Matthew

The Power of Forgiveness - Matthew 18:21

“How often shall I forgive?” (Mt. 18:21) Forgiveness is a spiritual feat.  Forgiveness is grace.  Grace cannot be hoarded, stowed away, or home grown.  Grace has one fountain and that fountain is somewhere in the heart of God.  In forgiveness we become a channel, a riverbed, a wadi, through which the goodness of God runs down, gurgling, bubbling, and springing up with living water to irrigate parched earth.  Without forgiveness life becomes an arid desert in w...

Risen - Matthew 28:6

"He is not here.   He is Risen.   As He said." Matt. 28:6  Splitting the Atom was nothing compared to the impact these words have had on the world.   The earth rotates on its axis.   Christianity revolves on this text.   No more Cross, now the Crown. How fitting that an angel would preach this sermon.   He is not here, he is risen as he said.  He is not Here.   The LIBERATION.   Death could not keep its prey. &...

IOU - Matthew 18:28

“…and he took him by the throat, saying, Pay me what thou owest. ” (Mt 18:28b) In Matthew 18 the Lord Jesus tells the story of two debtors and a graceful and disgraceful spirit.   One man who was forgiven an enormous debt seized another poor man by the throat for a much lesser debt owed him.   The first debt was so enormous that the consequent lack of charity displayed was outrageous.   Scholars (so to speak ) have gone over these ancient books of the transgressor a...

Train Wrecks and Loco Motives - Matthew 22:29

"Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God." Matt. 22:29 Have you noticed the recent rash of train wrecks? In California, a suicidal man parked his SUV in the path of an oncoming train, and then changed his mind. He left the tracks (that’s rational), but neglected to take his vehicle with him (that’s irrational). Ten people died. There were two recent derailments, one to the south and the other to the north of us. Sometimes it takes a train wreck to get our atten...

Brothers - Matthew 23:8b

“One is your Master, even Christ; and all ye are brethren.”   Matt. 23:8b If you are born-again, you are my brother (period), no ifs, ands or buts.  I do not have fundamentalist brothers, and evangelical brothers, Presbyterian brothers, and Methodist brothers.  Oh, you can call yourself whatever you like, and it means little to me.  You may call yourself "exclusive" and not want to break bread with me, but you are still my brother.  You may insist you h...

Don't Play Games With God - Matthew 27:22

John would not play their religious games, and now Jesus would not play either.   Life is too short and death is too serious. The Jewish leaders were playing games with Pilate.   They brought Jesus into his court and demanded that he try him and condemn him.   Pilate was forced to answer the most important question of his life.   It is the same question every man must answer.   “What shall I do with Jesus?” (Mt. 27:22).     Pila...

Introduction to Matthew's Gospel

The four Gospels are neither histories of the life of Christ nor biographies.  They are rather portraits of the person and work of the world's Savior.  As portraits they present four different poses of one unique personality. Matthew presents Him as King - Mark as Servant - Luke as Man - John as God. Ezekiel's vision.  In this four dimensional view the Gospels focus on Christ's threefold ministry of Prophet, Priest and King. As Prophet He did not speak for God...

Matthew 1

Matthew 1

Matthew is the Kingly Gospel. He writes principally to the Jews to show that the Jesus of Nazareth of the New Testament is the Messiah predicted in the Old Testament.

A king must be able to trace his royal ancestry. Matthew begins the New Testament by presenting the genealogy or family tree of Jesus the Christ.  Read Verse 1.

He traces the legal descent of Jesus as King of Israel. Then uniquely Matthew follows the royal line from David, through his son Solomon. In doing this he establishes beyond doubt the claims of Christ to be King.  Interestingly, there is a statement in Genesis 5:1 which is similar to the pronouncement of verse 1: "This is the book of the generations of Adam."

The two statements are descriptive of the two great themes of Scripture. The O.T. is devoted to the record of Adam and his descendants. The N.T. gives the history of Christ, the Son of God, and His redeemed family.

To sum up, Matthew is presenting Jesus Christ as the Son of David - The Son of Abraham - the rightful King of the Jews.  He also presents Him as Jesus - Jehovah Savior.

At this point we should notice verse 16. Casually reading this verse we might assume the word "whom" refer back to Joseph and Mary, and that Jesus was born of Joseph and Mary. How carefully the Spirit has guarded against such a conclusion. The word "whom" is in the singular feminine gender. Praise God, Jesus was born of Mary, but not of Joseph.

The second portion of the chapter contains the story of the miraculous conception and birth of the King.

Verse 18: "Now the birth of Christ was in this way." Note how different the birth of Jesus was to the others mentioned. His birth was without the involvement of a human father.

Matthew 8

Chapter 8 begins the third section of the book.

In the first section Chs. 1-4 to verse 11, the King is introduced.  His Genealogy - Birth and early Life are described.

The second section reveals the principles and laws with which He would govern the Kingdom - The Sermon on the Mount.  Chs. 5-7.

The third section Ch. 8-12 reveal the power of the King to implement those laws and also tell us of the tragic rejection of the King.

The Gospel of Matthew is composed of five groups of “sayings,” or bodies of truth.  Each group is concluded by similar words to those that close the Sermon on the Mount.  “When Jesus had ended these sayings.” Ch 7:28.  In His Sermon we have Christ as the TEACHER instructing His disciples.

The next time these words occur is in Ch. 11:1.  In the body of truth before this Christ is revealed as MASTER instructing His servants.

The third mention Ch. 13:53 closes the group of parables of the Kingdom where Christ reveals Himself as the KING informing His subjects.

The fourth mention Ch. 19:1 concludes the discourse on the Church (16-18) and shows Christ as the HEAD addressing His members.

The last mention Ch. 26:1 follows our Lords discourse on the end times and sets forth Christ as JUDGE entering into account with His creatures.

An understanding of the break-up of the Book will help us to see more clearly the truths Jesus is teaching.

In the section now before us we see the power of the King and also the MASTER instructing His servants.

Isaiah wrote 800 years before Christ was born, that when the Messiah came He would
Open the eyes of the blind.
    Unstop the ears of the deaf.

Matthew 12

In chapter 11 the Lord has been rejected by the nation.

His total rejection is summarized in the attitude of three of the prominent cities of Galilee. Chorazin – Bethsaida - Capernaum.

The Lord pronounced judgment upon them because of their rejection of Him. Interestingly, the destruction of Chorazin and Bethsaida is so complete that no trace of them can be found.  Also, the location of Capernaum is uncertain.

Tiberius, one of the larger cities in Galilee, which was more receptive to Christ and therefore escaped His judgment, is still standing and enjoying a good measure of prosperity.

This should encourage us as it illustrates our Savior’s omnipotence and omniscience and the unfailing reliability of the Scriptures.

The final rejection of Christ by the Pharisees caused them to observe the life of the Lord and His disciples more minutely to justify their position.

They found their opportunity when they saw the disciples violating the Sabbath verses 1 thru 8 of Chapter 12.  And Jesus healing the man with the paralyzed hand on the Sabbath verses 9-13.

The Lord and His disciples were walking through the corn fields, to satisfy their hunger the disciples plucked some ears of corn.  The Pharisees took this rather flimsy piece of evidence and accused the disciples of breaking the Sabbath.

The Lord immediately defended his disciples by presenting three arguments.

(1) David’s experience, verses 3 and 4. 1 Samuel 21:1-6.  David ate consecrated bread which was reserved for the priests alone.  For this act David was not condemned by the nation, nor by God.

He and his men did this when he was rejected by them.  If he had been given his rightful place as king and he and his men would not have had to eat the shewbread.

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