Q. I just can’t believe how sparse dispensational commentary data is! Everywhere I look on-line I see replacement theology. I have a Bible Study I teach weekly and currently Matthew is our topic. Would you please provide your commentary regarding Matthew 11:11-19?
A. In brief, Matt. 11:11-15 tells us that Jesus considered John to be among the greatest of all men. But by saying that he who is least in the Kingdom will be greater than John, He was saying John is not part of the Church but was the last of the Old Testament prophets, and would have fulfilled Malachi’s prophecy of Elijah’s return (Malachi 4:5-6) had they been willing to accept him as such.
In Matt. 11:16-19 He observed that there was no pleasing the people of His day. Nothing moved them. John was an aesthetic and they said he was demon possessed. Jesus was a “regular guy” and they said He was an undisciplined friend of sinners. Like some Christians of our time, they had nothing constructive to contribute but could only find fault with the contributions of others.