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Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament

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Matthew 20:26

Would become great (ov an telhi megav genestai).
Jesus does not condemn the desire to become great. It is a laudable ambition. There are "great ones" (megaloi) among Christians as among pagans, but they do not "lord it over" one another (katakurieuousin), a LXX word and very expressive, or "play the tyrant" (katexousiazousin), another suggestive word.

Your minister (mwn diakonov).
This word may come from dia and koniv (dust), to raise a dust by one's hurry, and so to minister. It is a general word for servant and is used in a variety of ways including the technical sense of our "deacon" in Philippians 1:1. But it more frequently is applied to ministers of the Gospel (1 Corinthians 3:5). The way to be "first" (prwtov), says Jesus, is to be your "servant" (doulov), "bond-servant" (verse Matthew 20:27). This is a complete reversal of popular opinion then and now.

 


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Robertson, A.T. "Commentary on Matthew 20:26". "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". <http://classic.studylight.org/com/rwp/view.cgi?book=mt&chapter=020&verse=026>. Broadman Press 1932,33, Renewal 1960.

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