Matthew's Approach To The Bible
1. Have you ever watched the last movie in a series and been completely lost? A. If you have ever seen the Harry Potter films out of order, you know this feeling.
B. When this happens, the story is disconnected and makes no sense.
C. The various allusions to prequels are also muddled.
2. When it comes to the Bible, the same thing happens. A. Try reading it backwards and see if it makes sense. B. Unfortunately, though, people often read what they like and discard the rest.
C. We must understand that the Bible is a unified story, and without understanding the different connections it makes, none of it will make sense.
3. In Matthew’s gospel, the author is well aware of this fact. A. He aims to show his audience that Jesus completely …show more content…
In a sense, he admonishes us to present Jesus to others as the uniting purpose of the entire Bible.
4. Our discussion of Matthew’s approach to evangelism will help us to display Jesus as the whole point of Scripture.
I. Matthew’s approach to soul-saving. A. Matthew’s approach is to use the Old Testament Scriptures to prove Jesus’ deity. 1. He was writing to a Jewish audience. 2. He uses many passages from the prophetic writings and says they were “fulfilled” when Jesus said or did something. 3. He persistently portrays Jesus as the new Moses and the new Elijah. 4. To a Jewish person, these facts would indicate that Jesus was the promised Messiah of the Old Testament. B. Matthew also uses several cultural items to convey his message. 1. He presupposes his audience’s knowledge of the Old Testament. 2. He presupposes his audience’s knowledge of the Pharisees and Sadducees as well as their beliefs and practices. 3. He also assumes his audience’s knowledge of common Jewish beliefs.
II. Matthew’s application of this approach. A. Matthew applies his approach in a myriad of ways. B. First, he starts with a genealogy (Matt. 1:1-17). 1. Genealogies were crucial for …show more content…
Both prophecies have a local and a distant fulfillment. c. Again, the point is to show that Jesus is the promised Messiah.
3. Matthew uses Psalms to explain Jesus’ crucifixion (Ps. 22:1, 17-18). a. This Psalm is viewed as a Messianic passage. b. It is one of David’s lament Psalms.
c. It demonstrates the sorrow and pain of David, but also the future sufferings of the Messiah.
d. Matthew, then, connects Jesus to David once again and shows that His crucifixion was not a surprise.
III. Matthew’s admonishment for us to use his approach. A. Matthew’s usage of Scripture to prove Jesus’ deity is crucial for us. 1. The Bible is the first place we should go to convince people about Jesus and Christianity. 2. We must know the Scriptures well enough to connect dots for people (Ps. 119:10). 3. We must show that Jesus is the fulfillment of God’s plan. B. There are several practical ways we can accomplish this task. 1. Prepare a list of Scriptures to discuss. 2. Know to whom you are speaking and meet him on his maturity level. 3. Study passages which pertain to the denomination of the person you are evangelizing. 4. Use cultural items to describe Jesus and the gospel.
1. We can see how Matthew viewed evangelism from his