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Matthew 5:1-12; The Beatitudes (Historical Backgrounds)

posted by Mike Nappa

Jesus’ final beatitude (Matthew 5:11-12) differs from the earlier ones in its specificity and personal application. Up to this point, Jesus has used general pronouns as the object of blessing. For instance, “blessed are those…blessed are they…” Beginning in verse […]

Matthew 4:18-22; The Calling of the First Disciples (Historical Background)

posted by Mike Nappa

Jesus told Simon Peter and Andrew that he would make them “fishers of men.” The image there was grounded in the fisherman’s trade on the Sea of Galilee. Unlike our modern picture of a single man casting line off a […]

Matthew 2:19-23; The Return to Nazareth (Historical Backgrounds)

posted by Mike Nappa

Matthew reports that Joseph was afraid to live in Judea under the rule of Herod’s son, Archelaus—and apparently with good reason. After Herod the Great died, there was a power struggle among his sons over who would inherent his kingdom. […]

Matthew 2:13-18; The Escape to Egypt (Historical Background)

posted by Mike Nappa

Matthew reports that “Herod” was the bloodthirsty king who ordered the mass murder of all boys aged two and under in Bethlehem and the surrounding area. (2:16). History knows this king as “Herod the Great,” though “great” seems a stretch […]

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Matthew 5:27-30; Adultery (Word Study)
“Anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery,” Christ said in his Sermon on the Mount. Some have interpreted this statement to mean that, outside of marriage, any acknowledgment of feminine beauty by a man is adultery— the assumption being that noticing a woman’s

posted 12:00:46pm Sep. 01, 2014 | read full post »

Bible Resource Spotlight: A Visual Guide to Gospel Events
Reader Appeal: Pastors, Bible Study Leaders, Seminary Students, History Buffs Genre: Historical Reference FBSN Rating: A   Who knew ancient public archives were important for biblical understanding? Well, James Martin, John Beck, and David Hansen did—and that’s why their ver

posted 12:00:05pm Aug. 29, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 5:21-26; Murder (Geographical backgrounds)
With increasingly hyperbolic language, Jesus addressed the issue of unchecked anger and its potentially disastrous results as part of his Sermon on the Mount. He even went so far as to declare that angrily insulting another by calling that person a fool (raca) could lead to the punishment of Hell.

posted 12:00:24pm Aug. 27, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 5:21-26; Murder (Cross-reference comparisons)
In Matthew 5:22, Jesus is quoted as saying that anyone who is “angry with his brother” has committed a sin that’s equivalent to murder. Bible scholar and teacher, Warren Wiersbe, offers this insight on that teaching: “There is a holy anger against sin (Ephesians 4:26), but Jesus talked ab

posted 12:00:23pm Aug. 25, 2014 | read full post »

Matthew 5:21-26; Murder (Theological commentary)
Jesus’ teaching on murder, referencing the 6th of Moses’ Ten Commandments, was more than just a difficult standard to achieve. It demanded that his hearers view him as either God himself, or at the very least, as equal with God. In ancient days, all teachers of Scripture used “borrowed auth

posted 12:00:21pm Aug. 22, 2014 | read full post »


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