Luke 3:10 : And the people--the multitudes. Luke ( Luke 3:21 ) has this important addition--"Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus being baptized," &c.--implying that Jesus waited till all other applicants for baptism that day had been disposed of, ere He stepped forward, that He might not seem to be merely one of the crowd. Here evidently commences his proper narrative. asked him, saying, What shall we do then?--that is, to show the sincerity of our repentance. The following may serve as a brief summary. It has been questioned by many, whether John baptized these immense multitudes by dipping them in Jordan? while it has nothing of the false humility and presumption which dictated Peter's next speech. Again, "Be ye harmless as doves," says Christ Himself ( Matthew 10:16 ). 16. The English here, at least to modern ears, is scarcely strong enough. Click to enable/disable essential site cookies. In Luke ( Luke 3:5 Luke 3:6 ) the quotation is thus continued: "Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; and all flesh shall see the salvation of God." Matthew 3, Spurgeon's Verse Expositions of the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary is from the most widely read and often quoted preacher in history, Charles Haddon Spurgeon Proud member 2. For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying--( Matthew 11:3 ). John the Baptist Prepares the Way - In those days John the Baptist came, preaching in the wilderness of Judea and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” This is he who was spoken of through the prophet Isaiah: “A voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him.’” John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, … 1. d. The Spirit of God descending… My beloved Son: We should not miss the obvious point: God the Father loves God the Son, and communicated that love by God the Holy Spirit. (Compare the similar representation in Malachi 3:1-3 ). with unquenchable fire--Singular is the strength of this apparent contradiction of figures:--to be burnt up, but with a fire that is unquenchable; the one expressing the utter destruction of all that constitutes one's true life, the other the continued consciousness of existence in that awful condition. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Matthew 3:1-12 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: John the Baptist took his place on stage just before Jesus' birth. And Herod being tetrarch of and his brother Philip--a very different and very superior Philip to the one whose name was Herod Philip, and whose wife, Herodias, went to live with Herod Antipas tetrarch of Ituræa--lying to the northeast of Palestine, and so called from Itur or Jetur, Ishmael's son ( 1 Chronicles 1:31 ), and anciently belonging to the half-tribe of Manasseh. 7. Luke 3:12 : Then came also the publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master--Teacher. He appeared first in the wilderness of Judea. (Matthew 3 Commentary) THOUGHT - And just in case you are wondering wild honey is basically devoid of protein, so John would have had to depend solely on his locust intake. And saying, Repent ye--Though the word strictly denotes a change of mind, it has respect … Matthew says nothing of the conception and birth of John the Baptist, which is largely related by St. Luke, but finds him at full age, as if dropt from the clouds to preach in the wilderness. In this God the Father also expressed His approval of Jesus’ life up to this point. And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins--probably confessing aloud. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. John was born six months before Jesus. of him, saying, And what shall we do? The Scripture use of this emblem will be our best guide here. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them--astonished at such a spectacle. And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father--that pillow on which the nation so fatally reposed, that rock on which at length it spliterally for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham--that is, "Flatter not yourselves with the fond delusion that God stands in need of you, to make good His promise of a seed to Abraham; for I tell you that, though you were all to perish, God is as able to raise up a seed to Abraham out of those stones as He was to take Abraham himself out of the rock whence he was hewn, out of the hole of the pit whence he was digged" ( Isaiah 51:1 ). O generation of vipers--"Viper brood," expressing the deadly influence of both sects alike upon the community. Now it had arrived; and this movement from Galilee to Jordan is the step, doubtless, of deepest interest to all heaven since that first one which brought Him into the world. But it were a pity if, in the glory of this testimony to Christ, we should miss the beautiful spirit in which it was borne--"Lord, must I baptize Thee? You can check these in your browser security settings. And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is--Mark and Luke give it in the direct form, "Thou art." We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Then there are the stories of the baptism of Jesus by John (3:13-17) and the Temptation in the Wilderness … Continue reading "Commentary on Matthew 3… Luke 3:16 : John answered--either to that deputation from Jerusalem, of which we read in John 1:19 , &c., or on some other occasion, to remove impressions derogatory to his blessed Master, which he knew to be taking hold of the popular mind. The *ancestors of Jesus 1:1-17. v1 This is the record of Jesus Christ’s family. The Pharisees laid their chief stress on outward observances, neglecting the weightier matters of the moral law, and the spiritual meaning of their legal ceremonies. the axe is laid unto--"lieth at." But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. John reproves the Pharisees and Sadducees. the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness--Such a way of speaking is never once used when speaking of Jesus, because He was Himself The Living Word; whereas to all merely creature-messengers of God, the word they spoke was a foreign element. 1:22, beginning from the baptism of John, for then Christ began first to appear in him, and then to appear to him, and by him to the world. Verses 1-6 After Malachi there was no prophet until John the Baptist came. Accordingly, the words, "Hear ye Him," are not added, as at the Transfiguration. This was the John born to Zacharias and Elisabeth, whose miraculous birth to this too-old couple was announced, along with his call to be the forerunner of the Messiah, in Luke 1. i. What an expression is this, "The wrath to come!" Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Matthew 3, Sermon Bible Commentary, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this 12 volume, chapter by chapter commentary of 4,800 … It properly signifies here, the Gospel dispensation, in which subjects were to be g… John now being gifted with a knowledge of the human heart, like a true minister of righteousness and lover of souls here directs them how to evidence and carry out their repentance, supposing it genuine; and in the following verses warns them of their danger in case it were not. whose shoes--sandals. All rights reserved. Mutually and entirely antagonistic as were their religious principles and spirit, the stem prophet charges both alike with being the poisoners of the nation's religious principles. and a leathern girdle about his loins--the prophetic dress of Elijah ( 2 Kings 1:8 ; and see Zechariah 13:4 ). Descent of the Spirit upon the Baptized Redeemer ( Matthew 3:16 Matthew 3:17 ). John's great work, accordingly, was to awaken this feeling and hold out the hope of a speedy and precious remedy. Commentary on Matthew 3:7-12 (Read Matthew 3:7-12) To make application to the souls of the hearers, is the life of preaching; so it was of John's preaching. God's "wrath," in Scripture, is His righteous displeasure against sin, and consequently against all in whose skirts sin is found, arising out of the essential and eternal opposition of His nature to all moral evil. saying unto them all--in solemn protestation. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. Luke 3:15 : And as the people were in expectation--in a state of excitement, looking for something new and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not--rather, "whether he himself might be the Christ." In those days: “It is a general term t… This was not an uninhabited desert, but a part of the country not thickly peopled, nor much enclosed. Mark has "out of the water" ( Mark 1:10 ). (The Septuagint perverts this, as it does most of the Messianic predictions, interpolating the word "Jacob," and applying it to the Jews). Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. “As he was praying; for prayer is the key of heaven, wherewith we may take out of God’s treasury plentiful mercy for ourselves and others.” (Trapp), ii. The structure of this clause implies that they could hardly think it, but yet could not help asking themselves whether it might not be; showing both how successful he had been in awakening the expectation of Messiah's immediate appearing, and the high estimation and even reverence, which his own character commanded. Luke 3:2 : Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests--The former, though deposed, retained much of his influence, and, probably, as sagan or deputy, exercised much of the power of the high priesthood along with Caiaphas, his son-in-law ( John 18:13 , Acts 4:6 ). For the proper introduction to this section, we must go to Luke 3:1 Luke 3:2 . C H SPURGEON. to flee from the wrath to come?--"What can have brought you hither?" (Compare the corresponding precepts of the Sermon on the Mount, Matthew 5:40-42 ). And I saw and bare record that this is the Son of God" ( John 1:32-34 ). Matthew 3:8, KJV: "Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:" Matthew 3:8, NASB: "Therefore produce fruit consistent with repentance;" Matthew 3:8, NLT: "Prove by the way you live that you have … ( = 1:9-11 , Luke 3:21 Luke 3:22 , John 1:31-34 ). Can I bring myself to do such a thing?" Changes will take effect once you reload the page. Here Matthew does it for him.” (Carson) b. Nor are the words which follow to be overlooked, "I have put My Spirit upon Him; He shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles." And were baptized of him in Jordan — Namely, those that were awakened to repentance. The ideal character of his disciples (Matthew 5:3-10), which must be allowed to appear (Matthew 5:11-16). Then he suffered him--with true humility, yielding to higher authority than his own impressions of propriety. In this God the Father also expressed his approval of Jesus in all four Gospels uncle ( 3:23! 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