THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO
Author: Matthew, also called Levi, formerly a tax collector, later an apostle (9:9; Luke 5:27), as indicated by the omitted reference to him as the host of the reception in 9:10 and by the special mentioning of him as the tax collector in 10:3.
Time of Writing: Approximately A.D. 37-40, shortly after the Lord's resurrection (28:15) and prior to the destruction of the temple (24:2).
Place of Writing: Probably the land of Judea.
Recipients: The Jews in general, as indicated by the absence of explanations about Jewish customs and festivals (15:2, cf. Mark 7:2-3; Matt. 26:17, cf. Mark 14:12).
The Gospel of the Kingdom --
Proving That Jesus Christ Is the King-Savior
I. The King's Antecedents and Status
A. His Genealogy and Office -- Called Christ
1 The book of the ageneration of 1Jesus 2bChrist, the 3cson of David, the 4dson of Abraham:
2 Abraham begot 1aIsaac, and Isaac begot 2bJacob, and Jacob begot 3cJudah and his 4dbrothers,
3 And Judah begot 1aPharez and Zarah of 2Tamar, and Pharez begot bHezron, and Hezron begot Aram,
4 And Aram begot Aminadab, and Aminadab begot Nahshon, and Nahshon begot Salmon,
5 And Salmon begot Boaz of 1aRahab, and 2bBoaz begot Obed of 3cRuth, and Obed begot 4dJesse,
6 And Jesse begot 1aDavid the 2bking. And David begot 3cSolomon of her who had been the 4dwife of Uriah,
7 And Solomon begot 1aRehoboam, and Rehoboam begot Abijah, and Abijah begot Asa,
8 And Asa begot Jehoshaphat, and Jehoshaphat begot Joram, and 1Joram begot Uzziah,
9 And Uzziah begot Jotham, and Jotham begot Ahaz, and Ahaz begot Hezekiah,
10 And Hezekiah begot Manasseh, and Manasseh begot Amon, and Amon begot Josiah.
11 And 1Josiah begot 2aJeconiah and his 3brothers at the time of the 4bdeportation to Babylon.
12 And after the 1deportation to Babylon, Jeconiah begot aSalathiel, and Salathiel begot 2bZerubbabel,
13 And Zerubbabel begot Abiud, and Abiud begot Eliakim, and Eliakim begot Azor,
14 And Azor begot Zadok, and Zadok begot Achim, and Achim begot Eliud,
15 And Eliud begot Eleazar, and Eleazar begot Matthan, and Matthan begot Jacob,
16 And 1Jacob begot 2aJoseph the husband of 3bMary, of whom was cborn dJesus, who is called 4eChrist.
17 Thus 1all the generations from Abraham 2until David are fourteen generations, and from David 3until the deportation to Babylon, fourteen generations, and from the deportation to Babylon 4until the Christ, fourteen generations.
B. His Origin and Name --
Born a God-man, Named Jesus,
Called Emmanuel by Men
18 Now the aorigin of Jesus Christ was in this way: His mother, bMary, after she had been engaged to Joseph, before they came together, was found to be with child 1of the cHoly Spirit.
19 And Joseph her husband, being 1arighteous and not willing to bdisgrace her openly, intended to 2send her away secretly.
20 But while he pondered these things, behold, an aangel of the Lord appeared to him in a bdream, saying, Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife, for that which has been 1begotten in her is 2of the cHoly Spirit.
21 And she will bear a ason, and you shall call His name 1bJesus, for it is He who will csave His people from their sins.
22 Now all this has happened so that what was spoken by the Lord through the 1prophet might be afulfilled, saying,
23 "Behold, the avirgin shall be with child and shall bear a 1son, and they shall call His name 2bEmmanuel'' (which is translated, cGod 3with us).
24 And when Joseph awoke from his sleep, he did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to himself his wife.
25 And he did not know her until she 1bore a son. And he called His name aJesus.
C. His Youth and Growth -- Called a Nazarene
1. Sought and Worshipped by the Gentile Magi
1 Now after Jesus was aborn in 1bBethlehem of Judea in the days of cHerod the king, behold, dmagi from the eeast arrived in Jerusalem,
2 Saying, Where is He who has been born 1aKing of the Jews? For we saw His 2bstar at its rising and have come to cworship Him.
3 And when Herod the king heard this, he was troubled and all Jerusalem with him.
4 And gathering together all the chief 1apriests and bscribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Christ was to be born.
5 And they said to him, In aBethlehem of Judea, for so it is written through the prophet:
6 a"And you, Bethlehem, land of Judah, by no means are you the least among the 1princes of Judah; for out of you shall come forth a bRuler, One who will cshepherd My people Israel.''
2. Envied by Herod the King
7 Then Herod, secretly calling the magi, determined accurately from them the time that the star appeared.
8 And sending them to Bethlehem, he said, Go and find out accurately about the child. And when you find Him, report to me, so that I also may come and worship Him.
9 And after they heard the king, they went their way, and behold, the 1astar which they saw at its rising led them until it came and stood over the place where the child was.
10 And when they saw the star, they rejoiced exceedingly with great joy.
11 And they came into the 1house and saw the achild with bMary His mother. And falling down, they 2worshipped Him; and opening their treasures, they offered 3cgifts to Him, dgold and efrankincense and fmyrrh.
12 And because they had been divinely instructed in a adream not to 1return to Herod, they departed by 2another way to their country.
3. Fleeing to Egypt
13 Now when they had departed, behold, an aangel of the Lord appeared in a bdream to Joseph, saying, Arise, take the child and His mother and flee into cEgypt, and stay there until I tell you; for Herod is going to seek the child to destroy Him.
14 And he arose and took the child and His mother by night and departed into Egypt,
15 And was there until the death of Herod, in order that what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet might be 1afulfilled, saying, b"Out of Egypt I called My 2cSon.''
4. Sought by Herod the King for Destruction
16 Then Herod, seeing that he had been mocked by the magi, became greatly enraged, and sending out men, he 1did away with all the boys who were in Bethlehem and in all its borders from two years old and under, according to the time that he had accurately determined from the magi.
17 At that time what was spoken through Jeremiah the prophet was afulfilled, saying,
18 a"A voice in Ramah was heard, weeping and great lamentation: 1Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be comforted, because they are no more.''
5. Returning to Dwell in Nazareth
19 And when Herod had died, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared in a adream to Joseph in Egypt,
20 Saying, Arise, take the child and His mother and go into the land of Israel, for those who seek the 1life of the child have adied.
21 And he arose and took the child and His mother and entered into the land of Israel.
22 But because he heard that Archelaus was reigning over Judea in place of his father Herod, he was afraid to go there; and having been divinely instructed in a adream, he departed into the regions of 1bGalilee.
23 And he came and settled in a city called 1aNazareth, so that what was spoken through the 2prophets might be bfulfilled, He shall be called a 3Nazarene.