• Hard Hearts and Divorce

    Matthew 19:1–8

    John Calvin says that God “did not lay down a law about divorces, so as to give them the seal of his approbation, but as the wickedness of men could not be restrained in any other way, he applied what ...Read More

  • A Somber Warning

    Matthew 18:5–6

    One commentator says that leading others into sin can be done in ways that do not involve false teaching. Failure to provide adequate pastoral care, for example, can make us unable to see trouble in the lives of others, leading ...Read More

  • Kingdom Greatness

    Matthew 18:1–4

    Matthew Henry writes: “The humblest Christians are the best Christians and most like to Christ, and highest in his favor, and fittest to serve in this world, and enjoy him in another.” Humble believers have an honest assessment of their ...Read More

  • Jesus Provides a Shekel

    Matthew 17:24–27

    In Paul’s day there were some who were weak in the faith and would eat only vegetables because meat was often sacrificed to idols. These weaker brothers were not to denigrate the meat-eaters. At the same time, the stronger ...Read More

  • Small but Powerful Faith

    Matthew 17:14–21

    Today’s passage does not define faith exhaustively; thus, it must be read in concert with other passages like 1 John 5:14, which emphasizes the importance of God’s will when we pray. As Dr. John MacArthur writes: “True ...Read More

  • The Coming of Elijah

    Matthew 17:9–13

    John Calvin writes on today’s passage that Elijah’s restoration “does not mean that John the Baptist restored them perfectly, but that he conveyed and handed them over to Christ, who would complete the work which he had begun ...Read More

  • Jesus Rebukes Peter

    Matthew 16:21–23

    Evangelicals often stress that Jesus has died for our sins, but it can be easy to forget that He was also raised for our sins. As we share the Gospel, let us remember to present the truth of the resurrection ...Read More

  • A Warning About Leaven

    Matthew 16:5–12

    It is not always easy to recognize false teaching because those who teach error often mix it in with some legitimate truth. That is why we must be well grounded in the doctrines of Scripture, for if our grasp of ...Read More

  • Another Request for a Sign

    Matthew 16:1–4

    Matthew Henry comments, “It is an instance of the deceitfulness of the heart, to think that we should be influenced by the means and advantages which we do not have, while we slight those which we have.” The Sadducees and ...Read More

  • Ministry to the Gentiles

    Matthew 15:29–39

    Matthew Henry writes: “Forgetting former experiences leaves us under present doubts.“ We are quick to forget all that God has done for us in the past and grow impatient when He does not act in the manner that we desire ...Read More

  • Crumbs from the Table

    Matthew 15:21–28

    John Calvin comments, “At no time, certainly, did God shut up his grace among the Jews in such a manner as not to bestow a small taste of them on the Gentiles.” Throughout redemptive history there have been Gentiles who ...Read More

  • Pollution’s True Source

    Matthew 15:1–20

    The concern with outward acts and not the intent of God’s law manifested these particular Pharisees’ blindness to the ultimate source of impurity. Jesus therefore reminded them that the heart is the true source of corruption, not the hands ...Read More

  • Walking on Water

    Matthew 14:22–36

    As many commentators have said regarding this passage, Peter’s faith is much like ours, small and incomplete, a mixture of trust and doubt. Nevertheless, God does not wait for us to have perfect faith before He saves us. The ...Read More

  • Feeding Five Thousand

    Matthew 14:13–21

    Matthew Henry writes about the tremendous leftovers found after the thousands were satisfied: “The provision Christ makes for those who are his is not bare and scanty, but rich and plentiful; an overflowing fullness.” We should not be surprised when ...Read More

  • The Death of John

    Matthew 14:1–12

    Herod Antipas beheaded John and did not give him a formal trial, thereby breaking the Mosaic code. We see in Matthew 14:9 that Herod did this because he wanted to save face and not look like a fool in ...Read More