What does if thy right eye offend thee pluck it out and cast if from thee mean

Opinions are divided among Christians as to whether Jesus is speaking literally or figuratively here, but nothing is to be gained by changing the literal meaning. It would be more profitable to do this literally and enter into eternal life with one eye if our eyes caused us to sin, than to be cast down to hell as a result of that sin, with two eyes. And to further emphasize the seriousness of sin Jesus went on in V30 to include the right hand, and in chapter 18 and Mark 9, He also included the...

Is Jesus teaching here that it is impossible for rich people to get saved without Gods help

Yes Jesus illustrates here the impossibility of a rich person entering into heaven with the figure of a camel being unable to go through the eye of a needle it is not merely difficult, but impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a needle. So it is equally not merely difficult, but also impossible for a rich person to be saved. But God can do it - He can even save rich people. But even so, their hearts must be changed by having their attachment to material riches replaced by attachment...

Is this a command to the church or a commission as so many believe

It is the responsibility of every believer in the New Testament church to win souls to Christ. That is the Christian calling. It is not an option for believers, but a command that has to be obeyed Christ has commanded it (CP Mt 28 18-20 Mk 16 15-16 Ac 1 6-8 10 42-43 1Cor 9 16-17). Christ's directive to His followers in Mt 28 and Mk 16 has been termed the Great Commission in the contemporary church, but that term is a misnomer. Christ's directive is more than a commission - it is a command as Ac...

What does the word Hosanna mean

Hosanna means save now, help now, or save, we pray thee CP Psa 118 25-27 . Save now in V25 is from the Hebrew word hoshiana, which translates to hosanna in the Greek New Testament where it is an exclamation of adoration, an acclamation of praise CP Mk 11 9-10 Lu 19 37-38 Jn 12 12-13 . The whole multitude of disciples who followed Jesus here acknowledged Him as Messiah -the one sent from God to save them. They acclaimed Him as King and were shouting His praises at the top of their voice. The...

What does the leaven in the parable of the leaven symbolize

Leaven is a fermenting agent used in bread-making to make the dough rise. It requires time to fulfill the process, but once introduced to the dough it permeates the whole mass, and the process is irreversible. Because of its pervasive nature leaven signifies a corrupting influence among God's people, and throughout scripture it is used to symbolize evil. The common bread in the Old Testament was made with leaven and was acceptable as wave offerings to the priests, and as loaves to accompany the...

What did Jesus mean when He said Ye shall not have gone over the cities of Israel till the Son of Man comes

This saying is only found in Matthew's gospel. It comes at the end of Jesus' empowering of the twelve disciples to go and preach the gospel and heal the sick, etc CP V1-22 . The general consensus among Bible scholars is that Jesus means that the evangelization of the whole of Israel will not be completed before His second coming, at the end of this present church age. All the cities of Israel were not evangelized by the first century church because of the persecution of early Christians and the...

What lesson do we learn from Jesus cursing the fig tree and causing it to die

This is the parallel passage to Mt 21 17-22. The fig tree in these passages is not to be confused with the fig tree in Lu 13 CP Lu 13 6-9 . This is called the parable of the barren fig tree. This fig tree symbolizes the fruitlessness of Israel see comment on Lu 13 6-9 . The teaching here is different altogether to what we learn from the fig tree Jesus cursed and caused to die in Mt 21 and Mk 11. What we learn in Mt 21 17-22 and Mk 11 12-14, 20-24 is a divine object...

What does Jesus mean by Do not give holy things to dogs nor cast your pearls before swine

In the general sense it means that objects of value or sacred things should not be offered to those who are incapable of appreciating them. However, the context of this saying centres on Christians judging others by their own standards, and it must be kept in that context CP V1-6 . The point Jesus makes in V6 is that as dogs are incapable of recognizing something sacred, and pigs have no regard for pearls, so believers cannot impose God's standards of morality upon those who are morally...

What does the pearl of great price symbolize in this parable

This is yet another parable which has many different meanings ascribed to it, but it is generally agreed among Bible scholars that this and the parable of the hidden treasure form a pair that they both teach the same truth, namely, that the object of the man's desire is of such great value that he sells all to purchase it. The man in both parables is Jesus and the object of His desire is the church. In the parable of the hidden treasure we saw the incomparable worth of the church -represented...

What is the blasphemy against the Holy Spirit

The blasphemy against the Holy Spirit is called the unpardonable sin in Christendom. It can only be committed by those who have deliberately shut their eyes to the light and call good evil, or who, after having been saved have spurned the Spirit of Grace and declared the blood of Christ that set them apart as unfit to redeem CP Mk 3 28-29 Lu 12 10 . Jesus charged the Pharisees with blaspheming the Holy Spirit because they knowledgeably attributed the work of the Holy Spirit to Satan. They said...

Are Jesus brethren here other children of Mary and Joseph Jesus halfbrothers or cousins and kinsfolk as some teach

CP also Mk 3 31-32 Lu 8 19-20 Jn 2 12 7 3-10 Ac 1 13-14 1Cor 9 5 . Brethren in all these scriptures are Jesus' half-brothers. Brethren is from the Greek word adelphos, which in the context of those scriptures refers to male children of the same mother - from the same womb. Jesus was Mary's firstborn child as scriptures clearly teach, not her only child as many erroneously believe CP Mt 1 24-25 Lu 2 7 . Firstborn is prototokos in the Greek, which means first begotten, not only begotten. Jesus...

Why did Jesus allow the demons to go into the pigs causing them to drown

To better understand why Jesus allowed the demons to go into the pigs, causing them to drown, we need first to study Mark's and Luke's account of this incident. In Matthew's account there are two demoniacs mentioned, whereas both Mark and Luke only mention one. That is not to say that there were not two demoniacs involved, but that only the most prominent one was mentioned CP Mk 5 1-20 Lu 8 26-39 . Jesus' purpose was to save the man. His wellbeing is the issue here, not the pigs. What happened...

Did Jonah die in the belly of the whale

Jonah, being in the belly of the whale for three days and three nights and then being vomited up on the shore in the Old Testament, was a type of Christ's death, burial, and resurrection in the New Testament. A type is someone or something that God has preordained in the Old Testament to represent someone or something in the New Testament. Jesus said that what happened to Jonah in the belly of the whale was the sign of what was to happen to Him - He was going to die, be...

Why did Jesus liken the Pharisees to children in the market place

This is called the parable of the children in the market place. It is also found in Lu 7 CP Lu 7 30-35 . Jesus confronts His and John the Baptist's critics in this parable and exposes their inconsistency. The Pharisees criticized John, saying that he was demon-possessed because he did not socialize, while at the same time they criticized Jesus, calling Him a glutton and a wine-bibber, because He did socialize. Jesus compared them to a group of children in the market place who obstinately...

What did Jesus mean when He said The maid is not dead but sleeping

This event is also recorded in Mk 5 21-24, 35-43 and Lu 8 40-42, 49-56. Jesus was not denying that the girl was actually dead. He was simply comparing her dead condition to sleep, because her death, like sleep, as far as Jesus was concerned, was only temporary. He would raise her up from it CP V25 . Jesus also said Lazarus was only sleeping too before He raised him up from the dead CP Jn 11 1-4, 11-15, 20-26, 32-44 . In both these instances Jesus proved that He had power over...