Matthew: Calling Disciples

For the first time since beginning my read through of this gospel, Matthew isn’t being driven by the desire to connect what’s happening in the story to a prophecy. Good for you Matthew, take it slow. Let’s talk about fishing. This isn’t line and bait fishing we’re talking about. This is a circular net, wide […]

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Matthew: The Temptation of Jesus

Today I have the great pleasure of introducing you to someone you almost never see in the New Testament, the Jewish adversary, Ha Satan. The agent of God, angel, and tempter of humanity. In Matthew 4: 1-11 we are presented with the temptation of Jesus in the wilderness. In Mark, it simply says Jesus went […]

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Reading the Gospel: Matthew 3:1-12

It is at this time that Matthew enters the same realm as Mark! However, he hasn’t dropped his whole prophecy shtick. It’s a pretty important concept that people see the prophetic connections that Matthew sees. Let us read about John the Baptist. So, Matthew starts by saying that John went out into the wilderness and […]

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Reading the Gospel: Matthew 2:19-23

This section marks the final entry of the story of Jesus’ childhood, and Matthews attempts to shoehorn that childhood into as many prophecies as possible. As ridiculous as it seems, I honestly think Matthew is being serious. It feels very conspiracy theory, though. I imagine him talking very quickly, and emphasising the prophecy bits with […]

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