The Gospel Of Matthew ( 2 : 1-12 ) Essay

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Scholars have widely agreed that the Gospel of Luke has a special focus on the concern for the poor. This concern for the poor and marginalized first becomes obvious in the account of Jesus’ birth. In the Gospel of Matthew (2:1-12), it is the Magi, wealthy men from a distant country that come to worship Jesus, while Luke tells readers about shepherds- lowly men working in the fields coming to see the baby Jesus. Also, Luke has women, Elizabeth and Mary who as the focal point of the infancy narrative, while Matthew uses two men, Joseph and Herod the Great. The Gospel shows God being immensely concerned for those who were considered poor, and as a result was marginalized. Reading the Gospel, it becomes clear to readers that the author is elevating the poor and marginalized and keeping the rich in check. Mary’s response to the Angel highlights this special focus, “For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness (1:48a) …“He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly” (1:52). The beginning of Jesus’ ministry also echoes a similar sentiment. In his initial address at the Synagogue in Nazareth, chronicled in Luke 4: 16-30, he declares his mission by stating, “to bring glad tidings to the poor”. The Gospel portrays Jesus along this line, the redemption of the poor and marginalized. It is clear for readers of Luke through Mary’s song that the poor are chosen by God and are promised his rewards.
Luke uses numerous parables, some unique, to express this…

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