A King & His Kingdom Come — Matthew 4:12-17

A King & His Kingdom Come — Matthew 4:12-17

Week 17 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew.

Jesus is the true and better Israel. In his baptism, in his wilderness testing, and in his return from exile out of the Land, Jesus succeeds where Israel has failed. And because Jesus was faithful for Israel, the Kingdom of Heaven breaks into the world as it never had before. 

In this teaching we sketch out the parallels between Jesus’ ministry and the itinerary of Israel, from their Exodus, through their conquest, and the establishment of the Davidic Kingdom.

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Jesus' Wilderness Wandering & Temptation — Matthew 4:1-11

Jesus' Wilderness Wandering & Temptation — Matthew 4:1-11

Week 16 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew.

Hebrews 4 says that Jesus is a high priest who sympathizes with us in our struggle, for he was tempted in every way that we are tempted. In this week's message we looked at Matthew 4:1-11 and considered how Jesus' temptation was a recapitulation of Israel's temptation in their wilderness wandering. Where Israel failed, Jesus succeeds! We also discovered that his temptations didn't end in the wilderness but continued on into his ministry.

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The Baptism of Jesus — Matthew 3:13-17

The Baptism of Jesus — Matthew 3:13-17

Week 15 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew.

This week we considered how the baptism of Jesus by John was, among other things, the revelation of Jesus as both the new and better Adam and Israel. We also discovered how Jesus, like Joshua and Elisha before him, was commissioned by the Father to be the successor of a greater ministry than the ministry of John. Finally, we saw how that in our baptism we are commissioned by Jesus to go into all the world and make disciples of all nations. 

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John the Baptizer — Matthew 3:1-12

John the Baptizer — Matthew 3:1-12

Week 13 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew.

This week we reviewed Matthew chapters 1 & 2 and looked at chapter 3 verses 1-12, where we met John the Baptist, the prophesied messenger of the Lord who prepared the way for God the King of Israel.

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Dry Your Eyes, Rachel! — Matthew 2:13-23 / Jeremiah 31

Dry Your Eyes, Rachel! — Matthew 2:13-23 / Jeremiah 31

Week 11 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew

This week we looked at Matthew's use of Jeremiah 31 and how the murder of the innocents in Bethlehem and the exile and return of Jesus from Egypt corresponded with the Babylonian siege on Jerusalem and the deportation and return of Judah. In the same way that Rachel mourned over the loss and exile of her children during the Babylonian captivity, she once again mourns the loss of her children and the deportation of Jesus at the hand of Herod. But the Lord tells Rachel to dry her tears. For her children will return and when they do, they will receive a better covenant than the former one that demanded their exile.

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Out of Egypt Too — Matthew 2:13-15 / Genesis 21:1-21 / Ephesians 2

Out of Egypt Too — Matthew 2:13-15 / Genesis 21:1-21 / Ephesians 2

Week 10 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew

This week we again looked at the significance of Matthew's use of Hosea 11:1 in Matthew 2:15, but this time from a different perspective. We discovered that just as Mary and Joseph were exiled from the Promised Land, into Egypt after the birth of Jesus, the Promised Seed of Abraham, there was another family before them who were also exiled out of Canaan, into the wilderness after the birth of Isaac, the promised seed of Abraham. We found that just as Ishmael, the gentile son of Hagar (The Stranger), was part Abraham's family, so too are we Gentiles made children of Abraham through faith in the promises of God. We are no longer strangers to the covenants and without God in the world because Jesus has brought us peace.

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Out of Egypt — Matthew 2:13-15 / Hosea 11:1

Out of Egypt — Matthew 2:13-15 / Hosea 11:1

Week 9 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew

This week we looked at the significance of Matthew's use of Hosea 11:1 in the coming of King Jesus. We discovered that Jesus' flight into Egypt very closely paralleled the itinerary of Joseph's story and Israel's subsequent exodus out of slavery. Jesus is the true and better Joseph, the true and better Moses, and the true and better Israel.

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Little Town of Bethlehem — Matthew 2:1-12 / Micah 5:2

Little Town of Bethlehem — Matthew 2:1-12 / Micah 5:2

Week 8 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew

This week we looked at the significance of the little town of Bethlehem in redemptive history, with particular attention given to the prophecy of Micah 5:2. We also discovered the magnificent Christ-centeredness of the stories of Rachel's son Ben-Oni (otherwise named Benjamin) in Genesis 35 and the story of Naomi in Ruth 1.

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A Star in the West — Matthew 2:1-12

A Star in the West — Matthew 2:1-12

Week 7 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew.

This week we met the Wise Men from the East. We talked about who they were; we discussed how they came to know the when, where and how of looking for the sign of the King's arrival; we tested the different theories on what the star might have been; and finally, we saw how we, like the Wise Men, are both a "come and see" and a "go and tell" people.

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Herod the Great Fool — Matthew 2:1

Herod the Great Fool — Matthew 2:1

Week 6 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew

This week we met Herod the Great and discovered a peculiar parallel between his story and the story of King Ahaz', that we considered last week. Both kings were evil, both trembled for fear of their being deposed by foreign invaders, and both men foolishly failed to trust in the promise of Emmanuel. 

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God is with Us — Matthew 1:22-23

God is with Us — Matthew 1:22-23

Week 5 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew

This week we examined Matthew's use of a prophecy found in Isaiah 7:14. This prophecy, originally given by Isaiah to Ahaz, King of Judah, had both immediate and future fulfillments of the birth of a child who would be called Emmanuel. We discovered that the early fulfillment of this prophecy painted the future story of how Jesus would someday come as the true expression of "God with Us".

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What's in a Name? — Matthew 1:21

What's in a Name? — Matthew 1:21

Week 4 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew

In this teaching we considered how the name of the Messiah, Jesus (Joshua is Hebrew), allows us to look back through Scripture and see how he is the better Joshua, the better successor to the office of Moses, that Yahweh is Salvation, and that he is mighty to save his people from their sins.

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Royally Bad Blood — Matthew 1:1-17

Royally Bad Blood — Matthew 1:1-17

Week 2 in our series, A King and His Kingdom Come: An Exposition of the Gospel of Matthew.

In this sermon you will discover how to overcome the apparent contradiction that exists between Jesus' genealogy as it is found in Matthew's Gospel and in Luke's. You'll also learn of the sordid tales of Jesus' family history that color Israel's history.  

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The Six Acts of Redemptive History

The Six Acts of Redemptive History

I wanted to share a tool with you that I've found very useful when teaching the gospel to those both within and without the family of God. This is not the typical systematic gospel presentation methodology that is so prominent today and with which you are likely familiar — e.g. The Four Spiritual Laws, Way of the Master.1  This is a story-formed way of presenting the good news of Jesus and his kingdom come. — which is the proclamation methodology we find used most often by heralds in the New Testament.

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