The First of Four: Matthew

MathewThis week on, we’re taking a look at the four gospels of Jesus Christ, and today we’re focusing on Matthew. For me the book of Matthew was the first book of the bible I ever really studied. By looking at the verses underlined in my aging NIV you can see what was on my mind during that time. Matthew is a book that is often cited as being written for the Greek Jews, and today it remains as one of the four gospels that show Jesus’ life to us. You can read the full text at The BibleGateway, or listen to it here. The International Bible Society has a concise introduction to the book that outlines the structure and history of the book. Additionally, Uplook Ministries has more textual/literary introduction. catalogs old and current sermons from a variety of pastors. A quick search on Matthew found this sermon by Glyn Owen on the Sermon on the Mount, or you might try William MacDonald’s sermon on Matthew 23. If you’re interested in a more in-depth study of the book, you can read John Wesley’s, John Darby’s and John Lightfoot’s commentaries online from E-word Today.

From Matthew 6,

31So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

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