Matthew

Matthew, Micah, and Bethlehem

Matthew has opened his story with a genealogy locating Jesus in the family of Abraham and King David. Then Matthew narrates the strange circumstances of his birth with Mary as the seventh woman in the Bible to have a story told about their inability to conceive.

Continue reading →

The Literary Structure of Matthew's Gospel

Matthew organizes his book into alternating sections of stories and teachings. And we know this not only because we see Jesus doing things and then having long speeches but also because after each of the teaching sections Matthew repeats the same phrase, “when Jesus finished saying these things…” And Matthew does this to indicate the end of each teaching section (7:28, 11:1, 13:53, 19:1, 26:1).

Continue reading →

The Misunderstood "Immanuel" in Matthew

And this week, we're talking about that great quotation from Isaiah 7:14, “The virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel." And we will see how this is one of the most misunderstood texts in the entire Bible.

Continue reading →

Why Matthew Counts 14 Generations

Genealogies might look boring. But every profession trades in particularities. Biology has cells, programmers have bits of code, and designers have colors and shapes. The particularities here are people, people particularities, the best kind.

Continue reading →

The Subtlety of The Son of David and Abraham | Matthew 1:1

We often think that genealogies are lists of names, just a collection of people without any purpose or perspective. But nothing could be further from the truth.In Jesus’ family tree, there are hundreds, if not thousands of names missing.

Continue reading →

Matthew 1:1 - Jesus' Subtle Identity

The first sentence in Matthew’s Gospel is this, “The book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ.” Why start this way? By the time we get to Matthew’s Gospel, we’re in the fifth act of a five act play, we’re at the end of the story, so where are we in the story, what’s happening?

Continue reading →

The Real Meaning of "Immanuel"

In Matthew’s Gospel, after the Angel visits Joseph and tells him to marry Mary and to name Jesus Jesus, Matthew, the narrator, tell us that “All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had spoken by the prophet” and then Matthew quotes from Isaiah, “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call his name Immanuel.” Which means “God with us.”

Continue reading →

Why Matthew Changes names in Matthew 1

Some of the people in Matthew’s genealogy we know about, we’ve read about them before in the grand story, in the Old Testament. But others we don’t know.

Continue reading →

The Art of Strange Righteousness | Matthew 1:18–21

Matthew begins his gospel with an expansive, and exhaustive genealogy. Where Jesus is identified with the highest members of the Israelite family. Kings, priests, prophets, and psalmists. And in all this Jesus is this climactic cumulative character encompassing all of humanity in his body. This is the king about whom this gospel will be about.

Continue reading →

The Riddle of Samson and Jesus

Let's read for you the annunciation scene from Matthew’s Gospel:“Now the birth of Jesus took place in this way. When his mother Mary had been betrothed to Joseph, before they came together she was found to be with child from the Holy Spirit. And her husband Joseph, being a just man and unwilling to put her to shame, resolved to divorce her quietly. But as he considered these things, look, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream saying, ‘Joseph, son of David, do not fear to take Mary as your wife,

Continue reading →

The New Temple of Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh

We all know the story. Jesus is born and wise men come and bring three gifts to Jesus, Gold, frankincense, and Myrrh. But the question I want to explore is why three gifts and why these gifts.

Continue reading →

The Literary Art of Numbers | Matthew 1

Genealogies might look boring. But every profession trades in particularities. Biology has cells, programmers have bits of code, and designers have colors and shapes. The particularities here are people, people particularities, the best kind. And particularities make up the language like letters. Of course you won’t appreciate the fullness of Goethe if you don’t know german.

Continue reading →

Genealogies Aren’t Boring, You’re Boring | Matthew 1:1

By the time we get to Matthew’s Gospel, we’re in the fifth act of a five act play, we’re at the end of the story, so where are we in the story, what’s happening?

Continue reading →

Why Does Matthew Give Us Another Language and Then Translate It?

Why does Matthew provide the original words of Jesus in Aramaic, “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani”. Matthew never gives us any other Aramaic, so why here?

Continue reading →

Chronicles and Matthew

One of my interests right now is canonical ordering. I am completely convinced that the MT ordering is the correct. Thus, Chronicles is the last book in the OT. The end of 2 Chron is a quotation of Cyrus’ decree to build the temple . . .

Continue reading →

Against Scholarship; Or, The Case For Lay Hermeneutics

Rikk Watts points out that we have no intertestamental literature that connects the “Son of David” to healing. Furthermore, there are no OT texts that explicitly make that connection either. The Pharisees do not understand Jesus, but these two blind men do . . .

Continue reading →

Matthew 4 and Deuteronomy

In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus recapitulates Israel’s story (see Peter Leithart’s paper “Jesus as Israel: The Typological Structure of Matthew’s Gospel”). After Jesus’ 40 day fast, he is tempted by the Devil and resists using three quotations from Deuteronomy . . .

Continue reading →

Abraham and the Astrologers

In Matt 2 the astrologers see the star that leads them to Christ. Clearly, that has an Isaianic context. In Matt 1, there is an allusion to Isaiah 7 concerning Immanuael. In Is 7:11, YHWH says, “Ask a sign of the Lord your God; let it be deep as Sheol or high as heaven.” Thus, the star is the sign in heaven.

Continue reading →