Although Mark likely has the distinction of writing the first of the four gospels, the gospel according to Matthew comes first in our New Testament. Because Matthew's is the most Jewish of all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), it's appropriate to find it as the first book of the New Testament; it's also the gospel most closely linked to the Old Testament's text, cultures, and practices; and it highlights the prophecies made regarding the coming of the Messiah.
Matthew’s central theme is promise and fulfillment: God’s promises in the Hebrew Scriptures to bring salvation to his people, Israel, and to the whole world are being fulfilled with the coming of Jesus the Messiah.
Matthew uses many titles for Jesus in his Gospel, including Messiah, King, Lord, Son of God, Son of Man, Son of David, Immanuel, etc. All of these have their roots in the Old Testament and point in one way or another to the theme of fulfillment and the coming of the kingdom of heaven.
The Bible gives us four accounts of Jesus’ life and ministry. Each covers many of the same experiences from different perspectives. Some recount moments the others don't. Each was written in a specific context for a specific purpose, affecting how we understand its allusions, references, and framing.
If you haven’t studied Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John closely, you may have trouble recalling what sets each of these books apart.
† Eight noteworthy facts about Matthew’s gospel to remember (compliments of Jesus Film Project)
1. Matthew was primarily written for a Jewish audience.
2. Five women are included in Matthew’s genealogy.
3. The symbol for the Gospel of Matthew is a winged man.
4. The book contains more than 130 Old Testament quotes and allusions.
5. Matthew repeatedly used two phrases no other gospel includes.
6. The book of Matthew is one of the three synoptic gospels.
7. Matthew introduces Jesus as “Messiah.”
8. Matthew is the only gospel that mentions the magi at Jesus’ birth.
Thanks to Bible Project, we can see and appreciate the mysterious promised deliverer whom Matthew revealed. He, the Messiah, would one day come to confront evil and rescue humanity.
AllAudio Bible brings the original Jesus narrative to the screen using the gospel text as its script, word for word. Filmed nine years ago, this series deals with all the facets of Jesus Christ’s life, including the nativity, Herod, the baptism of John the Baptist, up to Jesus' death and resurrection.
Matthew 13:1 † That same day Jesus went out of the house and sat by the lake. 2Such large crowds gathered around him that he . . .
Matthew 14:1 † At that time Herod the tetrarch heard the reports about Jesus, 2and he said to his attendants, . . .
Matthew 15:1 † Then some Pharisees and teachers of the law came to Jesus from Jerusalem and asked, 2"Why do your disciples . . ."?
Matthew 16:1 † The Pharisees and Sadducees came to Jesus and tested him by asking him to show them a sign from heaven. . .
Matthew 17:1 † After six days, Jesus took with him Peter, James and John the brother of James, and led them up a . . .
Matthew 18:1 † At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, "Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?" . . .
All of the "Matthew Movies" can be found on these pages. . .