Questions for the Life-study of Matthew
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Message 1Question 1What is the general sketch and the central thought of the book of Matthew?
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Message 1Question 2Who is Jesus? How is He portrayed in the book of Matthew?
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Message 1Question 3What is the significance of the genealogy of Christ in Matthew? Which groups compose the generation of Christ?
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Message 2Question 1Why does Matthew’s genealogy of Christ begin with Abraham? What are the attributes of the called race?
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Message 2Question 2Explain how the genealogy of Christ is a matter of the birthright.
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Message 3Question 1What is it to have the birthright? Describe the kind of person who enjoys the birthright of Christ.
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Message 3Question 2What are David’s two marriages? What is the significance and issue of David’s second marriage?
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Message 4Question 1Consider the picture of the Kingdom of Israel and the Kingdom of Judah. What does it mean to be outside the line of Christ?
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Message 4Question 2Using the chart, trace the pathway of the traveling Triune God from Abraham to the Christ. How is God’s sovereignty seen in the fulfilling of prophecies and the arrangement of the generations?
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Message 5Question 1What are the four matters related to the birth of Christ? Why is each needed?
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Message 5Question 2Why does the Bible say the Word became flesh and not man, and in what sense did He become flesh? What two things were accomplished in the birth of Christ?
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Message 6Question 1What do the names Jesus and Emmanuel mean and how can they be used by us? Why does Satan hate the name of Jesus and try to overtake the land of Emmanuel?
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Message 6Question 2How can we dwell on these two names?
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Message 7Question 1How does Matthew’s record of Jesus’ hidden youth demonstrate that He was a kingly child?
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Message 7Question 2Compare the religious people in the Holy Land and the wise men in the pagan land. What should those who seek the Lord depend on and be wary of in trying to find Christ? What is the way to find Christ and appreciate all that He is?
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Message 8Question 1Discuss the significance of the statement “In Matthew 3 John appeared as Samuel and Jesus appeared as David.” In your answer please discuss how John the Baptist was a genuine priest, not one formally or in shadow.
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Message 8Question 2John’s function as the King’s recommender caused people to repent and to be brought into the kingdom. Discuss the intrinsic significance of John beginning his ministry with repentance (relate this to our entrance into the kingdom).
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Message 9Question 1The first half of message 9 covers the message of recommendation. Discuss the intrinsic significance of the three crucial words of John’s message: repent, kingdom, and heavens.
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Message 9Question 2In the way of recommendation, why is it important that John (and also we today) baptize people in water?
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Message 10Question 1Discuss the significance of the phrase “from Galilee to the Jordan” in the second half of verse 13. In our experience today, what happens along this road? (include the king, the kingdom, and the church life today in your answer).
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Message 10Question 2The title of this section is “Anointed”. Please discuss when the Lord Jesus was anointed, how He was anointed, and why he was required to be anointed. What was the testimony/confirmation of Christ’s anointing?
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Message 11Question 1For a thorough understanding of this section of verses we need to see that in God’s economy we will always be tested after we have been anointed and appointed to something. The principle of these tests is always the same. With this in view, write out the three temptations in this section, the basis of the tempters temptations, and the way the King-Savior defeated the tempter.
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Message 11Question 2Following the Lord’s baptism, the same Spirit that had anointed Him for His ministry, also led Him to be tested in the wilderness. Why? (Hint: what was this test intended to prove?)
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Message 12Question 1What is the intrinsic reason why John the Baptist needed to be imprisoned?
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Message 12Question 2Describe the significance of the words “riverside” and “seashore”. In your answer discuss the nature of the seashore and how the Lord attracts people by the seashore. (Bonus: Connect your answer with the tempters first temptation in 4:1-11)
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Message 12Question 3The phrase “establishment of the kingdom of the heavens is used at least five times in this message. Discuss how the King-Savior spread His ministry and how He established the kingdom of the heavens.
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Message 13Question 1Describe the significance of the location and audience where the King decreed the kingdom’s constitution. What is the scriptural basis to say that the Kingdom’s constitution was decreed to all the New Testament believers (ie. not only the Jews, etc)?
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Message 13Question 2What is the intrinsic significance of this first characteristic, why is it first, and what can we pray to ensure that we are in the reality of this aspect of the nature of the kingdom people?
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Message 13Question 3The second half of verse 3 says, “for theirs in the kingdom of the heavens.” Distinguish the difference between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of the heavens. What are the three aspects of the kingdom of the heavens in the book of Matthew?
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Message 14Question 1Message 14 connects 4:17 with 5:3. Discuss the significance of connecting these two verses together. Please describe how the spirit in 5:3 is related to the kingdom of the heavens; include the definition of the kingdom of the heavens (according to this message).
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Message 14Question 2The second half of message 14 covers the remaining eight blessings or aspects of the kingdom people’s nature. Briefly list all nine characteristics of the kingdom people and then discuss in detail the items mentioned in verses six through eight. Include who each item is related to (ie. we are Righteous towards ourselves, Merciful towards ________).
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Message 15Question 1Message 15 delves further into verses 1-12 to highlight what kind of people the kingdom people should be in their inward nature. This message reveals 9 words (that correspond with verses 5:3-12) that encapsulate the nature of the kingdom people. List these nine words and discuss the significance of their sequence.
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Message 15Question 2These nine words comprise the totality of the kingdom people’s nature. If we have this inward nature we will have a great reward. Discuss the reward received from each of the nine blessings and then discuss the real blessing.
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Message 16Question 1If we posses the nature revealed in verses 5:3-12 we will have a certain influence. What the first aspect of the influence of the kingdom people? What happens if we lose this function?
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Message 16Question 2Use verses 14 and 15 to describe how the second aspect of the kingdom people’s influence is both outward and inward.
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Message 17Question 1What is the meaning of the word “fulfill” in Matthew 5:17 and how did Christ fulfill the law?
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Message 17Question 2Consider the comparison between the commandments of the old law and the new law. How can believers keep an even higher law? What is the condition to enter into the Kingdom?
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Message 18Question 1What is the principle of the law? What is the relationship between the commandments of the law and the principle of the law?
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Message 18Question 2What is the difference between keeping the law in order to be saved and having a standard of morality by faith much higher than the old law? How do believers fulfill the requirements of the highest law?
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Message 19Question 1Verses 21-30 reveal the new law that complements the old dispensation, whereas verses 31-48 show four laws that the king actually changed. What are the four laws and how were they changed from the old dispensation?
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Message 19Question 2Why was divorce allowed under the old law? What does the Lord say about divorce in the new law?
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Message 19Question 3What does it mean to be “perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”?
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Message 20Question 1What are the three aspects of the law? What has happened to these three aspects under the new law given by the Lord?
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Message 20Question 2What purpose do the requirements of the law of the kingdom serve today? How can we fulfill these requirements?
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Message 21Question 1What is the principle of the kingdom people’s righteous deeds? What negative elements are exposed and dealt with by keeping this principle?
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Message 21Question 2How do we see the Divine Trinity in the Lord’s prayer in vv. 9-13?
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Message 22Question 1What is the crucial matter in vv. 19-34? Why is this matter so crucial?
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Message 22Question 2What is the Lord’s intention in vv. 19-34?
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Message 23Question 1What is the Lord’s intention in Matt. 7:1-12? Why do we have such a lack in this area?
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Message 23Question 2Why are vv. 7-11 included in the section of dealing with others?
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Message 24Question 1What are the requirements to enter the narrow gate and walk the constricted way? How can we meet these requirements?
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Message 24Question 2What is the condition of entering into the Kingdom of the Heavens?
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Message 24Question 3How can we know the Father’s will?
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Message 25Question 1What is the dispensational significance of the miracles in Matt. 8:1-17?
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Message 25Question 2What is the way to follow the Lord as seen in vv. 18-22?
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Message 26Question 1What does Matt. 8:23-9:8 show concerning Christ, the King? What are the three aspects shown?
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Message 26Question 2What is the significance of the Lord telling the paralytic to “rise, pick up your bed and to your house”?
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Message 27Question 1What is implied about man’s condition in the Lord’s referring to Himself as a physician?
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Message 27Question 2What was the goal of John the Baptist’s ministry? What should John’s disciples have done once they met the Lord?
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Message 28Question 1What is the significance of not putting a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment? What is the practical way to put on this new garment?
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Message 28Question 2According to Matthew 9:16-17, what is the ultimate goal of the Lord’s mentioning of Him being the Bridegroom? How can we see the corporate aspect of Christ as His enlargement, and how does this goal relate to the context of our experience of Christ?
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Message 29Question 1How is the repetition of the signs that have dispensational significance in 9:18-34 a picture of this age and the coming age?
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Message 29Question 2What is the environment that enabled the King to reveal Himself in the aspects of the Shepherd and Lord of the Harvest?. What is the way to pray while honoring the Lord?
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Message 30Question 1What are the seven items of persecution in 10:16-11:1 and what are the ways to meet them?
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Message 30Question 2What is meant by the King’s disturbance and what is the way of the cross to follow the heavenly King? What are the four items of assurance and encouragement we should have as the King’s sent ones?
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Message 31Question 1How did the King strengthen and appraise His forerunner? Why was this necessary?
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Message 31Question 2What is the proper way of receiving rejection? What is the attitude we should have in the midst of it? What can we learn from Christ as well as the mistake of John the Baptist in relation to submitting to the Father’s will?
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Message 32Question 1In 12:1-14, why was the Lord rejected, and what were the five additional aspects of the Lord that were revealed in His breaking of the Sabbath?
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Message 32Question 2Through the healing of the withered hand in the temple, what do we see as truly being on the Lord’s heart? What does it expose of religion, and what principle must we learn regarding rejection and the establishment of the heavenly kingdom?
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Message 33Question 1How do we see the raging warfare of the spiritual kingdoms behind the scenes in the King’s answer to the Pharisee’s climax of rejection?
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Message 33Question 2What revelation is unique to and seen only in Matthew 12?
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Message 34Question 1What was the sign given to the rejecting generation? What does it show regarding Matthew’s record of the gospel?
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Message 34Question 2What does the prophecy concerning Israel being likened to a demon-possessed man signify? What does the Lord’s answer to His mothers and brothers in 12:46-47 signify?
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Message 35Question 1Explain the difference between the reality of the kingdom, the outward appearance of the kingdom, and the manifestation of the kingdom of the heavens? What chapters in Matthew is each of these aspects of the kingdom revealed in?
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Message 35Question 2At the end of chapter 12, Israel is cut off and a number of Bible teachers have made a mistake in their understanding of the Israel being cut off. Identify the error and explain what actually took place using verses 49 and 50.
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Message 36Question 1What is the preliminary work of the kingdom?
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Message 36Question 2What are the four types of soil revealed in the first parable and what do they signify?
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Message 37Question 1When did the establishment of the kingdom take place? How is this different from the preliminary work of the kingdom?
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Message 37Question 2Explain the 6 sections of the chart in the recovery version showing the difference between the kingdom of the heavens and the kingdom of God. What is the difference between the kingdom of the heavens and the kingdom of God?
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Message 38Question 1The church should be like an herb to produce food, but it became a tree, a lodging place for birds, having its nature and function changed. Explain why this is abnormal? When did this happen?
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Message 38Question 2What are the three matters concerning the appearance of the kingdom of the heavens? Explain the significance of each one.
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Message 39Question 1What is the basic thought of Matthew 13? How is it the same as the basic thought found in 1 Cor. 3?
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Message 39Question 2Since the kingdom is the church and the church is the kingdom, what is the difference between them?
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Message 40Question 1How do the first four parables match the actual situation in Christianity today?
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Message 40Question 2Explain how in the Lord's recovery we must be like a pearl and a precious stone. Practically, how do we experience becoming the pearl and the treasure?
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Message 41Question 1Explain how the Lord’s recovery is in the fifth and sixth parables?
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Message 41Question 2Explain how the vision of the parables in Matthew 13 should cause us to take heed how we build and stay in the constricted way?
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Message 42Question 1The burden of these series of message is to provide us a clear map for us to know how to walk on the pathway to glory. Why must we be willing to face rejection?
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Message 42Question 2In this message, who were the two key parties that rejected the heavenly King and what was significant about each party? Describe what this caused the Lord Jesus to do in each case.
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Message 42Question 3What are some of the veils that prevent us from truly knowing and following Christ?
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Message 43Question 1We must learn to know grace, to exercise grace, and to give to others according to the principle of grace. What is the principle of grace, and how does it differ from the law? Why does grace expose us more than the law?
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Message 43Question 2What is the significance of Matthew 14:18 in regards to consecration and how is the matter of “breaking” involved? Many Christians know this story because of the miracle itself and even the surplus of “twelve baskets full,” but the heavenly King was trying to show His followers what their real need was. As His followers today, what is our true need as we are on this pathway to glory?
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Message 44Question 1In order to “step out of the boat and walk on the sea.,” what are four things we must take care of?
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Message 45Question 1What is tradition, and why does the Lord not care for this or any other outward practices? Why are we continually being brought back to the pure word of God?
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Message 45Question 2How can we avoid being the “people” that are described in Matthew 15:8-9? What in us is the heavenly ruling of the kingdom really dealing with?
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Message 46Question 1It is clear that we cannot merely change ourselves, correct ourselves, or improve ourselves. Why is eating Jesus so crucial, and a primary matter in our Christian life? What do we need to do to become uninhibited eaters?
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Message 47Question 1What are the two crucial words in the first 12 verses of Matthew 16? Why is religious leaven so damaging to our vision of Christ and the church, and what is a “danger” when feeding on Christ?
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Message 47Question 2One of the greatest prophecies and revelation is revealed in Matthew 16:13-20. What is revealed here concerning Christ and the church? What is the church built upon, and what is the church not built upon?
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Message 48Question 1Why did the Lord reveal to His disciples His crucifixion and resurrection following the revelation of Christ and the church?
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