So that it does not follow, because the apostles did not do it in a literal sense, therefore they could not, as the Jew insultingly says (e); since it was meant that they should, and besides, have done, things equally as great as this, and which is the sense of the words. Ye shall say unto this mountain ... - Probably he pointed to a mountain near, to assure them that if they had such faith they might accomplish the most difficult undertakings - things that at first would appear impossible. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. The code is still in place. remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove: meaning, not that it would be ordinarily or ever done in a literal sense by the apostles, that they should remove mountains; but that they should be able to do things equally difficult, and as seemingly impossible, if they had but faith, when the glory of God, and the good of men, required it. Sale. So yah, that’s pretty small, isn’t it? Matthew 5:17-20 "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them. A Preterist Commentary on Matthew 17:20: The Sea also represents the Abyss, the Realm of the Dead. (b) T. Bab. Nothing will be impossible for you.” Explanation and Commentary of Matthew 17:20 Nothing shall be impossible unto you.—The words, absolute as they sound, are yet, ipso facto, conditional. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. 2. To be more precise, it is about the size of the head of a straight pin—the kind used by seamstresses to pin a pattern to fabric. To “remove mountains” was, as we see in 1Corinthians 13:2 (this may, however, have been an echo of our Lord’s teaching), the proverbial type of overcoming difficulties that seemed insurmountable. All rights reserved. Walking on a Bridge of Faith Matthew 17:15-21 “For assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here there’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.” - Matthew 17:20 All of us have traveled across bridges. 6. It means to me that as Christians we should strive be a light unto the world, through our actions. 28. That we should be examples of holy conduct. The time of this section is sufficiently denoted by the events which all the narratives show to have immediately preceded it—the first explicit announcement of His death, and the transfiguration—both being between His third and His fourth and last Passover. If not from the same individual persons, yet from that generation of men. Ἀπιστίαν, unbelief) in this case.— πίστιν ὡς κόκκον σινάπεως, faith as a grain of mustard seed) contrasted with a huge mountain. (d) C. 21. p. 268. of For the exposition of this portion, see on [1322]Mr 9:14-32. So that it has no reference to the quality of mustard seed, being hot and acrimonious; which has led some interpreters wrong, to compare faith unto it, for its liveliness and fervency: when our Lord only means, that if his apostles had ever so small a degree of faith in exercise, which might be compared for its smallness to this least of seeds, such an effect as he after mentions would follow; and which therefore is to be understood, not of an historical faith, by which men assent to all that is in the Bible as true; nor of a special, spiritual faith, by which souls believe in Christ, as their Saviour and Redeemer; for of neither of these can the following things in common be said; but of a faith of miracles, peculiar to certain persons in those early times, for certain reasons; which such as had but ever so small a degree of, as the apostles here spoken to might say, as Christ observes to them. 1. Nizzachon, p. 237. Nothing that comes within the range of faith in the wisdom and love of God, and therefore of submission to His will, is beyond the range of prayer. 4. The “grain of mustard seed” was, as in Matthew 13:31, the proverbial type of the infinitely little. Matthew 17:20-21 "For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed..." Passage: “For truly I tell you, if you have faith the size of a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you” (Matthew 17:20-21). The words were, we may believe, dramatised by a gesture pointing to the mountain from which our Lord and the three disciples had descended, as afterwards by a like act in reference to the Mount of Olives (Matthew 21:21). Tumaot Okelim, c. 4. sect. 2. Megilla, fol. ye shall say to this mountain; pointing perhaps to that he was just come down from, which might be in sight of the house where he was. Ed. Matthew 17:20 “He replied, “Because you have so little faith. Healing of the Demoniac and Lunatic Boy (Mt 17:14-21). (c) Vet. And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief The Arabic and Ethiopic versions read, "because of your little faith", or "the smallness of your faith"; and so does one Greek manuscript; and which is what is doubtless meant by their unbelief; for they were not altogether destitute of faith, but their faith was very low, and their unbelief very great. and nothing shall be impossible to you; you shall not only be able to perform such a wonderful action as this, were it necessary, but any, and everything else, that will make for the glory of God, the enlargement of my kingdom and interest, the confirmation of truth, and the good of mankind. Nizzachon, p. 148. What does Matthew 5:17-20 mean to you? Nothing will be impossible for you.” ~Matthew 17:20-21. Hence Rev., Because of your little faith. Matthew 17:20. And Jesus said unto them, because of your unbelief The Arabic and Ethiopic versions read, "because of your little faith", or "the smallness of your faith"; and so does one Greek manuscript; and which is what is doubtless meant by their unbelief; for they were not altogether destitute of faith, but their faith was very low, and their unbelief very great. &c. 14. sect. Beracot, fol. Salem Media Group. and nothing shall be impossible to you; you shall not only be able to perform such a wonderful action as this, were it necessary, but any, and everything else, that will make for the glory of God, the enlargement of my kingdom and interest, the confirmation of truth, and the good of mankind. Second Announcement of His Death (Mt 17:22, 23). 8. So the apostle expresses the faith of miracles, by "removing mountains", ( 1 Corinthians 13:2 ) i.e. for verily I say unto you, if ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed; which was a very small seed, the least of all seeds, and is used very often proverbially by the Jews, to signify anything of a small quantity or weight (b), and is sometimes used of faith, as here; so speaking of the congregation of Edom, meaning the Christians, they (c) say, "they have not , "faith as a grain of mustard seed".''. Sea has another, deeper meaning in the Bible. Matthew 17:13 "Then the disciples understood that he spake unto them of John the Baptist." & 7. Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. It also represents the Abyss, the realm of the dead (see The Poetic Biblical Link Between “Sea” and “Abyss”). And it is used in like sense in other eastern nations; and by Mahomet in his Alcoran (d), who says, "We will appoint just balances in the day of resurrection, neither shall any soul be injured at all, although the merit or guilt of an action be of the weight of "a grain of mustard seed".''. Matthew 17:20 - And Jesus said unto them, Because of your unbelief: for verily I say unto you, If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye shall say unto this mountain, Remove hence to yonder place; and it shall remove; and nothing shall be impossible unto you. This faith is contrasted with a strong faith, and one stimulated by prayer and fasting [see Matthew 17:21]. Therefore, the Casting of the City to the Sea also symbolizes the Death of its People. But the better reading is ὀλιγοπιστίαν, littleness of faith. So the apostle expresses the faith of miracles, by "removing mountains", 1 Corinthians 13:2 i.e. And exactly how good was good enough? What does this verse really mean? (e) Vet. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. In fact I would include Matthew 5:17 to Matthew 7:29. If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. If ye have faith as a grain of mustard seed. What kind of goodness was he looking for? 21. Exactly what did Jesus mean? So that it does not follow, because the apostles did not do it in a literal sense, therefore they could not, as the Jew insultingly says F5; since it was meant that they should, and besides, have done, things equally as great as this, and which is the sense of the words. ye shall say to this mountain; pointing perhaps to that he was just come down from, which might be in sight of the house where he was. remove hence to yonder place, and it shall remove: meaning, not that it would be ordinarily or ever done in a literal sense by the apostles, that they should remove mountains; but that they should be able to do things equally difficult, and as seemingly impossible, if they had but faith, when the glory of God, and the good of men, required it.