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The “Jesus Focus” in the Book of Matthew

14 Mar

Reading The Bible Through The Jesus Lens in Matthew

From Biblical Book to Biblical Hook

Charts adapted from Dr. Michael Williams Book

Title for Matthew

Matthew: Theme

Matthew 28:18-20

“Torah Fulfillment”

Jesus is the new Moses who reinterprets Torah.

And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Christ-Focus in Matthew

Implications from Matthew

Hooks from Matthew

Jesus fulfills the Torah of Moses.

 “Do you think that I have come to abolish them but to fulfill them.

 For truly, I say to you, until heaven and earth pass away, not an iota, not a dot, will pass from the Law until all is accomplished.

  Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

 For I tell you, unless your righteousness exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.”

 – Matthew 5:17-20

Our Faith in Christ satisfies the demands of the Torah.

For Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.

For Moses writes about the righteousness that is based on the law, that the person who does the commandments shall live by them.

But the righteousness based on faith says,

“Do not say in your heart, ‘Who will ascend into heaven?’” (that is, to bring Christ down) or

“Who will descend into the abyss?’” (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). But what does it say?

“The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith that we proclaim);

because, if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.

For with the heart one believes and is justified, and with the mouth one confesses and is saved. For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.”

For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him.

For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

 – Romans 10:4-13

Are you a good person?

 What is good?

 Do you describe “good” in terms of actions or of being?

 Can someone do enough good things to compensate for not being good?

 How good is good enough?

 What is the standard?

 Is it possible for you to meet you of God’s standards?

 What is the goal of the standards?

 How is that goal accomplished in Christ?

 Is there any use for the law of God in a Christian’s life today?

 Why might Jesus command his disciples “to obey everything I have commanded you?

 

 

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