TO THE JEW FIRST AND ALSO TO THE GREEK
With this Sunday we begin a new sermon series, Matthew: Treasure from things new and things old. Matthew 13:52 says: … "Therefore every scribe who has been trained for the kingdom of heaven is like a master of a house, who brings out of his treasure what is new and what is old." In Matthew we see Jesus as a direct continuation out of the Old Testament. In chapter 1 we have the genealogy showing Jesus (the new) to be a “son” of Abraham (the old.) Also in chapter 1 Jesus (the new) is named because he will save His people from their sins, which links Him directly to the OT prophecies (the old) pointing to the coming Messiah. Then chapter 2 sheds new light on who “His people”(to be saved) are. In Matthew the first worshippers of the new King are the Magi (wise men)… as if to say “His people” includes the Gentile as well as the Jew.