[3], The divine nature of Jesus was a major issue for the Matthaean community, the crucial element separating the early Christians from their Jewish neighbors; while Mark begins with Jesus' baptism and temptations, Matthew goes back to Jesus' origins, showing him as the Son of God from his birth, the fulfillment of messianic prophecies of the Old Testament. The result is the composition of a gospel that presents a balance between opposing conceptions and does so without destroying the element of harmony that brings them all together. Then the kingdom of God will be established, of which there will be no end. . [38] There will be false Messiahs, earthquakes, and persecutions, the sun, moon, and stars will fail, but "this generation" will not pass away before all the prophecies are fulfilled. So why are there four Gospels in the New Testament? Although the Gospel of Matthew was not the first gospel written, it is generally regarded as the most important and was placed first in the collection of writings that constitute the New Testament. living within the immediate proximity of the homeland itself. He also walks on water (Matthew 14:25). Gospel of Matthew: The Outline and StructureThis Gospel of Matthew is divided into eight sections that describe different parts of Jesus' life. Now apparently the understanding Jesus castigates them as hypocrites, blind guides, fools, greedy, self-indulgent, murderers, even sons of snakes. For Matthew’s Jewish opponents, this fledgling movement represents heresy, followers of a false messiah. He also quotes the Old Testament far more than any of the other gospels. experiencing new tensions and new problems in the aftermath of the revolt as a Early in the morning of the first day of the week, Mary Magdalene and another Mary came to the tomb where Jesus' body was placed. you say, "you now are a gentile and a tax collector." [34], Opposition to Jesus comes to a head with accusations that his deeds are done through the power of Satan; Jesus in turn accuses his opponents of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. Some scholars regard him as a thorough-going legalist, while others find a strong element of mysticism in his writings. Removing #book# Therefore, Jesus goes up on to a becoming their opponents and we're watching two Jewish groups, Matthew's The introductory section, for example, contains several stories that are not found in any of the other Gospels. Matthew's gospel is clearly written for a Jewish Christian audience The Gospel of Matthew is also the only book to point out that Jesus came “not to abolish the law, but to fulfill it” and that “not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished” (Matthew 5:17-18). Following these introductory stories, Matthew continues his gospel by narrating the events in Jesus' public career in the same sequence as they are found in Mark. most Jewish of all the gospels. This is Matthew's chance to give his unique perspective to the tale of Jesus' life, death, and resurrection. Jesus refuses to worship Satan in exchange for the kingdoms of the world, citing Deuteronomy 6:13: “Worship the Lord your God and serve him only.”. The 5-7), Commissioning the Twelve (ch. Because Judas, who had betrayed Jesus, was dead, there were only eleven disciples left. It would appear that they've Matthew begins his gospel by taking all the genealogy of Jesus; he wanted to For example, when King Herod asks the chief priests and teachers of the law where the Messiah was to be born, they quote Micah 5:2, 5:4 to confirm his Bethlehem birth. It says if one of the members of the Israel, how do they relate to others who claim to be Israel? I've come not to destroy them but to fulfill them." This five-fold division of the Gospel of Matthew corresponds in a general way to the divisions found in various parts of the Old Testament. Matthew’s summary of Jesus’ ministry in 12:15-21 cites Isaiah 42:1-4, “Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight; I will put my Spirit on him… In his name the nations will put their hope.” In the power of the Holy Spirit, Jesus fulfills the role of eschatological Israel. As the Servant-Messiah and Son of God, Jesus represents the nation Israel and succeeds where they failed. The Gospel of Matthew was possibly written in Antioch, Syria, an early home of Christianity. They were met by an angel, who told them that Jesus was risen and asked them to look where Jesus' body had been. The fourth narrative section reveals that the increasing opposition to Jesus will result in his crucifixion in Jerusalem, and that his disciples must therefore prepare for his absence. Instead, he considered Christianity as a continuation and fulfillment of that which had been set forth in the literature of the Old Testament. Byron Yawn. terms? mountain to teach and there talks about the law. Read more on the Gospel of Matthew in this essay by Marilyn Mellowes. times, the Pharisees weren't that prominent a group. One of the important issues in the early history of the church was the attitude that Christians should have concerning the laws that are recorded in the Old Testament. Following the genealogy is an account of the wise men's visit to Jesus' birth site, Herod's attempt to destroy the newborn child, and the flight into Egypt for the child's protection.