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Read Matthew Chapter 5:21-48
This section, often known as the “Six Antitheses” are really intended to clarify and extend the commandments to provide a hedge–extending the limits of what was allowable, so that the believer would not come even close to violating a command of God. In addition, Jesus was highlighting the fact that sin really begins in the heart and mind.

1. Review the following scriptures that talk about the relationship between the heart, temptation and sin:
Proverbs 4:23

Romans 13:14

James 1:13-15

In the last study we covered Matthew 5:21-26 which addresses the issue of murder and those who are angry with their brothers. It also covers the situation of one who is not reconciled to his brother.
2. What does Jesus say about litigation in Matthew 5:25-26?

3. What does Jesus say about adultery in Matthew 5:27-32?

4. What do you learn about marriage and divorce from the following verses?
Deuteronomy 24:1-4

Malachi 2:16

Matthew 19:3-10

1 Corinthians 7:10-12

5. What does Jesus say about making vows and oaths in Matthew 5:33-340?

6. Why does Jesus say they should not swear by heaven?

7. Why does Jesus say they should not swear by the earth?

8. Why does Jesus say they should not swear by Jerusalem?

9. Why does Jesus say they should not swear by their own head?

10. Copy Matthew 5:37. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions.

11. What do you learn of oaths from the following passages?
Exodus 22:10-12

Numbers 30:1-15

Numbers 32:9-11

Deuteronomy 6:13

12. How would you summarize or put into one sentence the teaching of Jesus in Matthew 5:38-42?

13. What to you learn from Exodus 21:12-25 about what Jesus is teaching in Matthew 5:38-39? How is Jesus’ teaching different from that of the Torah?

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1. What does Jesus say about the law in Matthew 5:17?

Going deeper: The word “law” in this passage is the Hebrew word “Torah.” In the Jewish mind, Torah doesn’t mean just law, but rather it is a system of rules and commands for right living–living in a way that is pleasing to God. Jesus’ statement that He did not come to “abolish”
was a first-century rabbinic idiom. The expression “abolish Torah” mean to misinterpret Torah–not get rid of it or replace it. To “fulfill” or “complete” Torah mean to teach it correctly. So we could translate the statement of Jesus, “I did not come to misinterpret Torah but rather to teach it correctly.” He was going to affirm Torah and clarify those areas of the law that had been misinterpreted or taught incorrectly.

2. What does Jesus confirm about the completeness of Torah and the prohibition against changes to it in Matthew 5:18?

3. What warning does Jesus give in Matthew 5:19 about disobedience of the law?

4. Copy Matthew 5:20. Meditate on this. What you think Jesus was saying in making this statement.. What does Jesus say about murder in Matthew 5:21-22?

Going deeper: This section, Matthew 5:21-48 includes six teachings, sometimes referred to as “antitheses” operate to intensify what is prohibited. This idea was a common technique among the sages and rabbis known as “making a fence around the Torah.” By this expanding out of the commandment to include the thought or intention behind it, the sages and rabbis were offering a means to keep people even further from the conduct that would violate the commandment against murder.

5. Review Exodus 20:13. What do the following passages add to your understanding of this prohibition?
Exodus 21:12-14

Numbers 35:16-28

6. What does Jesus say about making your offering in Matthew 5:23-24?

Going deeper: Jesus’ reference to “offering your gift” relates to the Temple and the sacrificial system established in Leviticus. This is further evidence that Jesus was a Torah-observant Jew and was likely speaking largely to other Torah-observant Jews.

7. Why would Jesus be adding this additional “hedge” to the requirements of the sacrifices and offerings made to God?

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Read Matthew Chapter 5:13-24
1. What does Jesus compare believers to in Matthew 5:13?

2. How did salt function according to the following verses?
Exodus 30:35

Leviticus 2:13

Numbers 18:19

2 Kings 2:19-22

Ezekiel 16:4

Colossians 4:6

Going deeper: Read Luke 14:34-35 where Jesus discusses the problem of salt that loses its saltiness. Record Jesus’ comments.

Going deeper: Read Mark 9:49-50. Here Jesus is making another reference to salt. He is first of all saying that we will all be salted with fire in Mark 9:49. Since salt is a purifying element, He is saying that we will all be purified by fire. He goes on to say, “Have salt among yourselves and be at peace with one another.” This is a reference to the use of salt in making covenants in the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament). See Numbers 18:19 and 2 Chronicles 13:5.

3. Why did Jesus call his disciples and the others listening to him on the side of the mountain that day salt? What is the spiritual application?

4. To what does Jesus compare those Jews listening to Him in Matthew 5:14-16? What explanation does He provide?

5. How do Jesus’ statements in Matthew 5:14-16 link up with Isaiah 42:6 and 49:6?

6. What is Jesus’ command in Matthew 5:16? For what purpose? How might this look in your life?

7. Review Proverbs 4:18-19. Here we read of the contrast between light and dark. Summarize these verses in your own words in light of Jesus’ teaching in Matthew 5:14-16.

8. How does Paul expand on this idea of being a light in the following verses?
Romans 2:18-20

Ephesians 5:8

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Read Matthew Chapter 5:1-12

1. Who is blessed according to Matthew 5:6? What is their promise?

2. What do you learn from these verses?
Psalm 107:4-9

Proverbs 12:28

Proverbs 21:3

2 Timothy 3:16

3. Who is blessed according to Matthew 5:7? What shall they receive?

4. What do you learn from the following verses?
Psalm 18:25

Proverbs 11:17

Proverbs 14:21

Proverbs 21:21

5. Who is blessed according to Matthew 5:8? What is their reward?

6. What do you learn from the following verses about the pure in heart?
Psalms 24:3-6

Psalm 73:1

7. Who is blessed according to Matthew 5:9? What shall they be called?

8. Who is blessed according to Matthew 5:10? What does Jesus say will be theirs?

9. What does the prophet have to say to those who seek righteousness in the following verses?
Isaiah 51:1-8

Isaiah 66:5-6

10. Who is blessed according to Matthew 5:11-12? Where is their reward?

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Read Matthew Chapter 5:1-12

1. Who is blessed according to Matthew 5:4? What is the promise to them?

2. What do you learn from the following verses about those who mourn (over their sin)?
Isaiah 61:1-3

Isaiah 66:13

John 16:20

3. Who is blessed according to Matthew 5:5? What are they promised?

4. What do the following verses teach about the meek (gentle, sweet-spirited)?
Psalm 37:11

Isaiah 11:4

Zephaniah 3:12

5. What do the following verses teach about the inheritance of the believer?
Ephesians 1:11-12

Galatians 4:4-7

1 Peter 1:4

6. Who are those who have no inheritance with God according to the following verses?
Ephesians 5:5

Galatians 4:30-31

 

 

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Read Matthew Chapter 5:1-12
1. Where was Jesus at the end of Matthew chapter 4? Beginning of chapter 5?

2. From where is Jesus speaking?

3. Before beginning to speak, what does Jesus do?

4. Who is “blessed” according to Matthew 5:3? Why?

5. What do the following verses teach about being poor in spirit?
Psalm 51:17

Proverbs 16:9

Proverbs 29:23

Isaiah 57:15

Isaiah 66:1-2

Going deeper: What does “blessed” mean in the context of this chapter?

 

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Read Matthew Chapter 4

1. What causes Jesus to go to Galilee according to Matthew 4:12?

2. To what town does he travel first in the Galilee according to Matthew 4:13? What is the significance of this town to Jesus?

3. To what town does Jesus travel next? Where is this town located in relationship to the Sea of Galilee?

4. What do you learn from Matthew 4:14 about Jesus going to Capernaum?

5. What was Jesus’ message from this time forward according to Matthew 4:17?

6. What do you learn about Simon and Andrew in Matthew 4:18?

7. What does Jesus ask them to do in Matthew 4:19-20? What is their response?

8. What do you learn of James and John from Matthew 4:21-22?

9. Copy Matthew 4:23-24 here. Meditate on this. Try to picture what this would have looked like for Jesus and the disciples.

10. Find a map of Israel and locate the following: Galilee, Capernaum, Decapolis, Jerusalem, Judea, and the Jordan river.

11. What application can you make from Matthew chapter 4 to your life and relationship with God?

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Read Matthew Chapter 4
1. What happened after Jesus’ baptism according to Matthew 4:1?

2. How long had Jesus been fasting when Satan (the devil/tempter) came to Him?

3. What do you think was His physical state?

4. Why would the devil wait and come to Jesus at this time?

5. What application can you make from this timing to your own struggles? When is spiritual warfare (battles against the flesh and temptation) most likely to come?

6. What is the tempter’s question to Jesus in Matthew 4:3?

7. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 4:4?

8. Where does the tempter take Jesus next according to Matthew 4:5?

9. What does he ask of Jesus in Matthew 4:6?

10. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 4:7?

11. What does the devil show Jesus according to Matthew 4:8?

12. What does he say to Jesus according to Matthew 4:9?

13. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 4:10?

14. Copy Matthew 4:11 here. Meditate on this. Record your thoughts and impressions here.

15. What did Jesus use to “battle” the enemy in this passage? Explain how he did this.

16. Read and meditate on 1 John 2:15-17. How does the passage in 1 John relate to the temptation of Jesus. What further insight into Jesus’ temptation does it give us?

17. What do you learn from the following verses?
Psalm 18:30

John 1:1-3

Ephesians 6:17

2 Timothy 3:16-17

Hebrews 4:12

Hebrews 11:3

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Read Matthew Chapter 3
1. What does the phrase “in those days” refer to in Matthew 3:1?

2. What do you learn about John the Baptist in the following verses?
Mark 1:1-10

Mark 6:14-29

Luke 1:57-66; 80

3. What do these prophecies of John the Baptist add to your understanding of his life and mission?
Isaiah 40:2-4

Luke 1:67-79

4. How is John described in Matthew 3:4?

5. Who was coming to see John according to Matthew 3:5?

6. What was John doing at the river Jordan?

7. Where in Israel is the river Jordan located?

8. What other important events in the history of the Jewish people took place at or around the Jordan River?

9. What does John say to the Pharisees and Sadducees in Matthew 3:7-10 when they came for baptism?

Going deeper: Who are the Pharisees? Who are the Sadducees?

10. What is the nature of the baptism John is doing according to Matthew 3:11? Of the one who is coming?

11. Copy Matthew 3:12 here. Meditate on this record your thoughts and impressions. Review Jeremiah 15:3-9, the passage from which John quotes this prophecy of destruction. What is John’s meaning by using this prophecy?

12. From where is Jesus coming when He comes to John at the Jordan according to Matthew 3:13?

13. What is John’s reaction when Jesus comes to John to be baptized in Matthew 3:13-14?

14. Why do you think John responded that way to Jesus’ request to be baptized?

15. How does Jesus respond in Matthew 3:15?

16. Why do you think Jesus insisted on being baptized by John? Provide scripture if you can to support your response.

17. What happened when Jesus came up out of the water according to Matthew 3:16-17

18. What do you learn from the following verses?
Psalm 2:7

Isaiah 42:1

Hosea 11:1

19. Consider these other references to God speaking from heaven. What observations can you make?
Nehemiah 9:12-14

Psalm 18:12-14

Jeremiah 51:16

Daniel 4:31

20. What application can you make to your own life from Matthew chapter 3?

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