Posts with the category “isaac-mcphee”
The Healing of the Nations
by Lead Editor on January 10th, 2020
The Gospel of Matthew is filled with stories of Jesus’ miracles, each of which is intended to teach us something important about both His identity and His purpose (which are really one in the same thing) – but these little details are often easy to miss or overlook in favor of the miracle itself.
One Who Had Authority
by Lead Editor on December 12th, 2019
As the Sermon on the Mount closes at the end of Matthew 7, Jesus concludes His most well-known discourse with one of His more famous illustrations – the wise and foolish builders. One builds his house upon a rock, one upon the sand. One house stands firm, the other is destroyed.
The Lamp of the Body
by Lead Editor on December 12th, 2019
Jesus, in other words, is calling us to a “singular” vision in order to be filled with the Kingdom’s light. He is calling us to focus our sights, to look only at one thing – and, thankfully, that one thing is perfectly summarized at the close of this chapter: “But seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness and all these things will be added to you”.
by Lead Editor on November 26th, 2019
Why do we practice our religion? Is it to look holy and righteous before men, or is it because we genuinely desire God? We are constantly building up a storehouse of treasures, either on earth (that is, treasures that will die along with you), or in heaven, where the treasure is eternal.
You Must Be Perfect
by Lead Editor on November 18th, 2019
“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect” – Matt. 5:48 Is there a more daunting command in all of Scripture than this?
Jesus and the Law
by Lead Editor on November 11th, 2019
“Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets,” declared Jesus as He stood atop a hill and preached. The image is reminiscent of Moses first delivering the Law to the people of israel.
A Kingdom of Blessing
by Lead Editor on November 6th, 2019
What does it mean to be blessed? That is one of several important questions we should be asking when we read the opening section of Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount”. These nine blessings (“beatitudes”) are among the most famous of Jesus’ sayings, and there is something satisfyingly simple about them. But have we really understood them?
A Light In The Darkness
by Lead Editor on November 5th, 2019
The arrival of Messiah meant the salvation of Israel. That is something that's made clear in the prophecies of the Old Testament, and especially those written in the years preceding Israel's exile.
The True Son
by Lead Editor on October 10th, 2019
As Matthew proclaims the truths about Jesus’ life and ministry to his readers, he goes out of his way to hold Jesus up as a sort of “New Israel”.
by Lead Editor on October 2nd, 2019
John the Baptist is one of the great – and perhaps one of the most mysterious – characters of the New Testament. We see him only in glimpses in the four Gospels; preaching in the wilderness outside of Jerusalem, dressed in strange clothes, baptizing the people of Israel (including Jesus, as we will address in the next post), and eventually suffering imprisonment and execution under King Herod.
Jesus and the Old Testament
by Lead Editor on September 24th, 2019
I want to walk through these eleven verses in Matthew 2:13-23 and point to three specific ways (though there are several others even in this short section) that Matthew uses the Old Testament to make his point.
The Magi: From East to West
by Lead Editor on September 23rd, 2019
The story of the “wise men” in the book of Matthew is certainly among the most famous and iconic of all Christmas stories. There is one important question about this story that only rarely gets asked: Why is this story here in the first place?
A Rag-Tag History
by Lead Editor on September 16th, 2019
If we are at all familiar with the stories in the Old Testament, we will see many familiar names when we read through the first chapter of Matthew. Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, David, and Solomon, to name a few. Because we know those stories, it’s easy to forget what Matthew is trying to tell us.
Finding Jesus in History - Matthew's Genealogy
by Lead Editor on September 14th, 2019
Was Jesus a real person, or a work of fiction? And if Jesus was real, then how reliable are the gospels that were written of him?
The Gospel of Matthew - Looking Forward
by Lead Editor on September 9th, 2019
No sooner has Matthew affixed the story of Jesus firmly into Jewish history and shown Him as the fulfillment of Jewish prophecy (beginning in 1:23), than the gospel goes out of its way to step out of its Jewish-centric focus and introduce gentiles into the mix.
The Gospel of Matthew - Looking Backward
by Ben Sansburn on September 5th, 2019
Matthew’s Gospel is unique in that it seems to be continually looking backward at the same time it is looking forward.