Matthew

Thoughts come from a wide variety of sources. Some from messages I have heard from individuals, some from assembly Bible studies, some from home life and some from books I have read. The Holy Spirit is the Teacher who makes them real to me.

• “Studies in the Four Gospels,” by G. Campbell Morgan
• “What the Bible Teaches, Matthew,” by J. Heading
• “The Life Application Bible.” Tyndale House and Zondervan 

 

Matthew
A Dignified Unfolding of Christ as Befits the King

Old Testament prophets testified of Him but the carnal Jews of His day did not expect Messiah to come as He did.  They were looking for One with personal and national glory and power.  They wanted victory over the Gentiles but not a sacrifice.  The foundation of the kingdom of God is the cross.  This

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Matthew 1
Genealogy

Four hundred years of silence from God passed since the closing of the Old Testament scriptures. The Talmud with all its “dos and don’ts” had been written to bring the behavior of the people under the control of a governing body. Synagogues had been built where the people came to be taught by a class

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Matthew 2
Overview

HOMAGE SHOWN TO THE KING, 2:1-12. v.1-2. Probably one or two years after Christ’s birth. “Into the house” [v.11]; “two years” [v.16]. Herod: descendant of Esau (Edomite) a traditional enemy of Jews. Wise men. His star in the east. Worship. v.3. Heard; troubled; all Jerusalem upset rather than rejoicing. v.4-6. Where Christ (Messiah) should be

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Matthew 2
When Jesus Was Born

To have lived at that time under Roman rule was a very offensive thing to the Jews. There were at least three, maybe four, districts under the leadership of local leaders, who were under the leadership of Herod, who in turn was under the authority of Rome. This national servitude had the Jews discontented and

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Matthew 2:6
Prophetic Right

A dignified unfolding of Christ’s right to be King begins in chapter 1 with His genealogy from the ancient past, establishing His pedigree. Everything is in order as generation after generation passes until “In the fullness of time, God sent forth His Son; made of a woman; made under the law, to redeem them that

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Matthew 2:10
Exceeding Great Joy

I review, and meditate on the past – remembering the ways of God with me – even before I was saved, and know I am alive and well because of God’s grace – and I have exceeding great joy! The Gospel lived before me by the saints of God, and the Gospel preached to me

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Matthew 3
Overview

Three times in chapter 3 we read those who “came.” JOHN THE BAPTIST CAME, 3:1-6.  His message, v.1-2. Repent and prepare for the King: Jesus’ message [4:17]; the disciples’ message [10:7]; Israel rejected the message. His authority, v.3. The last of the OT prophets [Lu.16:16].  His person, v.4. Humble in manner and dress. In the

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Matthew 3
Then Came Jesus

I saw in my journey through the scriptures, the Lord Jesus Christ stepping into public view after years of obscurity. “The Way, the Truth and the Life” is there presented for the nation to see and from that beginning – the whole world. The nation of Israel had been waiting for a prophet to come

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Matthew 3:17
I Am Well Pleased

He was willing to come as an obedient son would respond to his father’s desire. He could honestly say, “Lo, I come, in the volume of the book it is written of Me, ‘I delight to do Thy will, O my God.’” No one else among the children of men ever did such a thing.

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Matthew 3:17
Divine Right

A MAN SENT FROM GOD The plans had been laid before the foundation of the world. The place had been identified where He should be born. The event had come to pass and Messiah was here. The time was near for Him to step onto the public scene. But before that, the way has to

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Matthew 4
Overview

THE TESTIMONY OF THE KING, 4:1-11. THE TEMPTATION OF JESUS. 4:1-11. The first temptation, v.3-4.   God’s ideal of physical humanity. Satan suggests that God should not let Him be hungry. Jesus’ answer – De.8:1-6; Ps.119:11. Satan makes an organized and systematic attack upon the Man in all areas of His life. Satan makes an appeal

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Matthew 4
It Is Written

As I watched the journey of Jesus. He walked away from all others taking a solitary journey into the wilderness. He was a man led by God the Holy Spirit. I was amazed to see two equal Persons of the Godhead, divine Persons, one leading the other and the Lord submissive to the control of

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Matthew 5
What Jesus Taught

THE FIRST OF FIVE DISCOURSES Mat. 5. The Teacher imparting His character to His disciples. Mat. 10. The Master revealing principles of Christian service. Mat. 13. The King enlightening His subjects to the character of the dispensation. Mat. 18. The Head controlling the members in happy church relationship. Mat. 24. The Judge calling His creatures

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