At the beginning of the first great sermon of Matthew’s gospel, Jesus identifies the blessed of the kingdom of heaven, presenting himself as the one bringing the good news foretold by Isaiah the prophet.
John the Baptist’s ministry provides the setting for the manifestation of Jesus.
Matthew continues his apologetic for Jesus as the Messiah, exploring themes of kingship, Exodus, exile, and prophetic expectation.
In my new series on the Gospel according to Matthew, I discuss Matthew 1—Jesus’s genealogy and birth.
Today, I discuss a few of the echoes of the Genesis narrative in later stories in Scripture.
Today I discuss a couple of the strangest episodes in the story of Genesis: Rachel’s request for some of Leah’s mandrakes and Jacob’s taking of Laban’s flocks using—among other things—poplar rods.