This is certainly part of a discourse1where Christ arrived in Capernaum2 with his disciples after talking about his own death and healing a demon possessed boy. They came across the temple duty collectors3, exactly where Jesus had to put a situation right with Peter based on the paying of taxes and that as a California king himself must not be paying fees, but He chose not to make the situation worse thus he sent Peter doing some fishing where he found a coin inside the mouth of a fish in order to pay out taxes intended for himself and Jesus.
Surrounding the same period as this, the disciples approached Jesus and were asking him " who may be the greatest inside the kingdom of heaven? ” He decided to answer this kind of by calling a child as well as explained that we would have to turn into humble like children4 yet again if we planned to get into the kingdom of heaven and if we all receive these types of children in the name then simply we get Him too and that anybody is the consequence of one of His children sinning5 then there is severe effects.
Entering the kingdom of heaven v1
Being like children v3
Jesus is asking all of us to welcome His children on behalf of him v5
Who is the ‘greater' inside the Kingdom of Heaven? v6 – (MKJV) Hagner says that the disciples perceived that greatness inside the kingdom of heaven essentially to worldly status including ‘power, situation and glory' (p. 517) rather than focusing on the more honourable qualities from the kingdom.
It appears that Hagner is centering more over a person's internal morals than on life views nevertheless no reference to the Holy Soul which encourages the bringing out of these attributes in a person.
Change and become like children v3(CEV)
France mentions it is not necessarily the qualities of a child depending on ‘unselfishness' and ‘innocence' but rather the position a child retains in the ‘pecking order' (p. 927) of the family which can be pretty much in the bottom. It is a great point that he makes, although as well he won't...
Bibliography: E-sword download, bible versions, ESV and MKJV (downloaded several October 2011)
France. L. T. ‘Matthew', in the New Bible Discourse, ed. M. A. Carson, J. A. Motyer, G. J. Wenham, A. Cole, (4th Male impotence, IVP-England, 1994) p927-928
Hagner. Donald. A, 33b Phrase Biblical Comments, Matthew 14-28, ed. David A. Hubbard, Glenn W. Barker, Steve D. Watts. Watts, Ralph P. Matn, (Word, Designed, 1995) p515-518
Wiersbe. Warren. Watts, The Bible Exposition Commentary Volume one particular, (Chariot Victor Publishing, 1989) p. 64-65
www.biblegateway.com/passage/matthew/cev, Contemporary English Type of the scriptures entry on Matthew 18, (accessed three or more October 2011)