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Frameworks: Matthew's Gospel, chapter 11


(The objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses for verse-by-verse study or meditation. To focus each verse we have also added in italic a description of what is happening)


FRAMEWORKS: Matthew, chapter 11

v.1-19 Jesus and John the Baptist

v.20-24 Woe on Unrepentant Towns

v.25-30 The Father Revealed in the Son


v.1-19 Jesus and John the Baptist


v.1 (Jesus goes on a teaching-preaching tour) After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.

v.2,3 (John the Baptist sends his disciples to enquire of Jesus) When John, who was in prison, heard about the deeds of the Messiah, he sent his disciples to ask him, “Are you the one who is to come, or should we expect someone else?”

v.4 (Jesus says, report to John the evidence) Jesus replied, “Go back and report to John what you hear and see:

v. 5 (all the signs of the kingdom) The blind receive sight, the lame walk, those wo have leprosy are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is proclaimed to the poor.

v.6 (so be blessed, don't stumble in your wondering) Blessed is anyone who does not stumble on account of me.”

v.7 (Jesus asks the crowd about John) As John's disciples were leaving, Jesus began to speak to the crowd about John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed swayed by the wind?

v.8 (so why did they do out to see him) If not, what did you go out to see? A man dressed in fine clothes? No, those who wear fine clothes are in kings' palaces.

v.9 (he's not just any prophet) Then what did you go out to see? A prophet? Yes, I tell you, and more than a prophet.

v.10 (he's the prophesied messenger) This is the one about whom it is written: “‘I will send my messenger ahead of you,   who will prepare your way before you.' [Mal. 3:1]

v.11 (he's the greatest, yet any in the revealed kingdom are greater) 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.

v.12 (since John came there has been argument over the kingdom) From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been subjected to violence, and violent people have been raiding it.

v.13 (the prophets all spoke of it) For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John.

v.14 (but if you can believe, John is the prophesied ‘Elijah' – Mal 4:5) And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.

v. 15 (hear what I'm saying) Whoever has ears, let them hear.

v.16 (this has been an unbelieving generation) “To what can I compare this generation? They are like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling out to others:

v.17 (they reject all options) “‘We played the pipe for you,    and you did not dance; we sang a dirge,   and you did not mourn.'

v.18 (they denounced John) For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon.'

v.19 (now they denounce me) The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.' But wisdom is proved right by her deeds.”



v.20-24 Woe on Unrepentant Towns


v.20 (so Jesus denounced the unbelieving cities) Then Jesus began to denounce the towns in which most of his miracles had been performed, because they did not repent.

v.21 (you are shown up in history) “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes.

v.22 (so your turn for judgment is coming) But I tell you, it will be more bearable for Tyre and Sidon on the day of judgment than for you.

v.23 (even Capernaum will be judged for its unbelief over my miracles) And you, Capernaum, will you be lifted to the heavens? No, you will go down to Hades. For if the miracles that were performed in you had been performed in Sodom, it would have remained to this day.

v.24 (even Sodom that was judged will be better on in the long term than you) But I tell you that it will be more bearable for Sodom on the day of judgment than for you.”



v.25-30 The Father Revealed in the Son


v.25,26 (Jesus prays that the truth is revealed to the childlike) At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Yes, Father, for this is what you were pleased to do.

v.27 (no one knows Jesus or the Father without revelation) “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

v.28 (if you are burdened, come and be rested) “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.

v.29 (be yoked to me and learn a new way) Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

v.30 (my life and service is easy and light) For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”