For the first few months of this school year, we are studying the gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The following notes are from our morning Bible study.
Author: Matthew, formely known as Levi before he was chosen by Jesus to be His follower. The name Matthew means “God’s fully grown man”
Date: AD 50-58 (approx)
Subject: birth, life, teaching, miracles, death and resurrection of
Setting: the Holy Land- Bethlehem, Egypt, Nazareth, the Judean wilderness, Galilee and Jerusalem
Key People: Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the wise men, John the Baptist, the disciples, the religious leaders of Jerusalem, Pilate and Mary Magdalene
The book of Matthew contains 28 chapters.
He wrote this book to convince Jews everywhere that Jesus of Nazareth was indeed the promised Messiah and that He was the fulfillment of the OT prophecies about a coming Redeemer. He references fulfilled prophecy 17 times.
Matthew was a tax collector and despised by his fellow countrymen. He used his experience with money to share parables in this book. Money is mentioned more often than in any other Gospel. This book helps us understand that the Holy Spirit worked through ordinary men to put together an inspired record of the brief time that God’s son was on this earth.
For 3 years, Matthew was a disciple of the Lord Jesus Christ and learned from His life and teachings. He was sent out as an apostle with the other chosen disciples to all the people of Israel. As an apostle, he freely gave of himself to preach, to heal the sick, to cleanse the lepers, to raise the dead and to cast out demons. We can imagine that the people of that day were utterly amazed to see a former publican doing all those things. After Christ’s resurrection, Matthew was among the 120 who were baptized by the Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost; and he continued to minister through the power of the Holy Spirit.
The Beatitudes- Ch 5
The Lord’s Prayer- Ch 6
The Great Commission- Ch 28
Favorite verses: 1:21, 4:17, 5:14-16, 44, 6:21, 24, 33, 7:12, 9:37, 11:28, 15:18, 16:26, 18:5, 11, 20, 19:14, 30, 20:28, 21:22, 22:37-39, 25: 33-40, 28:6
Sources: Alpha Omega Publications
Read Your Bible One Book at a Time, Woodrow Kroll