Category Archives: Gospel of Matthew

Introduction to the Sermon on the Mount

The Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7) is probably the best know piece that is unique to Matthew’s gospel (as it is assembled, although much of the material in the Sermon is found throughout Luke’s gospel) and there are scholars … Continue reading

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Perfection and Blamelessness in the Bible

In looking at how to approach the Sermon on the Mount, I’ve wrestled with how to translate the word translated perfect in Matthew 5:48 and while my suspicion is that perfect is not a good translation for the Greek work … Continue reading

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Matthew 4: 18-25 Snagging the Fishers for Humanity and Spreading the Kingdom

Matthew 4: 18-25 Parallel Mark 1: 16-20, Luke 5: 1-11; John 1: 35-51 18 As he walked by the Sea of Galilee, he saw two brothers, Simon, who is called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the … Continue reading

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Matthew 4: 12-17 The Kingdom’s Foothold

Matthew 4: 12-17 Parallel Mark 1: 14-15, Luke 4: 14-15 12 Now when Jesus heard that John had been arrested, he withdrew to Galilee. 13 He left Nazareth and made his home in Capernaum by the sea, in the territory … Continue reading

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Matthew 4: 1-11 The Temptation in the Wilderness

Matthew 4: 1-11 Parallel Mark 1: 12-13, Luke 4: 1-13 1 Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. 2 He fasted forty days and forty nights, and afterwards he was … Continue reading

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Matthew 3: 13-17 The Baptism and Revelation of Jesus

Matthew 3: 13-17 Parallel Mark 1: 9-11, Luke 3: 21-22 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan, to be baptized by him. 14 John would have prevented him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, … Continue reading

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Matthew 3: 1-12 The Herald of the Kingdom of Heaven

Matthew 3: 1-12 Parallel Mark 1: 2-8, Luke 3: 1-17 1 In those days John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness of Judea, proclaiming, 2 “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.” 3 This is the one of … Continue reading

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