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 The Best Commentary On The Bible Is The Bible Itself
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The Reflections Newsletter

Monday, April 26, 2010

**In This Issue**

  1. Taking a Look at Matthew
  2. What Does the Bible Say About...?
     

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Taking a Look at Matthew

When we look at the Gospels carefully, we see that they are skillfully designed. Each one is tailored to suit a specific perspective.  Matthew was a Jew, a Levite; he presents Jesus Christ as the Messiah of Israel - the Lion of the Tribe of Judah.  This first book of the New Testament plunges right in to establish Jesus as the Meshiach Nagid, the Messiah the King.  After first establishing the royal genealogy, Matthew then proceeds to focus on the fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies: Matthew uses the term "fulfilled" 82 times!

Matthew emphasized what Jesus said.
 He evidently recorded the discourses verbatim. As a customs official, he was a shorthand writer.  The reason Matthew's Gospel is so much longer than Mark's is that he includes Jesus' extensive discourses, such as the Sermon on the Mount and the Olivet Discourse.  Without these discourses, Mark's Gospel would be longer.

Early Origin

Many scholars now believe that the Gospels were written before Paul's first imprisonment in 57-60 AD, and that virtually all of the New Testament books were written before Jerusalem's destruction.

There is no hint in the New Testament of Nero's persecutions after 64 AD, nor of the execution of James, the Lord's brother, in 62 AD. There is not the slightest mention of the Jewish revolt against the Romans, which began in 66 AD, or of the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD. I would think that it would have made the 11 o’clock news, not to mention that these historic events would have been irresistible in making many of the arguments against the early dating of the New Testament books. 

Textual evidence suggests that the Gospels were originally written in Hebrew.
 In hundreds of places the Greek sentence structure betrays a Semitic influence and implies a translation from the Hebrew.  It appears that within five years after the death and resurrection of Christ, most of His words and deeds had been committed to a simple written Hebrew form and Matthew is, of course, assumed to be part of this compilation.

In 1994, an ancient segment of the Greek text of Matthew's Gospel was analyzed and it appears to be dated before 66 AD.
 Known as the Magdalen Papyrus, it contains segments of Matthew 26:23 and 26:31 on both sides of three fragments. Using a scanning laser microscope for dating has provided physical evidence that the Gospel according to Matthew is an eyewitness account written by contemporaries of Christ.

Your Challenge

Matthew's thoroughness and precision lends many special insights as one delves into his detailed presentations.
 His rendering of the Seven Kingdom Parables in Chapter 13 is remarkably parallel to the Letters to the Seven Churches in Revelation Chapters 2 and 3, etc.  Matthew’s presentation of Jesus' confidential briefing to His disciples about His Second Coming in Chapter 24 is an essential foundation in any eschatological (end-time) study, no matter the view that one takes.  So, clearly, this very basic book of the Bible is a most rewarding study to both novice and experienced Bible students who are willing to diligently dig into it.

 


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What Does the Bible Say About...?

 

In this section of the Reflections Newsletter we answer questions that have been asked.  If you have a question that you would like ask, and do not mind having it printed in the newsletter, (your name will not be mentioned), feel free to send your question in an email to me at biblequestions@reflecthisglory.org.  Of course, you may call me anytime by phone at 801.302 -1111.

The question for this issue is, "Why did Adam live to be so old, but some of his descendants died much younger?"

In Genesis 5:5, the Bible tells us that Adam lived to be 930 years old.  Most of his known descendants listed in Genesis Chapter 5 lived to be around that age, and a few even lived longer.  The oldest living man in the Bible was Methuselah, who passed at the age of 969 years of age, found in Genesis 5:27.

The next list of names that we find is in Genesis 11, which was after the flood of Noah.  After the flood, we find that the lifespan of people was enormously diminished.  The last group of people named in the list only lived to be 200 to 300 years of age.  Many theologians believe that Noah's flood cause such cataclysmic changes in the earth's atmosphere, that people could not live as long as prior to the flood.  Gradually the earth became more polluted because of the removal of its protective canopy by the flood.  The sun beat down much hotter on the earth after the flood, which adversely affected people as well, increasing its affect as more generations lived and died.  Abraham and his immediate descendants live a much shorter life than even those in Genesis 11, though longer than people today.  Abraham lived to be 175 years of age (Genesis 25:7).  In Genesis 35:28-29, Isaac live to be 180 years of age.  In Genesis 47:28, Jacob lived to be 147, and in Genesis 50:26 we see that Joseph only lived to be 110.  Finally, the Psalmist tells us:

"The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength, they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labor and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away,"  Psalm 90:10  KJV ER

What this tells us is that the average lifespan is about 70 years.  Some may make it to 80 years, but those years may be very difficult.  I realize that some people do not make it to 70, while others live to be 90, or even 100 years of age.  But, for the most part, people can expect to live to be 70 to 80 years of age.  What is interesting is that Psalm 90 was written thousands of years ago.  This average lifespan is about how long most people can expect to live today.  Evidently, the advances in medical science made in intervening years have been offset by the damage that has been done to the environment and the hurried lifestyles and detrimental diets that saturate modern society.  So what Psalm 90 said so long ago still holds true for us today.

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**MEMORY VERSE OF THE MONTH**

The Lord said to my Lord, Sit You at my right hand, until I make Your enemies Your footstool.

Psalm 110:1  KJV ER

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