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"All Things Are Delivered unto Me of my Father," Matthew 11

Matthew 11

There is and has been since the time in which I first saw this video and seriously considered the scriptures found herein, a remarkably strong spirit about this particular set of teachings. The Savior's testimony of John the Baptist is illustrative of this one point: that "wisdom is justified of her children," (vs. 19) whether they be rich or poor in the eyes of man's limited judgement. In other words, superficial appearances do not dictate man's true capacity to serve God.

When John's disciples inquire of the Savior as to proofs of his ministry, he lists the miracles (perhaps from least to greatest):
  • The blind receive their sight, 
  • and the lame walk, 
  • the lepers are cleansed, 
  • and the deaf hear, 
  • the dead are raised up, 
  • and the poor have the gospel preached to them.  (vs. 5)
There are some very important perspectives in this passage of scripture on Christ's teachings concerning judgment. At one point in this passage, the Savior pronounces woes upon the cities of his day where he had passed through, comparing them to Sodom and Gomorrh. "But I say unto you, That it shall be more tolerable for the land of Sodom in the day of judgment, than for thee."

It's not so much the topics that are discussed in this chapter, but rather the discussion on perception and man's tendency to make false judgments. He first discusses man's perception of John the Baptist, he then contrasts himself to John as being an opposite in worldly perceptions. He goes on to condemn the cities of his day where he had spent much of his time teaching. Perception is an interesting thing in deed. Thus Christ says: "He that hath ears to hear, let him hear." (vs. 15)


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