Matthew: the Prism

Prism 31: Self-assessment

Posted: January 31, 2023

. The questions and answers may be found in the audio recording and below, in the text of this post. Questions: Who devoted considerable time, expense, and energy to finding the Christ… Read More

Prism 30: Prime Prism Passages on Christ & the OT

Posted: January 30, 2023

. Following are 7 of my favorite passages in Matthew on the relationship of Christ to the Old Testament. 5:17—Jesus fulfills the Law. 22:40—Love as fulfillment the of Law. 23:23—The… Read More

Prism 29: Matthew the Evangelist

Posted: January 29, 2023

Matthew is mentioned in Matthew 9:9 and 10:3, and comes from Capernaum. His other name is Levi, son of Alpheus (Mark 2:14; Luke 5:27). Matthew collected taxes for Herod Antipas, tetrarch… Read More

Prism 28: Review

Posted: January 28, 2023

. In this unit of our series, we make a rapid review of (most of) what we’ve learned so far in the Prism series.  

Prism 27: Terrified Men, Courageous Women (Matt 28:1-20)

Posted: January 27, 2023

. Resurrection (Matt 28:1-10) Terrified men & courageous women First witnesses of resurrection are women. Worship (v.9) Commission (Matt 28:11-20) Mountain—connection with Matt 5 and 17, and with Moses Worship—and Jesus… Read More

Prism 26: Sepulcher & Stone (Matt 27:57-66)

Posted: January 26, 2023

. Rich man (Matt 27:57-61) Isa 53:9 Wisdom 2:12—”Let us lie in wait for the righteous one, because he is inconvenient to us and opposes our actions; he reproaches us for… Read More

Prism 25: Through the Veil (Matt 27:45-54)

Posted: January 25, 2023

. Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? (Matt 27:45-50) Darkness (not an eclipse) Eli ~ Eliyahu Psalm 22 The Tear (Matt 27:51-54) Torn curtain = access to God. The raising of the… Read More

Prism 24: Crucifixion (Matt 27:15-44)

Posted: January 24, 2023

. Before Pilate (Matt 27:15-19) Release: Barabbas, or Jesus? In a way, Jesus substitutes for Barabbas—for you and me! Dream—reminds us of the disturbed sleep of Pharaoh, Nebuchadnezzar, Darius, or… Read More

Prism 23: Worthless Shepherds, Legions of Angels (Matt 26:30-68)

Posted: January 23, 2023

. Betrayal Theme in Psalter David Joseph Christ Last Supper & Arrest Covenant – prophesied in the O.T. (Jer 31:31-34; Isa 42:6; 49:8; 54:10; 55:3; 59:21; etc). Kingdom – exaltation… Read More

Prism 22: Judgment & Betrayal (Matt 25:11-26:16)

Posted: January 22, 2023

. Parable of the Foolish Virgins (Matt 25:11-13) “Lord, Lord”—see Matt 7:21. Authority to grant entry into the kingdom Parable of the Sheep & Goats (25:31-45) “Son of man” (Divine)… Read More

Prism 21: The Coming of the Lord (Matt 21:33-24:44)

Posted: January 21, 2023

. Judgment (Matt 23:33-39) Presumes sending of prophets after his return to heaven. Notice his divine authority. (Who else would “send prophets”?) V.39 (like 21:10) connects to Psalm 118:26. The… Read More

Prism 20: The Most Quoted OT Passage (Matt 22:1-7-45)

Posted: January 20, 2023

. The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matt 22:1-7) Wedding motif Messianic banquet (Isa 25; Ezek 39) Son Burning of Jerusalem (70 AD) Son of David Matt 22:41-45 Ps 1101… Read More

Prism 19: Cornerstone (Matt 21:33-34)

Posted: January 19, 2023

. Let’s now finish our study of Matthew 21. We have devoted significant time to several key Messianic prophets. Today this brings us to the Psalms—especially Ps 118—and Isaiah 28…. Read More

Prism 17: Colt, Clouds, Clamor, Cleansing (Matt 22:2-13)

Posted: January 17, 2023

. The Triumphal Entry (Matt 21:2-5) Zech 9:9—prophecy of Messiah mounted on a donkey. The donkey as a royal animal, though also making for a humble entrance. In the Talmud (Sanhedrin 98a)… Read More

Prism 16: Ransom (Matt 20:25-21:1)

Posted: January 16, 2023

. We have reached the midpoint of the Prism series (15 units behind us, 15 units in front of us, after this reflection. Ransom (Matt 20:25-28) Ransom is one of… Read More

Prism 15: Sheep & Thrones (18:12-19:28)

Posted: January 15, 2023

  The Parable of the Lost Sheep (Matt 18:12-14) YHWH as Father, but also Shepherd Messiah as Shepherd Ideal Davidic king as shepherd Binding & Loosing (Matt 18:18-20) Jesus’ unique… Read More

Prism 14: ID, Transfiguration, Tax (Matt 16:13-17:27)

Posted: January 14, 2023

. ID (Matt 16:13-19) Why these persons? Jesus (through his ministry, lifestyle, words…) reminds people of Jeremiah, Elijah, et al. Keys – Isaiah 22 (Eliakim, Shebna) but also YHWH –… Read More

Prism 13: Bread & Fish (Matt 14:20-16:4)

Posted: January 13, 2023

. Jesus feeds 5000 (Matt 14:20-21) Elisha fed 100 (2 Kings 4:42-44) 20:100 ÷ 5:5000 (1:5 vs. 1:1000) ~ 0.2%! Jesus is a prophet, but much greater than a prophet… Read More

Prism 12: Servant, Satan, Sign, Solomon, etc (Matt 12:15-13:51)

Posted: January 12, 2023

. Jesus’ ministry (Matt 12:15-21) Jesus did not want too much publicity: too much notoriety, too soon, and his arrest and execution would have come before he had completed other… Read More

Prism 11: Isaiah & the Dead Sea Scrolls (Matt 11:1-12:7)

Posted: January 11, 2023

. Jesus & John (Matt 11:1-6) Sensitivity to John “In that day the deaf will hear the words of the scroll, and out of gloom and darkness the eyes of the blind will see. Once… Read More

Prism 10: Malachi, David, Micah (Matt 9:20-10:40)

Posted: January 10, 2023

  Big ideas so far: God’s kingdom includes Jews and Gentiles, men and women, the good, the bad & the ugly. Jesus fulfills the Scriptures by fulfilling Israel’s purpose, by… Read More

Prism 09: Wind & Waves, Mercy & Sacrifice (Matt 8:23-9:15)

Posted: January 9, 2023

  Calming the Sea (Matt 8:23-27) The is the action of Yahweh in the OT Psalm 65:7 Implication of divinity Forgiving sins (Matt 9:1-4) Only God can forgive sins. Implication… Read More

Prism 08: Our Sins & Sicknesses (Matt 8:1-17)

Posted: January 8, 2023

. Jesus heals the leper (Matt 8:1-4) This connects with the bird baptism passage of Lev 14! Several connections with Christ: the water, the wood, the blood (yarn), cleansing (hyssop),… Read More

Prism 07: The Epitome (Matt 5:1-8:1)

Posted: January 7, 2023

  The Sermon on the Mount: Matt 5:1/8:1 These chapters are the epitome of Jesus’ teaching. A scenario like Exodus 20 (Sinai)—Jesus and Moses Up and down a mountain 10… Read More

Prism 06: Temptations Three (Matt 4:1-16)

Posted: January 6, 2023

The assault: Satan attacks by trying to get Jesus to doubt his identity as Son of God. Jesus’ three temptations correspond to three temptations to which Israel gave in: to… Read More

Prism 05: The Water & the Challenge (Matt 3:1-17)

Posted: January 5, 2023

Review—Some big ideas in Matthew 1-2: The man Jesus is the Christ, son of David and son of Abraham. Yet his lineage (as Matthew relates it) honors a number of… Read More

Prism 04: Israel, or Christ? Herod, or Jesus? (Matt 2:13-23)

Posted: January 4, 2023

Hosea 11:1—When Israel was a child, I loved him, and out of Egypt I called my son. 2 The more they were called, the more they went away; they kept sacrificing to the Baals and burning offerings to… Read More

Prism 03: The Outsiders Get It, the Insiders Don’t (Matt 2:1-12)

Posted: January 3, 2023

Pagan stargazers! Persia? Babylon? In Ezra 7:8-9, Ezra came from Babylon (modern Iraq) to Jerusalem, taking four months to arrive! The irony of this passage is that outsiders—foreigners (the Magi)—recognize… Read More

Prism 02: Dust, Grime & the Virgin Birth (Matt 1:18-25)

Posted: January 2, 2023

Joseph was a great husband, protecting and trusting his wife, who technically could have been executed for promiscuity while still living in her father’s household (Deut 22:21). No evidence that… Read More

Prism 01: The Crucial Placement of Women in Christ’s Genealogy (Matt 1:1-17)

Posted: January 1, 2023

OT genealogies take their name from the progenitor, the first name in the list. But here the genealogy is designated according to the last member in the list! Note also… Read More

Prism: Christ in the OT (Matthew)

Posted: January 1, 2023

The 2023 devotional series explores how Matthew’s gospel sheds light on Christ in the Old Testament. These daily messages are intended to bring inspiration and insight as we appreciate the… Read More