67 A.D. – Matthew

The Massacre of Innocents, Cornelis Van Haarlem (1590)

The Massacre of Innocents, Cornelis Van Haarlem (1590)

Ch. 1 – Jesus was not married and didn’t have children (v. 17); otherwise, we would have another set of 14 generations from Jesus to whomever.  The generational sets ended with Jesus, thus everyone being in the family when they confess Jesus is Lord.  We believers are the heirs and children of Jesus.  No physical family member of His (offspring) can compare.

Ch. 2 – Herod instigated the search for the “king,” and counseled with the chief priests and scribes.  Later, when he had all boys two years old and younger killed, I wonder if some of these kids were sons of the religious leaders, and if so, did this fuel the beginning of their hatred for Jesus?  (verse 1-18)

Ch. 3 – The fulfilling, or the completion, of God’s righteous works in man’s life (all righteousness, v. 15), was fulfilled by Jesus and John the Baptizer.  John was the single, most influential, prophesized person for this act:  John and Jesus together.

Ch. 4 – The fishermen didn’t abandon their occupation; they fished throughout the Gospel accounts.  But they did leave the security of their occupation to follow Jesus (verses 18-22).

Ch. 8 – Jesus marveled, not that He was caught off guard but for the sake of the centurion and those around Him, Jesus expressed marvel at this type of faith (v. 10).  It was a lesson for all about the love, mercy, compassion, humility, and intimacy of Jesus.

Ch. 9 – In verses 3-4, Jesus draws a connection between men’s hearts and their thoughts (also 12:34).  They are inseparable.

Ch. 10 – Judas was listed as an apostle (v. 4).

Ch. 17 – To what mountain was Jesus referring in verse 20?  (Also in 21:21).

Faith as a mustard seed obviously compares to smallness, but also perhaps to the capability to become big and strong in spite of being insignificant and impossibly fit.

Ch. 18 – Offenses, or temptations, must come (v. 7).  Was this also a condition in Adam’s and Eve’s lives?

Ch. 19 – In 18:2-14, Jesus had just taught about coming to Him as a child, as well as “child-care,” and now the disciples tried to disallow people from bringing their kids to Jesus (verses 13-15).  They didn’t get the first lesson in ministry to children and families!

Ch. 20 – Verse 13 (and 14) speaks of the Old Covenant between God and Israel:  Did you not agree (or covenant) with the Master?

Ch. 21 – Jesus sat upon and tread upon the clothes that cover people.  These represent our righteousness, the stuff that we wrap around ourselves that we think makes us good, or at least good enough (verses 6-8).  His righteousness is above all, over all, and in all who would shed their self-righteousness and follow Him.

Ch. 25 – “…(T)o each according to his own ability” (v. 15) – What does this mean?

Ch. 25 – Are those who go to hell like the demons (fallen angels) since those who resurrect to eternal life will be like the angels of God in heaven (22:30)?  I think so since hell was prepared for the devil and his angels (v. 41).

Ch. 26 – Peter earned a bad reputation (bad rap, v. 35), but all the disciples said the same thing and then fled when things got tough (v. 56)