Matthew

THE BOOK OF INSTRUCTIONS  

Matthew is the first book of the New Testament and the door between the Old and New. Full of the teachings of Christ and Old Testament scripture, this Jewish natured book guides us through all that Jesus fulfilled as the promised Messiah of the Old Testament.

PART ONE | PART TWO | PART THREE

 
 

 

Part One

HE IS NOT HERE! HE HAS RISEN, JUST AS HE SAID.

M 28:6


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Welcome to the book of Matthew. This incredible book is the longest of the four gospels. The “Gospels” being the first four books of the New Testament that present the life of Jesus. Here at TYB our prayer for you is that as you read this book you will encounter Jesus, the man of the Word himself. You will find out new aspects of his nature and in turn the nature of God that will set a solid foundation in your Christianity. Some of us don’t need more knowledge of the Bible, we need a fresh encounter with the man of the Bible. So as you read his life and his teachings I pray that you would fall in love afresh with this incredible man that walked this earth, and is our loving Saviour and King. His wisdom will change your life!

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DEEP DIVE

the kingdom of heaven by RYAN KERRISON

When reading any text, whether it is a traffic stop sign or an Ancient Sanscrit text from the 2nd Century B.C. one must practice hermeneutics. Hermeneutics is the art and science of the interpretation of texts. Within this field lies the discipline of ‘Source Criticism’; this is a highly debated discipline, often charged with attempting to reach conclusions beyond its plausible framework. However, when applied to the Synoptic Gospels, as in the case of this Deep Dive into Matthew, this methodology facilitates some interesting discussion concerning the Kingdom of Heaven. Where is it? What does it look like? What will it look like? Is it the same as the Kingdom of God mentioned in other Gospels?

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Part Two

anyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who builds his house on the rock

M 7:24


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this is cause for action

The thing I love about the book of Matthew is not just what Jesus is saying, but how he says it. Have you noticed the instructional language in Matthew: Watch out, Do not, when you, I tell you, warnings and corrections. He is not entertaining his crowd, he is not just a motivational speaker, Jesus is giving us tools to change our life, to direct us, guide us and to instruct us in change. When he speaks he expects us to act on his words, he teaches with authority, his teaching imparts power to act on what he is saying.

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the old testament in the new by Nathan Ross

At times the New Testament and Old Testament are considered to be separate, and unrelated entities. When this occurs we can fall into the trap of not using the word of God to its full potential. Yes, we acknowledge that the NT (New Testament) and OT (Old Testament) are different writings, but we also need to come to terms with what Paul writes in 2 Timothy 3:16; “all scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness.”

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Part Three

I have not come to abolish the law or the prophets, but to fulfil them.

M 5:17


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completed not cancelled: Fulfilled not abolished

In Matthew we start with a declaration that sums up the whole purpose of the book: “This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham.” To the intended Jewish audience this was a statement that changed their world. The redeemer, the Saviour, the Kinsman Redeemer, Commander of the Armies of the Lord, the King that would finally free them and return their land had come and it was Jesus Christ the Nazarene! Matthew has selected material from Christ's life and arranged it to convey one specific truth: Christ is the King of the Jews, rejected by His people, crucified for the whole world and now alive in heaven.  Jesus is the fulfilment of Israel’s messianic hopes and expectations.

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some christian philosophy pam borrow

Over the summer I was reading two things concurrently. In my devotional time I was reading the book of Matthew, and for my academic nourishment, I was reading Desiring the Kingdom by James K A Smith, a Christian Philosopher. I found there was a wonderful and unexpected synergy between the two. Let me explain.

Smith's fascinating book puts forward a challenging framework for seeing humanity. He proposes that the post-enlightenment world valued and focused on thinking as the highest function of mankind. Descartes famous "I think therefore I am" became the catch cry of a movement.

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