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(Through The Bible) – Matthew (Pt. 1): Zac Poonen (Transcript)

Here is the transcript of Zac Poonen’s teaching on Gospel of Matthew (Part 1) which is part of the popular series called Through The Bible.

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Today, we begin the New Testament, and we will turn to Matthew’s Gospel, Chapter One. And I would like to read from the New American Standard Bible. You may have noticed when I was going — when we were studying the Minor Prophets, I was using the New Living Translation, which is a development from the Living Bible, because I have personally found it easier to read some of those heavy Old Testament prophecies for ease of reading in the Living Bible.

But when it comes to studying doctrine or studying the Word of God verse by verse or word by word, we can’t use the Living Bible because that’s only a paraphrase. I prefer to use the New American Standard, particularly when we come to the New Testament.

Now, here we turn to the pages of the New Testament, and the very first thing that we read is the book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham. In the book of Genesis in the Old Testament, there were genealogies given of various people, and here also a genealogy is given. It doesn’t go all the way to Adam like it does in Luke, Chapter 3. Here, it only goes as far as David and Abraham. And He’s called the Son of David and the Son of Abraham, which possibly indicates to me that Matthew was primarily writing to the Jewish people of that time, trying to convince them that Jesus Christ was the Messiah.

And that’s why you find in this Gospel at least forty times where the Old Testament is quoted to prove that Jesus is the Messiah. There are about fifty-three quotations actually from the Old Testament in this book, but there is a phrase that comes only in this book in the Gospels, and that is the phrase, the Kingdom of Heaven. It’s referred to as the Kingdom of God in the other Gospels. But the phrase the Kingdom of Heaven comes thirty-two times in this Gospel.

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