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An outline of The Gospel of Matthew

Brief Summary. Jesus of Nazareth is indeed the long awaited Messiah King of he Jews as foretold by the ancient Jewish prophets. He came to reveal how to enter the "Kingdom of Heaven." 



Purpose. It is very obvious that the Gospel of Matthew was written for the purpose of revealing that the man Jesus of Nazareth was actually the King of the Jews, the long awaited Messiah, the sovereign Lord Jehovah who came from heaven to this world revealing to mankind the "kingdom of heaven". The King of the Jews, the Messiah Jesus fulfilled every prophecy that was spoken about Him in the ancient Jewish Scriptures, in the Old Testament. The prophecies that spoke of the "Kingdom" that the Messiah would bring would be a spiritual Kingdom that would never be destroyed. 


Audience. When reading the book of Matthew it becomes clear that the writer was speaking to a Jewish audience. One of the obvious reasons is that the "Kingdom of Heaven" is mentioned over 30 times and never the Kingdom of God. This is because the Jews do not speak the name of God and this could be the very reason that Matthew used this phrase. There are many times while reading the book that an event happens and a prophecy is cited. The event is mentioned as the direct fulfillment of a promise made to the Jews by one of their Jewish prophets, and the fulfillment of the prophecy was happening before their very eyes. It is clear that the audience of people are the Jews, they were awaiting their King, and Matthew records that the King had come and they rejected their King.

The Gospel According to Matthew was believed to be written between AD 38 and AD 70, most commonly ranged at 60-65 AD. Matthew was a Galilean Jew. Matthew was known as the tax collector (Matthew 9:9). Matthew was also known as Levi the son of Alphaeus (Luke 5:27,29 and Mark 2:14). The book of Matthew is the first of the four Gospels.
 
Matthew mentions four women in his genealogy which is not typical for Jewish genealogical records: Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheeba who were all associated with some sort of immorality. Tamar (incest), Rahab (harlotry), Ruth (a descendant of Moab who committed incest) and Bathsheba (adultery). Christ's greatness was in Himself not his genealogy.

  There are many intimations for the word "King" in Matthew if one takes the time to look. For example in chapter one there is a royal genealogy mentioning king David at the start. Chapter two reveals the kingly gifts of the Magi. Chapter three calls John the Baptist a "herald" which is a cultural term that represents a herald for a king. Etc.

  There are similarities with the number four. The four colors in the veil of the Temple were purple, scarlet, white, and blue. The four faces of the cherubim are the lion, ox, man, eagle. The four Gospel accounts are Matthew, Mark, Luke, John.
 


Matthew 1:1-1:17    The Genealogy of Jesus the Messiah
Matthew  1:18-1:25   The Birth of Jesus the Messiah

Matthew  2:1-2:12    The Visit of the Wise Men
Matthew  2:13-2:15   The Escape to Egypt
Matthew  2:16-2:18   The Massacre of the Infants
Matthew  2:19-2:23   The Return from Egypt

Matthew  3:1-3:17    The Proclamation of John the Baptist
Matthew  3:13-3:17   The Baptism of Jesus

Matthew  4:1-4:11    The Temptation of Jesus
Matthew  4:12-4:17   Jesus Begins His Ministry in Galilee
Matthew  4:18-4:22   Jesus Calls the First Disciples
Matthew  4:23-4:25   Jesus Ministers to Crowds of People

Matthew  5:1-5:12    The Beatitudes
Matthew  5:13-5:16   Salt and Light
Matthew  5:17-5:20   The Law and the Prophets
Matthew  5:21-5:26   Concerning Anger
Matthew  5:27-5:30   Concerning Adultery
Matthew  5:31-5:32   Concerning Divorce
Matthew  5:33-5:37   Concerning Oaths
Matthew  5:38-5:42   Concerning Retaliation
Matthew  5:43-5:48   Love for Enemies

Matthew  6:1-6:4     Concerning Almsgiving
Matthew  6:5-6:15    Concerning Prayer
Matthew  6:16-6:18   Concerning Fasting
Matthew  6:19-6:21   Concerning Treasures
Matthew  6:22-6:23   The Sound Eye
Matthew  6:24        Serving Two Masters
Matthew  6:25-6:34   Do Not Worry

Matthew  7:1-7:5     Judging Others
Matthew  7:6         Profaning the Holy
Matthew  7:7-7:11    Ask, Search, Knock
Matthew  7:12        The Golden Rule
Matthew  7:13-7:14   The Narrow Gate
Matthew  7:15-7:20   A Tree and Its Fruit
Matthew  7:21-7:23   Concerning Self-Deception
Matthew  7:24-7:29   Hearers and Doers

Matthew  8:1-8:4     Jesus Cleanses a Leper
Matthew  8:5-8:13    Jesus Heals a Centurion's Servant
Matthew  8:14-8:17   Jesus Heals Mary at Peter's House
Matthew  8:18-8:22   Would Be Followers of Jesus
Matthew  8:23-8:27   Jesus Calms the Storm
Matthew  8:28-8:34   Jesus Heals the Gadarene Demoniacs

Matthew  9:1-9:8     Jesus Heals a Paralytic
Matthew  9:9-9:13    The Call of Matthew
Matthew  9:14-9:17   The Question about Fasting
Matthew  9:18-9:26   A Girl Restored to Life and a Woman Healed
Matthew  9:27-9:31   Jesus Heals Two Blind Men
Matthew  9:32-9:34   Jesus Heals One Who Was Mute
Matthew  9:35-9:38   The Harvest Is Great, the Labourers Few

Matthew 10:1-10:4    The Twelve Apostles
Matthew 10:5-10:15   The Mission of the Twelve
Matthew 10:16-10:25  Coming Persecution
Matthew 10:26-10:33  Whom to Fear
Matthew 10:34-10:39  Not Peace, but a Sword
Matthew 10:40-10:42  Rewards

Matthew 11:1-11:6    Messengers from John the Baptist
Matthew 11:7-11:19   Jesus Praises John the Baptist
Matthew 11:20-11:24  Woe to Unrepentant Cities
Matthew 11:25-11:30  Jesus Thanks His Father

Matthew 12:1-12:8    Plucking Grain on the Sabbath
Matthew 12:9-12:14   The Man with a Withered Hand
Matthew 12:15-12:21  God's Chosen Servant
Matthew 12:22-12:32  Jesus and Beelzebul
Matthew 12:33-12:37  A Tree and Its Fruit
Matthew 12:38-12:42  The Sign of Jonah
Matthew 12:43-12:45  The Return of the Unclean Spirit
Matthew 12:46-12:50  The True Kindred of Jesus

Matthew 13:1-13:9    The Parable of the Sower
Matthew 13:10-13:17  The Purpose of the Parables
Matthew 13:18-13:23  The Parable of the Sower Explained
Matthew 13:24-13:30  The Parable of Weeds
Matthew 13:31-13:32  The Parable of the Mustard Seed
Matthew 13:33        The Parable of the Yeast
Matthew 13:34-13:35  The Use of Parables
Matthew 13:36-13:43  Jesus Explains the Parable of the Weeds
Matthew 13:44-13:50  Three Parables
Matthew 13:51-13:53  Treasures New and Old
Matthew 13:54-13:58  The Rejection of Jesus at Nazareth

Matthew 14:1-14:12   The Death of John the Baptist
Matthew 14:13-14:21  Feeding the Five Thousand
Matthew 14:22-14:33  Jesus Walks on the Water
Matthew 14:34-14:36  Jesus Heals the Sick in Gennesaret

Matthew 15:1-15:9    The Tradition of the Elders
Matthew 15:10-15:20  Things That Defile
Matthew 15:21-15:28  The Canaanite Woman's Faith
Matthew 15:29-15:31  Jesus Cures Many People
Matthew 15:32-15:39  Feeding the Four Thousand

Matthew 16:1-16:4    The Demand for a Sign
Matthew 16:5-16:12   The Yeast of the Pharisees and Sadducees
Matthew 16:13-16:20  Peter's Declaration about Jesus
Matthew 16:21-16:23  Jesus Foretells his Death and Resurrection
Matthew 16:24-16:28  The Cross and Self-Denial

Matthew 17:1-17:13   The Transfiguration
Matthew 17:14-17:21  Jesus Cures a Boy with a Demon
Matthew 17:22-17:23  Jesus Again Foretells His Death and Resurrection
Matthew 17:24-17:27  Jesus and the Temple Tax

Matthew 18:1-18:5    True Greatness
Matthew 18:6-18:9    Temptations to Sin
Matthew 18:10-18:14  The Parable of the Lost Sheep
Matthew 18:15-18:20  Reproving Another Who Sins
Matthew 18:21-18:22  Forgiveness
Matthew 18:23-18:35  The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

Matthew 19:1-19:12   Teaching abuot Divorce
Matthew 19:13-19:15  Jesus Blesses Little Children
Matthew 19:16-19:30  The Rich Young Man

Matthew 20:1-20:16   The Labourers in the Vineyard
Matthew 20:17-20:19  A Third Time Jesus Foretells His Death and Resurrection
Matthew 20:20-20:28  The Request of the Mother of James and John
Matthew 20:29-20:34  Jesus Heals Two Blind Men

Matthew 21:1-21:11   Jesus' Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem
Matthew 21:12-21:22  Jesus Cleanses the Temple
Matthew 21:23-21:27  The Authority of Jesus Questioned
Matthew 21:28-21:32  The Parable of the Two Sons
Matthew 21:33-21:46  The Parable of the Wicked Tenants

Matthew 22:1-22:14   The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
Matthew 22:15-22:22  The Question about Paying Taxes
Matthew 22:23-22:33  The Question about the Resurrection
Matthew 22:34-22:40  The Greatest Commandment
Matthew 22:41-22:46  The Question about David's Son

Matthew 23:1-23:36   Jesus Denounces Scribes and Pharisees
Matthew 23:37-23:39  The Lament over Jerusalem

Matthew 24:1-24:2    The Destruction of the Temple Foretold
Matthew 24:3-24:8    Signs of the End of the Age
Matthew 24:9-24:14   Persecution Foretold
Matthew 24:15-24:28  The Desolating Sacrilege
Matthew 24:29-24:31  The Coming of the Son of Man
Matthew 24:32-24:35  The Lesson of the Fig Tree
Matthew 24:36-24:44  The Necessity for Watchfulness
Matthew 24:45-24:51  The Faithful or the Unfaithful Slave

Matthew 25:1-25:13   The Parable of the Ten Bridesmaid
Matthew 25:14-25:30  The Parable of the Talents
Matthew 25:31-25:46  The Judgment of the Nations

Matthew 26:1-26:5    The Plot to Kill Jesus
Matthew 26:6-26:13   The Anointing at Bethany
Matthew 26:14-26:16  Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Matthew 26:17-26:25  The Passover with the Disciples
Matthew 26:26-26:30  The Institution of the Lord's Supper
Matthew 26:31-26:35  Peter's Denial Foretold
Matthew 26:36-26:46  Jesus Prays in Gethsemane
Matthew 26:47-26:56  The Betrayal and Arrest of Jesus
Matthew 26:57-26:68  Jesus before the High Priest
Matthew 26:69-26:75  Peter's Denial of Jesus

Matthew 27:1-27:2    Jesus Brought before Pilate
Matthew 27:3-27:10   The Suicide of Judas
Matthew 27:11-27:14  Pilate Questions Jesus
Matthew 27:15-27:23  Barabbas or Jesus?
Matthew 27:24-27:26  Pilate Hands Jesus Over to Be Crucified
Matthew 27:27-27:31  The Soldiers Mock Jesus
Matthew 27:32-27:44  The Crucifixion of Jesus
Matthew 27:45-27:56  The Death of Jesus
Matthew 27:57-27:61  The Burial of Jesus
Matthew 27:62-27:66  The Guard at the Tomb

Matthew 28:1-28:10   The Resurrection of Jesus
Matthew 28:11-28:15  The Report of the Guard
Matthew 28:16-28:20  The Commissioning of the Disciples
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