Introduction to Matthew:
Haggai 2:1b-9 "Singing, Weeping, Hoping"
Three questions that Haggai gives to the people:
Who is left among you that saw the temple in its former glory? (Former glory)
How does it look to you now? (Present disappointment)
Does it not seem to you like nothing? (Honest comparison)
But now, take courage and work!
What is glory coming back?
This is future oriented prophecy
v.23 is a New Covenant prophetic pointer
Being fulfilled in Hebrews 12:25-29
Throughout all the time of Abraham's life from the calling of God for him to leave his family and home and follow, he knew the blessing of God upon his life. There was nothing that God withheld from Abraham; and Abraham trusted God with everything he possessed, even unto his sacrificial obedience regarding Isaac… He had his difficulties and he had his foolishness. There were times of obstinacy, of impatience of outright rebellion, but still God remained faithful and continued to bless Abraham because of the promise and his own desire… this is the heart of our own salvation… for we are blessed, we are saved upon the same grounds. God has promised and God desires to save the people He has chosen for his own inheritance. So let us consider what it means to be blessed by God, and learn to delight in our inheritance as the people of God!
In this season of the prayer meetings, we begin a short series through the Beatitudes. We consider the general pattern of the Beatitudes and seek to understand what it means to be blessed of God. Then we open the first Beatitude - "Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" and understand the blessing or happiness that God bestows upon those who are of a broken and contrite spirit and find all their happiness in Christ, who opens heaven to them. Christ promises that those who embrace a poverty of spirit will find everlasting happiness in Him.
The true idea of a blessing is one that has been lost in our age and culture. It is left as a linguistic nicety, a courtesy, an open ended wish for something good. But we fail to understand the depth and power of the blessing and so rob it of both its innate power AND our appreciation of its beauty and declarative force to convey the true power of God to do good to those who love Him. Before we can appreciate the wonder of Abram being blessed by Melchizedek, we need to understand just what a blessing is, and what it conveys. And maybe, we might even learn to recapture the awesome gift of blessing.
What is Matthew trying to accomplish, in the big picture, in writing this gospel record?
Matthew 1:1 and Matthew 28:16-20 serve as an inclusio, and what is between them is proven Jesus as son of Abraham and son of David.
Jesus, as the son of Abraham, carries the blessing given to Abraham to all the nations of the world. Jesus, as the son of David, has all authority to make this so.
In Isaiah 51:1-52:12, we witness 6 commands and an interlude demonstrating God's gracious
provision of salvation to the world through his Servant.
I. Listen, my people: I will comfort you!
A. I'll bless you like Abraham (51:1–2).
B. I'll restore you like Eden (51: 3).
II. Listen, my people: I will save!
A. My salvation reaches the ends of the earth (51:4–5).
B. My salvation is forever (51:6).
III. Listen, my people: Don't fear men!
A. Because you know righteousness and my teaching is in your heart (51:7).
B. Because men are temporary, but my righteousness and salvation are forever
IV. Awake, Yahweh, awake and exercise your might!
A. Save us as you did our forefathers from Egypt (51:9-1o) …
B. And we will joyfully praise you (51:11).
Yahweh's interlude: I comfort and deliver you, though you have forgotten me and are
afraid of your oppressors (51:12-16).
The announcement of Matthew
- The genesis of the New Creation/Covenant story
- Jesus is the Messiah, son of David, son of Abraham
The approach of Matthew
- Proving Jesus is the Messiah from the Old Testament
The arrangement of Matthew
a. The Person of Jesus (Matthew 1:1-4:16)
b. The Proclamation of Jesus (Matthew 4:17-16:20)
c. The Passion of Jesus (Matthew 16:21-28:20)
The applicability of Matthew
a. Exaltation of Christ
b. Evangelism for Christ
c. Christ's Law in the life of Christians
Outline of 1 st Peter 1:3-21 September 3, 2023
Standing Firm in the True Grace of God
I. The Source of Our Salvation, vs. 3-5
II. The Joy and Future Hope of Our Salvation, vs. 6-9
III. The Prophecy and Proclamation of Our Salvation, vs. 10-12
IV. The Conduct of Our Salvation, vs. 13-16
V. The Summary of Our Salvation, vs. 17-21
Note: Comparing v. 3 with v. 21: This passage begins and ends
(bookends) with our faith and our hope in God.