Sunday, August 26, 2007

The Outline of Matthew's Gospel

Taking a break from Joshua, here is the first post that gives a birds-eye view of the Gospel of Matthew...

Matthew introduces Jesus by emphasizing his royal origins. His genealogical origins are taught by tracing his ancestry and telling of his birth. Jesus’ geographical origins are presented by telling of the flight to Egypt and return to Galilee. Jesus is presented as the fulfillment of Israel’s history and promises—“the Messiah, the son of David, the son of Abraham” (1:1), “Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins” (1:21), and “Emmanuel, God with us” (1:23).

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