He that hears you hears me; and he that despises you despises me; and he that despises me despises him that sent me.
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EXPOSITORY (ENGLISH BIBLE)He that heareth you heareth me.—See Note on Matthew 10:40. Another fragment of our Lord’s teaching meets us under the same conditions as before.Luke 10:16. He that heareth you — Here our Lord declares the general rule which he would observe, with regard to those to whom he sent, or should send his ministers; that he would reckon himself treated as they treated his servants. Indeed, what is done to the ambassador is generally considered as done to the prince that sends him. 1st, He that heareth you, and regards what you say, heareth me, and therein doth me honour: but, 2d, He that despiseth you, doth, in effect, despise me, and shall be reckoned with as having put an affront upon me: nay, he despiseth him that sent me. Observe, reader, those that contemn the Christian religion, do, in effect, put a slight upon natural religion, of which it is perfective. And they who despise the faithful ministers of Christ, they who, though they do not hate and persecute them, yet think meanly of them, look on them with scorn, and neglect to attend their ministry, will be reckoned with as despisers of God and of Christ.Matthew 10:40. See Poole on "Matthew 10:40". Matthew 10:40.
and he that despiseth you, despiseth me: every degree of contempt cast upon them by words or actions, Christ looked upon as cast on himself, and will resent it another day, and punish for it. The despising of wise men, or doctors, and their disciples or scholars, was accounted with the Jews a very heinous crime, and was severely punished both by excommunication and fines: for thus it is said (h),
"a great iniquity it is to despise the wise men, or to hate them. Jerusalem was not destroyed until the disciples of the wise men were despised in it, as it is said, 2 Chronicles 36:16 "but they mocked the messengers of God, and despised his words, and misused his prophets": as if he should say, they despised those that taught his words: and thus saith the law, "if ye despise my statutes"; they that teach my statutes ye will despise; and every one that despiseth the wise men, hath no part in the world to come; and lo! this is included in that general rule, "for he hath despised the word of the Lord". Although he that despiseth the wise men hath no part in the world to come, if witnesses come (and depose) that he hath despised them even in words, he is guilty of excommunication: and the sanhedrim excommunicate him publicly, and fine him a pound of gold in every place, and give it to the wise men: and he that despiseth a wise man by words, even after his (the wise man's) death, the sanhedrim excommunicate him; and they free him when he returns by repentance: but if the wise man is alive, they do not free him till he pleases.''
And he that despiseth me, despiseth him that sent me: this is said to aggravate the sin of the despisers of Christ's ministers, and to deter from it; since the contempt does not terminate in them, nor even in Christ, but reaches his Father also. The Ethiopic version adds, "and he that heareth me, heareth him that sent me": but is not supported by any copy, or any other version.He that heareth you heareth me; and he that despiseth you despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
EXEGETICAL (ORIGINAL LANGUAGES)Luke 10:16. Comp. Matthew 10:40; John 13:20; John 12:48. A confirmation in principle of the fact that He placed on equal grounds the cities that reject them with those that reject Himself. In the second part the saying rises to a climax (ἀθετ. τ. ἀποστ. με). A deepening of the emotion; a solemn conclusion.Luke 10:16 = Matthew 10:40-41, only Mt. emphasises and expands the positive side, while Lk. with the positive presents, and with special emphasis, the negative (ὁ ἀθετῶν ὑμᾶς, etc.).16. despiseth) Literally, “setting at nought.” For comment on the verse see 1 Thessalonians 4:8; Matthew 18:5; John 12:44.Luke 10:16. Ἀκούει, heareth) Supply, from the antithesis, but (moreover) he who heareth Me, heareth Him who sent Me.
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