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This is the headpiece of the 2.75 meter stele from Xian, China erected in 638 AD.  Photo credit:  David Castor, Wikimedia Commons.  The stele (called "the Nestorian stele") testifies to a large Chinese Christian community connected to Syrian Christians further west.  It provides a potential link to Christian activity even further east, involving The Gospel of Matthew.  A copy of Matthew was found in Chinese script in Kyoto, Japan, in the Koryuji Buddhist Temple, which dates back to 818 AD.  It was built on top of a Christian church building built in 603 AD, which had been ruined by a fire.  The "Church of the East" holds that Christian faith reached Japan by 70 AD.  Apparently, Syrian and/or Chinese Christian missionaries come to Japan with The Gospel of Matthew to spread the faith. 

Messages on

the Gospel of Matthew:

Jesus' Kingdom Movement

 

Matthew 5:33 - 37  From Flakiness to Integrity

Matthew 8:1 - 4

Spiritual Disciplines: Grieving and Celebrating

Matthew 8:1 - 4

How Jesus Heals, Part 1

Matthew 8:5 - 13

How Jesus Heals, Part 2

Matthew 8:14 - 17

How Jesus Authenticates Himself

Matthew 8:23 - 27

How to Read the Bible and Experience God In It

Matthew 8:28 - 34

Jesus Kicks the Uncleanness Out of Us

Matthew 9:18 - 26

How Jesus Heals Us from Shame

Matthew 15:21 - 28

Jesus Leads Us Far from Home

Matthew 18:21 - 35

The First Sign of a Fading Faith: Forgiveness

Workbooks on

the Gospel of Matthew

 

How to Move Mountains and Influence People:

The Gospel of Matthew as Handbook for

Jesus' Mission and Ours, Part 1 (Mt.3 - 7)

 

Leaders' Guide

Participants' Guide

  

Small Group Leader Notes on

the Gospel of Matthew

 

Part One:  Our Heart -

Jesus’ Challenge to the Human Heart (Mt.1 - 7)

 

Matthew 3:1 - 12  What is Divine Fire?  Purifying or Destroying?

Matthew 3:13 - 4:11

Jesus Retells Our Story

Matthew 3:13 - 4:11

Jesus Begins to Redeem Human Nature

Matthew 4:12 - 25

Jesus is Light in Darkness, Heaven on Earth

Matthew 5:1 - 12

Jesus' Process of Transformation

Matthew 5:1 - 16

Jesus' Vision for Influence

Matthew 5:21 - 26

Heart Transformation for Reconciliation

Matthew 5:21 - 26

A Practical Framework for Reconciliation

Matthew 5:27 - 32

Heart Transformation for Purity

Matthew 5:33 - 37 

Heart Transformation for Integrity

Matthew 5:38 - 48

Heart Transformation for Loving the Opposition
Matthew 6:1 - 18 From Public Show to Deep Authenticity
Matthew 6:19 - 34 From Greed to Generosity
Matthew 7:1 - 6 From Judging to Healing
Matthew 7:7 - 29 From Self-Sufficiency to Dependence

  

Part Two:  Our Experience -

The Power of Jesus’ Word (Mt.8 - 10)

 

Matthew 8:1 - 17 Jesus Heals by His Word

Matthew 8:18 - 34

Jesus Ejects Other Voices

Matthew 9:1 - 13

Jesus Raises People Up

Matthew 9:14 - 26 

Jesus Heals Our Hidden Uncleanness

Matthew 9:35 - 10:22

Jesus Sends Us to Proclaim

  

Part Three:  Our Stamina -

Facing Rejection and Building Resolve (Mt.11 - 13)

 

Matthew 11:1 - 24 Why Rejecting Jesus Isn't Logical
Matthew 11:25 - 27 Jesus Reveals All of the Father
Matthew 11:28 - 12:21 Jesus Completes Us
Matthew 12:46 - 13:23 Growing the Kingdom: Why Rejection Happens
Matthew 13:24 - 43 Growing the Kingdom: Shallow Acceptance
Matthew 13:44 - 46 Growing the Kingdom: The Insider's View
Matthew 12:46 - 13:58 Growing the Kingdom: Seven Kingdom Parables

 

Part Four:  Our Skills -

Multi-Ethnicity, Cross-Cultural Ministry (Mt.14 – 18)

 

Matthew 14:1 - 12 How Not to Respond to Jesus' Word
Matthew 14:13 - 33 Jesus' Lesson on Serving Strangers
Matthew 15:1 - 20 Jesus' Lesson on the Human Heart
Matthew 15:1 - 20 Where is the Evil?  A Comparison
Matthew 15:1 - 28 Ministry at the Center and the Margins
Matthew 15:21 - 28 Jesus' Lesson on Crossing Cultures
Matthew 15:21 - 28 A Worksheet on Ethnicity, Culture, and Faith
Matthew 15:29 - 16:12 Jesus' Second Lesson on Serving Strangers
Matthew 16:13 - 28 Jesus' Lesson about Sacrifice
Matthew 16:13 - 17:13 How to See Jesus
Matthew 17:14 - 27 The Real Meaning of Moving Mountains
Matthew 18:1 - 18 Jesus' Lesson on Welcoming New Believers
Matthew 18:19 - 35 Jesus' Lesson on Forgiveness

 

Part Five:  Our Courage -

Confrontation and Conflict (Mt.19 - 25)

 

Matthew 19:3 - 12 Holding to Jesus' Vision for Sex and Marriage
Matthew 19:13 - 30 Holding to Jesus' Vision for Money
Matthew 20:1 - 28 Holding to Jesus' Vision for Greatness
Matthew 20:29 - 21:46

Jesus Enters as King and God Embodied

Matthew 22:1 - 14 Conflicting Kingdoms
Matthew 22:15 - 46 The Traps Set for Jesus
Matthew 23:1 - 39 Spiritualities in Conflict
Matthew 24:1 - 51 Jesus Was Here:  The Sign
Matthew 25:1 - 46 Until the End of the Age:  How to Invest Well
Matthew 25:1 - 30 Until the End of the Age:  How to Invest Well
Matthew 25:31 - 44 Until the End of the Age:  How Jesus Will Judge

 

Part Six:  Our Mission -

Remembrance and Reproduction (Mt.26 - 28)

 

Matthew 26:1 - 29 Remembering How Jesus Prepared to Die

Matthew 26:30 - 56

Remembering Jesus' Great Struggle
Matthew 26:57 - 75 Remembering the Trials of Jesus and Peter
Matthew 26:57 - 27:37 Remembering the Leadership of Jesus
Matthew 27:11 - 54 Remembering Jesus' Death
Matthew 27:55 - 28:15 Remembering Jesus' Resurrection
Matthew 28:16 - 20 Remembering Jesus' Mission and Ours

On the King's Errand:

Devotional Reflections on

the Gospel of Matthew  

 

Introduction to Matthew's Gospel

 

Matthew 28:20 An Introduction to Matthew's Gospel
Matthew 28:18 The Kingdom of Heaven:  The Centerpiece
Matthew 28:19 The Movement:  Extending the Reign of Jesus, Part 1
Matthew 28:19 The Movement:  Extending the Reign of Jesus, Part 2
Matthew 28:19 The Movement:  Extending the Reign of Jesus, Part 3
Matthew 28:19 The Transformation Jesus Brings, Part 1
Matthew 28:19 The Transformation Jesus Brings, Part 2
Matthew 28:19 Knowing God's Name Transforms Us, and Why
Matthew 28:20 The Charter:  Matthew's Literary Structure, Part 1
Matthew 28:20 The Charter:  Matthew's Literary Structure, Part 2
Matthew 28:20 Power Beyond Our Own:  Jesus Goes With Us

 

Part One:  Our Heart -

Jesus’ Challenge to the Human Heart (Mt.1 - 7)

 

Matthew 1:1

The Happy Ending and Israel's King

Matthew 1:1 - 17

The Line of Kings and the Ultimate King

Matthew 1:12 - 17

Jesus Brings Us Home from Exile

Matthew 1:18 - 25

No More Family Disgrace

Matthew 1:18 - 25

Born of a Virgin

Matthew 1:18 - 25

God Will Be With You...In a New Way

Matthew 1:18 - 25

Jesus Takes to Himself Sinful Human Nature

Matthew 1:18 - 25

Jesus Fills Full the Hope of Isaiah - The New King

Matthew 1:18 - 25

Jesus Fills Full the Hope of Isaiah - The New Eden

Matthew 2:1 - 6

The Heir of David, Born in the City of David

Matthew 2:5 - 6

Jesus Fills Full the Hope of Micah

Matthew 2:7 - 12

The Magi Honor Jesus

Matthew 2:13 - 21

Jesus Begins to Redeem Israel's Story

Matthew 2:14 - 15

Did Matthew Quote Hosea Out of Context?

Matthew 2:16 - 21

The Competition Between Kings

Matthew 2:22 - 23

Called a Nazarene - Where is That in Scripture?

Matthew 3:1 - 6

Jesus' Herald

Matthew 3:7 - 12

The Message of the Herald

Matthew 3:13 - 4:11

Jesus Retells Your Story

Matthew 3:13 - 4:11

How Jesus Was Victorious

Matthew 4:1 - 11

Jesus' Inner Struggle

Matthew 4:1 - 11

The Devil's Strategy, Part 1

Matthew 4:1 - 11

The Devil's Strategy, Part 2

Matthew 3:13 - 4:11

Understanding the Trinity in Action

Matthew 4:12 - 16

Jesus is Light in Darkness

Matthew 4:17 - 25

Jesus is Heaven on Earth

Matthew 4:19

Attendance or Apprenticeship?

Matthew 5:1 - 7:29

The King Etches His Law on Our Hearts

Matthew 5:1 - 6

Influential Ambassadors, Part 1

Matthew 5:7 - 16

Influential Ambassadors, Part 2

Matthew 5:9 - 12

Wartime Ambassadors

Matthew 5:17 - 20

The Fulfillment from Form to Substance

Matthew 5:17 - 20

Jesus Filled to the Full the Law and the Prophets

Matthew 5:17 - 20

Did Jesus Abolish the Law and the Prophets?

Matthew 5:21 - 26

Heart Transformation for Reconciliation

Matthew 5:27 - 32

Heart Transformation for Purity,

Part 1 - Explaining Jesus' Standards

Matthew 5:27 - 32

Heart Transformation for Purity,

Part 2 - Taking Action

Matthew 5:33 - 37

Heart Transformation for Integrity, Part 1

Matthew 5:33 - 37

Heart Transformation for Integrity, Part 2

Matthew 5:33 - 37

Heart Transformation for Integrity, Part 3

Matthew 5:38 - 39

Heart Transformation for Love,

Part 1 - Don't Retaliate in Kind

Matthew 5:39

Heart Transformation for Love,

Part 2 - Accept Insults for Following Jesus

Matthew 5:40

Heart Transformation for Love,

Part 3 - Disengage Past Commitments on Good Terms

Matthew 5:41

Heart Transformation for Love,

Part 4 - Befriend Your Adversary

Matthew 5:42

Heart Transformation for Love,

Part 5 - Give to All Who Ask

Matthew 5:42

Heart Transformation for Love,

Part 6 - Becoming a Giving Person

Matthew 5:42

Heart Transformation for Love,

Part 7 - Charge No Interest

Matthew 5:43 - 48

Heart Transformation for Love,

Part 8 - Love Your Competitor

Matthew 5:43 - 48

Heart Transformation for Love,

Part 9 - Love Your Enemy as Your Friend

Matthew 5:44

Heart Transformation for Love,

Part 10 - Pray for Your Adversary

Matthew 5:45, 48

Heart Transformation for Love,

Part 11 - Be Like Your Father

Matthew 6:1 - 18

From Public Show to Deep Authenticity, Part 1

Matthew 6:1 - 18

From Public Show to Deep Authenticity, Part 2

Matthew 6:5 - 8

From Meaningless to Meaningful Prayer, Part 1

Matthew 6:9 - 13

From Meaningless to Meaningful Prayer, Part 2

Matthew 6:6 - 13

From Self-Awareness to Other-Awareness

Matthew 6:13

From Temptation to Deliverance: 

Why God Does Not Tempt Us

Matthew 6:14 - 16

From Vengeful to Forgiving Prayer

Matthew 6:19 - 24

From Greed to Generosity

Matthew 6:25 - 34

From Anxiety to Freedom

Matthew 6:33 - 34

From Survival to Mission

Matthew 6:33 - 34

From Certainty to Uncertainty

Matthew 6:33 - 34

From Rigidity to Flexibility

Matthew 7:1 - 6

From Judging to Healing,

Part 1 - Adjusting to Jesus' Teaching

Matthew 7:1 - 6

From Judging to Healing,

Part 2 - Wanting Jesus for Everyone

Matthew 7:1 - 6

From Judging to Healing,

Part 3 - Neither Judging Nor Avoiding

Matthew 7:7 - 12

From Self-Sufficiency to Dependence

Matthew 7:13 - 20

The Great Choice, and Why It's Not Just

About Educating People

Matthew 7:21 - 23

The Imposters

Matthew 7:21 - 23

Being Known by Jesus

Matthew 7:24 - 28

Building the Internal Life

 

Part Two:  Our Experience -

The Power of Jesus’ Word (Mt.8 - 10)

 

Matthew 8:1 - 9:38 Jesus' Ten Words

Matthew 8:1 - 4

Leprosy, a Symbol of the Human Condition

Matthew 8:1 - 4

Jesus Cleanses the Leper

Matthew 8:1 - 4

To Feel Pain Again

Matthew 8:5 - 13

Jesus Heals by His Word
Matthew 8:5 - 13 Is it OK to Want Jesus for Someone Else?
Matthew 8:14 - 17 Jesus as Healer, Sin as Disease - The Symbolism
Matthew 8:14 - 17 Jesus as Healer, Sin as Disease - The Substance
Matthew 8:16 - 17 Jesus as Healer, Sin as Disease - The Scripture
Matthew 8:16 - 17 Jesus as Healer, Sin as Disease - The Savior
Matthew 8:18 - 22 Two Obstacles to Following Jesus
Matthew 8:23 - 27 Jesus and the Storms of Mission
Matthew 8:23 - 27 Jesus Calms the Storm
Matthew 8:28 - 34 The Two Men Who Blocked the Way
Matthew 8:28 - 34 The Two Men Who Needed Liberation
Matthew 9:1 - 9 The Two Men Who Got Up From Paralysis
Matthew 9:1 - 8 Jesus' Public Pardon
Matthew 9:1 - 8 Jesus' Proof of Pardon
Matthew 9:1 - 8 The Power of Jesus' Forgiveness
Matthew 9:1 - 13 The Powerplay of Forgiveness
Matthew 9:1 - 13 Jesus Replaces the Temple
Matthew 9:1 - 13 Forgiveness is a Change in...Who?
Matthew 9:1 - 13

Matthew's Anti-Temple Narrative

and the Abolition of the Sacred

Matthew 9:1 - 13

Jesus is the Presence of God -

A Case for Why Matthew Believed Jesus Was God

Matthew 9:10 - 13

Two Kinds of Sick People -

Under Treatment and Self-Deluded

Matthew 9:14 - 17 Shrunk and Stretched in a New Way
Matthew 9:18 - 26 The Two Daughters Who Needed Life
Matthew 9:20 - 22 Jesus Heals the Outcast Woman
Matthew 9:18 - 26 Do You See Yourself?
Matthew 9:27 - 31 Do You See Jesus?
Matthew 9:27 - 31 The Two Men Who Saw Jesus
Matthew 9:32 - 33 Jesus Gives the Mute Voice
Matthew 9:32 - 34 Two Reactions to Jesus
Matthew 9:35 - 36 How Jesus Feels About People
Matthew 9:35 - 38

Jesus' Mission is His Compassion

Matthew 9:37 - 10:10

Pray and Then Participate in God's Answer

Matthew 10:1 - 10 Act Locally
Matthew 10:11 - 15 Plant Teams
Matthew 10:16 - 25 Expect Resistance
Matthew 10:26 - 33  Don't Fear People
Matthew 10:34 - 39

Expect Conflict Over Jesus

Matthew 10:40 - 11:1

Remember Who You Represent

 

Part Three:  Our Stamina -

The Power of Jesus’ Word (Mt.8 - 10)

 

Matthew 11:2 - 13:58

Jesus Strengthens His Disciples' Resolve

Matthew 11:2 - 5

Jesus' Foundation:

The Jewish Story and God's Faithfulness

Matthew 11:2 - 5

Jesus and the Jewish Story: 

Real Hope, Not Just Wishful Thinking

Matthew 11:2 - 5

Reason #1 Why People Reject Jesus: 

They Lack the Story, and the History

Matthew 11:2 - 24

Receive Life; Don't Turn Away

Matthew 11:25 - 30

The Father is in Jesus

Matthew 11:25 - 12:21

Jesus is the New Temple

Matthew 11:25 - 12:21

Reason #2 Why People Reject Jesus: 

They Want Spiritual Power Over Others

Matthew 11:28 - 30

Bearing Jesus' Yoke

Matthew 11:28 - 30

Being Complete and Finding Rest

Matthew 12:22 - 45

Reason #3 Why People Reject Jesus: 

Their Self-Contradiction Doesn't Bother Them

Matthew 12:22 - 37

The Debate Rages On

Matthew 12:38 - 45

Why Jesus' Word Divides People

Matthew 12:38 - 45

When Jesus Refuses to Do Miracles

Matthew 12:46 - 50

Jesus Forms a New Community Around His Word

Matthew 13:1 - 23

Leadership Lesson:

Let People Respond to Content

Matthew 13:1 - 23

Personal Reflection:

Am I Listening to Jesus?

Matthew 13:1 - 23

Reason #4 Why People Reject Jesus: 

They Want Wealth and Comfort

Matthew 13:24 - 43

Leadership Lesson:

How to Let the Mission Sift People

Matthew 13:24 - 43

Personal Reflection:

Am I Bearing Fruit or Inducing Sleep?

Matthew 13:31 - 32

Leadership Lesson:

Call for Hospitality People Don't Want to Give

Matthew 13:31 - 32

Personal Reflection:

Am I Extending Hospitality to Strangers?

Matthew 13:24 - 43

Reason #5 Why People Reject Jesus: 

They Don't Care About Others Enough

Matthew 13:33

Leadership Lesson:

Call Others to Accept Uncomfortable Hospitality

Matthew 13:33

Personal Reflection:

Am I Receiving Hospitality from the "Unclean"?

Matthew 13:44

Leadership Lesson:

Know the Joy of Discovering Treasure

Matthew 13:34

Personal Reflection:

Am I Paying the Cost Gladly, Like Jesus Did?

Matthew 13:45 - 46

Leadership Lesson:

Know that this Treasure Exceeds All Others

Matthew 13:45 - 46

Personal Reflection:

Do I Value the Kingdom This Way?

Matthew 13:47 - 52

Leadership Lesson:

Waiting for What the Ultimate Sifting Will Reveal

Matthew 13:47 - 52

Personal Reflection:

Can I Leave the Dividing to Jesus?

Matthew 13:53 - 58

The Two Households

    

Part Four:  Our Skills -

Multi-Ethnicity and Cross-Cultural Ministry (Mt.14 – 18)

 

Matthew 14:1 - 12 The Powerful Resist God's Word, Again
Matthew 14:1 - 12 Anticipating More Resistance 
Matthew 14:4 Growing Through Losing - A Word to Herod, Newt Gingrich, and Maybe You
Matthew 14:1 - 13 Learning to Do Ministry Under Pressure
Matthew 14:13 - 14 Learning How Jesus Plans for Growth
Matthew 14:15 - 21 When You Feel Short on Resources
Matthew 14:22 - 33 Doing What Comes Supernaturally
Matthew 14:34 - 15:20 On Being a Minority in a World Set Against God
Matthew 14:34 - 15:20 Seeing Your Culture Through New Eyes
Matthew 15:1 - 20 The Mouth and the Direction of Contamination
Matthew 15:18 - 19 Jesus' Diagnosis of the Source of Evil
Matthew 15:18 - 19 Articulating Jesus' Diagnosis of Humanity
Matthew 15:21 - 28 Jesus Exposes Prejudice in Us, Racial and Otherwise
Matthew 15:29 - 39 Jesus Serves a Gentile Crowd
Matthew 16:1 - 12 Jesus' Point About Bread
Matthew 14:13 - 16:12 God's Bread-Makers: Joseph, Moses, David, Jesus
Matthew 16:13 - 28 Learning to See Jesus in the Midst of Sacrifice, Part 1
Matthew 17:1 - 13 Learning to See Jesus in the Midst of Sacrifice, Part 2
Matthew 17:1 - 13 The Meaning of Jesus' Transfiguration
Matthew 17:14 - 23 What Jesus Can Do With Small Faith

Matthew 17:24 - 27

Sons or Strangers?
Matthew 18:1 - 18 Jesus' Lesson on Welcoming New Believers
Matthew 18:15 - 34 Jesus' Lesson on Forgiveness

 

Part Five:  Our Courage -

Confrontation and Conflict (Mt.19 - 25)

 

Matthew 19:3 - 12 Holding to Jesus' Vision for Sex and Marriage
Matthew 19:13 - 30 Holding to Jesus' Vision for Money
Matthew 20:1 - 28 Holding to Jesus' Vision for Greatness
Matthew 21:1 - 46 Jesus' Confrontation with the Temple
Matthew 22:1 - 14 Conflicting Kingdoms
Matthew 22:15 - 36 The Traps Set for Jesus
Matthew 23:1 - 13

Spiritualities in Conflict, Part 1:

Misrepresenting the Kingdom

Matthew 23:14

Spiritualities in Conflict, Part 2:

Devouring the Poor

Matthew 23:15

Spiritualities in Conflict, Part 3:

Making Ungodly Disciples

Matthew 23:16 - 22

Spiritualities in Conflict, Part 4:

Diminishing God

Matthew 23:23 - 24

Spiritualities in Conflict, Part 5:

Neglecting What's Most Important

Matthew 23:25 - 26

Spiritualities in Conflict, Part 6:

Outer Appearances Over Inner Life

Matthew 23:27 - 28

Spiritualities in Conflict, Part 7:

Outer Appearances Over Integrity

Matthew 23:29 - 36

Spiritualities in Conflict, Part 8:

Killing the Prophets

Matthew 23:37 - 39 Jesus Mourns for Jerusalem
Matthew 24:1 - 51 "Jesus Was Here":  The Sign of His Coming
Matthew 24:1 - 51 Jesus, Daniel, and the Fall of the Temple
Matthew 24:1 - 51 The Old Testament and the Temple
Matthew 24:1 - 51 The Jewish-Roman Wars
Matthew 24:1 - 51

False Messiahs

Matthew 24:1 - 51

The Elect

Matthew 24:1 - 51

The Shaking of Heaven and Earth

Matthew 24:1 - 51

The Son and the Father, and Who Knows What

Matthew 25:1 - 13 Jesus' New Order: How to Invest Wisely

Matthew 25:14 - 30

Jesus' New Order: How to Invest Profitably

Matthew 25:31 - 44

Jesus' New Order: How Jesus Will Judge

 

Part Six:  Our Mission -

Remembrance and Reproduction (Mt.26 - 28)

 

Matthew 26:1 - 5

The Plot Set Into Motion
Matthew 26:6 - 13

Remembering That He Would Die: The Anointing

Matthew 26:14 - 16 The Many Uses of Jesus
Matthew 26:17 - 35 A New Passover:  A Day of Remembrance on Another Day of Remembrance
Matthew 26:21 - 35 Heroic Last Words
Matthew 26:26 - 28 Remember to Internalize Jesus: The Bread and the Wine
Matthew 26:36 - 46 The Man Who Did Not Fall in the Garden
Matthew 26:47 - 56

Judas' Kiss

Matthew 26:57 - 68

Jesus on Trial, God on Trial

Matthew 26:57 - 27:37

The Trial of the Chief Priests

Matthew 26:69 - 75

The Trial of Simon Peter

Matthew 27:1 - 10

The Trial of Judas Iscariot

Matthew 27:1 - 10

Remembering a Half-Brother Sold for Silver

Matthew 27:11 - 26 The Trial of Pontius Pilate and the Roman System
Matthew 27:11 - 26 The Trial of the Jewish Leadership
Matthew 27:27 - 37 Scarlet, Thorns, Enemies, and the Accursed Tree
Matthew 27:27 - 37 Jesus Crowned King in Exile
Matthew 27:27 - 37 Jesus Scorned by His Roman Subjects
Matthew 27:38 - 44 Jesus Scorned by His Jewish Subjects
Matthew 27:27 - 44 Jesus Scorned by All His Subjects
Matthew 27:44 - 50 Jesus, Forsaken by God
Matthew 27:44 - 54 The Verdict of God

Matthew 27:55 - 66

Remember that He Would Rise

Matthew 28:1 - 8

Another Angel, Another Announcement
Matthew 28:9 - 15 The Rumor that Spread Until This Day
Matthew 28:16 The King's Errand:  Remember Galilee
Matthew 28:17 The King's Errand:  Remember Worship in Times of Doubt
Matthew 28:18 - 20 The King's Errand:  Remember All He Said

NHI Notes and Essays on

the Gospel of Matthew

 

The Chiastic Structure of Matthew's Gospel and Its Implications

 

Did Matthew Get Jesus' Genealogy Wrong?

An Analysis of Mt.1:1 - 17

 

What Did the Suffering Servant Suffer?

Isaiah 53 and Penal Substitution 

examines Matthew's use of Isaiah 53:4 in Matthew 8:17

 

Does Jesus Hide the Father from People?

An Analysis of Mt.11:25 - 30

 

Sin, Conflict Resolution, and the Role of Third Parties:

An Examination of Mt.18:15 - 17

 

Whose Family? Which Union? 

Reflections on Scripture, Human Sexuality and God's Purposes

(examines Mt.19:3 - 12 and his use of Gen.1 - 2)

 

The Rich Young Ruler and the Creation Order:

An Exegesis of Mt.19:13 -30

 

Is God a Mad Dictator Who Kills His Own People?

An Analysis of Mt.22:1 - 14

 

Is Salvation by Social Justice? 

An Analysis of Mt.25:31-46

 

Did Matthew Misquote Zechariah

by Saying Jeremiah in Mt.27:9 - 10?

 

Jesus' Cry of Dereliction: Why the Father Did Not Turn Against or Away from the Son  

This paper examines Jesus' quotation of Psalm 22:1, 'My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?' from the cross

 

Matthew's Use of Isaiah's Prophecy

 

Hell as Fire and Darkness:

Remembrance of Sinai as Covenant Rejection in Matthew's Gospel

This is a long essay exploring how Jesus' use of the phrase "fire and darkness" is a motif that comes from the story of God at Mount Sinai, where Israel rejects the covenant, and resists being purified by God. I consider Old Testament intertextuality, and virtually all the New Testament texts dealing with "fire" as a motif.

'My God, My God,

Why Have You Forsaken Me?'

(NHI blog series)

Helpful Books and Articles on

the Gospel of Matthew

 

Robert Alter and Frank Kermode, The Literary Guide to the Bible

(Amazon book, Sep 1, 1990) has helpful insights into the Gospels

 

Robert Tannehill, The Narrative Unity of Luke-Acts, Volumes 1 and 2

(Amazon book, Sep 1, 1991) is an excellent literary treatment of Luke that helps with all narrative, including Matthew

 

N.T. Wright, The New Testament and the People of God

(Amazon book, Sep 1992) has valuable historical context, and high level survey of Matthew

 

Jerome H. Neyrey, Honor and Shame in the Gospel of Matthew

(Amazon book, Nov 1, 1998)

 

Gary Tuck, Matthew 5:17: Jesus Did Come to Abolish the Law, and He Said So; see also Benjamin Corey, For The People Who Say, “But Jesus Didn’t Abolish The Law”

(Patheos, Aug 7, 2015)

 

Tom Wright, Matthew for Everyone, Chapters 1 - 15

(Amazon book, Jan 1, 2004)

 

Tom Wright, Matthew for Everyone, Chapters 16 - 28

(Amazon book, Jan 1 2004)

 

Warren Carter, Matthew: Storyteller, Interpreter, Evangelist

(Amazon book, Feb 1, 2004)

 

Warren Carter, Matthew and Empire

(Amazon book, Oct 1, 2001)

 

Matthew L. Skinner, The Trial Narratives: Conflict, Power, and Identity in the New Testament

(Amazon book, Feb 1, 2010)

 

Sigurd Grindheim, God's Equal: What Can We Know About Jesus' Self-Understanding?

(Amazon book, 2011) an outstanding exploration into the Synoptic Gospels

 

David Instone-Brewer, Bible Scandals: Divorce

(BeThinking, 2012) very important considerations for marital abuse cases

 

Daniel Payne, Matthew's Gospel Offers an Amazing Case for Jesus' Resurrection

(The Federalist, Apr 18, 2017)

 

Cathy Deddo, The Joy of Taking Jesus' Yoke

(GCI Equipper, Jul 9, 2017)

Illuminated manuscript from the Lindisfarne Gospels found in northern England, from circa 700 AD, portraying the apostle Matthew writing his Gospel.  Photo credit: Public domain, Wikimedia Commons.

 The main body of the Nestorian stele (head shown above).  Photo credit:  Nestorian monk Jingjing, Wikimedia Commons; cropped.