Other Accounts of What You Read in Matthew 11
Understanding the Scriptures
|Shew (v. 4)||Show|
|Offended in me (v. 6)||Ashamed of things I do or say|
|He that is least in the kingdom of heaven (v. 11)||He whom you (the religious leaders) consider the least important; Jesus was referring to Himself|
|Suffereth violence (v. 12)||Experiences persecution and opposition|
|Elias (v. 14)||Elijah (Greek form of the Hebrew name; see Bible Dictionary, “Elias,” p. 663)|
|Liken (v. 16)||Compare|
|Lamented (v. 17)||Been sorry|
|Gluttonous (v. 19)||Someone who eats and drinks too much|
|Winebibber (v. 19)||One who drinks too much wine|
|Justified of her children (v. 19)||Proved true by works or deeds|
|Upbraid (v. 20)||Criticize, scold|
|Woe (v. 21)||Warning|
|Sackcloth and ashes (v. 21)||The Jewish people put on clothes made of coarse fabric woven from the hair of camels or goats and put ashes on their head as a sign that they were mourning or repenting.|
|Tolerable (vv. 22, 24)||Better (less punishment)|
|Exalted unto heaven (v. 23)||Filled with pride|
|Labour (v. 28)||Work very hard|
|Heavy laden (v. 28)||Carry heavy loads|
|Yoke (vv. 29–30)||A wooden frame used by cattle or people to make it easier to carry loads or burdens|
|Burden (v. 30)||Something a person carries; obligations|
Matthew 11:7–11—“Among Them That Are Born of Women There Hath Not Risen a Greater Than John the Baptist”
The Prophet Joseph Smith said:
“How is it that John was considered one of the greatest prophets? His miracles could not have constituted his greatness.
“First. He was entrusted with a divine mission of preparing the way before the face of the Lord. Whoever had such a trust committed to him before or since? No man.
“Secondly. He was entrusted with the important mission, and it was required at his hands, to baptize the Son of Man. Whoever had the honor of doing that? Whoever had so great a privilege or glory? Whoever led the Son of God into the waters of baptism, and had the privilege of beholding the Holy Ghost descend in the form of a dove, or rather in the sign of a dove, in witness of that administration. …
“Thirdly. John, at that time, was the only legal administrator in the affairs of the kingdom there was then on the earth, and holding the keys of power. … These three reasons constitute him the greatest prophet born of a woman” (Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, 275–76).
Studying the Scriptures
Do activities A and B as you study Matthew 11.
Matthew 11:1–19 tells about two disciples of John the Baptist who came to see what Jesus did and taught. Jesus told them to go back to John and tell what they saw and heard. Based on what you read in these nineteen verses, write three things you would have told John when you returned if you had been with those two men. Include the miracles you would have seen and the truths you would have heard Jesus teach.
“Come unto Me”
What kinds of labor and heavy burdens do you think Jesus was speaking of in Matthew 11:28?
Some people think that what Jesus asks of us is a burden. From the following list, choose three of what some might consider heavy burdens and explain why you think they are light burdens to those who follow Christ.
Attending Church for three hours each week
Serving a mission
Staying morally clean