14-15 Compare Mk.11:25-26.
14 Forgiveness now is according to the riches of His grace
(Eph.1:7), not according to our forgiveness of others. The believers in Israel
failed at this point. Their forgiveness was withdrawn because they refused the
same mercy to the other nations. But the believers of the nations were never
forgiven in this probationary fashion.
19-21 Compare Lu.12:33-34.
19 Treasures were often hid in concealed pits in the ground,
where thieves would need to dig to find them. But nothing is safe on earth. Only
that which we give is ours beyond the possibility of loss.
22-23 Compare Lu.11:33-36. See Prov.28:22; Mk.7:22.
22 The Pharisees tried to make the best of both worlds. They
wanted treasure on earth as well as in heaven. Their eyes were afflicted with
double sight, which is worse than blindness. They wanted to worship both God and
24 Compare Lu.16:13. See Ja.4:4; 1Jn.2:15.
25 There is a blessed progression in the experience of God's
saints as the purpose of His grace becomes more fully known. The Psalmist could
“Fling what He grants
you on Jehovah,
And He will sustain you:
He will not allow the righteous to
slip for the eon.”
Peter sounds a higher strain when he writes to the
dispersion, “tossing your entire worry on Him, seeing that He is caring
concerning you” (1Pt.5:7.). But how much loftier is the position of Paul, as
he exhorts us, “Let nothing be worrying you, but in everything, by prayer and
petition, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God, and the
peace of God, that is superior to every frame of mind, shall be garrisoning your
hearts and your apprehensions in Christ Jesus” (Phil.4:6,7). The Psalmist struggled Under a burden with the help
of God, Peter got rid of the weight, but Paul prevents and replaces it with
peace and thanksgiving.
25-34 Compare Lu.12:22-31.
29 We cannot be certain of the exact flower intended by our
Lord from the somewhat general term used, but the brilliant scarlet anemone,
which flourishes in all parts of Palestine in great profusion seems to be the
only one which fully answers all the conditions. Its great abundance and rich
beauty fit it perfectly for the illustration used by our Lord. The figure is
full of spiritual refreshment. Clothing is that which meets the eye and
corresponds to the character of the wearer. Solomon's robes were tokens of his
royal station. Pharisaic righteousness He has shown to be a hypocritical
pretense. The anemones suggest that God can supply His saints with divine
apparel more beauteous than that of Solomon. In a word, He not only can clothe
them in splendid style, but He can make them kings to rule the nations of the
33 See 1 Ki.3:13; Ps.34:9, 37:25, 84:11; Mk.10:29
1-2 Compare Lu.6:37-38.
1 This has no reference to God's judgment, but to the
relations of man with man, as explained in the next paragraph. Should
self-judgment precede the judgment of others it would probably do away with
judging. One who has a beam in his eye, and knows it, will think little of the
mote in another's eye, So the Lord sought to turn the censorious critics of His
day to an examination of their own shortcomings.
3-5 Compare Lu.6:41-42.
6 See Prov.9:7-8, 23:9.
6 Both dogs and hogs were unclean according to the law. The
Lord Himself followed this principle when He spoke in parables to those without,
and kept the holy and precious truth for His own disciples. We are hardly
justified in “applying” these opprobrious terms to immature saints who are
not yet able to bear more than milk.
7-11 Compare Lu.11:9-13.
7 See 21:22 Jn.14:13-14, 15:7; 1Jn.3:22, 5:14-15.
7 This, of course, is limited to prayer to God. He can and
will respond to those who ask for what they need, or seek what is hid, or knock
at closed doors. But the answer may not be realized until the kingdom comes. We
have no right or reason to expect God to change His plans and purposes in order
to carry out our whims. We are not aware what we should be praying for, but the
spirit is pleading for us with inarticulate groanings (Ro.8:26).