M A T T H E W.
In this chapter, we have, I. Christ's clearing of
the law of the fourth commandment concerning the sabbath-day, and
vindicating it from some superstitious notions advanced by the
Jewish teachers; showing that works of necessity and mercy are to
be done on that day, ver.
1-13. II. The prudence, humility, and self-denial of our
Lord Jesus in working his miracles, ver. 14-21. III. Christ's answer to the
blasphemous cavils and calumnies of the scribes and Pharisees, who
imputed his casting out devils to a compact with the devil,
ver. 22-37. IV. Christ's
reply to a tempting demand of the scribes and Pharisees,
challenging him to show them a sign from heaven, ver. 38-45. V. Christ's judgment about his
kindred and relations, ver.