The Gospel of Matthew
The Gospel of Matthew is one of four accounts of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus the Christ, who fulfilled the messianic prophecies of the Old Testament validating his divinity and lordship. Here in these scriptures, Matthew also known as the tax collector, displays Jesus as the Sovereign King.
In order for us to read this Gospel correctly we must realize a few things that this letter is and what it is not. First we have to understand that this gospel is not written in chronological order meaning that the events that we read do not particularly take place in order of their occurrence. Obviously, they have somewhat of a time line in the sight of Jesus’ birth to the cross but Matthew has intentionally organized these chapters in teaching sections.
Second, this is not a letter written to a specific church but it was written in the Greek to all people, so that anyone who could read this letter would come to know Jesus as their King. Most of Matthew’s readers were either Jewish people who had put their faith in Jesus as the Messiah, or they were Jewish people who were contemplating trusting in Jesus.
“The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” V.1
The name “Jesus” is the Greek form of “Joshua” or “Yeshua” Meaning “Yahweh Saves” or the Lord is salvation. In the very first verse we learn of Jesus’ deity and royal identity through the blood line of King David and Abraham.
“‘The Lord declares to you that the Lord himself will establish a house for you: 12 When your days are over and you rest with your ancestors, I will raise up your offspring to succeed you, your own flesh and blood, and I will establish his kingdom. 13 He is the one who will build a house for my Name, and I will establish the throne of his kingdom forever. 14 I will be his father, and he will be my son. When he does wrong, I will punish him with a rod wielded by men, with floggings inflicted by human hands. 15 But my love will never be taken away from him, as I took it away from Saul, whom I removed from before you. 16 Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever.’”
-2 Samuel 7:11-16
The Lord had said to Abram,
“Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you;
I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing
3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” –Genesis 12:1-3
Jesus’ Sermons in Matthew
- Sermon on the Mount (Matt. 5-7)
- Sermon at Commissioning of the Twelve (Matt. 10:5-42)
- Controversy over Casting Out Demons (Matt. 12:22-45)
- The Parables (Matt. 13:1-52)
- Sermon on the Tradition of the Elders (Matt. 15:1-20)
- Childlikeness of a Believer (Matt. 18)
- Denunciation of Scribes and Pharisees (Matt. 23)
- Olivet Discourse- Last Days (Matt. 24:4-25:46)