Matthew 11–12; Luke 11

March 13, 2023 to March 19, 2023

As we study Jesus’s interactions with disciples and detractors, we see him revealing who he is and his power to forgive sins.

“The Lord’s Prayers,” John W. Welch, Ensign January 1976 

Comparing the Lord’s Prayers in Matthew 6 and Luke 11 shows that Matthew’s version may be more authentic than Luke’s. This article examines the phrases, structure, and cultural context of Jesus’s prayers.  

“The Book of Jonah: Foreshadowings of Jesus as the Christ,” David R. Scott, BYU Studies 53, no. 3

Jesus’s declaration that he is the Lord of the Sabbath is linked to the rest of Matthew 12, wherein he refers to the “sign of Jonah” (Matt. 12:38-41). He is evoking not only the parallel of spending three days in a great fish/tomb, he evokes many elements of the book of Jonah that his audience would have understood. These include: Jonah was uniquely called to teach to Gentiles, just as Jesus’s atonement would be universal. Both Jonah and Jesus had experiences with storms at sea being calmed by God. Both Jonah and Jesus were “lifted up” and sacrificed. Both Jonah and Jesus felt forsaken, Jonah saying, “I am cast out of thy sight,” and Jesus asking why God had forsaken him. This article shows that Jonah’s experience foreshadows many aspects of Jesus’s mission.

“Matthew 10-12; Mark 2; Luke 7, 11,” Lynne Hilton Wilson, Come Follow Me Commentary: The New Testament, Book of Mormon Central 

This chapter provides an overview of events: Jesus calls the Twelve; Jesus lays out conditions of discipleship; Jesus witnesses of John the Baptist as God’s servant; Jesus ministers in Galilee.