Morality In Christianity In Matthew: The Book Of Matthew
This can be seen in verses 26-30 when Jesus rebukes the Pharisees and their claims. The Pharisees claimed that Jesus was of the devil. Jesus’ response to the Pharisees shows that it was a ridiculous claim by saying that a house cannot stand against itself (Howley, Bruce, and Ellison 182). Here when Jesus says “if Satan cast out Satan” he uses the article before both times he talked about Jesus. Jesus is basically saying, “If Satan casts himself out.” Jesus is proving how ridiculous the Pharisees statement is again (Ellicotts).
Jesus also points out that the fact that they make this assumption is confusing because there are other Jews who also perform these acts. Jesus calls these people the sons of the Pharisees, referencing the disciples of the Pharisees (Ellicott). Jesus asks the Pharisees how these other Jews did these acts, if it is an act of Beelzebub (Matthew 12:27). He tells the Pharisees that their disciples will be the judges of whether or not Jesus is of the …show more content…
The first is to not fall into the same sin the Pharisees did, by blaspheming. The Pharisees did not think about what they said, and therefore committed the unpardonable sin. Jesus tells the people and the Pharisees that by their words they will be justified or condemned (Ryle 132). Jesus again talks pointedly to the Pharisees when he tells them that everyone will give account for their words on the final day. He indirectly calls their claims idle or careless, depending on the version, saying once more that their claims were stupid, thoughtless, and completely ridiculous (Ellicott). Christians also need to watch their speech so they do not affect other people negatively. Everything someone says can affect others negatively or positively. Romans 18:21 says that “Death and life are in the power of the tongue”, while James 3 talks about how the tongue can be an untameable evil and like a fire (Ryle