(V), 43 “Now when the unclean spirit has gone out of a man, it roams through waterless (dry, arid) places in search of rest, but it does not find it. 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]. What does Matthew 11:12 mean? It takes sweat. And from the days of John the Baptist until now From the time that he began to preach, to the then present time, the kingdom of heaven, the Gospel, and the ministry of it, first by John, then by Christ and his apostles, suffereth violence; For this update to the Amplified Bible (AMP), the goal of the translation team was to enhance the appeal of the Amplified Bible by refreshing the English and refining the amplifications for relevance and clarity. 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. Matthew 11:12. This is the great (most important, principal) and first commandment. 15 Being aware of this, Jesus left there. His being revealed to them in glory was a demonstration of the power of God's Kingdom. He means "forceful." Friend. 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! 50 For [j]whoever does the will of My Father who is in heaven [by believing in Me, and following Me] is My brother and sister and mother.”. 26 Yes, Father, for this way was well-pleasing in Your sight. This points to the pride of self-righteousness. So will it also be with this wicked generation.”, 46 While He was still talking to the crowds, it happened that His mother and brothers stood outside, asking to speak to Him. In the various translations and commentaries of these verses, certain prejudices influence how scholars interpret them. Matthew 26:50). Sovereignty and Its Fruit: Part Ten. 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. 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. Yes, I tell you, and one [more eminent, more remarkable, and] [b]far more than a prophet [who foretells the future]. 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). 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]. Perhaps the clearest statement of this is Luke 18:17, where Jesus says, "Whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it." A statement of blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. 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… (H) 2 But when the Pharisees saw this, they said to Him, “Look! The bread of the Presence, the twelve fresh loaves presented each Sabbath to the Lord in the Holy Place. (C) 6 And blessed [joyful, favored by God] is he who does not take offense at Me [accepting Me as the Messiah and trusting confidently in My message of salvation].”(D). 3 And said unto him, Art thou he that should come, or do we look for another? Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Matthew 3:1-12 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: John the Baptist took his place on stage just before Jesus' birth. Many followed Him, and He healed all of them [who were sick], 16 and warned them not to tell [publicly] who He was. Like verse 11, however, it is easy to get when we just let the Bible speak for itself. Version Information. 45 Then it goes and brings with it seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and make their home there. 10 This is the one of whom it is written [by the prophet Malachi], ‘Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You,Who will prepare Your way before You.’(E). Then He spoke many things to them in parables,a. Similar misconceptions need to be dealt with in Matthew 11:12. A prophet? Matthew 11:12 I.S.V. Then follows the stubborn resistance to Christ's preaching in cities highly favored to receive His attention (verses 20-24). But the bottom line is that this is an operation that happens according to the Father's will, not any human's. A glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. 23 And you, Capernaum, are you to be exalted to heaven [for your apathy and unresponsiveness]? The key to understanding Jesus' words lies in understanding how the phrase "kingdom of God" or "kingdom of heaven" is used. But He asks His Father to give us His protection from the Evil One so that we can at least have that added strength. It is a present reality for the firstfruits—though not in its fullness—and in the near future, it will be a worldwide reality. ", John W. Ritenbaugh ", But did John the Baptist restore all things? And He said to them, "Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power." In Matthew 11:12, the Greek word translated as "suffers violence" (biazo; Strong's #971) is used in only one other place, as we will see. (T) 41 The men of Nineveh will stand up [as witnesses] 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. Picking grain to eat was not forbidden on the Sabbath. Read the Bible free online. In other words, the gospel message was not popular. It can be verbal. And He replied to him, You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind (intellect). You will descend to Hades (the realm of the dead); for if the miracles done in you had been done in Sodom, it would have remained until this day. The amplified nature of the text is very useful to me as a person who reads and studies bible texts. It gave Him a place to speak, away from the press of the crowds, provided good acoustics, and probably a nice backdrop.i. 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." We are already part of that heavenly Kingdom. 6Blessed is th… N.A.S.B. Richard T. Ritenbaugh 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. will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the, good treasure, brings out good things; and the evil man, from his. B. Phillips has it: "The Kingdom of heaven has been taken by storm and eager men and forcing their way into it." One day soon, though, the violence against the Kingdom will be defeated, and the violent will be given the opportunity to worship the King whom they have pierced (Zechariah 12:10). Those who wear soft clothing are in the palaces of kings! For this reason they will be your judges. 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]. Matthew 11:11-12 Truly I tell you, among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet whoever is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. A city near Capernaum, where Jesus later made His home. The seventh day of the week, the day of worship. This phrase conveys the idea of a strong awareness of one’s spiritual poverty and dependence on God. 21 “Woe (judgment is coming) to you, [c]Chorazin! 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. True Christianity is denounced as being heretical and cultic, and its adherents suffer violence in various ways. “Who is My mother and who are My brothers?”. Other Forerunner Commentary entries containing Matthew 11:12: Genesis 3:16 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]. 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? 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. 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]. (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. 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 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,. 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. A reed shaken by the wind [which is commonplace]? Thus energy, determination, and self-discipline are wonderful traits—but they do not match with what Jesus describes in Matthew 11:12. Matthew 11 provides an interesting example of Christ's thankfulness and praise. (F) 15 He who has ears to hear, let him hear and heed My words. In one context, this can even include the implication of metaphorical violence: Paul speaks of disciplining his body to bring it into subjection, so that he is not disqualified (I Corinthians 9:27). by Shawn Brasseaux Matthew 11:12 is considered yet another difficult passage. He sets limits on how much violence He will allow, and what He does allow He will redeem for His own good will. The Kingdom of God is found in the Person of Jesus Christ. In Matthew’s gospel the words “Kingdom of Heaven” mean the same as Kingdom of God. Beelzebul (Satan), by whom do your sons drive them out? Jesus skipped right over this passage in the midst of Israel's civil law. Matthew 11:12 Here, God's Kingdom is defined as Jesus' exercise of His power. 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. 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. 28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened [by religious rituals that provide no peace], and I will give you rest [refreshing your souls with salvation]. This world's forceful and self-willed people "seize" that Kingdom as they would a fortified city, through opposing its citizens in some way. Even so, Father, for so it seemed good in Your sight." The translation "suffers violence" in Matthew 11:12 springs easily from this meaning, but "pressing into" in Luke 16:16 obscures it. On the same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the sea. 26 If Satan casts out Satan [that is, his demons], he has become divided against himself and disunited; how then will his kingdom stand? Perhaps for Matthew it means the generation to which he and his community belonged. The King, in exerting His authority over unclean spirits, displays the reign or the rule of God. Zeal and earnestness are absolutely needed for the sanctification process. Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John, and led them up on a high mountain apart by themselves; and He was transfigured before them. God was not calling everyone then (or now), and so everyone was not "pressing" to get into His Kingdom. In Luke 16:16 ("the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is pressing into it"), the Greek word translated as "pressing" in the New King James is the same word translated as "suffers violence" in Matthew 11:12 (biazo). Even without the glory, what stood among them was still the Kingdom of God. This violence does not have to be physical violence. 14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, discussing how they could destroy Him. He got into a boat and sat: Jesus sometimes used a boat as His “pulpit” (Mark 4:1). Access the free online AMP Bible to study God's Word in a powerful way. Jesus rejoiced in a thankful spirit even though, from a human point of view, it did not seem logical and right. 1After Jesus had finished instructing His twelve disciples, He went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee. 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. (K) 6 But I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. But kingdoms are more than that, they … And fleshly lusts are most destructive to man's soul. See vv 31, 32. Barnes' Notes is typical: "Since 'the kingdom of heaven' or 'the gospel' has been preached, there has been a 'rush' to it. Upgrade to Bible Gateway Plus, and access the, Gen 49:10; Num 24:17; Ps 40:7; 118:26; Is 59:20, Amplified Study Bible, Large Print, Imitation Leather, Brown, Amplified Holy Bible: Captures the Full Meaning Behind the Original Greek and Hebrew - eBook, Amplified Compact Holy Bible--soft leather-look, camel/burgundy. 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. In addition, the preconceptions and biases of the translators influence the way they render passages. When He told the Pharisees that the Kingdom of God was among them, or in their midst (Luke 17:21), He referred to Himself. After three and a half years of preaching, Jesus Himself had only about 120 disciples (Acts 1:15), which does not support the idea that "everyone" was trying to enter the Kingdom upon hearing the gospel. Is there another Elijah to come? It can be passive. 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. "Pressing" is a weak translation, suggesting a group of people squeezing together to get in the doors of an amusement park. 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. 8 What did you go out to see? They sneer at His inspired Word. 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. Did John turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the hearts of the children to the fathers? And great multitudes were gathered together to Him, so that He got into a boat and sat; and the whole multitude stood on the shore. (NASB: Lockman)Greek: arate (2PAAM) ton zugon mou eph humas kai mathete (2PPAAM) ap' hemou, hoti praus eimi (1SPAI) kai tapeinos te kardia, kai heuresete (2PFAI) anapausin tais psuchais humon;. 1. Even nominal Christians suffer Muslim persecution in one part of the world, while others are blocked, ridiculed, and constrained by secularists and humanists in another. He was a kinsman of Jesus––a cousin, perhaps––or an uncle (Luke 1:36). 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? sign; but no sign will be given to it except the sign of the prophet Jonah; Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the sea monster. The violence we suffer will never compare to the violence that He suffered for us. It means ‘companion,’ without implying friendship. 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." Matthew 20:13, and addressed to Judas (chap. The NWT Study Bible is complete with cross references, maps, and an accurate Bible dictionary. But it is vital to understand what Jesus Christ is saying here, so it is worth the effort to more thoroughly examine His words. A reed shaken by the wind, go out to see? Study Jeremiah 2 using Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise) to better understand Scripture with full outline and verse meaning. Verse 14 is an interesting statement all by itself. They also contain the idea that everyone could enter the Kingdom at that time. 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? As primitive as their method of predicting the weather was, their ability to discern spiritual matters was worse. My Beloved in whom My soul is well-pleased, And He will proclaim justice to the nations, Nor will anyone hear His voice in the streets, And a smoldering wick He will not extinguish, “Any kingdom that is divided against itself is being laid waste; and no city or house divided against itself will. 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. 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). No man can turn himself into a Christian - that is perfectly true. The Kingdom of God will be the recipient of slings and arrows and wars and temptations, and its own people will need to be violent in return. 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." Discover and read Bible verses from the AMP translation. 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. The Berean: Daily Verse and Comment Sign up for the Berean: Daily Verse and Comment, and have Biblical truth delivered to your inbox. 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). It seems as though everything is working against Him, but what is His reaction? Only those whom God draws to the Son can enter the Kingdom (John 6:44). (W) 47 Someone said to Him, “Look! 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. This leads ultimately to rejecting the deity of Christ. What He says very clear, and there is no greater authority than Jesus Christ, who said, "This [John the Baptist] is Elijah. (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. 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. It will take a titanic struggle to enter it because so many things are acting against us. 24 But I say to you, it will be more tolerable for the land of Sodom on the day of judgment, than for you.”. A rendering that is faithful to the rest of Scripture and fits with the Greek would be something like "everyone uses violence towards it" or "everyone is behaving violently against it." 35 The good man, from his [inner] good treasure, brings out good things; and the evil man, from his [inner] evil treasure, brings out evil things. True Christianity is not a popular way of life today, and it was no different during the first century. To briefly summarize these two verses, then, everyone is pressing into the Kingdom, the Kingdom suffers violence, and violent people take it by force. The word used in chap. Amplified® It is a sore judgment to be given up to them. It is an interesting puzzle. Matthew 11:12 Therefore, "everyone is pressing into it" not only misrepresents the underlying Greek, but it is also out of sync with what the scriptures reveal concerning God's calling and election. Matthew 22:12. Taking the Kingdom by Force. Luke 16:16. The violence that the Kingdom suffers will vary by degrees, but it is found wherever the ruler of this world has influence. In Jesus, God presents submission to us in its purist form. They reject the royal law of the Kingdom and ridicule God's sovereignty. Christ was perhaps recalling His wrestling match with Jacob, centuries earlier, when He commented that "the violent take [the Kingdom] by force". 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. See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. (P), 30 He who is not with Me [once and for all on My side] is against Me; and he who does not [unequivocally] gather with Me scatters. David C. Grabbe Matthew also uses the Greek word “poor” but adds the word for “spirit,” making the whole expression literally read “poor ones (beggars) as to the spirit.” (See study notes on Mt 5:3; Lu 16:20.) 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. John was unique among the prophets because he was sent to prepare the hearts of the people for the immediate disclosure of their Messiah. Matthew 11-12 Amplified Bible (AMP) John’s Questions. (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. When we think about a kingdom we often have in mind a geographical location such as a nation or a state. Blasphemy of the Holy Spirit is denying all the work of the Holy Spirit. Parables of Matthew 13 (Part 2): Leaven. And the last condition of that man becomes worse than the first. Amplified: Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle … 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me [following Me as My disciple], for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest (renewal, blessed quiet) for your souls. Compare all. It bore fruit in those who were being called (Isaiah 55:11). This daily newsletter provides a starting point for personal study, and gives valuable insight into the verses that make up the Word of God. Matthew 11:12 See what over 150,000 subscribers are already receiving each day. 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? John and Jesus were about the same age and were related through their mothers, Elizabeth and Mary (Luke 1:36). 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. 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