Epistles of Thomas

September 22, 2008

Matthew 25-28

Filed under: New Testament — Thomas @ 21:49

Chapter 25 begins with the story of the wise and foolish virgins and the story of the three men given “bags of gold.” Both demonstrate that patience and diligence will be required of those who are to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus is evidently preparing them for a long wait. The kingdom will not instantly appear after he has completed his mission. He then speaks of separating the sheep from the goats. Those who serve their fellow Christians will be rewarded for serving Christ, those who fail to serve the least brothers and sisters will be cast out. Notice that it doesn’t say just anyone but specifies brothers and sisters.
Is there significance to the thirty pieces of silver (26:25)? Matthew doesn’t mention any here (but see 27:7-10). What “hymn” do you suppose they sang at the conclusion of the last supper (26:30)?

It is interesting that those responsible for Jesus’ death saw fit to put the blame on Judas for betraying innocent blood (27:4). They even acknowledged that it was blood money but made no attempt to prevent Jesus from being executed; indeed they encouraged it (27:20). Matt 27:25 has historically been a very important verse and its interpretation has led to a lot of bloodshed. Telling someone that their ancestors murdered their own God is not very helpful. The Apostle Saul/Paul is a good example of the reaction among Jews to Christian belief. Matthew mentions that the Jews chose to believe that Jesus’ disciples had stolen his body (28:15). Matthew concludes with the Great Commission which commands the disciples to go and make disciples of all nations, baptising and teaching them. To this very day we are still engaged in this mission and it is a very appropriate conclusion to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

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