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Jesus continued to teach about the kingdom of God using parables. He was not able to perform miracles in His hometown due to the unbelief of the people.

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Matthew 13:44-58

44. “The treasure is the nation of Israel (Exodus 19:5; Psalm 135:4). That nation was placed in the world to bring glory to God, but it failed.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 47)

45-46. Christ is the merchant. “He left His heavenly home and came to this earth to find a pearl of great price. He found lost sinners and died for them by shedding His precious blood.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 79)

“The pearl represents the church.” (McGee, 79)

“Christ came to this earth as the merchantman. He saw man in sin, and He took man’s sin and bore it in His own body. Our sin was an intrusion upon Him—it was that foreign matter.” (McGee, 79)


47-49. “The parable of the net teaches the same lesson as the parable of the weeds—that the righteous must endure some period of coexistence with evil, until God’s final judgment brings justice and reward.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from]

“Here, as in the parable of the weeds, we find the coexistence of evil alongside the righteous, the discarding and burning of the evil, and the treasuring and protection of the righteous.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from]

“At the end of the age, God will separate the true believers from the false and the good from the bad.” (Wiersbe, 47)

50. The wicked will be cast into the furnace of fire. [KJV]

“Our Lord makes it clear in this section that it is a terrible thing to be lost.” (McGee, 80)


51. The disciples answered that they understood what Jesus was saying.

52. “As believers we are scribes—students—who sit at the feet of Jesus and listen to His words.” (Wiersbe, 48)

53. Jesus left for Nazareth where He grew up.

54. In Nazareth, His “audience reacts with amazement, as the crowds consistently do elsewhere (e.g., 7:28; 22:33). They recognize Jesus as wise.” (Blomberg, 227)

Luke 4:16-30 has more detail.

55. “The people’s amazement increases because they know the members of his family, who seem ordinary enough.” (Blomberg, 227)

56. “Jesus’ upbringing would point out that he had received no formal rabbinic training.” (Blomberg, 227)

In a small town it seems like everybody knows everybody’s business.

“Only here does Matthew indicate that Jesus had an unspecified number of sisters as well.” (Blomberg, 228)

“The reaction of Jesus’ “own house” is vividly depicted in Mark 3:21.”

57. “His hometown folk took offense at Him. I suppose they said, ‘We know His family, He grew up among us. Where does He get the things He teaches?” (McGee, 81)

58. “This is a tremendous revelation. Note what it was that limited the power of God when He was here. It was unbelief!” (McGee, 81)

“The upshot of Jesus’ stay in Nazareth is that he severely curtails his miracle-working ministry there, particularly his healings (cf. Mark 6:5).” (Blomberg, 228)


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In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. Nashville: Broadman Press
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels. New York, HarperCollins Publishers
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004

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