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Matthew wrote this book for the Jewish people in order to first prove through Genealogy that

Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah, that he is the heir to the throne of King David!  Matthew then goes through Jesus miracle birth, wise men gifts, attempt on Jesus life, and John Baptist prepares the peoples hearts.  Then Matthew shows Jesus Baptism, and being tested in the wilderness.  After that we see that Jesus Christ our Lord begins to preach (Teach) and chooses the first disciple.

Let Us Pray: Dear Heavenly Father we pray for you to give us wisdom and guidance to learning your Holy Words and ways, so that we may become better children, and servants of yours that we may by our actions, behaviors and words glorify you among the unbelieving and the believers of this world. AMEN!

Matthew 1:1 to 2:23

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Matthew 3:1 to 4:22

 

1) Genealogy of Jesus, The Messiah - MT 1:1-17

2) Joseph Accepts Jesus as his son - MT 1:18-25

3) The Astrologers Visits the Messiah - MT 2:1-12

4) The Escape to Egypt - MT 2:13-18

5) Return to Nazareth - MT 2:19-23

6) John Baptist prepares the way - MT 3:1-12

7) The Baptism of Jesus - MT 3:13-17

8) Jesus is tested in the wilderness - MT 4:1-11

9) Jesus begins to preach - MT 4:12-17

10Jesus calls his first disciples - MT 4:18-22

1) Genealogy of Jesus, The Messiah -  Matthew 1:1-17 - 

a) Matthew Uses Joseph Family Tree for  Jesus Genealogy;  Matthew starts with Jesus Christ Genealogy in

order to prove that Jesus Christ is the rightful heir to the throne of David and the promised messiah!  And Matthew uses Joseph's Genealogy line unlike Luke because Genealogy lines, always starts with the man rather than the women.  Sense the baby always comes from the man before it enters the woman. The audience he has written the book of Matthew to, is the Jewish people that was living in Palestine at the time.  The Jewish people like many cultures highly regarded the Family Tree (Genealogy) for a great deal  of proof of who some one is and from.   Matthew did not start with Abrams dad Terah (Gen 11:26-32) regarding Jesus Christ genealogy.

Instead Matthew started Jesus Christ Genealogy with Abram (Abraham Gen 17:5) since it was Abraham that God called and not his dad Terah (Gen 12:1).  This was Because Terah and many others worshiped other gods instead of our one true God (Joshua 24:2) to which is a abomination for anyone to do (Ex 20:3-4, Dt 5:7-8).  ( res-1j and 2a, 2c, 2e, 2g ).

b) The Importance of Jesus Christ Genealogy; Be like a Berean, Search Scriptures Acts 17:11-12 As always it

is extremely important to prove where and how Jesus Christ came to be, especially since many times he was not only claiming royalty but even more so claiming he is son of God, God in the flesh (Mt 16:15-20, Mk 15:61-62, Lk 22:70, 24:44-53, Jn 6:35, 6:41, 6:51, 8:12-32, etc)!  So then since Jesus was claiming such things, it is extremely important not just to the Jews but the rest of the world, as well to make sure that Jesus Christ is who he says he is! 

We like all people should check out the evidence for our selves to make sure that Jesus Christ is who he says he is, so that there will never be any doubt as to who Jesus is, even in the back of our minds!  So with our belief in him, we can be sure that we do have complete Faith without ever doubting our selves ever!  Out of my over 30+ years as a Born Again Christian, I have seen tons of evidence through prophecies, digs, etc that Jesus Christ and the Bible are highly true. 

And there is much more evidence, if we pay close attention to his teachings that we will see that he is extremely wise and truthful all of the time! Friends we should never blindly follow anyone with out evidence that they are from God, of God and with Gods authority!  Jesus Christ miracles as well proves that he is the Christ, the son of God, God in the flesh as well, and have the power of God.  Plus there were well over 500 witness that seen Jesus Christ after he rose from the dead (1Co 15:1-8). And through out the years there has been old ancient writings even from secular people  that wrote about Jesus Christ!   ( res-1j and 2a, 2c, 2e, 2g )

c) Purpose of Jesus Christ Genealogy; To Prove He is the Promised Messiah; 

1) Jesus Christ is the son of God, the Promised Messiah. (All Nations Blessed via Jesus Christ through

salvation); Genesis 22:18,26:4,.....35:11

2) That he is the son of  Abraham & of David  (Psalms 110:1, Mt 1:1, Lk 3:34, 20:42-43)  

3) His Inheritance to David's Throne (Da 2:44, 7:14-27, Mic 4:7, Lk 1:32

4) That Jesus Christ shall come from Abraham that is a father of "ALL NATIONS" (Genesis 12:3,

17:1-6, 22:18),  Those with Faith in Jesus Christ is Abrahams Seed, Christian Jew and Christian Gentile Both!

5) and all nations shall be blessed through Abraham, that blessing God spoke of was the coming of the

promised Messiah Jesus Christ him self (Gen 22:18) to which all nations shall put their hope, trust and hope  into (Isaiah 42:1-4, Matthew 12:21).

6) and as well Jesus Christ shall  come from King David (2 Samuel 7:12, Psalms 89:3, 132:11).  So when

it all is said and done regarding Jesus Christ blood line and so on, proves that Jesus Christ line is not just a King, but a Kings of Kings (1 Timothy 6:15, Revelations 17:14, 19:16) and a Lord of

Lords (1Ti 6:15, Rev 17:14, 19:16) (For many nations and kings shall come from Abraham and

David) to which Jesus Christ himself will rule over (Romans 15:12), to which Abraham is the

Father of All Nations not just Israel (Gen 18:18, 22:18) for Abraham  was a Gentile himself as well.

( res-1j and 2a, 2c, 2e, 2g ).

d) Jesus Christ Genealogy Traced from

1) Matthew uses Joseph's Genealogy Line from "David's son Solomon" to trace Jesus Christ Line. 

2) The reason why Matthew uses Joseph's Line is because usually Genealogies are traced through the

male, since the seed usually starts with the male and not the woman instead of using Mary's Line via David's other Son Nathan like Luke did  (Luke 3:23-38)

e) Organized Genealogy List (Matthew) - I also compiled a nice & neat organized genealogy list of our Lord

Jesus Christ (42 Generations) in 3 Columns 14 generations in each column to keep you a real good visual view.  BUT is the42nd generation missing?  Matthew Genealogy List.

 

 

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2) Joseph accepts Jesus as His Son - Matthew 1:18-25 - 

a) Jesus Christ Adopted *Accepted by Joseph.  -  Friends many do not realize that Joseph adopted, that is

accepted Jesus Christ as his son even though Mary was pregnant before her and Joseph ever came together (be intimate).  You see since Jesus Christ came to Mary through the Holy Spirit, Joseph wasn't Jesus Christ biological dad, God is Jesus Christ Father.  But God placed Joseph in charge of raising his son Jesus Christ in perfection, to be a sacrificial lamb, the perfect sacrifice for our sins.

b) Matthew 1:18 - Joseph and Mary Betrothed - Now at this time Mary and Joseph were betrothed,

(Engaged) to which in the Jewish culture was about the same thing as actually being married, except they did not yet have intimacy, or lived under the same roof just yet.  that is engaged to be married. In the Jewish laws and customs Mary was considered Joseph's lawful wife when they were betrothed (Engaged).

The betrothal (promise to marry) process usually takes at least one year or more, before the marriage is done and completed.  The woman doesn't live in the same house with the man until the one year betrothal process is over.  

(Definition of Betroth) - (Easton's Bible Dictionary) - to promise "by one's truth." Men and women were betrothed when they were engaged to be married. This usually took place a year or more before marriage. From the time of betrothal the woman was regarded as the lawful wife of the man to whom she was betrothed (Deuteronomy 28:30; Judges 14:2,8; Matthew 1:18-21). The term is figuratively employed of the spiritual connection between God and his people (Hosea 2:19,20).

Now Joseph and Mary were not intimate with each other until after Jesus Christ was (Mt 1:18) Born so

that they would not commit fornication and obey the Law, and so that Jesus Christ would be Born absolutely pure without imperfection of any kind.  Later he would be the perfect lamb sacrifice for our sins.  (See Barnes Commentary Notes). 

So in the Jewish customs if Joseph and Mary would have been intimate with each other before the betrothal process was over, they would have committed fornication (Dt 24:1).  Now I do not know how they kept the people from knowing that Mary was pregnant though. The people knew that Joseph and Mary was not yet Married (Betrothal Process Completed). 

The whole thing would had to been

kept top secret from everyone or her belly didn't show her pregnancy as in the cases of some women of today or her clothing. was very large to hide her belly.

c) Matthew 1:19-20 - Joseph wanted to Divorce Mary - When Joseph discovered that Mary was pregnant

he immediately thought she wasn't a virgin and had slept with another man (Dt 24:1).  Which we know she did not do that!  But the Angel of the Lord told Joseph in a dream that (Paraphrased) that it is was the Holy Spirit that made Mary pregnant and in that confirmed to Joseph that she was still a virgin.  Since Mary was considered

Josephs legal wife in the Betrothal and "IF" she would have slept with another man. Joseph would have the legal right to divorce Mary and that is the ONLY WAY a betrothed man can legally break up with his Betrothed!  WE Know Mary though is a VIRGIN until after Jesus Christ was born (Mt 1:25).

d) Matthew 1:20 - Jesus Christ Had to Remain Pure, A Virgin Birth, To be a Sacrificial Lamb - Jesus

Christ him self had to remain pure, from mankind's wickedness, that is  the nature of sin from the time of

conception all the way through his ministry and to his crucifixion.  He had to remain pure so he could be the perfect sacrificial lamb during the Jewish pass over. 

That is why Jesus Christ was not born of man, that is from Joseph, Mary's Husband.  Instead He was born from the power of the Holy Spirit to which the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of God is pure, perfect and Holy and of Truth through Mary.  But Jesus Christ also had a body of flesh, that we also have that can place

temptations in the way!  (WE KNOW JESUS CHRIST NEVER HAS SINNED!) 

So "IF" Jesus Christ would have been born from Joseph himself then Jesus Christ would have inherited the sin nature from birth that was from  Adam and would have sinned in childhood through adulthood like the rest of us, because he then would have been born with the natural desires to sin from birth on (Romans 7:5).

You see my friend you never have to teach your child to do bad things, because of their sin nature they

automatically do bad things without any one ever teaching them to. 

So friend where was Jesus Christ at when he went missing at the age of 12?  He was at church doing his

FATHERS (GODS) business (Lk 2:41-52)!  He  was not out playing with other children like most children

do!  He was already at a very young age doing the will of God!  Jesus Christ even as a child has never

sinned!  Jesus Christ had to be the perfect sacrifice, pure and Holy Without any blemish, and without any imperfections of any kind in order to be that perfect sacrifice for our sins (1Peter 1:19-21).. 

e) Matthew 1:21 - Jesus will save "His Chosen" people from their Sins - Now the name Jesus is Greek for

the Hebrew Name Joshua, Meaning "God With Us" (See Info Below for more on that Name).  Now Jesus Christ did not come to give us a better, Job, House, perfect life etc. NO he came to save his people (The Elect, The Predestined People (Matthew 24:31, Mark 13:20, Romans 11:7, Titus 1:1).  They are the Body of Jesus Christ (1Corinthians 12:27, Ephesians 4:12).

They are His Bride (John 3:29, Revelations 18:23, 19:7, 21:2, 21:9), (The Chosen People of God, Born Again Christians, Jew & Gentiles (John 3:3-21, 1Peter 1:23).  GOD DOES  NOT SHOW Partiality (Gal 3:28-29) and Favor the Jews over the Gentiles and vice versa!   Those are the people of God that through repentance, Faith in Jesus Christ and Obedience to him (Matthew 4:17, Mark 1:15, Luke 13:3, John 15:4, 15:9-10), his teachings that are saved from their bondages of sin and will inherit eternal life, but those that rejects Jesus Christ Gods wrath remains on them (John 3:36)!

f) Matthew 1:22-23 - Prophecy Fulfilled, Jesus is God - As the Lord spoken to the Prophet Isaiah about the

future of the Messiah Jesus Christ in Isaiah 7:14 concerning a virgin (Mary) will be with child (Jesus

Christ Immanuel).  Now the people will call Jesus as "God With Us" (Immanuel) because Jesus Christ is God in the flesh (John 1:1-18) and they will (the chosen Christians) refer to Jesus as "God Being With Us".

(Definition of Immanuel) - (Easton's Bible Dictionary) - God with us. In the Old Testament it occurs only in Isaiah 7:14 and8:8. Most Christians interpreters have regarded these words as directly and exclusively a prophecy of our Savior, an interpretation borne out by the words of the evangelist Matthew (1:23).

(Meanings of Jesus Names/Authority) - Resource The Bible Exposition Commentary on the NT - 

Matthew 1:18-25 Thename Jesus means "Savior" and comes from the Hebrew name, Joshua ("Jehovah is

salvation"). There were many Jewish boys with the name Joshua (or, in the Greek, Jesus); but Mary's Boy was called "Jesus the Christ." The word Christ means "anointed"; it is the Greek equivalent of Messiah.

He is (in Greek) "Jesus" the Messiah." and (in Hebrew) Joshua, Jesus is His human name; Christ is His official title; and Immanuel describes who He is - "God with us." Jesus Christ is God! We find this name 'Immanuel" in Isaiah 7:14and 8:8.

g) Matthew 1:24-25 - Joseph Obeyed the Angel - So Joseph obeying the Angel that had spoken to him in a

dream took Mary as his wife, he completed the Betrothal Process and Married most likely before Jesus

Christ was Born so that Jesus Christ would not be born out of wedlock..  Joseph did not come together (Be Intimate) with Mary until Jesus Christ was Born and in doing so, kept Jesus Christ pure during pregnancy and after pregnancy.

3) The Astrologers (Greek, Magi) Men visits the Messiah - Matthew 2:1-12 - 

a) Matthew 2:1a - Jesus Christ Born in The Kingdom of Judah - Even though Jesus was born in Bethlehem,

(City of David), (Kingdom of Judah, Southern Region),  (Matthew 2:6).  Note; That the word Judea is

Greco-Roman name for Judah!

b) Matthew 2:1b-2 - The Wise Men  - the Astrologers, I.E. Wise Men), (scripture doesn't say how many)

there was. In those days people usually traveled in large caravans for protection from bandits.  wise men that came from the east from afar away land, possibly the Oriental & Arab (Asian) regions. They were possibly gentile astrologers, and studiers of nature and such  since they studied the stars.  They stopped in Jerusalem looking for the King of the Jews to worship himby asking the people there,  "where is Jesus the King of the Jews"? 

AFTER Jesus Christ was born, that is about 2 years after Jesus birth. Now this shows us that the Wise Men DID NOT know the exact location of our Lord Jesus Christ where he is because they stopped in Jerusalem looking for Jesus Christ.   The light of the star covered a wide area, not a narrow one.  The Wise men by following the star had a "Rough" idea of where Jesus might be but not the exact location. They asked the people of Jerusalem where Jesus was.  So with that the star DID NOT shine a light beam to the exact location of Jesus Christ, as many portrays it, but actually the star was the brightest star of all but it did not shine a beam of light!

(Definition of Wise Men, i.e. Magi, Astrologer) - (See Adam Clarkes Commentary) - Matthew 2:1 - It is

worthy of remark, that the Anglo-Saxon translates the word Magoi by a word which signifies astrologers, from a word which means "a star or planet", and another word which means "to know or understand."and "Magi" - (See Fausset's Bible Dictionary) - (In Ot Magi referred to Magicians, Divinations).............However, Philo uses it in a good sense: "men who gave themselves to the study of nature and contemplation of the divine perfection, worthy of being counselors of kings." 

So in Matthew 2:1 it is used in the better sense of "wise men," at once astronomers and astrologers "from the E.," i.e. the. N.E., the region toward the Euphrates from whence BALAAM (which see) came

(Numbers 23:7; 22:5). Balaam's prophecy seems to have been known to them: "there shall come a star out of Jacob, and a scepter shall arise out of Israel." Accordingly the very guide they look to is a star (a meteor probably), and the question they ask is "where is He that is born King of the Jews?"

Moreover, Daniel, "chief of the Magi," had foretold Messiah's kingdom (Daniel 2:44; 9:25); naturally the Magi ("wise men "looked for the kingdom and the king among the people of him whose fame as a Magian they had heard of. Zoroaster's predictions led them to look for Zosiosh, the Head of the kingdom who should conquer Ahriman and raise the dead. Their presents, "gold, frankincense, and myrrh," were the usual gifts of subject nations (Psalms 72:15; 1 Kings 10:2,10; 2 Chronicles 9:24; Song of Solomon 3:6; 4:14).

c) Matthew 2:3-5 - King Herod & Israel Troubled - King Herod when he heard about the King of the Jews

(Jesus) being born, he considered Jesus a major threat to his own throne in the future since not much longer this King, Jesus Christ would appear. King Herod totally misunderstood about Jesus being the King of the Jews, that he thought Jesus would be a earthly Jewish King rather than the King of Kings, a Universal King over everyone. The Chief Priest and the scribes seemed to know the prophecies concerning the coming of the promised Messiah, that he would be born in Bethlehem. That is also how the Astrologers were able to find out that Jesus was born in Bethlehem not in Jerusalem.

d) Matthew 2:6 - The Prophecy of the Messiah (Micah 5:2) - Prophecy states that a ruler, out of Bethlehem,

land of Judah shall (Shepherd my People Psalms 28:9).  Shepherd meaning Jesus Christ to take care of, to guide, to teach. And my people meaning those that puts their Faith and obedience in Jesus Christ, the son of God and our Messiah!  Those that their hearts are Spiritually Circumcised, Born Again Christians.  Gods People are not all Jewish, They are only a slight few (a remnant Romans 9:27, 11:5)

As it is written; Romans 9:6-9 Israel's Rejection and God's Purpose (Genesis 25:19-23) 6 But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, 7 nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham; but, "In Isaac your seed shall be called."* 8 That is, those who are the children of the flesh, these are not the children of God; but the children of the promise are counted as the seed.  9 For this is the word of promise: "At this time I will come and Sarah shall have a son."*

e) Matthew 2:7-8 - King Herod Questions the Astrologers - King Herod looked at Jesus Birth as a future

threat to his throne, so he called the Astrologers in order to find out what time the star appeared over Jerusalem.  This way King Herod would know Jesus estimated age, so he can order the killing of all boys that age and under.  This is why he had all of the boys under 2 years old killed in the hope that Jesus Christ would be among them and killed.  In Herod's misguided thinking he thought that his throne, his position would be protected (Matthew 2:16-18). 

It took the Wise Men about 2 years to find Jesus Christ.  So when they found Jesus Christ he was a Toddler living in a House (MT 2:11), not in a manager at that time.  It Was this time that the Astrologer's  gave Jesus Christ the 3 gifts.  See (G) below for the definitions of the 3 gifts.

f) Matthew 2:9-10 - The Star Went Before Them - As soon as the Wise Men left King Herod, the star went in

front of them, and it stood above in space where Jesus Christ was at, and the Wise Men were so excited with great Joy as if they knew that Jesus Christ is the son of God and the Lord of Lords. It seems somehow God gave them this knowledge to know that Jesus Christ is the King of Kings, the son of God,  even though the Astrologers are from the Asian content most likely.

g) Matthew 2:11-12 - Wise Men Meet Jesus - It took the Wise Men about 2 years to find Jesus, due to the

 long travel and that the star didn't appear to them until after Jesus was born.  It was all done in Gods timing.  And when the Wise Men came to worship Jesus, it was a HOUSE not a manager that they came to.. Jesus at that time was a toddler not a infant. We do not know how much of each gift that was given to Jesus or what Jesus parents did with the gifts, but we do know that the Wise Men gave to Jesus 3 types of gifts, each representing 

#1 Gold-Importance, Purity, Authority, and His Rank/Position!  -  Jesus as King/God in the Flesh

#2 Frankincense (Incense)-In Ceremony, Worship of Jesus, Claiming him as God, Burnt Offering to Jesus,  

#3 Myrrh-Incense, Used to perfume dead bodies, (For Jesus Crucifixion/Death)! 

And the Astrologers were warned by God to go another way. Herod would have killed them because they did not report back to him.

Definitions from MSN Works 9, Dictionary;

1) Gold - 1. yellow metallic element: a soft, heavy, corrosion-resistant, yellow metallic element that is

highly  valued, found in underground veins and alluvial deposits. Use: jewelry, alloys. Symbol Au- Purpose, to represent Purity, Authority, Rank, Importance. (Jesus Christ as King & God)

2) Frankincense - aromatic resin: an aromatic gum or resin used as incense, especially in religious

 ceremonies, and in perfumes. It is obtained from trees of the genus Boswellia, native to Africa.

  - Purpose, to represent Worship of Jesus Christ, claiming him as God sense it was usually used as a

   burnt offering to God (Jesus Christ The SACRIFICIAL LAMB)

3) Myrrh - aromatic resin: an aromatic resinous gum obtained from various trees and bushes that are

native to  Africa and southern Asia. Use: in perfume, incense, and medicinal preparations. b. plants

Same as sweet cicely  (sense 2)

 - Purpose, to represent that it was usually used to help to preserve dead bodies, so this was used to as

  a symbol for Jesus later on when Jesus Christ dies for our sins and in the grave for 3 days.

     (Prepare for Jesus Burial/Death)

NOTE: Jesus Christ was Born to be a Sacrificial Lamb to take our punishment for our sins! But we all must repent, STOP PRACTICE SINNING if we don't heaven will not be our eternal Home!

4) The Escape to Egypt - Matthew 2:13-18  - 

a) Matthew 2:13 - Angel Warns Joseph - The reason why the Angel of God warns Joseph to quickly get

up, and take his family to Egypt is because, King Herod thought that Jesus Christ is a threat to his throne, hearing that Jesus is the King of the Jews.  This is the first attempt by the devil himself working through King Herod to try and kill Jesus in the hope that the prophecies of old (OT) would not come true.  If the prophecies didn't come true then the devil would have at least won the battle if not the war against God! 

It is written concerning this exact situation; Revelation 12:1-6

12 A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman (The Church)) clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars (12 Disciples) on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. 3 Then another sign appeared in heaven: an enormous red dragon (The Devil) with seven heads and ten horns and seven crowns on his heads. 4 His tail swept a third of the stars out of the sky and flung them to the earth.

The dragon stood in front of the woman who was about to give birth, so

that he might devour her child the moment it was born. 5 She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all

the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. 6 The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days.

b) Matthew 2:14-15 - Joseph & Family Escaped - With out hesitation Joseph took his family and left quickly

out of Bethlehem, to go to live in Egypt until it was time for them to return to Israel when it would be safe.  At this time Jesus was about 2 years old.  This is the first attempt of assassination on Jesus Christ. That fulfilled one of the prophecies concerning our Lord Jesus Christ was fulfilled; "Out of Egypt I called My Son" (Exodus 4:22-23, Hosea 11:1).

c) Matthew 2:16-17 - King Herod Became Very Angry - When King Herod realized that the wise men were

not coming back to tell him about where Jesus was so that he could find and kill Jesus Christ, the toddler at the time, he ordered that all male children under 2 years old in Bethlehem and the surrounding districts were to be killed because he felt that Jesus was a threat to his throne and power in the future because the wise men referred to Jesus as "The King of the Jews".

d) Matthew 2:17-18 - Prophecy, Rachel Weeping - (Jeremiah 31:15) Rachel, refers to Bethlehem & the

surrounding areas in this passage of scripture. There will be great weeping, sadness & morning for the male children under 2 years old that were murdered. The mothers of those children were in such of great pain they even refused to be comforted.

5) Return To Nazareth - Matthew 2:19-23  

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a) Matthew 2:19-20 - Joseph told to return to Israel - As promised to Joseph earlier that the Angel would

bring Joseph word, most likely to let Joseph know when it was safe to return to Israel. To which the Angel did tell Joseph to take his family and return to Israel, because Herod that was looking for Jesus to kill him is now dead. The Angel didn't tell Joseph what city to go to, just the nation of Israel itself.

b) Matthew 2:21-22 - Joseph Goes to Galilee, The Land of the Gentiles - Because Herod's son was ruling

over Judea, Joseph was afraid to go to Judea, because Herod's son may do as his dad tried to do, and go after Jesus to try and kill him, so Joseph took his family to the land of Galilee, the area of the Gentiles instead.

c) Matthew 2:23 - Prophecy Fulfilled, Joseph Went to Nazareth - Joseph, Mary and Jesus dwelt, lived in a

city called Nazareth, among the gentiles this fulfilled another prophecy concerning our Lord Jesus Christ, that Jesus would be called a Nazarene.  Yet this must be un recorded scripture in the Old Testament, because in any Bible translation I can not find the scripture "He shall be called a Nazarene!

6) John the Baptist Prepares the Way - Matthew 3:1-12 -

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a) Matthew 3:1-3 - John Preaches REPENT! - John has given up his life in order to do his calling, that is to

prepare the way for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, right before he started his calling.  John told the people to REPENT,  to stop sinning! This is Another Prophecy fulfilled concerning the coming Messiah, Jesus Christ.  (John Prepares the Way Isa 40:3 & Mal 3:1).

b) Matthew 3:4 - Johns Appearance & Behavior - John didn't behave like anyone normal, nor did he dress

 with nice clothing, nor did he ever marry or do anything like the prophets, priest or pastors of today does. He lived in the wilderness, ate locust with wild honey and wore wild type of clothing, yet he is the most important prophet if all of the prophets (Mt 11:11) Yet he is a true Prophet of God and well respected and accepted among the people of his day..

His only purpose and goal in life was to prepare the way for the coming Messiah, our Lord Jesus Christ. To get the Jewish hearts ready to turn to Jesus Christ with repentance and obedience!  He was not called to be as the world is or does  nor have the mind set of the world.

c) Matthew 3:5-6 - Water Baptism is  (Ceremonial) For Repentance of Sins - People from all over came to

John the Baptist to be baptized  in water for the remission of sins. Water Baptism represents (is symbolic, i.e. Purification) for the washing away of sins. Yes Water Baptism is required as part of salvation. 

As it is written; 

Matthew 28:19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,

DEFINITION of Baptism From Interlinear Bible, Greek - NT:907 bapti/zw baptizo (bap-tid'-zo); from a

derivative of NT:911; to immerse, submerge; to make overwhelmed (i.e. fully wet); used only (in the N. T.) of ceremonial ablution, especially (technically) of the ordinance of Christian baptism:

d) Matthew 3:7-9a - Bear Fruit, Worthy of Repentance - The Pharisees & Sadducees to which thought they

were pleasing to God, a self righteous group to say the least did not bear fruits that was worthy of repentance, that is a changed, a renewed heart and mind (2Co 4:16,5:17, Col 3:8-12), but they thought they were righteous by observing the law with their so called good works (Ro 4:1-6, 9:12, 11:5-6), and yet their hearts are full of dead mans bones as Jesus Christ later on put it (Mt 23:27).

They acted as though they have no sin, that they are all this and that, not realize that they are sinners like the rest of us.. 

e) Matthew 3:9b-10 The True Chosen Children of God (Seeds of Abraham) - (See Romans 9:6) - The true

children of Abraham (Jews) are not those that are born in Israel (Ro 9:6,9: 27, 11:5) they are one in Christ both Jew or Gentile (Gal 3:28-29) that has faith in God through Jesus Christ, as John said that God can raise up children for Abraham out of these stones (Mt 3:9) .  As John WARNS them that God is ready to cut them off from him.  So if they do not bear fruit in their minds, their hearts and their behaviors, to change them they will be cut off from God and thrown into the fire (Mt 3:10, Ac 3:23). 

So in that, many of Jews does end up in the lake of fire to be destroyed forever, never again to have the

opportunity for forgiveness and grace from God.   They being cut off from the vine (Romans 11:17) , a new vine grew in its place, grafted in, that is Jew & Gentile Born Again Christians.  Even in the OT and the NT for Both it always took Faith in God to be saved, but now it takes Faith also in his son Jesus Christ to be saved.

The Jews with no Faith were cut off, but we gentiles can also be cutoff from Christ if we lose our faith as it is written Romans 11:20 Granted. But they were broken off because of unbelief, and you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid, be very afraid!

f) Matthew 3:11-12 - Jesus Baptizes with Holy Spirit & Fire - Jesus is coming to clean house, (The Church),

the disobedient will be thrown into the fire (Hell) and the obedient will be with him in heaven, and Jesus will  baptize those that are the children of God with the Holy Spirit and Fire, and John he baptized with water for the remission of sins. In today's times even that baptizes, is a submersion in water is still a requirement that symbolizes the washing away of sins, a getting rid of sins, washing away of the filth and dirt that once consumed our hearts and minds.  It is through Jesus Christ that we get power to stop sinning, and power to cast out devils, and different gifts etc!

7) The Baptism of Jesus - Matthew 3:13-17 -

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a) Matthew 3:13 - Jesus Christ Travels - As we know in Jesus ministry times that he traveled mainly on foot

andaccording to my (Bible Maps) with its measurement of miles, our Lord Jesus Christ walked roughly 40 to 50 miles from Galilee to the Jordan River to have John Baptize him.

b) Matthew 3:14-15 - All Righteousness Fulfilled - When Jesus came to John, he, John was so humble that he

did not want to Baptize Jesus because John knew he himself is  a sinner, and he knew that Jesus was not.  Jesus is the anointed one of God. But Jesus told him to Baptize him in order that all righteousness may be fulfilled!. We know that being Baptized is a (FULL EMERSION) in water is symbolic for the remission of sins, even though Jesus NEVER has sinned!  But Jesus had John Baptize him in order to obey the Ordnances that was handed down by Moses.

c) Matthew 3:16-17 - God Pleased with His Son - Jesus was fully immersed in water when John the Baptist,

Baptized Jesus, and when that took place, and Jesus got Baptized, the complete power of God came to our

Lord Jesus Christ and then God said : "This my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased".  Now since Jesus

Christ had to be Baptized by water and since Jesus told the disciples to go and make disciples of all nations and BAPTIZE them (Mt 28:19) shows that Baptism is part of salvation, a symbol of getting rid of our sins

(Mk 1:8, Jn 4:1-2, Acts 8:38).

d) Smith's Bible Dictionary meaning Baptism It is well known that ablution or bathing was common in most 

ancient nations as a preparation for prayers and sacrifice or as expiatory of sin. In warm countries this

connection is probably even closer than in colder climates; and hence the frequency of ablution in the religious rites throughout the East. Baptism in the name of theFather, Son and Holy Ghost is the rite or ordinance by which persons are admitted into the Church of Christ. It is the public profession of faith and discipleship. Baptism 

signifies

1. A confession of faith in Christ;

2. A cleansing or washing of the soul from sin;

3. A death to sin and a new life in righteousness. The mode and subjects of baptism being much-controverted subjects, each one can best study them in the works devoted to those questions. The command to baptize was co-extensive with the command to preach the gospel. All nations were to be evangelized; and they were to be made disciples, admitted into the fellowship of Christ's religion, by baptism. Matthew 28:19. It appears to have  been a kind of transition from the Jewish baptism  to the Christian.

The distinction between John's baptism and Christian baptism appears in the case of Apollos, Acts 18:26,27, and of the disciples at Ephesus mentioned  Acts 19:1-6. We cannot but draw from this history the inference that 

in Christian baptism there was a deeper spiritual significance.

8) Jesus is tested in the wilderness - Matthew 4:1-11 -

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a) Matthew 4:1-2 - The Holy Spirit led Jesus to the Wilderness - It was the Holy Spirit that led Jesus into the

wilderness to be tempted by the devil "after" Jesus had fasted for 40 days and 40 nights, to where he was at his physical and mental weakest points, the devil then came and tried to temp Jesus Christ 3 times. I believe another purpose that Jesus fasted for 40 days/nights was to bring his mind and body into total submission to him, to be able to overcome any flesh weaknesses, to discipline himself (Dt 8:5)!

b) Matthew 4:3-4 - Satan tempted Jesus to doubt who he is - Now since Jesus was very hungry after fasting

for 40 days and 40 nights, at his physically and mentally at his weakest points, Satan used Jesus physical and mental (fleshly) weakness to tempt Jesus by trying to get Jesus Christ to doubt who he is, if he really is the Son of God.  To fight that temptation Jesus Christ our Lord used the Holy Words of God (Deuteronomy 8:3) instead of his own personal opinions or ideas. By telling Satan that he lives by every word out of the mouth of God.  The Holy Words of God carries tons of power against evil. - See Deuteronomy 8:3.

c) Matthew 4:5-7 - Satan tried to get Jesus to tempt God, His Power - In this next temptation, Satan takes

Jesus out of the wilderness to Jerusalem up to the highest point of the biggest church there, and then Satan tries to trick Jesus Christ by twisting the meaning of the scripture in Psalms 91:11-12 into committing suicide, by using Jesus weak (flesh) his physical and mind that was weak  (from hunger).  But our Lord Jesus Christ uses

Gods Holy Words again to fight and resist the evil that was at hand (Deuteronomy 6:16)

See Psalms 91:11-12 & See Deuteronomy 6:16.

d) Matthew 4:8-10 - Satan tempts Jesus with Kingdoms, Riches & Power  - In this Satan take Jesus Christ to

a extremely high mountain and tempts our Lord Jesus Christ with all the kingdoms of the world, the powers and riches of it, that Satan would give Jesus all of that if Jesus Christ would worship him instead of worshipping God his Father.  And again Jesus using Gods Holy words to resist temptation, the evils of Satan, by saying we shall worship God only, Deuteronomy 6:13, See 14 too. See Deuteronomy 6:13 & 14.

e) Matthew 4:11 - Angels Ministered to Jesus - Now after Jesus has fasted for 40 days and nights, and after

the devil tempted Jesus 3 times, then the Angels of the Lord came to Jesus Christ our Lord to help him to nurse him back to health since at that point Jesus flesh and mind was very weak from hunger. But DON'T FORGET, that Jesus strength was not in his flesh but in the Spirit, that is the power of God that was with him AMEN!

9) Jesus Begins to Preach - Matthew 4:12-17 - Study Resources Used;  (NIV/NKJV Bible Software, (PC Bible Deluxe V5), Biblical Software "Search Engine", Easton's Bible Dictionary Faucets Bible Dictionary,

a) Matthew 4:12-13 - Jesus Went to the Gentiles - When Jesus Christ has heard of John being put into prison

because of King Herod wickedness, this was a signal for Jesus Christ to start his ministry.  John had to become

less so that Jesus Christ could be more.  So then Jesus Christ left Nazareth and went up about 20 miles NE of

Nazareth to the Gentiles at Capernaum near the sea, for them to hear the good news, so they can have hope

and freed from their darkness of sin. 

The following is a Old Testament prophecy directly related to this scripture.Isaiah 9:1 Nevertheless the gloom

will not be upon her who is distressed, As when at first He lightly esteemed The land of Zebulon and the land of

Naphtali, And afterward more heavily oppressed her, By the way of the sea, beyond the Jordan, In Galilee of

the Gentiles. 2 The people who walked in darkness Have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land

of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.

b) Matthew 4:17 - Jesus Preaches Repent - Jesus first preaches for all people to repent, before he preached any

other message as all ministers, pastors and teachers of Gods Holy Words should constantly preach and teach REPENTANCE, for the Kingdom of heaven is now with-in our (Gentiles) grasp, that wasn't available to us

before it seems. (See Below for Definition of Repentance & Kingdom of Heaven).

c) Definition of Repentance - (From Easton's Bible Dictionary) - Evangelical repentance consists of (1) a true

sense of one sown guilt and sinfulness; (2) an apprehension of God's mercy in Christ; (3) an actual hatred of sin

(Psalms 119:128; Job 42:5,6; 2 Corinthians 7:10) and turning from it to God; and (4) a persistent Endeavour

after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of his commandments.

d) Definition of "Kingdom of Heaven" - (From Faucets Bible Dictionary) - (Greek "the heavens"): of God. The

former is Matthew's phrase, the latter Mark's phrase and Luke's phrase. Derived from Daniel 2:44; 4:26;

7:13-14,27. Messiah's kingdom, as a whole, both in its present spiritual invisible phase, the gospel dispensation

of greet, and also in its future manifestation on earth in glory, when finally heaven and earth shall be joined

(John 1:51; Revelation 21:1-22:21).

Our Lord's parables designate several aspects and phases of it by the one common phrase, "the kingdom of the

heavens," or "of God, is like," etc.- - Friends Kingdom of Heaven seems to be said in Parables regarding the

mysteries of Salvation by Jesus Christ  .....

as it is Written; Matthew 13:10-17
10 And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" 
11 He answered and said to them, 
"Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of

heaven, but to them it has not been given. 12 For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have

abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.

13 Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do

they understand. 14 And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says: 'Hearing you will hear and shall

not understand, And seeing you will see and not perceive; 15 For the hearts of this people have grown dull.

Their ears are hard of hearing, And their eyes they have closed, Lest they should see with their eyes and hear

with their ears, Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn, So that I should heal them.' 

16 But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; 17 for assuredly, I say to you that many

prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did

not hear it.

10) Jesus calls his first Disciples - Matthew 4:18-22 -

a) Matthew 4:18-20 - 2 Brothers, Peter & Andrew Called - Just as Noah gathered 2 each of unclean animals

into the Ark, these 2 brothers (unclean meaning sinners) were called and had their own fishing business it seems. 

Now Notice that Jesus Christ called them to salvation and Ministry work, they didn't first seek him. But Jesus

Christ sought after them, (Chosen them). So when Jesus Christ called them, they left all they owned and had,

and without hesitation they followed

Jesus Christ even though they did not know him at all or even where he came from. No the name Simon means

"Hearing" and the name Jesus gave him "Peter" means "Stone or Rock" in Greek.  Remember Jesus said to

Simon-Peter on this Rock "Hearing-Rock" I will build my church..  Now the 2 Brothers were partners in the

fishing business with the Dad and the 2 Zebedee Brothers (Luke 5:10).

b) Matthews 4:21-22 - 2 Brothers, James & John Called - Just as Noah gathered 2 each of unclean animals

into the Ark, these 2 brothers (unclean meaning sinners) were called these 2 brothers that were working for their

dads fishing business immediately left their dad, their jobs, to follow Jesus Christ as soon as Jesus Christ called

them. Now notice that Jesus Christ first choose them, they did not first choose Jesus Christ, he had to call them

and they had to answer that call. 

I can only imagine what their dad was thinking and saying to them as they walked away from him and the

business, and they did not know Jesus either.  Now the 2 Zebedee Brothers were of higher financial status since

their dad had hired servants working with them as well (Mark 1:20).  Now the 2 Brothers were partners in the

fishing business with the Dad and the 2 Zebedee Brothers (Luke 5:10).

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