Month: November 2020

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No Compromise

One way of summing up “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matthew 4:4) is, “receiving and obeying God’s word is more important than eating.” For Jesus, that meant being willing to starve sooner than mistrust and disobey His Father.

This reminds me of a story involving Tertullian, a theologian who lived in the early centuries after Christ. According to the story, a silversmith, who made his living crafting idols, became a disciple of Jesus.  Now he had a dilemma on his hands: his job was incompatible with his faith in Christ. He spoke to Tertullian and rationalized that if he gave up making idols, he would have no way to feed himself. “And I must live,” he finished.

“Must you?” was Tertullian’s reply.

In other words, no compromise.

Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.”

(Matthew 16:24–25.) 
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The Irony of a Hungry Saviour

Matthew 4:2 says that after “fasting forty days and forty nights,” Jesus “was hungry.” Commenting on this verse, D.A. Carson writes,

Jesus’ hunger introduces us to a number of ironies to which Matthew more or less explicitly alludes:

– Jesus is hungry (v. 2) but feeds others (Matthew 14:13–21; 15:29–39);

– he grows weary (Matthew 8:24) but offers others rest (Matthew 11:28);

– he is the King Messiah but pays tribute (Matthew 17:24–27);

– he is called the devil but casts out demons (Matthew 12:22–32);

– he dies the death of a sinner but comes to save his people from their sins (Matthew 1:21);

– he is sold for thirty pieces of silver but gives his life a ransom for many (Matthew 20:28);

– he will not turn stones to bread for himself (Matthew 4:3–4) but gives his own body as bread for people (Matthew 26:26).

D. A. Carson, “Matthew,” in The Expositor’s Bible Commentary: Matthew, Mark, Luke, ed. Frank E. Gaebelein, vol. 8 (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1984), 112.