Matthew 12: It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts

The Pharisees confront Jesus in today’s chapter:

Look here!  Your disciples are doing something that’s not permitted on the sabbath!” (12:2)

How dare they pluck corn and eat it!  That’s work!

So Jesus chastises the Pharisees on how completely they have missed the point.  Then he heals the withered hand of a man standing in the crowd.  Oh-oh!  More work on the Sabbath.  How dare Jesus disregard the Law!  So,

The Pharisees went off and plotted against him, with the intention of doing away with him.” (12:14)

I have never noticed this last verse in this way before.  The Pharisees are incensed that Jesus would disregard the Jewish laws and customs concerning the Sabbath, all the while they are making plans to murder Jesus.  

Yes, it seems they have missed the point.

Today’s chapter really drives home the saying “it’s what’s in the heart that counts,” not the rituals of our hands.

  • Our mouth speaks from the heart (12:34)
  • The fruit/deeds of our life come from the quality of our tree/heart (12:33)
  • A demon can be removed but it will only be worse later on if we don’t fill up our hearts with something good (12:45)
  • Family is defined more by faith than blood (12:50)
  • Repentance of the heart is better than experiencing miraculous signs (12:41)
  • Saving a life and restoring health is far better than getting caught up in law keeping (12:12)
  • Mercy is better than sacrifice (12:7)

What stood out to you in this chapter?

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5 thoughts on “Matthew 12: It’s What’s On The Inside That Counts

  1. are they trying to messed with the one who wrote the Law?
    are they trying to messed with the Lord of the Sabbath?

    I remember the “woman caught in adultery”

    Jesus did not spoke to the accusers who quote moses law,
    but rather wrote on the ground.

    The temple ground was made of “Stone”

    Jesus in essence was saying

    “Are you teaching me the Law? I wrote that law!”

    good post there brotha! keep ’em coming!

    – grace and peace

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  3. Eddy

    —‘I prefer a flexible heart to an inflexible ritual’—” (‭Matthew‬ ‭12‬:‭6-8‬ MSG)

    I thinks he first one is harder.

    • Way harder! This is the line that stood out to me to from this chapter too. Hard Because rituals are good and necessary. They move us towards God. But flexibility is an attitude, something that arises from a desire to love and unite and help. Flexibility is stunted by fear, and a lot of us live by fear. I wonder if my lack of flexibility (usually with my sons) arises ultimately from a lack of faith and desire for control. A lot like the Pharisees.

  4. Eddy

    I think that the first one is harder. (and that I need to prooph
    before I hit post : )

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