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When you think of Matthew, think of Jesus Christ,presented as King to Israel and Head to the Church.

Matthew is the “Book of Jesus Christ, the King.” After His baptism and temptation, Jesus opened (and later closed) His earthly ministry in Galilee. In chapters 4 and 5, Christ went to Galilee, called men to be disciples, led them to a mountain, and taught them the virtues of Christian life. In Matthew 28:16-20, Christ again went to Galilee… to a mountain, and sent out His disciples to lead and to teach all things which He had taught them during His earthly ministry. They were to teach others as He had taught them.

Between Christ’s call to “repent” and “follow” and his commission to “go” and “teach,” He equipped his disciples by training them in the Christian life. Starting with the Sermon on the Mount, He taught them faith, virtue, knowledge, temperance, patience, godliness, brotherly kindness, and charity. One of Christ’s disciples, Peter, later said that these character traits would keep a Christian from falling in life and ministry (2 Peter 1:5-10). Peter and others came and learned, then went and taught.

“Learn first – then teach as Jesus taught!”

(Highlights of The Old Testament available at SWM)

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