The Gospel Of Matthew, Jesus Essay

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In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus’s sole purpose on earth is to emphasize the will of God, which he believes is misinterpreted by the Jews. Jesus sees that the people of Israel have shifted off the right path. They have placed a greater focus on the literal meaning of words than on the message of God. Therefore, Jesus uses parables to convey his message to the people who are willing to listen. Jesus embeds his main message in his title, “Son of God.” Throughout the Gospel, Jesus has various titles including; The Messiah, Son of David, Son of Joseph and the Son of Man. However, his title the “Son of God” is distinct; it is a metaphor for people’s relationship with God. Jesus makes religion universal and explains to his people that everyone is the child of God. Through these teachings, Jesus redefines the Jewish religion and traditions. He accentuates the importance of building a relationship with God. Jesus explains how having a strong relationship permits a person to internalize God and become a person that can only “bear good fruit” (Matthew 7.17). Jesus shifts attention from literal to figurative meaning of words. He talks to the people with parables because “‘seeing they do not perceive, and hearing they do not listen, nor do they understand.’” (Matthew 13.13). The parables emphasize how Jesus’s messages are hidden. But the Pharisees and Sadducees are blinded by the rules listed in scripture from finding the underlying message. They believe they are the best Jews because…

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