The Book of Matthew


In my opinion, one of the most important world masterpieces we can study is the Gospels in the Bible. Especially the Gospel of Matthew. This book continues to make a profound influence on thousands of people on the earth. It is inspires, teaches, demands, and gives us hope. It sets essential guidelines for living. It is the foundation for salvation. Nothing else could ever be so important to all of humankind. We can relate to it because it tells us about ourselves. It also tells us about others. It discusses the issues that we hold at the core of our society. Even for non-believers, the book of Matthew is the foundation for our society's moral, cultural, and ethical beliefs, accepted practices, and basic laws. This book affects all people who hear it. It is a fascinating literary masterpiece.
Beginning in the New Testament the Bible moves from strict enforcement, punishment, and prophecy, into the glorious presentation of the Son of God. He is spoken of hundreds of times in the Old Testament through symbols and prophecies -- all pointing to the future and the coming of Someone. The Old Testament cannot be read without being aware of that constant promise running through each page. Someone is definitely coming.
In opening the Gospels, that Someone comes forth in the fullness of his glory, and it is absolutely fascinating. We get a chance to see Christ as he is. Because what Christ was, is what he is, and what he will always be. We are given a view into the depth and fullness of his character and being and life. That is why the Gospels are so important to us.
The word gospel means "good news." It was the message that Jesus forgives the sins of all who trust in Him. The Gospel of Matthew is the first book in the New Testament, and has been called the most important book that has ever been written for Christendom. Matthew was a Jewish tax collector who obeyed Christ's call and became one of the original twelve apostles.
Matthew's name means, "gift of God." Jesus gave him this name in place of his given name, Levi when he joined with Christ..
The Gospel of Matthew is the perfect link between the Old and New Testaments. Matthew wrote especially to the Jews to prove that Christ is their promised Messiah and the eternal King of kings and Lord of lords. Therefore, Matthew is careful not to alienate his Jewish readers. Matthew also shows how Jesus fulfilled prophecy and how He is the Person who will bring in God's kingdom. Because the "Kingdom of heaven" is found thirty-three times in this Gospel, it has been called the Gospel of the Kingdom. The book also shows that followers of Christ are the true people of God and the heirs of the coming kingdom. Matthew records Jesus'
birth, Sermon on the Mount, the Beatitudes, the Parables of the Kingdom, and Peter's confession of Christ as the Son of God.
Matthew could also be called the Gospel of the King because it is Matthew's task to present him as the King. The prophecy was fulfilled when Jesus entered Jerusalem, "humble and riding on an ass..." (Zech 9:9). A genealogy is given to show God's working throughout the ages to bring His Son to earth. Jesus' legal right to the throne comes through Joseph and his hereditary right through Mary.
The first chapter recounts the joyful miracle of the birth of Jesus, which is different from every other birth. He was conceived by the Holy Spirit in Mary's womb and born with a sinless nature. He is "God with us" and also God like us because He took on our nature and entered into human life and experience. When Jesus was baptized by John, he was given his heavenly authority as the Father's voice spoke from heaven and said, "This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased" (Matt 3:17).
In chapter four, Jesus is tempted by Satan not as a personal test but for our sake, that He might personally know temptation and be able to help us when we are tempted. He overcame the devil by using the same weapons available to us today: the Word of God, the power of the Spirit, and prayer.
The Sermon on the Mount presents a picture of