The Gospel by Matthew
Let's Meet the King - November 2, 2014
Rather than starting our study of Matthew with the first verse and immediately plunging into the details of the verses that follow, it will help us to grasp an overview of the entire account. Click here to read more and view the outline.
The Genesis of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-17 ) - November 9, 2014
Anyone who makes the decision to read through the New Testament for the first time immediately encounters a daunting challenge. Right out of the chute, the reader has to wade through a long list of names. To make matters worse, most of the names are unfamiliar, and some are difficult to pronounce. Click here to read more and view the outline.
Try Standing in Joseph’s Sandals (Matthew 1:18–25) - November 16, 2014
The story of Jesus’ miraculous conception and remarkable birth is the best-known story in the whole Bible. Other births recorded in the Scriptures may be amazing, perhaps even spectacular, like Isaac being born to his 90-year-old mother, Sarah; Elizabeth giving birth to John at a very old age; and Hannah, who was unable to have children, finally getting pregnant with Samuel. However, none can compare to the birth of Jesus from the virgin womb of Mary. Click here to read more and view the outline.
Wise Men, Wicked Men... and Us (Matthew 2:1–12) - November 23, 2014
When we come to this section of Scripture, we immediately recall the lyrics of the well-known Christmas carol composed in 1857 by the Episcopal minister John H. Hopkins, Jr. He based his words on the traditional Christmas story handed down through many generations:
“We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar,
Field and fountain, moor and mountain–following yonder star.
O, star of wonder, star of night, star with royal beauty bright,
Westward leading, still proceeding, guide us to Thy perfect light.”
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Destination Driven Dreams (Matthew 2-13-23) - November 30, 2014
One dream has already played an important role in our study of the Gospel by Matthew. It was the dream Joseph had as he was wrestling with how he should respond to Mary’s shocking announcement of her pregnancy. In that dream (1:20–23), an angel of the Lord appeared to him, assuring him he had no reason to be afraid to take Mary as his wife. What happened in that dream was sufficient to convince Joseph to marry the woman he loved, even though he would never be able to fully explain the miracle in her womb. Click here to read more and view the outline.
Strange Preacher. . .Strong Proclamation (Matthew 3:1–17) - January 4, 2015
Through the years, there have been some unusual preachers who have delivered powerful messages. Consider some who lived in biblical days. Noah built a huge boat while proclaiming his message for well over 100 years before a disinterested, antagonistic audience. Moses did not get started until he was 80 years old. Then, he made up for lost time for the next 40 years. Click here to read more and view the outline.
Surprised by Jesus (Matthew 3:11–17) - January 11, 2015
One of the major challenges Christians face when reading the Scriptures is overexposure. As a result, we seldom read verses with “fresh eyes.” Since we are overly familiar with the stories surrounding Jesus as set forth in the four Gospels, we already know what is coming next, unlike those in the original scene. Click here to read more and view the outline.
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