17: Rejection of the King (3) (Mt 12:22-50)
from the Pharisees and teachers of the law had been building up. The warnings
from our Lord also grew more serious. He pointed out the gravity of the sin of
blasphemy and warned the “evil and adulterous generation” of the coming
“But if I cast out demons by
the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom
of God has come upon you”
Did You Know…?
Nineveh (12:41): A famous and ancient city situated on the eastern bank of
opposite the modern city of Mosul. The Bible names Nimrod as
the founder of Nineveh
(Gen. 10:8-11). In 612 b.c.
the ancient splendid city and capital of the Assyrian Empire was so completely
obliterated, according to its prophesied decimation by Hebrew prophets, that it
became like a myth until its discovery by Sir Austen Layard
and others in the nineteenth century. 10/924
Queen of the South (12:42): In
1Ki 10:1 she is called the queen of Sheba,
a country in southwest Arabia, now called Yemen. 8/1457
1. The themes of
this passage are closely connected to the quotation of Isaiah’s prophecy in
18-21. See if you can establish the connection.
1. Why did the Pharisees react to Jesus’ healing
so differently from the crowd?
2. Explain in your own words the three defenses
Jesus gave in answer to the accusations.
3. What characterizes the kingdom of God
according to 28?
4a. How was the Pharisees’ accusation blasphemy against the
“blasphemy against the Spirit” a sin that cannot be forgiven?
5. Fruit is to tree as _____________ is to ______________.
6. What did Jesus teach in this section about
6a. His own
6b. The heart?
7a. What were the scribes’ and Pharisee’s demanding from Jesus?
What was wrong with their demand?
7b. In what ways do we sometimes make the same mistake?
8. How was Jonah a sign?
9. What lessons and warnings can we gather from
the men of Nineveh
and the Queen of the South?
10a. Explain the
meaning and teaching about the demon-possessed man.
10b. What must we do after we have been “swept and put in order”?
11. Was Jesus
denying His family relationships? Explain his response in verses 48-50.