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Matthew Introduction and Outline

Lesson # Matthew Introduction, Outline
Study Material - Matthew, book introduction and outline

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Matthew Introduction

Matthew presents Christ as King, the son of David, the son of Abraham. Genealogy is traced to David. This emphasizes to person and purpose of Christ. Extracting from the Old Testament passages which portray the savior as being from the line of David and the promised King, Matthew systematically moves through his book documenting Christ's life and demonstrating that Jesus is the Christ, the son of David, the son of God, being both man and God in the same person, the unique person of the universe.

Matthew also known as Levi, was a tax collector. He was needless to say despised by people in general, but God demonstrates that no matter what a persons background, and tax collector is at the bottom of the ladder, God can still promote anyone to high positions. Matthew was a tax collector and was promoted to apostle and a writer of the first book in the New Testament. Just as David was a shepherd boy and was promoted to King. So in your life, no matter what your situation, whether you have a handicap, or a low IQ, whether you have a minority skin color, or are from a culture that most despise, whether you live on the poor side of town, or push a broom, God can elevate you to positions beyond that attainable by anyone else on the face of this world. And when God promotes it is permanent. As opposed to mans promotions which are temporary at best.

The outline of Matthew follows the birth of Christ, his ministry, the crucifixion, and resurrection.

Matthew Outline

I. The birth and childhood of Jesus Christ. 1:1-2:23.
A. Genealogy of Christ. 1:1-17.
B. Birth of Christ. 1:18-25,
C. Visit of the Magi. 2:1-12.
D. Flight into Egypt and massacre of the infants. 2:13-18.
E. Residence at Nazareth. 2:19-23.
II. The beginnings of the ministry of Jesus Christ. 3:1-4-11.
A. The forerunner of Christ. 3:1-12.
B. Baptism of Christ. 3:12-17.
C. Temptation of Christ. 4:1-11.
III. The ministry of Jesus Christ. 4:12-25:46.
A. In Galilee. 4:12-18:35.
1. Residence at Capernaum. 4:12-17,
2. Call of four disciples 4:18-22.
3. General survey of the Galilean ministry. 4:23-25.
4. Sermon on the mount. 5:1-7:29.
5. Ten miracles and related events. 8:1-9:38.
6. Mission of the twelve. 10:1-42.
7. Christ's answer to John, and related discourse. 11:1-30.
8. Opposition from the Pharisees. 12:1-50.
9. A series of parables on the kingdom. 13:1-58.
10. Withdrawal of Jesus following John's beheading. 14:1-36.
11. Conflict with the Pharisees over tradition. 15:1-20.
12. Withdrawal to Phoenecia and healing of a Canaanitish woman's daughter. 15:21-28.
13. Return to the Sea of Galilee and performing if miracles. 15:29-38.
14. Renewed conflict with the Pharisees and Saducees. 15:39-16:4.
15. Withdrawal to the region of Caesarea Philippi. 16:5-17:23.
16. Instruction of the twelve at Capernaum. 17:24-18:35,
B. In Perea. 19:1-20:16.
1. Teaching on divorce. 19:1-12.
2. Blessing of the children. 19:13-15.
3. Interview with the rich young man. 19:16-30,
4. Parable of the laborers in the vineyard. 20:1-16.
C. In Judea. 20:17-34.
1. Another prediction of Christ's death and resurrection. 20:17-19,
2. Ambitious request of Zebedee's sons. 20:20-28.
3. Healing of two blind men. 20:29-34.
D. In Jerusalem. 21:1-25:46.
1. Triumphal entry. 21:1-11.
2. Cleansing the Temple. 21:12-17.
3. Cursing of the barren fig tree. 21:18-22,
4. Questioning of Jesus' authority, and his parabolic answer. 21:23-22:14.
5. Questioning of Jesus by various groups. 22:15-46.
6. Jesus' public denunciation of the Pharisees. 23:1-39.
7. Olivet Discourse. 24:1-25:46.
IV. The Passion of Jesus Christ. 26:1-27:66.
A. Plot against Jesus. 26:1-16.
B. The final meal. 26:17-30,
C. Prediction of Peter's denial. 26:31-35,
D. Events in Gethsemane. 26:36-56,
E. Events at the Jewish trials. 26:57-27:2.
F. Remorse of Judas. 27:3-10.
G. Events at the Roman trials. 27:11-31.
H. The Crucifixion. 27:32-56.
I. Burial. 27: 32-56,
V. The resurrection of Jesus Christ. 28:1-20.
A. Discovery of the empty tomb. 28:1-8.
B. Appearance of Jesus Christ. 28:9,10,
C. Report of the soldiers. 28:11-15,
D. The Great Commission. 28:16-20.

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