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2016 May 1

Image 1: Three Temptations of Christ (1481-1482)
Sandro Botticelli (c. 1445 - 1510)
Italian Renaissance Style
Cappella Sistina, Vatican, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art


Image 2: Calling of the Apostles (1481)
Domenico Ghirlandaio (1449-1494)
Italian Renaissance Style
Cappella Sistina, Vatican, Vatican City, Rome, Italy
Image Credit: Web Gallery of Art

     Explanation: In Matthew 4 Jesus continues preparations for his ministry. He overcomes temptation, establishing the fact that he will not serve Satan (4:1-11). He then begins to manifest himself and his kingdom. He begins to preach, operating from a base in Capernaum (4:12-17). Next, he chooses his first disciples (4:18-22). As he continues his ministry, he teaches and heals many and becomes very popular and much sought after (4:23-25).
     [Sermons: Brian Borgman 1. Brian Borgman 2. Albert Mohler 1. Albert Mohler 2. ].
     Today's paintings depict the two main element's of today's chapter, the temptation of Christ and the calling of his disciples.


          [THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Luke 2:39-52. Mark 1:1-13. Luke 3:1-23. John 1:19-51. John 2:1-12. ]

          [ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]

          [ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]

          [ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]

          [ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]


Gospel Harmony - Summary. | The Harmony of the Gospels - Augustine. | Gospel Harmony Chart - Online Bible. |

Greek Harmony of the Gospels - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF). | Gospel Harmony in English - Robertson - (Downloadable PDF).

Matthew 4

1. The Divine Nature of King Jesus and His Kingdom (Mt 1:1 - Mt 4:11) - 2166 BC - 29 A.D. Israel

D. The King Becomes Prepared For His Ministry - (Continued) - (3:13 - 4:11)

2). He Overcomes Temptation (4:1-11)

     1 Then was Jesus led up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. 2 And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward an hungred. 3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. 4 But he answered and said,
     It is written,
     Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
     5 Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, 6 And saith unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written,
     He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
     7 Jesus said unto him, It is written again, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
     8 Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; 9 And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. 10 Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written,
     Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
     11 Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him.

2. The Manifestation of King Jesus and His Kingdom (Mt 4:12 - Mt 25:46) - 29 - 33 A.D. Israel

A. His Initial Acts (4:12-25)

1). He Begins Preaching, Operating out of Capernaum (4:12-17)

     12 Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; 13 And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim: 14 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
     15 The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; 16 The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
     17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

2). He Chooses His First Disciples (4:18-22)

     18 And Jesus, walking by the sea of Galilee, saw two brethren, Simon called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea: for they were fishers. 19 And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men. 20 And they straightway left their nets, and followed him. 21 And going on from thence, he saw other two brethren, James the son of Zebedee, and John his brother, in a ship with Zebedee their father, mending their nets; and he called them. 22 And they immediately left the ship and their father, and followed him.

3). He Teaches and Heals Many (4:23-25)

     23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. 24 And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people [all whom evil held] that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them. 25 And there followed him great multitudes of people from Galilee, and from Decapolis, and from Jerusalem, and from Judaea, and from beyond Jordan.

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