The Lord’s Prayer
Verse 1 – And it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.”
Verse 2 – So He said to them, “When you pray, say: Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Verse 3 – Give us this day our daily bread.
Verse 4 – And forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.”
First, acknowledge God as your Father and praise Him. Show reverence to God All Mighty. Second, trust His kingdom is coming and will be established on earth as it is in heaven. Third, acknowledge that the Father’s will, will be done, trusting that He is sovereign and knows all things. Fourth, tell Him you trust Him to supply your daily needs, that’s a promise from Him. Fifth, ask Him to forgive you, as you forgive others who have wronged you. Release them for your own peace of mind. And sixth, the Lord tempts no one with evil, but He does test us. So ask Him to help you with the testing and trials you go through in life.
The Bible says in James 4:7 – Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. The key is to “submit to God,” and then resist the temptations of the devil, and he will flee!
Verse 5 – And He said to them, “Which of you shall have a friend, and go to him at midnight and say to him, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves;
Verse 6 – ‘for a friend of mine has come to me on his journey, and I have nothing to set before him’;
Verse 7 – “and he will answer from within and say, “Do not trouble me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give to you’?
Verse 8 – “I say to you, though he will not rise and give to him because he is his friend, yet because of his persistence he will rise and give him as many as he needs.
This story always bothered me, because it gives the impression that if we aggravate God long enough, He will give us what we want. I always thought about the guy banging on someone’s door late at night too, how rude that would be. I missed the point completely. The point is to pray bold and persistent prayers. Unlike the reluctant homeowner, our loving God who cares for His children will respond generously.
Verse 9 – “And I say to you, ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.
Verse 10 – “For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.
Asking, seeking, and knocking reflects the aspects of prayer. Prayers are not always answered in the way we want them though. Prayers will be answered in God’s timing and according to God’s will. The Father knows best and works all things out for our good.
Parable of the Good Father
Verse 11 – “If a son asks for bread from any father among you, will he give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent instead of a fish?
Verse 12 – “Or if he asks for an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
No loving father would give their child a stone, serpent, or scorpion in place of fish, bread, or an egg. When we pray for our daily provisions, our loving Father provides.
Verse 13 – “If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
This verse goes much deeper than just asking for daily provisions. If you are born-again, then you have the gift of the Holy Spirit living on the inside of you. So if you seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, all these other things, provisions, will be added unto you. By seeking the wisdom of the Holy Spirit, you will know God’s will for your life and will be given revelations on how to conduct your life.
Christ Heals the Demonic
Verse 14 – And He was casting out a demon, and it was mute. So it was, when the demon had gone out, that the mute spoke; and the multitudes marveled.
Verse 15 – But some of them said, “He casts out demons by Beelzebub, the ruler of the demons.”
Verse 16 – And others, testing Him, sought from Him a sign from heaven.
Verse 17 – But He, knowing their thoughts, said to them: “Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and a house divided against a house falls.
Verse 18 – “If Satan also is divided against himself, how will his kingdom stand? Because you say I cast out demons by Beelzebub.
Verse 19 – “And if I cast out demons by Beelzebub, by whom do your sons cast them out? Therefore they will be your judges.
It was total nonsense to think that Satan would drive out his own demons from his own kingdom. These people hated Jesus so much that they were blinded in seeing the power of God.
Verse 20 – “But if I cast out demons with the finger of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Verse 21 – “When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace, his goods are in peace.
Verse 22 – “But when a stronger than he comes upon him and overcomes him, he takes from him all his armor in which he trusted, and divides his spoils.
The implication is that Jesus being stronger than Satan, was in the process of disarming him.
Verse 23 – “He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters.
There is no neutral ground. If you are not actively for Jesus, you are against Him. A lot of people think there are “grey” areas when it comes to the ways of God, but I can’t find any in scripture.
Verse 24 – “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’
Verse 25 – “And when he comes, he finds it swept and put in order.
Verse 26 – “Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.”
Jesus was illustrating an unfortunate human tendency – our desire to reform, often doesn’t last long. Unless Christ enters by faith and dwells in the person, nothing will prevent evil spirits from entering that person again and bring more evil with them. Then the person becomes worse than they were initially.
Verse 27 – And it happened, as He spoke these things, that a certain woman from the crowd raised her voice and said to Him, “Blessed is the womb that bore You, and the breasts which nursed You!”
Verse 28 – But He said, “More than that, blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it!”
Jesus stated that a person who hears God’s word and acts upon it in faith is even more blessed than anyone who has mere family ties to Him. A person’s response to God’s word followed by obedience, is more important than who our ancestors were.
Christ’s Only Sign is Jonah
Verse 29 – And while the crowds were thickly gathered, He began to say, “This is an evil generation. It seeks a sign, and no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah the prophet.
Verse 30 – “For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation.
Verse 31 – “The queen of the South will rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and indeed a greater than Solomon is here.
Verse 32 – “The men of Nineveh will rise up in the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and indeed a greater than Jonah is here.
Since Jonah’s preaching promoted repentance by the people of Nineveh, such preaching would be the only sign Israel would receive from Jesus. The queen of Sheba (queen of the South) responded to the wisdom of Solomon, which was not equal to the wisdom and salvation offered by Jesus the Son of Man. If Nineveh repented at Jonah’s preaching, how much more should the crowds repent at Jesus preaching.
The Ninevites and the Queen of the South turned to God with far less evidence than Jesus was giving His listeners and far less than we have today. With the knowledge and insight that is available to us, our response to Christ ought to be even more complete and wholehearted!
Parable of the Lighted Lamp
Verse 33 – “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light.
Verse 34 – “The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness.
Verse 35 – “Therefore, take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness.
Verse 36 – “If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shinning of a lamp gives you light.”
The lamp is Christ and the word of God; the eye represents spiritual understanding and insight. Evil desires make the eye less sensitive and blot out the light of Christ’s presence. Once sin starts to cover the light and darkness grows, that light will get dimmer and dimmer and sin progresses.
Woe To The Pharisees
Verse 37 – And as He spoke, a certain Pharisee asked Him to dine with him. So He went in and sat down to eat.
Verse 38 – And when the Pharisees saw it, he marveled that He had not first washed before dinner.
The Pharisees had made an entire ritual of washing before a meal. Jesus wasn’t in to their ritual.
Verse 39 – But the Lord said to him, “Now you Pharisees make the outside of the cup and dish clean, but your inward part is full of greed and wickedness.
This washing that the Pharisees did, was not done for health reasons, but as a symbol of washing away any contamination from touching anything unclean. Not only did the Pharisees make a public show of their washing, but they also condemned everyone else to follow a practice originally intended for the priests.
Verse 40 – “Foolish ones! Did not He who made the outside make the inside also?
Verse 41 – “But rather give alms of such things as you have; then indeed all things are clean to you.
They only gave alms to the poor in the public eye.
Verse 42 – “But woe to you Pharisees! For you tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass by justice and the love of God. These you ought to have done, without leaving the others undone.
It’s easy to rationalize not helping others because we have already given to the church, but a person who follows Jesus will share and help needy neighbors. Our help to others shouldn’t stop with our local church.
Verse 43 – “Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the best seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.
This second woe was because they loved the spotlight, not the Lord.
Verse 44 – “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like graves which are not seen, and the men who walk over them are not aware of them.”
Regarding this third woe; if Jews walked over “unmarked” graves, they became defiled. Ironically, Jesus said that following the teachings of the Pharisees was like walking over an unmarked grave; you would become defiled without knowing it, because the teachings of the Pharisees were corrupt and misleading.
Can you imagine, going into a house and sitting down to eat, the host then criticizes you for not following their ritual of washing, and then you blast them with words that show how corrupt and wicked they are?
“Woe” on the Lawyers (scribes)
Verse 45 – Then one of the lawyers answered and said to Him, “Teacher, by saying these things You reproach us also.”
Verse 46 – And He said, “Woe to you also, you lawyers! For you load men with burdens hard to bear, and you yourselves do not touch the burdens with one of your fingers.
These “burdens” were the laws the Pharisees had added to God’s law. Does this sound familiar with our law-makers we have today running this country? The law-makers don’t obey their own laws, but if the “regular” citizens break them, they go to jail!
Verse 47 – “Woe to you! For you build the tombs of the prophets, and your fathers killed them.
Verse 48 – “In fact, you bear witness that you approve the deeds of your fathers; for they indeed killed them, and you build their tombs.
Jesus point: They loved to build monuments after they had killed and silenced the prophets. The Pharisees and scribes were like their fathers.
Verse 49 – “Therefore the wisdom of God also said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and persecute,’
Verse 50 – “that the blood of all prophets which was shed from the foundation of the world may be required of this generation,
Verse 51 – “from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah who perished between the altar and the temple. Yes, I say to you, it shall be required of this generation.
God’s prophets had been persecuted and murdered throughout history. But this generation was rejecting more than a human prophet – they were rejecting God.
Verse 52 – “Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.”
They took away the key of knowledge by their erroneous interpretations of Scripture and their added man – made rules, they made God’s truth hard to understand and practice. They had closed the door to God’s love and thrown away the key.
Verse 53 – And He said these things to them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to assail (make a violent attack) Him vehemently, and to cross-examine Him about many things,
Verse 54 – lying in wait for Him, and seeking to catch Him in something He might say, that they might accuse Him.
They wouldn’t be able to arrest Jesus for just merely words. They had to find a legal way to get rid of Him. These people could not be corrected: Proverbs 9:8 – Do not reprove a scoffer, lest he hate you; rebuke a wise man, and he will love you. Proverbs 23:9 – Do not speak in the hearing of a fool, for he will despise the wisdom of your words. However, “Jesus took them to school!”