Matthew 18 Reading Guide

Dig In:

Dig Deeper:

  • v1-5: Don't get hung up on world hierarchies; Heaven's 'ranking' system is completely the opposite of the worlds. The last shall be first.

  • v6-9: Get rid of whatever pulls you away from the Kingdom, no matter how valuable it may seem.

  • v10-14: Risk everything for the sake of the Kingdom.

  • v15-20: Keep the church (the representative of the Kingdom of Heaven on earth) pure.

  • v21-35: Realize the kindness, patience and generosity extended to you that you may become a citizen of the Kingdom, and then extend those same things to everybody else.

Today we're going to focus on the opening three verses:

  • (1) At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, “Who, then, is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?”

  • (2) He called a little child to him, and placed the child among them.

The disciples are starting to understand the significance of the Kingdom of Heaven that Jesus keeps talking about. Unfortunately, they want to drag the same sin stained social hierarchies that we are naturally prone to into the Kingdom of Heaven along with them. Jesus calls a little child over to use as an example.

  • (3) And he said: “Truly I tell you,

  • unless you

  • change

  • and become like little children,