Notes From an old Preacher’s Bible



That it might be fulfilled…” (or equivalent phrase) is found 38 times in the book of Matthew.

MORE OF JESUS WORDS ARE RECORDED IN MATTHEW THAN IN ANY OF THE OTHER THREE GOSPELS.   This is because the words of a king are authorative and important.

There are 65 references and allusions to Old Testament passages in Matthew.

1:18  – even though this is nearly 2,000 years ago, God starts the story of Jesus with NOW.  This message is up to date.

“birth” is the Greek word “genesis”

1:18-20 – God said it was a virgin birth even if other translations do not use the word “virgin”

1:20 “He shall save His people…”   This is the greatest thing He ever did!

1:20-23 -six “shalls” of the Christmas story are recorded here.  The seventh is recorded in Luke 2:10.

1:21 – only seven people in the Bible who were named before their birth: Ishmael, Isaac, Solomon, Josiah, Cyrus, John, Jesus

1:21 – The two Old Testament Joshua’s were military leader and high priest.  Jesus did what neither of them could do.

3:11-12 – this fire is unquenchable; it is the lake of fire of Revelation 20:15, not the fire-like appearance on the day of Pentecost.

3:15 – It was necessary because Jesus and John were still living under the Law.

4:12-16 –   Who? Jesus.

What? Leaving home.

Where? From Nazareth to Capernaum.

Why? That the Scripture might be fulfilled.

4:12 – Who told Jesus?  Were they just informing Him?  Were they the kind of folks who just loved to spread bad news?  Were they warning Jesus since He was planning to go into the same ministry?

4:13 –  Why did Jesus leave his hometown, family, familiar surroundings?  = Because 4:14, the Word of God spoken thru Isaiah.  This should be enough motivation for anyone to go to the mission field – that Jesus great commission might be fulfilled!

note:  This was “spoken by” Isaiah.  It is not a direct quotation of what is written there.  Jesus knew what Isaiah said as well as wrote because He was there!

4:16 – Jesus began His earthly ministry where the darkness was the greatest.  There are still millions sitting in spiritual darkness and in the shadow of death.

4:17 – Jesus’ message was the same as John the Baptist’s.  If Jesus preached John’s sermon, I guess it is all right for me to preach someone else’s’.

chapter 5-7         

This may have been a sermon on a mountain but it is actually the Constitution of the Kingdom of Heaven (the literal, earthly, Jewish, millennial kingdom).

6:5When you pray, not if you do.

6:9-13 – Not a single first personal pronoun.  No “I, me or my”!

6:25-30 – note the number of personal pronouns referring to self.   The problem in all of this passage is stated in verse 30 “ye of little faith”

7:20“their fruits” refers to false teachers, false prophets of verse 15.  The fruit of a teacher is his teaching.

8:10 – see Luke 7:9. Only two times in the Bible that tells us that Jesus “marveled” (Greek: to wonder, to admire)

Both times it has to do with FAITH… how much or how little.  When Jesus looks at my faith does he marvel at how much or how little?

9:1-6 = Four men had to bring their paralyzed friend to Jesus on his bed. Both Mark and Luke tell that he had to be lowered thru the roof because of the crowd. Many things in this passage to meditate on:

9:2 – Who is “they” … “their”?  These friends were never named.  But Jesus healed this man because of their faith and what they did.  Am I willing to be an unnamed friend?

* note: see, “Unnamed But Not Unknown” list on “SERMON NOTES AND OUTLINES”  page

>Why wouldn’t the crowd make way for them to pass?

>Do I have four men who are such close friends they will leave their business, risk the ridicule of such a venture, be persistent enough to find a way to help, believe in Jesus with such faith?

>More importantly – AM I such a friend? Proverbs 18:25 “A man that hath friends must show himself friendly…”

>Who repaired the roof?

9:2“thy sins be forgiven thee” because his soul was sicker than his paralyzed body!

9:5-6 – Which is easier, to say or to do?

9:13 – chapter 12:7 shows the consequences of the failure to learn and obey this instruction.

9:17 – Greek word means “another of the same kind”.

9:19 – Jesus, the great son of God, the leader was moved to follow this man because of faith!

9:22 – this is the only woman that Jesus called “daughter”.

9:31“spread abroad his fame”  This is just a missionaries job.

9:37“laborers are few  If only a few are saved in 7:14 then missionaries are the fewest of the few!   -Jack Wyrtzen

remember:  All of the parables in chapter 13 refer to the Kingdom of Heaven, not to the Kingdom of God.  This is the literal, earthly, Jewish kingdom.  see Acts 1:3

13:1-9“seeds” grow because of life in them, not due to outside influence.  There is no difference in the seed in this passage.

If we have a view to fruit, we will sow the seed in fertile soil.  see: Luke 5:10; 13:6; 14:23

13:25 – Note Satan’s diligence

13:33“leaven”  is a type of sin.  see Exodus 12:15, Leviticus 23:17, Mat 16:6

“woman”  looks like the church of Rome.  see Revelation 17:1-9

13:38“world”  is where the seed should be sown.  Today the seed is sown in the church.

 –=  notice that Jesus only constrains His own disciples.  If the love of Christ does not constrain me, I better make sure I’m HIS disciple.

Why did Jesus “constrain his disciples” ?

1) Jn 6:15 – to save them from pride, the crowds were ready to make Jesus king and the disciples would have been caught up in that.

2) Being fishermen, they knew a storm was brewing and they did not want to be on the lake when it came.

14:24“in the midst of the sea, tossed…”  and in the center of God’s will!

14:26 – Peter “saw him moved to faith and walked on the water.

14:30 – Peter “saw the wind moved to fear and began to sink.

14:30 “Lord, save me”  Peter did not turn back to the boat for rescue.

15:27 – “If I am a dog, let me be your dog!”

***16:21 This is a transition verse. ***

  “From that time forth…”  Jesus has been talking about the Kingdom of Heaven.  Now His focus is the Cross and the Resurrection.

see Matthew 17:9; 17:22; 20:18; 21:33; 26:2; 26:31

16:27“reward”  see Isaiah 40:10 and I Corinthians 3:11

17:1-13 – this is a type of the millennium.

20:1“householder”   is a picture of God.  It is the Greek word that suggests absolute ownership and uncontrolled power. (Vine)

20:7 – Their excuse for idleness is “We are willing but just not called”.  The same excuse many Christians are using today to blame the shortage of missionaries on God!

20:21 and 20:32 – two “blank checks” offered by Jesus.  If He said that to me, what would I ask for?

22:32 = God of Abraham – Isaac – Jacob

Abraham speaks of revelation

Isaac speaks of redemption

Jacob speaks of regeneration

See also: see note at Gen 50:24.  Also note: Ex 3:6, 6:3, Matt 8:11, 22:32, Lu 20:37, Acts 3:13, 7:32

22:38“like”  or  equal

note there are only  two not three.  I am not commanded to love myself.  This is an error in the teaching of the cults of “self esteem”, “self acceptance”, “self help”, etc.

24:14 – this “gospel” in the context is the gospel of the Kingdom of Heaven.  It marks the end of the Tribulation.

25:1-30   – deals with Jews.

25:31-46 – deals with the Gentile nations.

25:1-13 – This is the Kingdom of Heaven, the Jewish kingdom during the Tribulation period.  It is neither the church nor the church age.  The BRIDE is not pictured nor even mentioned.

25:25“I was afraid”  FEAR is probably still the greatest reason for Christians not sharing the Gospel nor going to the mission field. There are 280 phobias in medical dictionaries.

26:30“sung a hymn”  the last act of group worship before the cross.  This is also the only time we are told of Jesus singing.

27:63“we remember”  His enemies remembered the promise of the resurrection but the disciples did not.

28:16“doubted”  they were obedient even though they had doubts.

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