The Bible Says Commentary on the Book of Matthew
Matthew narrates a series of four confrontations between Jesus and the Pharisees. Matthew has hinted at and even shared conflicts between the Pharisees and Christ’s ministry before, but in this chapter, he presents the Pharisees as the main human opposition to Jesus and His kingdom. The first two confrontations involve Jesus’s actions on the Sabbath. The third is over the nature of Jesus’s miraculous authority. And the fourth is the Pharisees’ demand that Jesus demonstrate a sign to prove His claims. The chapter ends with Jesus describing His followers as family.