians 2:2; Colossians 2:9; 1 Corinthians 2:7. BibliographyBengel, Johann Albrecht. Pharisees and Sadducees, and explains his meaning. Hence Proverbs 30:3-4, to know heavenly things is to ascend into heaven. “Let them now prove themselves to be tender-hearted and full of compassion and pity” (Erdman p. 77). Commentary on Proverbs 13:3 (Read Proverbs 13:3) He that thinks before he speaks, that suppresses evil if he have thought it, keeps his soul from a great deal both of guilt and grief. The mysteries. The former of these occasions afforded him a favourable opportunity for tempting our blessed Lord to despondency [Note: Matthew 4:2-3. It is possible that Matthew here refers to the house mentioned at Mark 3:19. It may be replied that it was because this knowledge of the mysteries was not possessed by the multitudes that the parables were given to explain them. Jesus restated His reason for using parables in terms of human perception rather than divine intention (cf. Matthew 13:11. ὅτι, because) This may be referred to the preceding διατί, why? https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/ain/matthew-13.html. John 13:11 - For He knew the one who was betraying Him; for this reason He said, 'Not all of you are clean.' See Copyright StatementThese files are public domain and are a derivative of an electronic edition that is available on the Christian Classics Ethereal Library Website. 11.] By mystery, secret is always meant in the New Testament (see for example Matthew 13:11, Ephesians 5:32, and here ch. 1871-8. 24. Jesus replied that the reason that He treated the disciples differently from the crowds was because it was given to them to know and have unfolded to them the ‘mysteries of the Kingly Rule of Heaven’, while it was not so given to the crowds. BibliographyBullinger, Ethelbert William. While all who truly believe in Christ receive the Holy Spirit at the moment of salvation (Rom. Angels (ἄγγελοι ) The exact meaning of the term here is uncertain. the mysteries = the secrets; or the things hitherto kept secret. The gospel and the classes. A comparison. But He had now come to make those mysteries clear to those who were fitted to receive them. God appointed the Jews to make fringes upon their garments, Matthew 16:5-12 Jesus warns his disciples against the leaven of the. A city set on a hill cannot * be hidden; (NASB: Lockman) Greek: Humeis este to phos tou kosmou. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". -, Commentary Critical and Explanatory - Unabridged, Kretzmann's Popular Commentary of the Bible, Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures, Kingdom, Kingdom of God, Kingdom of Heaven. Though the Law was concealed, as it were, by a kind of veil, yet the truth, of God shone brightly in it, if the eyes of many had not been blinded. Matthew Henry's Complete Commentary online free at StudyLight.org for sermon, Bible study, and Sunday school preparation. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". On that day went Jesus out of the house. John Trapp Complete Commentary. BibliographyJamieson, Robert, D.D. They made these phylacteries broad, that they might be thought more zealous for the law than others. Here, as in Matt. Thus the establishment of the coming Kingly Rule of the house of David (e.g. The duration of the affliction (as in Acts 9:33), the symptoms of permanent curvature of the spine, the very form of the two participles, bent together. Matthew 5:21-26 He extendeth the precepts against murder, Matthew 5:27-32 adultery, Matthew 5:33-37 and false swearing, Matthew 5:38-42 exhorteth to suffer wrong patiently, Matthew 5:43-47 to love our enemies, Matthew 5:48 and to aim at perfection. See on Matthew 13:11. Used by Permission. 1865-1868. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". BibliographyPoole, Matthew, "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". T. Bab. Has been given to you. They were of great importance to their ministry. 11.To you it is given to know the mysteries (178) of the kingdom of heaven From this reply of Christ we learn, that the doctrine of salvation is proclaimed by God to men for various purposes; for Christ declares that he intentionally spoke obscurely, in order that his discourse might be a riddle to many, and might only strike their ears with a confused and doubtful sound. We should consider in this regard the dangers that Jesus faced in His ministry. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/matthew-13.html. "The mysteries of the kingdom of heaven," then, mean those glorious Gospel truths which at that time only the more advanced disciples could appreciate, and they but partially. Mark calls them "them that are without"; who are not in the number of God's elect; nor within the covenant of grace, nor among the disciples of Christ; referring to a common way of speaking among the Jews, who used to call the Gentiles, all without their land, "they that are without"; and indeed all within themselves that despised the rules and judgment of the wise men: but Christ here calls the wise men themselves such. App-17. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/pet/matthew-13.html. A mystery is not necessarily something inscrutable in its nature, but it may be that which is unknown to man in his natural condition, before it is revealed to him by God. Some suppose them to have been revelations of religious secrets; others of secret politico-religious doctrines; others, again, scenic representations of mythical legends. 1887. Matthew simply states the “fact,” that though they saw the “natural” meaning of the story - though they literally understood the parable - yet they did not understand its “spiritual” signification. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/hcc/matthew-13.html. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jtc/matthew-13.html. to comprehend mysteries fully and clearly.(603). Like them, they closed their eyes upon the truth, and rejected the divine teaching. The SEVENTY, as being a temporary symbol, now recede forever from view. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/mpc/matthew-13.html. Test drive it and tell us about your experience. Because it is (‘hath been and is’) given to you. Sometimes he states, in a dark manner, what might be more clearly expressed; and sometimes he explains his mind fully, without ambiguity and without metaphor, but strikes their senses with dulness and their minds with stupidity, so that they are blind amidst bright sunshine. There is not a single word to them about writing. "The Adam Clarke Commentary". Matthew 24:11. ψευδοπροφῆται, false prophets. BibliographyGill, John. They were not to preach the gospel, and hence our Saviour was at particular pains to instruct his apostles in the system which they were to preach. Copyright StatementThese files are a derivative of an electronic edition prepared from text scanned by Woodside Bible Fellowship.This expanded edition of the Jameison-Faussett-Brown Commentary is in the public domain and may be freely used and distributed. St Paul regards as ‘mysteries,’ the spread of the gospel to the Gentiles, Ephesians 3:3-4; Ephesians 3:9; the doctrine of the resurrection, 1 Corinthians 15:51, the conversion of the Jews, Romans 11:25; the relation of Christ to His Church; Ephesians 5:32. Matthew 7:15-note "Beware of the false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly are ravenous wolves. “Abraham rejoiced to see my day, and he saw it and was glad.” Compare also 1 Peter 1:10-12; Hebrews 11:13. To you it is given. 1. Therefore, Matthew 24:1-34, is not talking about the signs that will point us toward the date for Christ"s return, rather the signs for Christians to flee from the destruction that Jerusalem experienced, and which it did in A.D. 70. See for this word on Matthew 13:11; Mark 4:11. Strictly speaking, it does not mean, as we sometimes use it—when we speak, e.g., of the mystery of the Trinity, a truth which none can understand—something “awfully obscure” (the definition given in Johnson’s Dictionary), but one which, kept a secret from others, has been revealed to the initiated. Tons more resources, better tools, NIV84 and easier navigation. in ib. on StudyLight.org. The connection requires that these should be within the Christian community (otherwise in Matthew 24:24), giving false presentations of the faith with corrupt motives. Cf. 1859. is given = hath been given: i.e. The mystery-religions of the east had all sorts of secrets and signs as secret societies do today. Home > Interlinear Bible > Search Results. Although even then it still remained to be further interpreted, even if they did not think so at the time, for that spoke of the worldwide Kingly Rule. All Rightes Reserved, Larry Pierce, Winterbourne, Ontario.A printed copy of this work can be ordered from: The Baptist Standard Bearer, 1 Iron Oaks Dr, Paris, AR, 72855. 5 And Jesus answering them began to say, Take heed lest any man deceive you: 6 For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many. τ. βας. He had truths to state which he wished his “disciples particularly” to understand. Therefore many of them believed. BibliographyRobertson, A.T. "Commentary on Matthew 13:11". How much more would this have been so had He taught the same things openly to the crowds (John 6:14-15 brings out how easily that could have become a danger). Charles Schribner's Sons. Isaiah 11:1-10; Isaiah 66:22-24; Ezekiel 37:21-28; Zechariah 14:16-21), the future of the wicked (Isaiah 66:24), the coming resurrection (Isaiah 26:19; Daniel 12:1-3), and even the going out of the Holy Spirit (Isaiah 32:15; Ezekiel 47:1-12) were all portrayed as happening in very much earthly terms. (Matthew 13:11) For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance: but whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken away even that he hath. The word "mysteries" [ musteeria (Greek #3466)] in Scripture is not used in its classical sense-of 'religious secrets,' nor yet of 'things incomprehensible, or in their own nature difficult to be understood'-but in the sense of 'things of purely divine revelation,' and, usually, 'things darkly announced under the ancient economy, and during all that period darkly understood, but fully published under the Gospel' (1 Corinthians 2:6-10; Ephesians 3:3-6; Ephesians 3:8-9). This is true of all that concerns the salvation of the soul. ἐκείνοις δὲ οὐ δέδοται] is still to be connected with ὅτι (because). THE FIRST GREAT GROUP OF PARABLES. BibliographyClarke, Adam. Fuller light had awaited those conceptions. . The Scofield Reference Notes online free at StudyLight.org for sermon, Bible study, and Sunday school preparation. Matthew 24:24 "For false Christs and false prophets will arise and will show great signs and wonders, so as to mislead, if possible, even the elect. 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