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SDA Bible Commentary, vol. 5 (EGW), Page 1121

Chapter 10

13-15. See EGW on Matthew 11:20-24.

27. See EGW on Matthew 22:37-39; Mark 12:30.

Chapter 11

15. See EGW on Matthew 12:24-32.

21-23. See EGW on Matthew 12:29, 30.

23. See EGW on Matthew 16:24.

24-26. See EGW on Matthew 12:43-45.

31. See EGW on Matthew 12:42.

42-44. See EGW on Matthew 23:13-33.

Chapter 12

1 (Matthew 16:6). Hypocrisy Is Like Leaven—[Luke 12:1 quoted.] ... Our Saviour presented before the people of that time the character of their sins. His plain words aroused the consciences of the hearers, but Satan's counter-working agencies were seeking for a place for their theories, to attract minds from the plainly spoken truth. As the great Teacher would speak impressive truth, the scribes and Pharisees, under pretense of being interested, would assemble around the disciples and Christ, and divert the minds of the disciples by starting questions to create controversy. They pretended that they wanted to know the truth. Christ was interrupted on this occasion as on many similar occasions. And He wished His disciples to listen to the words He had to say, and not allow anything to attract and hold their attention. Therefore He warned them, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.” They feigned a desire to get as close as possible to the inner circle. As the Lord Jesus presented truth in contrast to error, the Pharisees pretended to be desirous of understanding the truth, yet they were trying to lead His mind in other channels.

Hypocrisy is like leaven or yeast. Leaven may be hidden in the flour, and its presence is not known until it produces its effect. By insinuating itself, it soon pervades the whole mass. Hypocrisy works secretly, and if indulged, it will fill the mind with pride and vanity. There are deceptions practiced now similar to those practiced by the Pharisees. When the Saviour gave this caution, it was to warn all who believe in Him to be on guard. Watch against imbibing this spirit, and becoming like those who tried to ensnare the Saviour (Manuscript 43, 1896).

10. See EGW on Matthew 12:31, 32.

16-21. See EGW on 1 Samuel 25:10, 11.

35. See EGW on Matthew 25:7.

48 (John 15:22). God's Tests Differ—God's test of the heathen, who have not the light, and of those living where the knowledge of truth and light has been abundant, is altogether different. He accepts from those in heathen lands a phase of righteousness which does not satisfy Him when offered by those of Christian lands. He does not require much where much has not been bestowed (Manuscript 130, 1899).

50. See EGW on Matthew 26:42.

51. See EGW on Matthew 10:34.

Chapter 13

18. See EGW on Mark 4:30.

34, 35. See EGW on Matthew 23:37-39.

Chapter 14

16, 17. See EGW on Matthew 22:2-4.

28-33. The Weak May Do Deeds of Omnipotence—To us as well as to the disciples, Christ has given the work of carrying the truth to the world. But before engaging in this great and aggressive warfare, upon which eternal results depend, Christ invites all to count the cost. He assures them that if they take hold of the work with undivided hearts, giving themselves as light bearers to the world, if they will take hold of His strength, they will make peace with Him, and obtain supernatural assistance that will enable them in their weakness to do the deeds of Omnipotence. If they go forward with faith in God, they will not fail nor become discouraged, but will have the assurance of infallible success (The Review and Herald, March 15, 1898).

Chapter 16

13. See EGW on Matthew 6:24.

Chapter 17

5. Increasing Faith—You have to talk faith, you have to live faith, you have to act faith, that you may have an increase of faith; and thus exercising that living

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