Matthew is a “Good News” book (aka Gospel). It was written by Matthew (Levi), a disciple of Jesus around 48-50 A.D. The book of Matthew is the first of the synoptic gospels and it was written to reveal the Lord Jesus as the Messiah, the King of the Jews and from the line of David. It also was written to convince the Jews that Jesus was indeed their long-awaited Messiah. The key word in Matthew is “Kingdom” and is used 28 times. The personalities of this book include the Messiah Jesus, His parents Mary and Joseph, the Twelve Disciples, the prophet John the Baptist, and other kinds of leaders. These leaders include those in government like Pilate and religious leaders such as the Pharisees (who attempt to hinder the work of Jesus).
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Matthew 1 – The record of Jesus Christ, son of David, son of Abraham. Mary bore a son by the Holy Spirit. An angel told Joseph to name him Jesus.
Matthew 2 – Wise men came from the east to worship the child. King Herod ordered that all the baby boys be killed. An angel warned Joseph to flee.
Matthew 3 – John the Baptist was preaching, “Repent, the kingdom is near!” Jesus was baptised by John. A voice from heaven said, “This is my Son.”
Matthew 4 – Jesus was tempted by Satan in the wilderness. He called Peter, Andrew, James and John to follow him. He preached and healed the sick.
Matthew 5 – The Jesus Manifesto begins. Jesus said, “Blessed are the pure in heart. I have come to fulfil the law. Whoever is angry will be judged. I say, love your enemies.”
Matthew 6 – The Jesus Manifest continues. “Do your good deeds in secret. Pray, ‘Father, your kingdom come.’ You cannot serve God and money. Do not be anxious about your life.”
Matthew 7 – The Jesus Manifesto concludes. “Do not judge others. Do to others what you would have them do to you. Whoever obeys is like a man who built his house on the rock.”
Matthew 8 – Jesus cleansed a leper. He healed the servant of a centurion who had faith. He calmed a storm at sea and cast demons out of two men.
Matthew 9 – Jesus healed a paralytic. Many sinners came to eat with him. He raised a girl to life and healed two blind men. The crowds marvelled.
Matthew 10 – Jesus sent out the twelve to proclaim the kingdom. “You will be hated for my name, but do not fear. Whoever receives you receives me.”
Matthew 11 – John sent word from prison. Jesus said, “John the Baptist is Elijah.” Jesus denounced the cities and said, “Come, my burden is light.”
Matthew 12 – The Pharisees opposed Jesus when he healed on the Sabbath. He said, “A tree is known by its fruit. The sign of Jonah will be given.”
Matthew 13 – Jesus gave a parable about a sower. He told the disciples, “Seeing they do not see.” He said, “The kingdom is like hidden treasure.”
Matthew 14 – Herod had John the Baptist killed. Jesus fed 5,000 men with five loaves and two fish. Jesus came to the disciples walking on the sea.
Matthew 15 – Jesus challenged the Pharisees about tradition. He healed a Canaanite woman’s daughter. He taught on the mountain and fed 4,000 men.
Matthew 16 – Peter said, “You are the Messiah.” Jesus told them that he must be killed and be raised. He said, “Take up your cross and follow me.”
Matthew 17 – Jesus took Peter, James and John and was transfigured. A voice said, “This is my son.” Jesus healed an epileptic. Peter paid the tax.
Matthew 18 – Jesus said, “Become like children to enter the kingdom. A shepherd searches for the lost sheep. Forgive seventy times seven times.”
Matthew 19 – Jesus was asked about divorce. He said, “Do not separate what God has joined.” He told a rich man, “Sell everything and follow me.”
Matthew 20 – “The kingdom is like a master paying wages.” Jesus told the disciples, “The Son of Man came to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Matthew 21 – Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey. He healed and taught in the temple. “A man sent his son to his tenants, but they killed him.
Matthew 22 – Jesus said, “The kingdom is like a wedding.” The Pharisees questioned him about the law. He said, “Love God and love your neighbour.”
Matthew 23 – Jesus said, “The Pharisees preach but do not practise. You strain out a gnat but swallow a camel. You kill and crucify the prophets.”
Matthew 24 – Jesus said, “In the end there will be tribulation. Let those in Judea flee. The Son of Man will come in glory. No one knows the day.”
Matthew 25 – “The kingdom is like virgins awaiting the bridegroom. A man entrusted talents to his servants. The Son of Man will judge the nations.”
Matthew 26 – Jesus took Passover with his disciples. He prayed in agony in Gethsemane. Judas betrayed Jesus to the chief priests. Peter denied him.
Matthew 27 – Jesus was handed over to Pilate. The crowd said, “Crucify him!” He was mocked and crucified. Darkness fell and he gave up his spirit.
Matthew 28 – The women went to the tomb. An angel said, “He has risen!” Jesus met them. He came to the eleven and said, “Go and make disciples.”