Exegesis Of Matthew 13 : 44-50

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Exegesis of Matthew 13:44-50
The Author of Matthew is decisively agreed to be Matthew the disciple of Jesus. The book is dated between AD70 and AD80. The setting is in and around Galilee where Jesus began His ministry. In Matthew we find that this Gospel is the only book that comes alongside the Old and New Testament canonization that bridges these two periods in history. Jesus came to bring salvation but faced rejection from His own people the Jews. William Barclay suggest, ‘Matthew sees Jesus as the fulfilment of the hopes and dreams of the Jewish nation, and the fulfilment of the promises of God to his people.’
The parables speak of hidden treasure in a field and the discovery of a fine pearl and
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The parables that Jesus speaks of, are a form of apocalyptic and prophetic nature which mirrors the character of His personality and His work. The parables are to transform those who are to follow Jesus and this new way is now the mission of Jesus and for followers to be a part of the kingdom of heaven. Jesus quoted Psalm 78:1-3 to show that the prophecy of speaking in parables was as Hauerwas says; ‘…to reveal what is hidden from the foundation of the world’. Throughout this Gospel, Matthew uses phrases to re-assure us what the purpose of Jesus was to His people. A common term of phrase in Matthew is ‘…so that the scriptures might be fulfilled (e.g., 1:22; 2:15, 17, 23)’. In the discourse of the parables in this exegesis there is evidence that a common thread is present throughout and these verses are known as ‘parables of the kingdom’. Matthew is described as the ‘First Evangelist’ who is to now seek understanding from Jesus as the incarnation of God and interpret the teachings of parables along with law, prophecy and wisdom. His original views would have focused on the Torah, but now he has to rely on the wisdom of Jesus and His style to unlock the true meaning of prophecy combined with apocalyptic teachings Jesus gave. Ecclesiastes 12:9-10 tells us what a sapiential scribe should be, Witherington says; ‘The scribe is not merely to record but to enhance the wisdom examined by arrangement and elegance of expression…’.
Verses Matthew 13:44-50
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