Gospel of Matthew | Day One
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Every Gospel account has a unique way of telling the most important story ever told. Each one of them tells the story from a slightly different perspective, and every book sheds more light on who Jesus is.
The Gospel of Matthew was written by a guy named Matthew (also known as Levi, Mark 2:14). He was a former tax collector who became one of Jesus’s twelve disciples. And although Matthew never identified himself as the author in the actual text of the book, the early church was in unanimous agreement of his authorship.
Most scholars believe that Matthew was written around AD 60, shortly after the Gospel of Mark was written. Even still, the book of Matthew is placed as the first book in the New Testament.
So that’s how we come to have the very first words after the 400 years of silence between the Old and New Testaments.
An account of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham.
Read Matthew 1:1-17.
Why do you think God chose this genealogy to be the beginning of the New Testament?
List some of the familiar names you see in the genealogy of Christ.
There are only five women who were named in the genealogy of Christ. Who are they?
What do these five women have in common?
All five of these women included in the genealogy of Christ are very unlikely women to be mentioned.
You can go back and look up their stories if you aren’t already familiar with them. Tamar and Rahab and Uriah’s wife (also known as Bathsheba) are known for sexual scandals. Ruth was a Moabite (not even a Jewish woman). And Mary, while she was Jesus’s mother, was a woman and typically unmentioned in genealogies altogether.
What does mentioning all of these women in the genealogy say about Jesus?
Read Matthew 1:18-25. Although you’ve probably heard this Christmas story countless times before, it’s always different to read it outside of the Christmas context.
What does the angel of the Lord say to Joseph?
What does the angel say about Jesus?
Imagine how difficult it was for Joseph to wake up and do as the Lord had commanded him. Has it ever been difficult to do what you know the Lord wants you to do?
Read Matthew 2:1-12. Think of the star that brought the news of Jesus to the wise men. Why do you think God chose this as the way to announce His son to the world?
Imagine you’re Mary and Joseph. What would it have been like to receive these wise men in your home to welcome your baby with extravagant gifts?
Why did the wise men not go back to Herod?
Read Matthew 2:13-18. Why did they have to flee to Egypt? Again consider Mary and Joseph in the midst of such a change and fear.
What prophecy did this trip to Egypt fulfill?
When Herod gave orders to massacre the boys in Bethlehem who were two years or younger, what Old Testament story did it mirror?
Read Matthew 2:19-23. What made Joseph lead his family to Nazareth?
Even just two chapters into the Gospel of Matthew, it’s incredible how much of the Old Testament has been pulled into place.
Pray and thank the Lord that He broke the silence with such a glorious beginning. Thank Him for the gift of Jesus. Thank Him that the Messiah came and saved the world.