Matthew 26-28

The final chapters of Mathew’s Gospel are his account of the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. The Evangelist has presented the Kingship of Jesus the Messiah, long awaited by the people of Israel. But the advent of Jesus’ Kingdom had not yielded the political deliverance and national supremacy many … Continue reading

Matthew 24-25

These chapters introduce what many consider the most difficult theme to interpret in all of the New Testament. The scope and drama of Matthew 24 has produced a number of views, and the crux of the issue seems to be understanding if Jesus here was referring to events that would … Continue reading

Matthew 22-23

The Gospels give special attention to the increased emphasis Jesus showed to the training of the twelve as He made His way to Jerusalem; while He healed and taught many, nearing the cross His interest was almost singularly upon those who would carry on Kingdom leadership after His ascension. In … Continue reading

Matthew 19-21

These chapters contain Jesus’ interaction with the Pharisees and the rich young ruler, and detail the circumstances surrounding His entry into Jerusalem. While not discounting the significance of those who observed each scene, we do well to remember that when speaking, Jesus had particularly the twelve in view. As Jesus … Continue reading

Matthew 17-18

As the Gospel narratives advance, each places increasing attention on Jesus’ private ministry to His disciples. While Jesus never ignored the crowds and the needs of those around Him, the Evangelists frame the events in such a way as to reveal that as He neared the cross Jesus was preparing … Continue reading

Matthew 14-16

The miracles and messages of Matthew 14-16 are framed on the one side by the beheading of John the Baptist, and Peter’s confession of the Messiah on the other—which, taken together, serve to point the reader toward the reality that the kingdom of God is not for the fainthearted. Rather, … Continue reading

Matthew 11-13

perfect righteousness also demanded that the disciples beware of greed (6.19-24), and worry (6.25-34), trusting instead that the Father in heaven provide for their necessities as they “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (6.33). Since the Kingdom was concomitant with high standards, and the Judaism of Jesus’ … Continue reading

Matthew 8-10

Matthew’s initial description of Jesus’ Galilean ministry (4.18-25), set the stage for what readers would come to know (and expect) from Jesus through the rest of the Gospels. As one never has a second chance to make a first impression, so too Jesus; His ability to gain followers, preach, and … Continue reading

Matthew 5-7

As the initial chapters of his Gospel indicate, Matthew labored to present the Kingship of Jesus Christ. Matthew 5-7 records what has come to be known as the Sermon on the Mount. In some ways it could be likened to a newly elected leader’s first major political address. On that … Continue reading

Matthew 3-4

Of the four evangelists, Matthew emphatically portrays Jesus as a King (cf. esp. Davidic lineage in 1.2-17; 13.41; 16.28; 19.28; 25.31-34). Analyzing the literary context of chs 3-4 reveals that the arrival of King Jesus was similar to that of human kings: a herald announced His ministry and a threatened … Continue reading

Matthew 1-2

The opening chapters of the Gospel of Matthew portray Scripture as a storyline—a cohesive narrative of God’s work in history. The record of Jesus’ genealogy and birth, coupled with the quotations from the Old Testament, all show that the drama of the nation of Israel had reached new heights in … Continue reading