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Read Scripture Series Matthew Ch 1428

The Gospel according to Matthew. In thefirst tutorial we saw how Matthew introduced Jesus as the Messiah from the line ofDavid, and as a new authoritative teacher like Moses, and also as Emmanuel which inHebrew means quot;God with us.quot; After Jesus announced and taught about the arrival ofGod's kingdom and after he brought the kingdom into daytoday life among thepeople of Israel, we saw that Jesus was accepted by many but rejected by others,especially Israel's religious leaders, the Pharisees. And so the big question is, quot;Howis this conflict between Jesus and Israel's leaders going to play itselfoutéquot; The next large section, chapters 14

through 20, explore all the differentexpectations people have about the Messiah. Jesus keeps healing sick peopleand twice he even miraculously provides food for these huge crowds in the desert,one made up of Jewish people and the other is a nonjewish crowd. And thissign is very similar to what Moses did for Israel in the wilderness. And so arethese people are excited about Jesus, they think he's the great prophet and theMessiah, but not the religious leaders. Their view of the Messiah is built onpassages like Psalm 2 or Daniel chapter 2, about a victorious Messiah who is going todeliver Israel and defeat the pagan

oppressors. And from their point of view,Jesus is a false teacher. He's making blasphemous claims about himself and sothere are stories here about them increasing their opposition, hatching aplan to kill him. And so in response, Jesus, he withdraws. And he begins teachinghis closest disciples what it means for him to be Israel's Messiah because it isnot what anybody expects. So Jesus asked his disciples chapter 16 he says, quot;Who doyou all say that I améquot; And Peter comes up with the right answer, it seems. He says,quot;You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.quot; But then it becomes clear that Peter'sthinking about a king who's going to

reign victoriously through military power. And Jesus challenges Peter, saying that quot;Yes, I am going to become king, butthrough a different way.quot; And so Jesus starts to teach on themes from theprophet Isaiah who said that the Messianic King would suffer and die forthe sins of his own people. And so Jesus, he was positioning himself as aMessianic king who reigns by becoming a servant and who would lay down his lifefor Israel and the nations. Peter and the disciples, they mostly just don't get it. And so Jesus enters into the fourth block of teaching followed by a seriesof teachings after that. And these are

all about the upside down nature ofJesus' Messianic Kingdomwhich turns upside down all of our value systems. Soin the community of the servant king you gain honor by serving others and insteadof getting revenge, you forgive and do good to your enemies. And in Jesus'kingdom you gain true wealth by giving your wealth away to the poor. To followthe servant Messiah, you must become a servant yourself. In the next section wewatched the two kingdoms clashJesus' kingdom and that of Israel's leader.Jesus comes to Jerusalem for Passover riding in on a donkey and the crowds arehailing him as the Messiah. Jesus

immediately marches into the courtyardof the temple and he creates this huge disruption that brings the dailysacrifices to a halt. His actions speak louder than words here. As Israel's King,Jesus was asserting his royal authority over the temple, the place where God andIsrael met together. And in Jesus' view, the temple was compromised by the hypocrisyof Israel's leaders and so here he's challenging their authority andnaturally they're deeply offended. And so they try to trap Jesus and shame him inpublic debate and they fail. So they end up just determining to have him killed.In response, Jesus delivers his final

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