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Understanding the Gospel and Book of Matthew
A lot of people will wonder why prayer seems to work for some and not for others? This question was on the heart of a listener who wrote:
"I write to you because I feel I have lost my faith. I've been praying over the past year for a financial blessing. How can i believe in God and Christ when nothing happens to me and my prayer? Maybe I'm about to give up on the whole situation."
The example that I will give country is located under Far East Asian region and that is in South Korea. To prove that this is the country that the unanswered prayer was solved is located in the City of Seoul. At present, they will find the largest Presbyterian Church in the world. They will also find men and women who are so convinced that prayer works they rise at 4:00 or 5:00 a.m. early morning in order to meet for the prayer. That is how early they meet the prayer whether we believe it or not that is the early time that they can avail.
The supportive is found in Matthew 7:7 and it says "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you."
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The Date Written in the Book of Matthew
The Book of Matthew is written approximately 60 to 65 A.D.
It has a link to the Old Testament
It is proven that it has a link between the Old and New Testament. After recording Jesus bloodline, Matthew narrates the story of Jesus life on Earth. He relies heavily on the Old Testament, quoting it more frequently than Jesus does any other New Testament author.
This first book in the New Testament , then stands, as the Gospel that pulls things together, the link between the old and the new. Matthew begins with Jesus roots, although he also contrasts Jesus with the traditional Jewish picture of the Messiah. Jesus, a king ended thousands of years of eager waiting. Although he came to establish a wholly new kind of kingdom different from what anyone expected.
Jesus enters the night of Faith
The duel was fought at the center of cosmic spiritual warfare.
The supportive verse is found in Matthew 4:1-11. This verse is more on the Temptation of Jesus.
If you have land-line phone or mobile phone, you can talk to God about some of your own particular weakness, asking him to give you a better understanding of the Bible which could help you make you stronger.
Jesus and the Moses Law
In this statement, Jesus clarifies his relationship to the Law of Moses. The next Chapter gets more specific, contrasting Jesus teaching with many common interpretations of that Law. "You have heard that it was said... he begins, and then concludes, "But I tell you ... Jesus revealed the true intent of the Old Testament law, rather than its legalistic interpretations. "
The supportive verse is found in Matthew 5:17 and it says "Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them."
Jesus Christ as the Messiah
Video film about the Book of Matthew
Special Features in the Book of Matthew
Matthew is filled with messianic language which is the Son of David that is used throughout and Old Testament References that has 53 quotes and has 76 other references . This Gospel was not written as Chronological account; it's purpose was to present the clear evidence that Jesus is the Messiah, the Savior.
Jesus Christ as the King
A Curtain is Torn
At Jesus death, the massive, thick curtain in the temple in Jerusalem ripped in two. This curtain sealed off the Most Holy Place. no one except the high priest was allowed into the presence of God in that most Holy Place. And the high priest was permitted in only once a year, on a special day. The author of Hebrews looked on the miraculously turn curtain as symbolic: it signified the immediate access to God that is made possible to Jesus death.
The supportive verse is found in Matthew 27:51 and it says "At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split ."
Video about the Gospel of Matthew
Importance of the Messiah
Because Jesus was sent by God, we can trust him with our life. It is worth everything we have to acknowledge him and give ourselves to him, because he came to be our Messiah, our Savior.
An unforgettable experience
Three of Jesus disciples had the opportunity to observe this dramatic scene of God's approving of his son Jesus. Moses, the first great lawgiver, and Elijah, the first great prophet, appeared with Jesus, and God spoke from heaven. the Apostle Peter described the impact of this experience in 2 Peter 1:16-18.
The supportive verse is found in Matthew 17:5 and it says "While he was still speaking, a bright cloud enveloped them, and a voice from the cloud said, This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well please listen to him!"
Drastic Action at the Temple
In Jesus day, activities at the temple, supposedly the center for worship of God, had taken on a commercial cast. Merchants sold sacrificial animals to pilgrims and foreigners at inflated prices. The system was designed more for profit than for true worship. Jesus responded first by aggressively turning out these "robbers", and then by turning his attention to the people with real needs, the blind and the lame.
The supportive verse is found in Matthew 21:12 and it says "Jesus entered the temple area and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves."
It is a Double Bind
The Pharisees, allied with a party following King Herod, posed a question designed to trap Jesus regardless of his answer. If Jesus said, Pay the taxes, he would lose the support of the independence minded Jews; if he said, don't pay , he could be turned to Rome for breaking the law.
The supportive verse is found in Matthew 22:17 and it says "Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
It is not a Remote Control
If you are watching Television or TV then this is not a remote control.
Once you turn the TV on or off, to change the channels, or to adjust the volume, you had to leave your chair, go to the set, and get personally involved. At present, through remote controls, your favorite chair is like a distant throne from which you can make your TV do your bidding.
As you serve him at present, perhaps in a tough situation, remember, he is not directing us by remote control. By his indwelling presence, he is working in your needy world through us.
The supportive verse is found in Matthew 28:20 and it says "I am with you always, even to the end of the age."
Sins of the Mind
The supportive verse is found in Matthew 5:21-30.
Hatred and murder is found verses 21 to 22.
We must make peace before making a sacrifice in verses 23 to 24.
Make before before it's too late is found in verses 25-26.
Bad relationships tend to progress from bad to worse.
In terms of mental adultery, this is found in verses 27 up to 28.
The practical steps to avoid mental adultery are avoid sexually stimulating situations, and do not entertain lustful thoughts.
When we talk about sexually stimulating situations, we must throw away all magazines or materials of that nature because it can cause poison to our man's mind. We must not watch tv or video or movies that contain sex scenes or in other words, nude or naked scenes.
In terms of lustful thoughts , if we look at the certain picture by accident and start to have a lustful thoughts, we must rebuke it right away. The only solution or cure that we can do is to pray "In the name of Jesus Christ, I rebuke you Satan"
We must have close walk to God
Our Lord is very emphatic that sinning in our thoughts is equivalent to sinning in our actions. Let us ask him to keep our minds pure and acceptable to him.