The Journey - January 21, 2023

Matthew 1 - 4

Teacher: Darrell Rott

  1. Introduction: Gospel of the King. Rev. 4:6-11
  2. Chapter 1
    1. The Lineage of The King 1:1-17
      1. Man born for greatness.
      2. Man lost his greatness.
      3. Man can regain his greatness.
      4. The realization of men's dreams.
        1. He is the son of David.
        2. Jesus is the fulfilment of prophecy.
      5. Not the righteous but sinners. Gal.3:26-29
    2. The King's entry into the world. 1:18-25
    3. The King born of the Holy Spirit. 1:18-25
      1. Holy Spirit brings God's truth to men.
      2. Holy Spirit enables man to recognize that truth when they see it.
      3. Holy Spirit connected to creation, and recreation.
  3. Chapter 2
    1. Birthplace of the King. Magi visit the King. 2:1-2
    2. The wicked king. 2:3-9
    3. Gifts for the King. 2:9-12
    4. Escape to Egypt. 2:13-15, Hosea 11:1
    5. Slaughter of the Children. 2:16-18
      1. What men will do to get rid of Jesus.
      2. Prophecy Jer.31:15
    6. Return to Nazareth. 2:19-23
  4. Chapter 3
    1. Herald of the King, John the Baptizer. 3:1-12
      1. Came from God.
      2. Pointed beyond himself.
      3. Both a threat and a promise.
      4. The demand, repent.
    2. The King and His baptism. 3:13-17
  5. Chapter 4
    1. The testing of the King. 4:1-11
      1. Led by the Holy Spirit
      2. Tempted versus tested.
      3. Satan's attack.
        1. Stones to bread: Is Jesus able to trust God's providence and provision? Is he the obedient Son of God? Is God fair in what he commands and provides? Does God abandon His children? Connection to the Garden of Eden. Is God too petty?
        2. Throw yourself down: 1st test; can God be trusted, 2nd test; can we trust God with abandon? God's provision with no strings attached. Does God's provision negate human reason and responsibility? Can there be human free will with out consequences? Does mercy cancel out responsibility?
        3. "Worship me!" First two tests have been about the relationship between God and Jesus. Now the temptation is about Jesus and Satan. Satan's dismal failure. Binary character of the temptations, they reveal the character and intent of Jesus as well as Satan.
    2. The King goes forth. 4:12-17
    3. The King calls the fisherman. 4:18-22
    4. Activities of the King. 4:23-25
      1. He came preaching to defeat ignorance.
      2. He came teaching to defeat misunderstanding.
      3. He came healing to defeat pain.

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Short Outline of the Book of Matthew from the Today's English Version:

  • Genealogy and birth of Jesus Christ (1:1 – 2:23)
  • The ministry of John the Baptist (3:1-12)
  • The baptism and temptation of Jesus (3:13 – 4:11)
  • Jesus’ public ministry in Galilee (4:12 – 18:35)
  • From Galilee to Jerusalem (19:1 – 20:34)
  • The last week in and near Jerusalem (21:1 – 27:66)
  • The resurrection and appearances of the Lord (28:1-20)
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