|Week #3 of 13
Sabbath healer. Sermon on the Mount.
Monday – Jesus performs 3 miracles and visits Matthew.
Tuesday – Jesus is persecuted for healing a man at the pool of Bethesda.
Wednesday – Sabbath controversies.
Thursday – Jesus selects 12 disciples. Luke records the Sermon on the Mount.
Friday – Matthew records the Sermon on the Mount.
Matthew 5:1 to 8:1
|Matthew was a tax collector whose name meant, "gift of God." He was also called Levi, and may have been from that tribe.
Matthew collected taxes on a road near Capernaum. Tax collectors bid for the right to assess levies in Palestine. To generate income, they collected more money than was owed to Rome. Jewish tax collectors were considered traitors by the Israelites.
|Matthew may have been wealthy. He hosted a large feast for tax collectors, scribes, and Pharisees in his own home.
Matthew and James were brothers. See Mark 2:14 and Matthew 10:3.
This eyewitness wrote the gospel of Matthew. John and Matthew were the only apostles to write gospel accounts of the life of Christ.
Did you know?
New wine would cause an old wineskin to burst because of the fermentation process. Wineskins were made from animal hide. A new skin could stretch to accommodate the gasses produced during fermentation. An old hardened skin would burst under the pressure. See Luke 5:37-38.
Salt was plentiful in Palestine. It was used to season food, preserve meats, and pickle vegetables. It was also used in sacrifices and in remedies for toothaches. Since salt prevents plants from growing, it was often put on roads. See Matthew 5:13.
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