Monthly Archives: May 2019

Jesus in the Wilderness

Matthew 4:1-11 After His baptism by John, Jesus heads out to the Wilderness (desert) to be tempted by Satan. In this narrative, we see once again Matthew’s fondness for connecting his story about Jesus with the history of Israel, in … Continue reading

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Jesus Appears on the Scene

Then Jesus came from Galilee to the Jordan to be baptized by John. But John tried to deter him, saying, “I need to be baptized by you, and do you come to me?” Jesus replied, “Let it be so now; it is … Continue reading

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Preparing the Way of the Lord

Matthew 3:1-12 Matthew skips over nearly 30 years between 2:23 and 3:1 and in so doing he has emphasized for us his priority on the identity and role of Jesus over that of providing mere biographical information. This is further … Continue reading

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A Sudden Trip to Egypt and a Home in Nazareth

Matthew 2:13-23 When we left off, the Magi, because of a message from God in a dream, left the house where the infant Messiah was staying in Bethlehem and returned home without going back to tell Herod where the child … Continue reading

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The Infancy of Jesus

Matthew 2:1-12 As we have already seen, Matthew ties his story of Jesus together with Israel’s past in a variety of ways in his account of Jesus. Clearly in today’s passage, we can see that, but he does so throughout … Continue reading

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Matthew’s Interesting Use of Isaiah 7:14

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel. Isaiah 7:14 As a Christian reading this verse as translated in the NIV, and then seeing Matthew’s reference to it in … Continue reading

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Joseph Gets the News

Matthew 1:18-25 This scene explains the ambiguity that we found in 1:16 regarding the father of Jesus, and I’m sure you will recall our discussion of that from last time. Joseph was betrothed to Mary, which in that place and … Continue reading

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Where the Guns Fell Silent, Redux

I first posted this back in 2015, but with the observances for Memorial Day fast approaching, and considering the fact that Memorial Day (originally called “Decoration Day) was established to honor Civil War fatalities, I thought this might be a … Continue reading

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The Genealogy of Jesus Christ: Matthew 1:6-17

Matthew continues his genealogy as he moves from the first group of 14 names to the next. The first group culminates in King David, that glorious figure who is “a man after God’s own heart”, with whom God made a … Continue reading

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The Genealogy of Jesus Christ: Matthew 1:1-6

This is the genealogy of Jesus the Messiah the son of David, the son of Abraham: (1:1) Matthew begins with this verse full of content and contextual implications. It would seem that Matthew is intent on linking the story of Jesus to the … Continue reading

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