BibleProject New Testament Series - Lesson 2

Matthew (Part 1/2) - BibleProject

In this lesson, the BibleProject team provides an overview of Matthew 1-13. The book of Matthew is introduced as the story of Jesus bringing God's heavenly kingdom to earth and inviting his disciples into a new way of life through his death and resurrection. The literary features of Matthew 1-13 are explored, including the use of parables, the structure of the genealogy, and the emphasis on Jesus' fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies. The flow of thought in Matthew 1-13 is then discussed, covering the key themes and events in each chapter.

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Matthew (Part 1/2) - BibleProject

Overview of Matthew 1-13 - BibleProject

I. Literary Design of the Book

A. Introduction to the Book of Matthew

B. Literary Features of Matthew 1-13

II. Flow of Thought in Matthew 1-13

A. Genealogy and Birth of Jesus (Matthew 1-2)

B. Preaching and Teaching Ministry of Jesus (Matthew 3-7)

C. Miracles and Authority of Jesus (Matthew 8-9)

D. Opposition and Rejection of Jesus (Matthew 10-12)

E. Parables of the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 13)

  • You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the literary design, purpose, themes, and messages of each book in the New Testament, including the four Gospels, Acts of the Apostles, epistles of Paul, general epistles, and the book of Revelation.
  • You will gain a comprehensive understanding of the book of Matthew 1-13 through this lesson, including the literary design of the book, the flow of thought in each chapter, and the key themes and events. The lesson highlights the importance of Jesus' role in bringing God's kingdom to earth and inviting his disciples into a new way of life.
  • You will gain knowledge and insight into the Gospel book of Matthew through an overview of the first 13 chapters. You will learn how Matthew presents Jesus as the king who brings God's kingdom to earth, and how his disciples are invited to participate in this new way of life through his death and resurrection. You will also discover the central theme of the kingdom of God in Matthew, its relationship with the Church, and the call to discipleship and obedience.
  • Gain insight into the book of Mark's literary design and flow of thought, as well as Jesus' role as Israel's Messiah, inaugurating God's kingdom through his suffering, death, and resurrection.
  • By studying the Gospel of Luke, you will gain knowledge of the authorship, purpose, themes, and literary features of the Gospel, as well as a deep understanding of Luke 1-2, which narrates the miraculous births of John the Baptist and Jesus and provides models of faith and obedience. You will discover how Luke emphasizes the universality of God's love and the role of the Holy Spirit in empowering Jesus and his followers.
  • Luke's Gospel portrays Jesus as the fulfillment of God's promises told in the Old Testament, bringing the good news of God's kingdom to the poor, teaching his disciples about prayer, trust, and generosity, continuing his mission to the poor and social outsiders, celebrating God's mercy for the lost and the tragic resistance of Israel's leaders, and ultimately dying on the cross as an embodiment of God's love and mercy.
  • In the Gospel of John, the first half of the book tells stories of Jesus performing miraculous signs that lead to controversy, culminating in the raising of Lazarus and his rejection by Israel's leaders, all of which prepare us to understand Jesus as the Messiah, teacher of Israel, and Son of God who offers a new quality of life through belief in Him.
  • You will gain insights into Jesus' ministry and teachings, including the seven signs of Jesus' public ministry and his private ministry, which include the washing of the disciples' feet, farewell discourse, and high priestly prayer.
  • This lesson provides comprehensive insight into the introduction and context of the book of Acts, the early church in Jerusalem, and the gospel going to the Gentiles.
  • You will learn about the book of Acts, covering chapters 13-28, which includes Paul's missionary journeys, the Jerusalem Council, and his journey to Rome, and learn about the debates and decisions made by the apostles and elders, as well as gain insights into Paul's ministry and travels.
  • In Paul's Letter to the Romans, he explains how the gospel reveals God's righteousness, creates a new humanity fulfilling God's promise to Israel, and unifies the church, with chapters one through four laying the foundation for understanding the rest of the letter, which emphasizes that all humanity is hopelessly trapped in sin and needs to be rescued through faith in Jesus.
  • In Paul's letter to the Romans, he explores the idea that all humanity is trapped in sin and needs to be rescued through Jesus' death and resurrection, and that being in the family of Abraham means being a part of a new humanity that God is creating through Jesus and the Spirit, with the purpose of rescuing and renewing all of creation.
  • Explore 1 Corinthians to gain insights into complex problems faced by the church and how Paul responds through the gospel. Learn about unity, sexual integrity, love, worship order, and the resurrection as the foundation of hope in the future. Understand the gospel's application to all aspects of life.
  • In 2 Corinthians, you will learn about Paul's efforts to reconcile with the Corinthians, address their forgotten generosity, and confront the "super apostles" who undermine his authority, revealing the paradox of the cross and its implications for a transformed life.
  • You will gain an understanding of the background, context, and content of Galatians, including the false teaching that prompted Paul's letter, his defense of his gospel and authority, the role of the law in God's promise to Abraham, and the importance of living by the Spirit and bearing the fruit of the Spirit.
  • Gain insights into the book of Ephesians, which emphasizes the creation of unified, ethnically diverse communities through devotion to Jesus and each other.
  • This lesson on Philippians will provide you with a comprehensive understanding of its background, authorship, themes, literary features, detailed analysis of each chapter, and significance in Christian theology and impact on the church.
  • By studying Colossians, you will gain understanding of the book's authorship, background, and theological themes such as Christology, spiritual maturity, and the new humanity in Christ and how to practically apply the teachings of Colossians to the church and daily life.
  • By studying this lesson on the book of 1 Thessalonians, you will gain understanding of its background, themes, purpose, literary features, and application. You will learn about the historical and cultural relevance of the book and its personal and spiritual significance for us today.
  • You will gain an understanding of the background, purpose, and themes of 2 Thessalonians, as well as an in-depth exegesis of the text. The application of the book to historical and cultural contexts, as well as its relevance for today, is also explored.
  • This lesson provides comprehensive insights into the book of 1 Timothy, including its background, themes, and significance in the New Testament, such as its contribution to understanding church leadership and worship, the historical context of the early church, and its application for modern church life.
  • In 2 Timothy, Paul writes to Timothy from prison, urging him to stay strong in the face of persecution and to confront corrupt teachers who are causing problems in the church in Ephesus.
  • This lesson on the book of Titus provides a comprehensive understanding of its background, authorship, purpose, structure, themes, and significance, enabling you to appreciate its contributions to the New Testament, its impact on the original audience, and its relevance to the Church today.
  • Gain insights into Paul's letter to Philemon about forgiveness and reconciliation with his runaway slave, challenging assumptions about social justice and inequality, and highlighting Paul's commitment to pastoral care and reconciliation.
  • This lesson on Hebrews covers the authorship, purpose, literary genre, Christology, eschatology, and theology of the book, providing insights into Jesus as the Son of God, High Priest, and Perfect Sacrifice, the concept of Rest, Warning Passages, and the Superiority of Christ and the New Covenant, the Importance of Faith and Obedience, and the Perseverance of the Saints.
  • In the Book of James, you will explore the wisdom of Jesus' teachings and the Book of Proverbs, examining themes such as faith and works, the power of words, wealth, poverty, and wisdom, ultimately learning to live according to the "Perfect Torah of Freedom."
  • Through participating in this lesson, you will learn about 1 Peter, including information on its authorship and date, recipients and purpose, theological themes, literary features, and application. The lesson covers the book's historical and cultural context, as well as its contemporary relevance, and provides insights into how it speaks to topics such as suffering and glory, holiness and ethics, and Christology and salvation.
  • You will gain understanding of the book of 2 Peter, including its authorship, date, and literary context, as well as its theological themes, interpretation, and application. By studying 2 Peter, you will learn about false teachers and their destruction, the day of the Lord, the second coming of Christ, the certainty of God's promises, and the importance of godly living in contemporary Christian life.
  • You will gain knowledge and insight into the letters of John, including their historical and cultural context, authorship, purpose, literary features, themes, and messages, as well as their significance in the New Testament.
  • The book of Jude emphasizes the importance of contending for the Christian faith and exposes corrupt teachers, using both biblical and non-biblical Jewish texts as examples, ultimately highlighting that obedience to Jesus is the true indicator of genuine belief.
  • You will gain a deeper understanding of the book of Revelation, including its historical and literary context, authorship, purpose, and genre, as well as its structure, themes, and images. Additionally, you will be introduced to different interpretive approaches and learn how to apply the book to your personal life, the church, and culture.
  • This lesson provides an understanding of the book of Revelation, including its structure, content, symbolism, interpretive approaches, message, and relevance, helping you to gain insight into the nature of God, the victory of Christ, the role of the church, and the end of history.

BP150-02 - Matthew (Part 1)

The Gospel according to Matthew.

It's one of the earliest official accounts about Jesus of Nazareth: his life, his death and his resurrection. The book itself is anonymous but the earliest reliable tradition links it to Matthew, the tax collector, who was one of the twelve apostles that Jesus appointed and he actually appears within the book itself. For about 30 to 40 years, the apostles orally taught and passed on their eyewitness' account about Jesus along with his teachings that they had all memorized. Matthew has then collected and arranged all these into this amazing tapestry and designed the book to highlight certain themes about Jesus. In this video, we're just going to cover the first half of the book. Specifically, Matthew wants to show how Jesus is the continuation and fulfillment of the whole biblical story about God in Israel: 1. that Jesus is the Messiah from the line of David; 2. that he is a new authoritative teacher like Moses; 3. and not only that Jesus is: "God with us" or in Hebrew "Immanuel". Matthew's designed this book with an introduction and a conclusion. These act like a frame around five clear sections right here in the center each of which concludes with a long block of Jesus's teaching. Now this design is very intentional and it's amazing. Just watch how this works! Chapters 1 through 3: they set the stage by attaching Jesus's story right on to the story line of the Old Testament scriptures. So Matthew opens with the genealogy about Jesus that highlights how he is from the messianic line of the son of David and he's a son of Abraham. That means he's going to bring God's blessing to all of the nations. After that we get the famous story about Jesus's birth and how all of the events fulfilled the Old Testament prophetic promises: that the nations would come and honor the Messiah; that the messiah would be born in Bethlehem. But even more than that, Jesus's conception by the Holy Spirit, his name Immanuel, all these work together to show that Jesus is no mere human. He is God with us. God becomes human. So you can see two of Matthew's key themes right here in the introduction: 1. He's from the line of David 2. He's Immanuel. But Matthew also wants to show how Jesus is a new Moses. So like Moses, Jesus came up out of Egypt. He passed through the waters of Baptism and he entered into the wilderness for 40 days. Then Jesus goes up onto a mountain to deliver his new teaching. So through all of this, Matthew was claiming that Jesus is the promised greater than Moses figure who's going to deliver Israel from slavery, he's going to give them new divine teaching. he's going to save them from their sins. and bring about a new covenant relationship between God and his people. This Moses and Jesus parallel also explains why Matthew has structured the center of the book the way that he did. These five main parts highlight Jesus as a teacher and he's created a parallel. Jesus as a teacher, parallels the five books of Moses. Jesus is the new authoritative covenant teacher who's going to fulfill the story line of the Torah. Now in the first section, chapters 4 to 7, Jesus steps onto the scene announcing the arrival of God's Kingdom. And this is really key: the kingdom is in essence about God's rescue operation for his whole world and it's taking place through King Jesus. Jesus has come to confront evil, especially, spiritual evil and its whole legacy of demon oppression and disease and death. Jesus has come to restore God's Rule and reign over the whole world by creating a new family of people who will follow him obey his teachings and live under his rule. So after Jesus begins healing people and forming a movement, a community, he takes his followers out to a mountain or a hillside and he delivers his first big block of teaching traditionally called the Sermon on the Mount. Here Jesus explores what it looks like to follow him and live in God's kingdom. It's an upside-down kingdom where there are no privileged members. So the poor, the nobodies, the wealthy, the religious, everybody is invited and is called to turn to repent and to follow Jesus and join his family. Jesus says that he's not here to set aside the commands of the Torah or the Old Testament, rather he's here to fulfill all of that through his life, through his teachings. He's here to transform the hearts of his people so that they can truly love God and love their neighbor, including their enemy. After concluding his great teaching on the kingdom, the next section shows Jesus bringing the kingdom into reality in the day-to-day lives of people. So Matthew's arranged here nine stories about Jesus bringing the power of God's Kingdom into the lives of hurting broken people. There are three groups of three stories. They're all about people who are sick or have broken bodies or they're in danger. Jesus heals or saves them by these acts of grace and power. Then right, in between these triads, we find two parallel stories about Jesus's call that people should follow him. Matthew's making a point here: one can only experience the power of Jesus's Grace by following him and becoming his disciple. Now, after Matthew has shown the power of the kingdom through Jesus, Jesus then extends his reach by sending out the twelve disciples who are going to go do what he's been doing. This leads to the second large block of teaching chapter 10. Here, Jesus teaches his disciples how to announce the kingdom and what to expect once they do. Many among Israel are accepting Jesus in his offer of the kingdom, but Israel's leaders they aren't. They stand to lose a lot if they repent and become disciples of Jesus. So Jesus knows they're going to reject him and persecute his followers, which is exactly what happens. In the next section chapters 11 through 13, Matthew has collected a group of stories about how people are responding to Jesus and his message. It's a mixed bag. So some stories are positive. People love Jesus and they think he's the Messiah. Others are more neutral like John the Baptist or even the members of Jesus's own family. They make it clear that Jesus is not what they expected Then you have Israel's leaders. They're entirely negative. You have the Pharisees and the Bible scholars. They all reject Jesus together. They think he is a false teacher, he's leading the people astray. They think he's blasphemous, in these exalted claims he's making about himself. But Jesus isn't surprised or thrown by all these diverse responses. In fact, he focuses on it in the third block of teaching in chapter 13. Here Matthews collected together a bunch of Jesus's parables about the kingdom: like about a farmer throwing seed on four types of soil; or about a mustard seed; or a pearl or buried treasure. These parables are like a commentary on the stories that you've just read in chapters 11 and 12. Some people are accepting Jesus with enthusiasm, others are rejecting him. But God's kingdom is of ultimate value, and it will not stop spreading despite all of these obstacles. So, that's the first half of the gospel according to Matthew. Now, here's a few more things to look for as you read through these chapters. Matthew's presenting Jesus, remember, as the continuation and fulfillment of the Old Testament story lines. So, look for how he weaves in quotations from the Old Testament scriptures and what you'll find is that they're placed at strategic points in the story explaining more about Jesus and his identity. So, stop take time to go look up these references and read them in their Old Testament context and most often you'll discover really cool interesting connections. Lastly, pay attention to the types of people who accept Jesus and follow him. You'll see that it's most often people who are unimportant, they're or they're irreligious. These are the people who are transformed by their trust or faith in Jesus and follow him. It's the religious and the prideful who are offended by him So how is this tension between Jesus and Israel's leaders going to play itself out? That's what the second half of Matthew is all about.