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Jesus & the Kingdom

(Category 14 of 16)

Watch our Read Scripture video on the Gospel of Matthew, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. This is the second of two Read Scripture videos dedicated to the Gospel of Matthew, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.

In Matthew, Jesus brings God’s heavenly kingdom to earth and invites his disciples into a new way of life through his death and resurrection.

Explore Matthew 14-28

MATTHEW 14-28: (RS)


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CHAPTER 15 References

1 aMark 7:1
2 aMark 7:5
4 a[Deut. 5:16] bEx. 21:17
5 aMark 7:11,

Defilement Comes from Within


1 Then athe scribes and Pharisees who were from Jerusalem came to Jesus, saying,
2 a“Why do Your disciples transgress the tradition of the elders? For they do not wash their hands when they eat bread.”
3 He answered and said to them, “Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?
4 “For God commanded, saying, a‘Honor your father and your mother’; and, b‘He who curses father or mother, let him be put to death.’

5 “But you say, ‘Whoever says to his father or mother, a“Whatever profit you might have received from me is a gift to God”—
6 ‘then he need not honor his

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father 1or mother.’ Thus you have made the 2commandment of God of no effect by your tradition.
7 a“Hypocrites! Well did Isaiah prophesy about you, saying:
8 ‘Thesea people 1draw near to Me with their mouth, And honor Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me.
9 And in vain they worship Me, aTeaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ ”

10 aWhen He had called the multitude to Himself, He said to them, “Hear and understand:
11 a“Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.”
12 Then His disciples came and said to Him, “Do You know that the Pharisees were offended when they heard this saying?”
13 But He answered and said, a“Every plant which My heavenly Father has not planted will be uprooted.
14 “Let them alone. aThey are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.”
15 aThen Peter answered and said to Him, “Explain this parable to us.”
16 So Jesus said, a“Are you also still without understanding?
17 “Do you not yet understand that awhatever enters the mouth goes into the stomach and is eliminated?
18 “But athose things which proceed out of the mouth come from the heart, and they defile a man.
19 a“For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies.
20 “These are the things which defile a man, but to eat with unwashed hands does not defile a man.”

A Gentile Shows Her Faith

21 aThen Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.
22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, aSon of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”
23 But He answered her not a word. And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.”
24 But He answered and said, a“I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”
25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!”
26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little adogs.”
27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet

6 1NU omits
or mother
2NU word
7 aMark 7:6
8 aPs. 78:36;
Is. 29:13 1NU
omits draw
near to Me
with their
mouth, And
9 a[Col.
2:18–22] 10 aMark 7:14
11 a[Acts
10:15] 13 a[John 15:2] 14 aLuke 6:39
15 aMark 7:17
16 aMatt. 16:9
17 a[1 Cor.
6:13] 18 a[James
3:6] 19 aProv. 6:14
21 aMark
22 aMatt. 1:1;
22:41, 42
24 aMatt.
10:5, 6
26 aMatt. 7:6
28 aLuke 7:9
29 aMark
7:31–37 bMatt.
30 aIs. 35:5, 6
bLuke 7:38;
8:41; 10:39
31 aLuke 5:25,
26; 19:37, 38
32 aMark
33 a2 Kin. 4:43
36 aMatt.
14:19; 26:27
bLuke 22:19
39 aMark 8:10
1NU Magadan

CHAPTER 16 References

1 aMark 8:11
3 1NU omits
4 aMatt. 12:39

even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”
28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, agreat is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Jesus Heals Great Multitudes

29 aJesus departed from there, bskirted the Sea of Galilee, and went up on the mountain and sat down there.
30 aThen great multitudes came to Him, having with them the lame, blind, mute, 1maimed, and many others; and they laid them down at Jesus’ bfeet, and He healed them.
31 So the multitude marveled when they saw the mute speaking, the 1maimed made whole, the lame walking, and the blind seeing; and they aglorified the God of Israel.

Feeding the Four Thousand

32 aNow Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
33 aThen His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”
34 Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?” And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”
35 So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground.
36 And aHe took the seven loaves and the fish and bgave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude.
37 So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left.
38 Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.
39 aAnd He sent away the multitude, got into the boat, and came to the region of 1Magdala.

The Pharisees and Sadducees Seek a Sign


1 Then the aPharisees and Sadducees came, and testing Him asked that He would show them a sign from heaven.
2 He answered and said to them, “When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’;
3 “and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ 1Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.
4 a“A wicked and adulterous generation seeks after a sign, and no

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sign shall be given to it except the sign of 1the prophet Jonah.” And He left them and departed.

The Leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees

5 Now awhen His disciples had come to the other side, they had forgotten to take bread.
6 Then Jesus said to them, a“Take heed and beware of the 1leaven of the Pharisees and the Sadducees.”
7 And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “It is because we have taken no bread.”
8 But Jesus, being aware of it, said to them, “O you of little faith, why do you reason among yourselves because you 1have brought no bread?
9 a“Do you not yet understand, or remember the five loaves of the five thousand and how many baskets you took up?
10 a“Nor the seven loaves of the four thousand and how many large baskets you took up?
11 “How is it you do not understand that I did not speak to you concerning bread?—but to beware of the 1leaven of the Pharisees and Sadducees.”
12 Then they understood that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the 1doctrine of the Pharisees and Sadducees.

Peter Confesses Jesus as the Christ

13 When Jesus came into the region of Caesarea Philippi, He asked His disciples, saying, a“Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”
14 So they said, a“Some say John the Baptist, some Elijah, and others Jeremiah or bone of the prophets.”
15 He said to them, “But who do ayou say that I am?”
16 Simon Peter answered and said, a“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”
17 Jesus answered and said to him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah, afor flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but bMy Father who is in heaven.
18 “And I also say to you that ayou are Peter, and bon this rock I will build My church, and cthe gates of Hades shall not 1prevail against it.
19 a“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth 1will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”
20 aThen He commanded His disciples that they should tell no one that He was Jesus the Christ.

Jesus Predicts His Death and Resurrection

21 From that time Jesus began ato show to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem, and suffer many things from the elders and chief

4 1NU omits
the prophet
5 aMark 8:14
6 aLuke 12:1
8 1NU have no
9 aMatt.
10 aMatt.
11 1yeast
12 1teaching
13 aLuke 9:18
14 aMatt. 14:2
bMatt. 21:11
15 aJohn 6:67
16 aActs 8:37;
17 a[Eph. 2:8] bGal. 1:16
18 aJohn 1:42
b[Eph. 2:20] cIs. 38:10 1be
19 aMatt. 18:18
1Or will have
been bound
. . . will have
been loosed
20 aLuke 9:21
21 aLuke 9:22;
18:31; 24:46
22 1Lit. Merciful
to You,
(May God be
23 aMatt. 4:10
b[Rom. 8:7] 1a stumbling
24 a[2 Tim.
3:12] b[1 Pet.
2:21] 25 aJohn 12:25
26 aLuke
12:20, 21 bPs.
49:7, 8
27 aMark 8:38
b[Dan. 7:10] cRom. 2:6
28 aLuke 9:27

priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.
22 Then Peter took Him aside and began to rebuke Him, saying, 1“Far be it from You, Lord; this shall not happen to You!”
23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, aSatan! bYou are 1an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.”

Take Up the Cross and Follow Him

24 aThen Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and bfollow Me.
25 “For awhoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
26 “For what aprofit is it to a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or bwhat will a man give in exchange for his soul?
27 “For athe Son of Man will come in the glory of His Father bwith His angels, cand then He will reward each according to his works.
28 “Assuredly, I say to you, athere are some standing here who shall not taste death till they see the Son of Man coming in His kingdom.”

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A Prayer for Help in Despondency

A Song. A Psalm of the sons of Korah. To the Chief Musician. Set to “Mahalath Leannoth.” A 1Contemplation of aHeman the Ezrahite.

1 O LORD, aGod of my salvation, I have cried out day and night before You.
2 Let my prayer come before You; 1Incline Your ear to my cry.

3 For my soul is full of troubles, And my life adraws near to the grave.
4 I am counted with those who ago1 down to the pit; bI am like a man who has no strength,
5 1Adrift among the dead, Like the slain who lie in the grave, Whom You remember no more, And who are cut off from Your hand.

6 You have laid me in the lowest pit, In darkness, in the depths.
7 Your wrath lies heavy upon me, And You have afflicted me with all aYour waves. Selah
8 aYou have 1put away my acquaintances far from me; You have made me an abomination to them; bI am shut up, and I cannot get out;

PSALM 88 References

title a1 Kin.
4:31; 1 Chr.
2:6 1Heb.
1 aPs. 27:9;
[Luke 18:7] 2 1Listen to
3 aPs. 107:18
4 a[Ps. 28:1] bPs. 31:12
5 1Lit. Free
7 aPs. 42:7
8 aJob 19:13,
19; Ps. 31:11;
142:4 bLam.
3:7 1taken
away my
9 aPs. 86:3
10 1shades,
16 1destroyed
18 aJob 19:13;
Ps. 31:11;

9 My eye wastes away because of affliction.

aLORD, I have called daily upon You; I have stretched out my hands to You.
10 Will You work wonders for the dead? Shall 1the dead arise and praise You? Selah
11 Shall Your lovingkindness be declared in the grave? Or Your faithfulness in the place of destruction?
12 Shall Your wonders be known in the dark? And Your righteousness in the land of forgetfulness?

13 But to You I have cried out, O LORD, And in the morning my prayer comes before You.
14 LORD, why do You cast off my soul? Why do You hide Your face from me?
15 I have been afflicted and ready to die from my youth; I suffer Your terrors; I am distraught.
16 Your fierce wrath has gone over me; Your terrors have 1cut me off.
17 They came around me all day long like water; They engulfed me altogether.
18 aLoved one and friend You have put far from me, And my acquaintances into darkness.



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