Coming of the King: Week 43
Here we have two requests, one rebuked and the other freely
- 20:16 "the last will be first, and the first will be last" - envy has no
place in the Kingdom.
- 20:18 This is the fourth time Jesus tells them the plan.
- 20:22 "You do not know what you ask for." Again, for those
who think Jesus teaches socialism, the brothers epitomize the
attitude of those in "Atlas Shrugged" who want the perks of the
heavy lifters ("Atlas") but can't deliver the goods. Jesus
is our Champion, he alone is able to deliver us. As with the
vineyard workers last time, anything we receive is through the Generosity
of the landowner.
- 20:24 "the ten ... were indignant" - again underscoring the
importance of the 10th commandment.
"For where jealousy and selfish ambition exist, there will be disorder and every evil practice."
- 20:28 This is the fifth time Jesus tells them the plan.
"ransom for many" - the greek is ἀντὶ: "against, instead of".
This emphasizes the substitutionary nature of His mission.
- 20:30 "two blind men" - Mark and Luke record only one, on what
is pretty clearly the same occasion. This is a pattern in Matthew
that we have noted before with the two daemoniacs.
I hesitate to advance a theory with no evidence, but I feel as if
Matthew describes these cases as two men because their presence has the
force of two men. On the other hand, Matthew is the only direct eye
witness of the incident, and this detail may have been missed in
the retelling. (John does not record this incident.)
- 20:31 "Lord, Son of David" - blind men can see what the Pharisees
cannot, that here is their King and Messiah.
"For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind may see and those
who see may become blind."
The Caananite woman also recognized him as the Messiah, but could not claim
priority as a Jew.