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Matthew 15:10-28

The Gospel of Matthew


Seraphim Danckaert

Matthew 15:10-28



Both Law and Gospel: We Need Both

Section 1 (Matthew 15:10-20)

  1. In this section of chapter 15, we have a new law, a new set of Christian ethical principles. This law comes directly from Jesus, who gives a new Shema, a new “Hear, O Israel!”.
  2. The radical nature of Jesus’ new law is evident when compared to the old  law (Leviticus).
  3. “It is not what goes into the mouth [food] that defiles the person; it is what comes up out of the mouth [speech] that defiles the person.
  4. Reversing the “outward/inward” principle. Our own hearts and thoughts condemn us.

Section 2 (Matthew 15:11-28)

  1. In this section, we see the good news, the answer to our ethical problem, the solution to inner failure to live according to divine precepts.
  2. What we say is critical once again. “Have mercy on me, Lord, Son of David.”
  3. “Then Jesus responded and said to her, “O woman, your faith is terrific; let it be done to your exactly as you want.”

Conclusion: In the first part of chapter 15, Jesus broke decisively with a whole section of Hebrew Scripture, laying down a new (very difficult) law. In the next section, he breaks with tradition again, opening up salvation and healing to all who call upon his name.


Matthew 3:7-12

Adult Study Class

The Gospel of Matthew

Matthew 3:7-12

Rev. Dr. Christopher T. Metropulos

The Baptism of Repentance

Preparation for Christian Ministry

John’s function is that of a herald of the coming kingdom- heralding in the wilderness of Judea.

The Messianic reign of God over Israel is at hand, yet Israel is not ready to receive the Messiah.

Matthew reveals John’s place in the divine plan with a citation from Isaiah the Profit. – Voice shouting in the wilderness “Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His path (IS 40:3)

The struggle of the Jews of the day – they will not be saved just because they are Jewish.

John points away from himself and toward the one to come – Jesus Christ.

Messiah’s power differs from John’s as fire is different from water.  John’s baptism in water, but Messiah will baptize n the Holy Spirit and fire.

Baptism of Christ

Weekly Sunday Bulletin – 3rd Sunday of Luke

Thomas the Apostle

Christ’s Apostle, who was filled with God’s divine grace, he who was His genuine and faithful servant in all truth, all-lauded
Thomas exclaimed aloud in deep repentance: Thou art both my God and Lord.

Kontakion in the Fourth Tone

Thomas the Apostle– October 6

Parish Council on duty:

John Ioannou, Jr., John Argiropoulos, James Carras, Anna Merkel, Demetri Rapanos, Peter Synoyannis, Kathy Ziegler