Exegesis: Matthew 6: 9-13 Essay

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Prayer
Matthew 6: 9-13

Passage
Matthew 6: 9-13
9Pray then like this:
Our Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed by thy name.
10Thy kingdom come,
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
11Give us this day our daily bread;
12And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.
13And lead us into temptation,
But deliver us from evil1

Introduction
Matthew 6:9-13 is commonly referred as the “Lord’s Prayer”. In this paragraph, Jesus presented a pattern of prayer to the disciples, thus suggesting the manner in which God should be addressed and the petition we are entitled to present to Him. What is it about this paper that intrigues so many people to dig into
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Without any ancient traditions to the contrary, Matthew remains the most plausible choice for author. This author, at least of an original draft of this book, seems quite probably to have been the converted toll collector, also named Levi, who became one of Jesus’ Twelve apostles (cf. 10:3; 9:9-13; Mark 2:14-17).
Literary Context Suggestions for Matthew’s Gospel have always involved apologetic design to try to convince non-Christian Jews of the truth of the Gospel, encouragement to the church’s witness in a hostile world, and deepening Christian faith by supplying more details about Jesus’ words and works. 8 All of these proposals make good sense and may well form part of Matthew’s intention. To what kind of church under what circumstance would such a Gospel to be addressed? The text itself never says. It is usually assumed that all of the Gospels are first of all addressed to Christian communities, since from the earliest days of Christian testimony that is where these documents are read. Suggestions about the church to which Matthew presumably is writing usually try to relate the circumstances of that body of believers to the large Jewish world. Most of the testimony states merely that Matthew wrote “to the Hebrews,” although occasionally a place in Palestine is suggested. Modern scholars have often suggested Syria, especially its central city of Antioch,

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