In the original Greek text of Matthew, when Jesus warns his disciples “unless you are converted and become like children,” his statement calls to mind the Lord’s desire in Ezekiel, “that the wicked [man] turn from his path and live.” (Ezekiel 33:11) In Ezekiel and Matthew, the Lord, who takes “no pleasure in the death of the wicked,” wants his disciples to “turn back” from their evil path. In Matthew, specifically, the evil path is any action that asserts power over others or causes harm, in any way, to the weaker brother. So “turn” Jesus exclaims, and become powerless “like children.”
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 18:1-6.
Episode 330 Matthew 18:1-6; Music: Adding The Sun by Kevin MacLeod
What is The Bible as Literature?
Each week, Dr. Richard Benton, Fr. Marc Boulos and guests discuss the content of the Bible as literature. On Tuesdays, Fr. Paul Tarazi presents an in-depth analysis of the biblical text in the original languages.