And he was casting out a demon that was dumb. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. These guides of Jewish public opinion have been denounced by Jesus in the most emphatic language in the presence of the multitudes, and their vicious hatred against him overflowed. When the strong man fully armed guardeth his own court, his goods are in peace: but when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him his whole armor wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. There is no admission here by Jesus that the pretended exorcisms of the Pharisees' disciples were in fact genuine. I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will arise and give him as many as he needeth. [24] A. T. Robertson, A Harmony of the Gospels (New York: Harper and Brothers, 1922), p. 124. Our Lord frequently dined with Pharisees, as recorded in Luke 5:29; 7:36; 14:1;19:5; and in John 2:1-11; 12:1,2. The lawyers ... were the ones to whom the Hebrew people looked for interpretation of the Scriptures and guidance in religious questions. cit., p. 198. Luke 11:5-8 is referred to as a "parable" by most commentaries and it is a "parable" that is unique to the Gospel of Luke. It is wrong, therefore, to think of prayer as overcoming the reluctance of God. All other rights reserved. If the two passages are indeed accounts of a single occasion, the entire event may be known by melding the two, and not by an arbitrary preference for either as "the original." This refers to a murder which those very persons whom Jesus was addressing had committed. The friend's reluctance = (the apparent) reluctance of God to answer Christians' prayers. But if I by the finger of God cast out demons, then is the kingdom of God come upon you. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, Matthew Henry Commentary on the Whole Bible (Complete), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. His enemies followed him here, as in Galilee; the hearers were different and had not heard the teaching before."[25]. It is the first sentence which is in error. Matthew Poole's Commentary. In Numbers 19:16, the rule appears which makes every person who touches a grave unclean for a week, that is, ceremonially unclean. Luke, more than any other evangelist, demonstrates the importance of prayer in Jesus’ life and ministry (3:21, 5:16, 6:12, 9:18, 9:28, 10:21-22, 11:1, 22:41-4, 23:46). The character of those tomb-builders made the tombs they built monuments to the killing, and not to the prophets! In response, Jesus offers a three … A friend ... at midnight ... Alas, how utterly hopeless would be the state of mortal man, if in the darkness of human wretchedness and sin there was no friend to whom he might go for help and relief. This is Woe 3. And if Satan also is divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? cit., p. 510. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. See commentary on Luke 11:15. We may be very sure that every word recorded in the Gospels was truly spoken by Jesus, and that every event related is truly grounded in a historical occurrence. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1951), p. 318. Proud member For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened. Luke 11:18, 19, 20) which are assumed to be true from the author's perspective or for his literary/logical purposes. The third commandment in the Decalogue forbade taking God's name in vain (Exodus 20:7); and the Christian also is instructed to hold the name of God in highest reverence and awe. Even the variations are instructive and subtly appropriate. The desire for pre-eminence among men, the coveting of honors bestowed by men, the popularity awarded by men - such things still snare and entrap the unwary soul; and the damage can be no less appalling than that which ruined the Pharisees; and yet how reluctantly men forego such things. Luke 12 Chapter 11 In this chapter, I. Christ teaches his disciples to pray, and quickens and encourages them to be frequent, instant, and importunate in prayer (v. 1-13).