The Gospels of Matthew and Luke Essay

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The Gospels of Matthew and Luke

Matthew chapter five is a sermon by Jesus. It tells us what perspective we ought to have in dealings with each other and with our attitude. Those who are weak shall be strong, and those who mourn shall be comforted tell of positive actions or humility being rewarded. Jesus goes through a list of these, exalting the poor and the weak. Mt. 5:17-20 is between the first section of what actions are righteous and before the section of what seem to be his own version of commandments relative to the law. It says that all shall be done and judged through and by him. So he gave a perspective on the humble and then judged the law. He tells people to be righteous and then tells them the manner in which to
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He had great authority, and he was supremely obedient. He had power, but was humble and served to glorify God with that power. He was depicted as one who's every action was oriented towards doing the will of God. It is a standard that Matthew gives to nobody else.
First of all, Matthew was a Jew who was convinced that the messiah had come. Many of his writings were Jewish, for that reason. However, he took issue with Jewish leadership and the blinding methods they used. He used this perspective and wrote anti- Jewish versus. Matthew respected and looked positively upon Jewish Law and much of the Oral Torah. He did not like what was going on in Yavneh, though. The way the rabbis there were defining these laws was not consistent with how he saw the law. He saw the Pharisees as hypocrites who did not have his perspective on what was going on in the world. For this reason, he rejected the emerging authority of the rabbis at Yavneh. He was also afraid of those who claimed his own heritage but were leading the Jewish people blindly. The purpose of Matthew's gospel was to, "tell the story of how the coming of the Messiah has inaugurated a new phase in the history of God's people and to explain how they were expected to live in that new age." (Barr) Luke saw the death of Jesus as another step in an upward progression to glory for Christ. It was a necessary occurrence in order to fulfill the scriptures. It
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