Articles about Matthew

The biblical Gospel of Matthew is the first of the New Testament’s four gospels. Major themes include Israel’s rejection of the awaited Messiah, criticism of self-righteous Jewish leaders, and the “Kingdom of Heaven.” Jesus is shown to be the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecies about the Messiah, describing Him as the Son of David, the Son of Man, and the Son of God.

Much of Matthew is drawn from the earliest gospel, Mark. It also shares some sayings with Luke, which suggests a shared but unknown source known as Q.

Sounds simple, right? That sounds good to me… if everybody loved everybody else, our world would be far, far better. There would be no crime. No slavery. No prostitution. No abortion. Nobody would go hungry. Nobody would take advantage of another’s generosity. There would be no need for soldiers, or courts, or lawyers, or police. There would no metal detectors at airports, or security guards at the mall.

A friend asked about the Parable of the Two Sons. This parable was given by Jesus, and recorded in Matthew 21:28-32. He was speaking to Jerusalem's chief priests and elders (v23). There was a man who had two sons.