Matthew – He gives us the portrait of Christ as the King.
His book references the first creature mentioned in Ezekiel 1 and Revelation 4:6-10 – Lionlike
His style – A teacher
His audience – The Jewish people
His emphasis – The sermons of Jesus
His book contains a genealogical record because a King must have one
Matthew was a tax collector
He was a Roman/Jewish citizen because he was also known as Levi.
He had a great appreciation for Jesus
Tax collectors were hated in those days for two distinct reasons.
- They worked for Rome.
- They were considered dishonest people.
Each collector had been given a quota of what and how much he was to collect and only he knew what that quota was. They were allowed by Rome to keep whatever they collected above and beyond that quota, so many collectors were wealthy.
Thus we can assume that Matthew was exactly what we have described: A very wealthy collector
One day Jesus Christ came into his life and uttered two words that would change Matthew’s life forever.
Matthew opened his heart
He immediately got up and he followed Jesus. Once a collector had abandoned his post, he would never be allowed to take it back up. I would imagine there would be lines upon lines of others just waiting to take his place so this meant much more that just a decision. Matthew would leave everything that he knew behind.
He saw the Savior and followed His Word
Matthew opened his home
He had a party for all his friends so that they could meet this Jesus. He knew that everyone needed what Jesus had to offer.
Matthew opened his hands
He wrote about Jesus. Each of the Gospels was written with a specific audience and Matthew was written with the Jews in mind. This shows here in the beginning of the book with the genealogy of Jesus
Because a King must have one!
A King MUST have a pedigree and Matthew launches right away and gives us what we need in order to see Him as King.
Jesus relates to the Jews racially, through Abraham
And in Royalty – He is also a son of David
Jesus Christ comes from the line of David; the King of the Jewish people and therefore Jesus was in line to take the throne. The Jewish people were obsessed with keeping up with genealogies (for this purpose) and interestingly enough, because of Matthew, and because all the early records were destroyed by Rome, Jesus is the only Jewish male to actually have His lineage recorded in total.
This book is a topical book and not a chronological
There are 5 main sections in this Gospel:
- The King Revealed
- The King Resisted
- The King Retreated
- The King Rejected
- The King Resurrected