Matthew Chapter 19

Matt 19:1-2 And it came to pass, that when Yeshua (Jesus) had finished these sayings, He departed from Galilee, and came into the coasts of Judea beyond Jordan; And great multitudes followed Him; and He healed them there.

Yeshua is heading south; soon He will be arrested and put to death.

Matt 19:3-6 The Pharisees also came to Him, testing Him, and saying to Him, Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife for every cause? And He answered and said to them, Have you not read, that He which made them at the beginning made them male and female, And said, For this cause will a man leave father and mother, and will cleave to his wife: and they two will be one flesh? Wherefore they are no more two, but one flesh. What therefore G-d has joined together let not man separate.

Some believed that you could divorce for any reason, others held to the view that only in the case of sexual sin.

Matt 19:7-8 They said to Him, Why did Moses then command to give a writing of divorcement, and to put her away? He said to them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts permitted you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.

The word that is stressed here is “permitted”, and is to be a last resort in dealing with someone who is unrepentant and continues in sexual sin.

Matt 19:9-10 And I say to you, whosoever will put away his wife, except for sexual immorality, and marries another, commits adultery: and whoever marries her who is divorces commits adultery. His disciples said to Him, If the situation between a husband and wife, it is better not to marry.

Marriage is not to be entered into lightly. A couple should only marry when they are certain it is the will of HaShem in their lives.

Matt 19:11-12 Yeshua (Jesus) replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. For some are eunuchs because they were born that way; others were made that way by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it."

Some never marry. There is nothing wrong with that. It is better to never marry, than to marry someone who is an unbeliever or who is not the one HaShem intended for you.

Matt 19:13-14 Then were there brought to Him little children, that He should put His hands on them, and pray: and the disciples rebuked them. But Yeshua (Jesus) said, Let the little children come to Me, and forbid them not, for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Some wonder what happens to a child if it dies. If the child dies before the age of accountability (around 13) the child will go to the other world. (Heaven) We see this illustrated with David. (2 Samuel 12:15-23)

Matt 19:15-17 And He laid His hands on them, and departed from there. And, behold, one came and said to Him, “Good Master”, what good thing will I do, that I may have eternal life? And He said to Him, Why do you call Me good? there is none good but one, that is, G-d: but if you will want to enter into eternal life, keep the commandments.

He asked Why he called Him good because the man was using the title incorrectly. He only used the title “good” to flatter Yeshua. Also the man only saw Yeshua as a man but the title good only belongs to G-d. Yeshua was not denying His divinity just the man’s flippant use of the term.

How? The instruction leads us to the expectation of the coming of Messiah. They tell us we need a savior. Moshe longed for His coming and declared one day He would come. What HaShem instituted through Moshe was a shadow of things to come. His Son only had to offer Himself once. He does not have to be offered over and over again like the animal sacrifices. Does this replace the animal sacrifice? No. Are they the same? No. The animal sacrifices still serve a purpose and is further explored in our Hebrews study. Our justification for eternal life is not through works but in whom the Father said we are to believe in - Yeshua HaMashiach.

The nineteenth letter is Koph - holiness; cycles of growth; summary and judgment at the end of the cycle of life.

Matt 19:18-21 He said to him, Which? Yeshua (Jesus) said, You will not murder, You will not commit adultery, You will not steal, You will not bear false witness, Honor your father and your mother: and, You will love your neighbor as yourself. The young man said to Him, All these things have I kept from my youth up: what do I still lack? Yeshua (Jesus) said to him, If You will be perfect, go and sell that you have, and give to the poor, and You will have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.

Notice Yeshua said if you are perfect. Who is being honest here? The man would not declare that he fell short of perfection. The moral implication of the law goes deep and cuts to the bone. He thought He was perfect and loved himself thinking he was without fault. This is piety. He fell short of the goal -as we all do. Do you love another to perfection? Do you have patience with another when they do wrong?

When someone asks you to help them with something or perhaps in helping them to understanding your lesson. Do you go the extra mile or do you say “ I don’t have the time to teach everyone?”

Yeshua said if someone asks you to go one mile, we are to go two miles with that person.

We all at some point lack perfect love for HaShem or for others. If we say we have no sin we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we say we are without fault and judge others with perfection then we ourselves are nothing more than hypocrites! If we don’t show mercy, compassion, and forgiveness, and patience with others we are still falling short of the goal.