Matthew 5:1-48 – Sermon On The Mount

The King and His Precepts and Principles for the Kingdom The message of the King is very closely related to the Older Testament, in fact it is a further testimony of its holiness. Jesus however brought new meaning to the commandments. This is accomplished by the work of the Holy Spirit which would take up … Read more

Matthew 4:1-25

The same Spirit that gave Jesus a human body Matthew 1:20, and declared his Sonship, now leads Him into the wilderness. The reality of Satan cannot be minimized. To deny his reality is to deny the authority of Scripture. He is the “adversary”, or slanderer. He is chief opposer of God and is seeking to … Read more

Matthew 3:1-10

Matthew 3:1-4 John the Baptist comes to Herald the coming Messiah. This is the fulfillment of Mal. 3:1 & 4:5 which is revealed in Matt. 11:10. Matthew also quotes Isa. 40:3. The context of Is. 40 is the return of the Babylonian captives returning. We noted this motif of the Babylonian return in our observation … Read more

Matthew 2

Matthew 2:1-2 Bethlehem was a small village on the outskirts of Jerusalem. The religious leaders knew that Bethlehem would be the birthplace of the Messiah from the prophecy of Micah, and they tell this to Herod in v. 5-6 (Mic. 5:2; John 7:42). Herod the Great, referred to here, ruled from 37–4 B.C. He was … Read more

Matthew 1:1-25

The reason Matthew begins with a study of the Genealogy is to establish the credentials of the promised King of Israel. Genealogy in Greek has the same root as Genesis or beginning. In Israel genealogy was essential to establish one’s credentials.  Ezra 2:62 speaks of the returning exiles who ‘searched for their family records but could … Read more

Matthew 5:3-12 – Beattitudes

Once in a while I’m asked to do a study on a specific portion of Scripture.  While we’re waiting for the other shoe to drop in the Middle East, I’d like to respond to one I received recently concerning a portion of the Sermon on the Mount commonly called “The Beatitudes”.  It’s found in Matthew … Read more

Matthew 23:1-39

Matthew 23:1 – The seat of Moses referred to both a literal seat where the most honored Rabbi sat. It was called the seat of Moses because not only did Moses know the Law but was able to interpret the Law and render judgment. This was the role of the chief Rabbi in every community … Read more

Matthew 21:1-46

Matthew 21:14 The priests and the Temple guards were both afraid and unable to touch Yeshua in this open display of hostility and dishonor before them. They feared the multitudes who believed He was a prophet of God and a miracle worker. While in the Temple the blind and the lame came to Him and … Read more

Matthew 27:1-26

Matthew 27:1-2 – When morning came the Sanhedrin gathered again to pretend that they were reaching a decision in the day, which was legal. According to law the Sanhedrin had to wait 3 days before carrying out the sentence and in the intervening time they were to fast. This would give more time to allow … Read more

Matthew 26:1-75

Matthew 26:1-2 – Jesus declares that in two days He is going to be delivered up for crucifixion. The leadership had determined to rid themselves of Jesus because he was a continual threat to their authority. They worried about the volatile atmosphere that existed in Jerusalem and their cozy arrangement that they had with Rome. … Read more