What you should know about Matthew.

Matthew is believed to have been written by the Apostle Matthew in 80-90 AD around the same time Luke was written. The gospel of Mark was written earlier and focused heavily on the things that Jesus did. The miracles He performed. Matthew on the other hand focuses on what Jesus taught. While Matthew follows roughly the same order of events that Mark has, the author inserts blocks of teaching in between.

According to differing commentaries and scholars, Matthew is either arranged into blocks of five with an introduction and an ending that is not counted, or the book is arranged into seven parts including the book ends. Each of the major five sections end with these words “when Jesus had finished saying these things”.

Matthew is written to a mostly Jewish audience and so the author shows how Jesus fulfilled the Mosaic law and performed the traditions required of a Jewish male living at that time. There are several instances in Matthew that the author interprets as Jesus having fulfilled a prophecy written in the Old Testament.

The authorship of this gospel has been disputed in recent years. In that many scholars don’t believe that it was written solely by the disciple of Jesus of the same name, though he may have had a hand in providing the information. They believe that it was written by another (unnamed) Jew. There are still compelling arguments that Matthew was indeed the author. Either way, the evidence presented in Matthew is borne out by the other gospels and corroborated and true.

God is STILL a God of truth. Every word that He has spoken has come to fulfillment and will be fulfilled. His Word will not return void. He can be trusted. We must be careful not to let arguments and scholarly debates distract us from following Him. He is also a God of reason. When in doubt and with a genuine need to understand troubling things in the Bible, we can come to Him. He is faithful and gentle and will meet us where we are and give us the knowledge we require. (James 1:5)

RELATED POST : Matthew Part 1: He is the Son that pleases the Father.

Matthew traces the genealogy of Jesus through His adopted father Joseph. He also mentions five women by name/circumstance. Three of whom are not Israelites but were allowed to marry into the tribe of Israel and were given the honour of being in the line of Jesus. There are several prophesies ( fulfilled) that are mentioned in this book with more hinted at/implied.

Here is a list of 355 fulfilled prophesies by Christ : According to the Scriptures.

Some of the prophesies made about Jesus that are recorded as fulfilled in Matthew are:

Scripture

Prophecy

Fulfillment

1. Gen. 3:15 Seed of a woman (virgin birth) Galatians 4:4-5, Matthew 1:18
3. Gen. 3:15 Christ’s heel would be bruised with nails on the cross Matthew 27:35, Luke 24:39-40
10. Gen. 14:18 The Last Supper foreshadowed Matthew 26:26-29
35. Lev. 16:27 Suffering outside the Camp Matthew 27:33; Heb. 13:11, 12
36. Lev. 17:11 The Blood-the life of the flesh Matthew 26:28; Mark 10:45
50. 1 Sam. 2:10 Shall be an anointed King to the Lord Mt. 28:18, John 12:15
51. 2 Sam. 7:12 David’s Seed Matthew 1:1
56. 1 Chr. 17:11 David’s Seed Matthew 1:1; 9:27
64. Psa. 2:6 To own the title King Matthew 2:2
65. Psa. 2:7 Declared the Beloved Son Matthew 3:17, Romans 1:4
69. Psa. 8:2 The mouths of babes perfect His praise Matthew 21:16
77. Psa. 22:1 “My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?” Matthew 27:46
78. Psa. 22:2 Darkness upon Calvary for three hours Matthew 27:45
79. Psa. 22:7 They shoot out the lip and shake the head Matthew 27:39-44
80. Psa. 22:8 “He trusted in God, let Him deliver Him” Matthew 27:43
99. Psa. 31:13 They took counsel to put Him to death Mt. 27:1, John 11:53
100. Psa. 31:14, 15 “He trusted in God, let Him deliver him” Matthew 27:43
102. Psa. 35:11 False witnesses rose up against Him Matthew 26:59
105. Psa. 38:12 Enemies try to entangle Him by craft Mark 14:1, Mt. 22:15
106. Psa. 38:12-13 Silent before His accusers Matthew 27:12-14
110. Psa. 40:9 He was to preach the Righteousness in Israel Matthew 4:17
115. Psa. 45:7 A special anointing by the Holy Spirit Mt. 3:16; Heb. 1:9
119. Psa. 55:15 Unrepentant death of the Betrayer Matthew 27:3-5; Acts 1:16-19
125. Psa. 69:14-20 Messiah’s anguish of soul before crucifixion Matthew 26:36-45
126. Psa. 69:20 “My soul is exceeding sorrowful.” Matthew 26:38
127. Psa. 69:21 Given vinegar in thirst Matthew 27:34
129. Psa. 72:10, 11 Great persons were to visit Him Matthew 2:1-11
134. Psa. 78:1-2 He would teach in parables Matthew 13:34-35
135. Psa. 78:2 To speak the Wisdom of God with authority Matthew 7:29
137. Psa. 88 The Suffering and Reproach of Calvary Matthew 27:26-50
146. Psa. 100:5 His character-Goodness Matthew 19:16, 17
149. Psa. 109:25 Ridiculed Matthew 27:39
150. Psa. 110:1 Son of David Matthew 22:42-43
152. Psa. 110:1 David’s son called Lord Matthew 22:44, 45
154. Psa. 112:4 His character-Compassionate, Gracious, et al Matthew 9:36
156. Psa. 118:22,23 The rejected stone is Head of the corner Matthew 21:42, 43
157. Psa. 118:26 The Blessed One presented to Israel Matthew 21:9
158. Psa. 118:26 To come while Temple standing Matthew 21:12-15
160. Psa. 129:3 He was scourged Matthew 27:26
161. Psa. 138:1-6 The supremacy of David’s Seed amazes kings Matthew 2:2-6
170. Isa. 6:9-10 Parables fall on deaf ears Matthew 13:13-15
173. Isa. 7:14 To be Emmanuel-God with us Matthew 1:18-23, 1Tim. 3:16
174. Isa. 8:8 Called Emmanuel Matthew 28:20
176. Isa. 9:1, 2 His ministry to begin in Galilee Matthew 4:12-17
181. Isa. 9:6 The Counsellor, Yaatz Matthew 13:54
188. Isa. 11:1 Called a Nazarene-the Branch, Netzer Matthew 2:23
190. Isa. 11:2 Anointed One by the Spirit Matthew 3:16, 17, Acts 10:38
197. Isa. 12:2 Called Jesus-Yeshua Matthew 1:21
200. Isa. 26:19 His power of Resurrection predicted Matthew 27:50-54
202. Isa. 28:16 The Sure Foundation 1Corinthians 3:11, Mt. 16:18
203. Isa. 29:13 He indicated hypocritical obedience to His Word Matthew 15:7-9
205. Isa. 32:2 A Refuge-A man shall be a hiding place Matthew 23:37
206. Isa. 35:4 He will come and save you Matthew 1:21
207. Isa. 35:5-6 To have a ministry of miracles Matthew 11:2-6
212. Isa. 42:1-4 The Servant-as a faithful, patient redeemer Matthew 12:18-21
213. Isa. 42:2 Meek and lowly Matthew 11:28-30
214. Isa. 42:3 He brings hope for the hopeless Mt. 12:14-21; John 4:1-54
217. Isa. 42:1, 6 His is a worldwide compassion Matthew 28:19, 20
226. Isa. 49:1 Called from the womb-His humanity Matthew 1:18
234. Isa. 50:4 He is a learned counselor for the weary Matthew 7:29; 11:28, 29
235. Isa. 50:5 The Servant bound willingly to obedience Matthew 26:39
236. Isa. 50:6 “I gave my back to the smiters.” Matthew 27:26
237. Isa. 50:6 He was smitten on the cheeks Matthew 26:67
238. Isa. 50:6 He was spat upon Matthew 27:30
239. Isa. 52:7 Published good tidings upon mountains Matthew 5:12; 15:29; 28:16
247. Isa. 53:3 Rejected Matthew 27:21-23
248. Isa. 53:3 Great sorrow and grief Matthew 26:37-38, Luke 19:41, Heb. 4:15
250. Isa. 53:4 He would have a healing ministry Matthew 8:16-17
251. Isa. 53:4 Thought to be cursed by God Matthew 26:66; 27:41-43
257. Isa. 53:7 Oppressed and afflicted Matthew 27:27-31
258. Isa. 53:7 Silent before his accusers Matthew 27:12-14
260. Isa. 53:8 Confined and persecuted Matthew 26:47-75; 27:1-31
262. Isa. 53:8 Killed Matthew 27:35
264. Isa. 53:9 Buried in a rich man’s grave Matthew 27:57
268. Isa. 53:10 An offering for sin Matthew 20:28, Galatians 3:13
274. Isa. 53:12 Exalted by God because of his sacrifice Matthew 28:18
283. Isa. 59:16a Intercessor between man and God Matthew 10:32
287. Isa. 61:1 The Spirit of God upon him Matthew 3:16-17
291. Jer. 11:21 Conspiracy to kill Jesus John 7:1, Matthew 21:38
294. Jer. 31:22 Born of a virgin Matthew 1:18-20
295. Jer. 31:31 The Messiah would be the new covenant Matthew 26:28
297. Eze.34:23-24 Descendant of David Matthew 1:1
299. Dan. 2:44-45 The Stone that shall break the kingdoms Matthew 21:44
307. Dan. 9:26 Cut off Matthew 16:21; 21:38-39
309. Dan. 9:26 Killed before the destruction of the temple Matthew 27:50-51
311. Hos. 11:1 He would be called out of Egypt Matthew 2:15
314. Jonah 1:17 Death and resurrection of Christ Matthew 12:40; 16:4
315. Mic. 5:2 Born in Bethlehem Matthew 2:1-6
322. Zech. 9:9 Greeted with rejoicing in Jerusalem Matthew 21:8-10
326. Zech. 9:9 The Messiah would be humble Matthew 11:29
327. Zech. 9:9 Presented to Jerusalem riding on a donkey Matthew 21:6-9
329. Zech. 11:4-6 At His coming, Israel to have unfit leaders Matthew 23:1-4
332. Zech. 11:7 Ministry to “poor,” the believing remnant Matthew 9:35-36
333. Zech. 11:8 Unbelief forces Messiah to reject them Matthew 23:33
334. Zech. 11:8 Despised Matthew 27:20
335. Zech. 11:9 Stops ministering to those who rejected Him Matthew 13:10-11
338. Zech. 11:12-13 Betrayed for thirty pieces of silver Matthew 26:14-15
339. Zech. 11:12-13 Rejected Matthew 26:14-15
340. Zech. 11:12-13 Thirty pieces of silver cast in the house of the Lord Matthew 27:3-5
348. Zech. 13:7 Israel scattered as a result of rejecting Him Matthew 26:31-56
354. Mal. 4:5 Forerunner in spirit of Elijah Mt. 3:1-3; 11:10-14; 17:11-13

For those of you new to Bible study, Mt followed by numbers is Matthew as well. I went through the article that I linked above and removed all the other books where the prophesies are fulfilled. I thought about editing the table and making it look pretty but I left it as it is. The author has put a ton of work into locating the prophesies and seeing their fulfillment in the NT and done so in the order that they appear in the OT.

RELATED POST : Matthew part 2: The Living God.

In Matthew we see Jesus make the claim that He and The Father are one. He also says that none but the sign of Jonah will be given to us. Just as Jonah was three days and three nights in the belly of the huge fish, so also the Son of Man would be three days and three nights in the tomb and would rise again on the third day.

Jesus teaches in many parables (parables are stories using the things that people are familiar with and the daily stuff that they interacted with) and in many of them the Kingdom of Heaven feature prominently. Jesus says the kingdom of heaven is enough, and more than enough for anybody. Peter with the Holy Spirit’s help reveals that he believes Jesus to be the Messiah, The Son of The Living God.

In Matthew several women are mentioned by name and/or circumstance. No one, not one, even those that society rejects, is un-important to Him.

This certainly has been an interesting series to write (Book of Matthew). What stood out to you? What makes you believe in Jesus Christ? Let me know in the comments.

Until next time,

Vanessa.

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