Learning the Gospel of Matthew
Jesus is revealed strategically in the Gospels. Using the overviews from JoinTheBibleProject [Matthew Part 1 & Part 2], we will study strategically. Our goal is similar to what is described in Psalm 1. By meditating day and night we begin to thrive like a tree planted by a living stream. We will be blessed. And as we know from Genesis 12:2,3 and Exodus 19:6 – God blesses people to bless others, to serve as the King’s priests, connecting people to God and others.
How can we prepare to encounter Jesus through Matthew’s Gospel?
- choose one place to take notes that will help you build an understanding of the whole book.
- read matthew as much as you can.
- Watch the overview of Matthew 1-13 posted below.
- Take notes on your initial observations.
- Use the questions and added explanations below to develop clarity about structural themes.
- Who wrote the book? Where does the gospel of Matthew claim this?
- What are 3 themes from the Old Testament (Hebrew Bible) Matthew will show us through his gospel?
- What is the design of the book? Intro /___ Sections / Conclusion
- Which chapters are the introduction?
- How do the introductory chapters connect Jesus to the OT?
Jesus > Moses???
The Torah (in Greek called the Pentateuch because it has five books: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers & Deuteronomy) tells the story of God’s promise to renew the world through the nation of Israel for all nations. Abram received the promise and became Abraham on the way to giving birth to Israel. Moses later became part of God’s means of saving Israel and establishing a covenant identity. But God says Moses is not the ultimate hope. There is a prophet, like Moses, who will come after Moses.
"15 “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you, from your brothers — it is to him you shall listen — 16 just as you desired of the Lord your God at Horeb on the day of the assembly, when you said, ‘Let me not hear again the voice of the Lord my God or see this great fire any more, lest I die.’ 17 And the Lord said to me, ‘They are right in what they have spoken. 18 I will raise up for them a prophet like you from among their brothers. And I will put my words in his mouth, and he shall speak to them all that I command him. 19 And whoever will not listen to my words that he shall speak in my name, I myself will require it of him."
The Torah concludes with an unresolved problem.
Long after the story of Israel’s salvation and formation as a kingdom of priests for all nations, the promise of “a prophet like Moses” was still not fulfilled:
"10 Since then, no prophet has risen in Israel like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face, 11 who did all those signs and wonders the Lord sent him to do in Egypt — to Pharaoh and to all his officials and to his whole land. 12 For no one has ever shown the mighty power or performed the awesome deeds that Moses did in the sight of all Israel."
Matthew begins his gospel with the genealogy of Jesus highlighting his connection to Abraham. We are meant to understand that Jesus is the continuation of Israel’s great story of hope for all nations. How do we know that is Matthew’s intention? Because Matthew ends his gospel with Jesus telling his people to apprentice all nations to know and follow God through Jesus (Mt. 28:18-20).