Here are my notes so far for the book of Matthew. This is not supposed to be an exhaustive resource for all topics covered, but a condensed summary. I will obviously have to leave things out. This is only a study recourse, and to get a brief overview of the many points in book.

Chapter 1

  • genealogy of Christ
  • Mary pregnant
    • Joseph put her away
    • angel appeared to Joseph
      • take Mary as wife
      • baby = Jesus, save people from their sins
    • took place to fulfill prophesies
      • He’ll be called Immanuel
    • Joseph married her
      • didn’t know her till gave birth

Chapter 2

  • wise men came to Herod
    • wise men – where is king of Jews
    • Herod disturbed
    • asked scribes where messiah born
    • prophesy says Bethlehem
      • Bethlehem, not least because leader will come
    • Herod – go find Messiah, so I can worship
  • wise men followed star, found child
    • worshiped Him
    • gave gold, frankincense, myrrh
    • went different route back, because of dream
  • angel in Joseph’s dream
    • Herod looking for Child, to destroy Him
    • went to Egypt in night, fulfilled prophesy
  • Herod found out tricked by wise men
    • killed all male children 2 years and younger in Bethlehem
      • fulfilled prophesy in Jeremiah
  • angel in Joseph’s dream
    • angel – Herod dead, OK to go back
    • Joseph afraid to go back, because Archelaus (Herod’s son)
    • warned in dream to go to Nazareth
      • fulfilled prophesy, will be a Nazarene

Chapter 3

  • John the Baptist in wilderness
    • repent kingdom of heaven near
    • John the Baptist = Isiah prophesy
    • Baptizing in Jordan river
    • John the Baptist – pharisees and Sadducees = brood of vipers
      • told to produce good fruit or be thrown into fire
    • John baptizes with water, One other Baptizes with Holy Spirit
      and fire 

      • He will gather wheat, and burn chaff
  • Jesus asks John to baptize Him
    • John humbly refuses
    • Jesus – allow it
    • Jesus baptized
      • Holy Spirit → dove
      • God – beloved Son, well pleased

Chapter 4

  • Jesus in wilderness to be tempted
    • Devil – turn stones to bread
      • Jesus – man doesn’t live by bread alone, but on word of
        God (old testament reference)
    • Devil – throw self off temple
      • Devil – angels support Jesus (old testament reference)
      • Jesus – do not test the Lord (old testament reference)
    • Devil – give all kingdoms if bow down
      • Jesus – worship and serve only God (old testament
        reference)
    • Devil left, angels served Him
  • Jesus heard John arrested
    • went to Capernaum (fulfilled OT prophesy)
    • said repent kingdom of heaven near
  • saw Peter & Andrew fishing
    • Jesus – follow Me, make fishers of men
    • followed Him
  • saw James & John in boat with father
    • called to them
    • they left, followed Him
  • healed & preached in Galilee
    • news spread
    • large crowd followed

Chapter 5

  • sermon on mount
    • Beatitudes
      • (a lot of them)
      • blessed persecuted, reward great
        • persecuted prophets before you
    • believers salt
      • if lose taste, useless
    • believers light
      • shines for all, don’t hide
      • people see good work, give glory to Father
    • didn’t come to destroy law
      • came to fulfill
      • whoever breaks law, teaches others
        • least in kingdom of heaven
      • whoever follows law, teaches others
        • great in kingdom of heaven
    • heard do not Murder
      • but Jesus says – if angry, subject to judgment
      • if say moron, subject to Hellfire
      • if offering sacrificial gift, remember unfinished business
        • leave, reconcile with brother
    • heard no Adultery
      • but Jesus says – lust = adultery in heart
      • better to pluck eye, than to let it sin
        • better to cut off hand, than to let it sin
        • better to lose member, than lose whole body
    • heard divorce laws
      • but Jesus says – if divorce except for sexual immorality,
        cause adultery
      • marry divorced woman, cause adultery
    • heard oaths law
      • but Jesus says – don’t swear by God’s throne
        • don’t control God’s throne
      • don’t swear by head
        • don’t control head
      • yes be yes, no be no
    • heard eye for eye
      • but Jesus says – don’t resist evildoer
      • turn other cheek
      • if ask for shirt, give coat
      • go second mile
    • heard love neighbors, hate enemies
      • but Jesus says – love enemies, pray for them
      • don’t just pay back good for good
        • even sinners do that

Chapter 6

  • don’t practice righteousness in front of others
    • if a showy giver, already got reward
      • give in secret, Father will reward
    • don’t pray for others to see
      • pray on secret, father will reward
      • don’t babble in prayer
      • Lord’s prayer
        • God Holy
        • kingdom come
        • forgive us
        • deliver us from temptation
      • forgive others, so God forgive you
    • don’t show you are fasting
      • fast without others knowing
  • don’t collect temporary possessions
    • collect permanent treasures in heaven
      • where treasure is, heart is also
    • eye is lamp of body
      • eye good, body good
      • eye bad, body bad
    • can’t be slave to 2 masters
      • can’t be slave of God and money
    • don’t worry
      • birds don’t sow or reap
        • God still feeds them
      • can’t grow taller by worrying
      • flowers don’t work, still beautiful
        • God cares more about you than flowers and birds
      • seek first kingdom of God, else will be provided

Chapter 7

  • Don’t Judge
    • See spec in brothers eye, don’t see log in own
    • take log out of own eye, then get spec
    • don’t toss pearls before swine
  • Ask and it will be given
    • if son asks for bread, won’t give stone
    • Father will give good gifts to those who ask
    • do to others, what you want them to do to you
  • Enter narrow gate
    • wide gate is destruction
    • narrow gate leads to life, few find it
  • beware false prophets
    • recognize them by fruit
      • if tree doesn’t produce good fruit, cast into fire
    • not everyone who says Lord, Lord
      • God say never knew you
  • whoever hear, and acts, like builder who builds on rock
    • rain and wind won’t collapse house
    • hear and don’t listen
      • like builder on sand
      • collapsed from wind
  • Jesus finished, crowds astonished

 

Chapter 8

 

  • Leper asked to be healed
    • Jesus healed, told Leper to tell no one
    • give gift to priest as testimony
  • centurion asked Jesus to heal servant
    • Centenarian said not worthy of Jesus to come to house
    • Jesus just needs to say “be healed”
    • Jesus amazed with faith, said servant healed
  • healed Peter’s mother in law
  • drove out demons, healed sick
    • according to Isiah prophesy
  • Jesus told crowd to go to others side sea
    • scribe said he would follow
      • Son of Man has no place to rest head
    • man said would bury dead father, then follow
      • let dead bury dead
  • Jesus sleeping on boat during storm
    • disciples thought going to die
    • Jesus said “little faith”
    • Jesus calmed storms
  • violent demon possessed man came out of tombs
    • demons asked Jesus to send into pigs
    • Jesus said “go” pigs jumped off cliff
    • town asked Jesus to leave

Chapter 9

  • Jesus went to home town
    • men brought man on stretcher
      • Jesus – sins are forgiven
      • scribes – He’s blaspheming
      • Jesus – easier to say sins are forgiven or walk, Son of Man has authority
      • Jesus – walk
      • paralytic walked
  • Jesus saw Matthew, said “follow me”
    • Matthew followed
  • Jesus at house of tax collectors and sinners
    • Pharisees – why eat with sinners?
    • Jesus – those who are healthy, don’t need doctor, sick do
  • John’s disciples – why your disciples don’t fast
    • wedding guests not sad while groom is still with them
    • no one puts new wine in old wine skins
  • Leader – daughter near death, please heal
    • woman touched robe to be healed
      • Jesus – faith made you well
    • at leader home, people morning
      • Jesus – girl sleeping
      • people laugh
      • Jesus took by hand, girl got up
  • blind men followed Jesus
    • approached Jesus in house
    • Jesus – you believe?
    • blind men – yes
    • Jesus heals them
    • Jesus – tell no one
    • blind men spread news to whole area
  • Jesus drives out mute, demon possessed man
    • Pharisees – drives out demons, because ruler of demons
  • Jesus taught, healed
    • felt compassion on crowds
    • sheep without shepherd
    • harvest abundant, workers few, pray to workers

 

Chapter 10

 

  • Jesus gave authority to disciples
    • Go to lost sheep of Israel
    • don’t take money
    • if house worthy, let peace be on it
    • shake dust off feet from unwelcoming town
    • sending out sheep among wolves
      • be persecuted because of Jesus
      • Let Holy Spirit speak
      • will be hated because of Jesus
      • persecuted Jesus, so will persecute you
      • Don’t be afraid
        • proclaim secret
        • fear One who is able destroy soul, not one who kill body
        • If acknowledge Christ before man, Christ will acknowledge you
      • not come to bring peace, but a sword
        • unless Love Jesus before all others, not worthy
        • find life, lose it, lose life find it
    • whoever welcomes you, welcomes me, welcomes one who sent me
      • whoever gives cup water to little ones, is disciple

Chapter 11

  • John Baptist sent message to Jesus
    • Jesus = one who is to come?
    • tell John about Jesus miracles
    • Jesus – went to wilderness to see a prophet
      • send messenger before (old testament reference)
    • no one born of men greater than John the Baptist
      • least in kingdom of heaven, greater than he
    • John the Baptist = Elijah
    • generation like children don;t respond to music
      • John the Baptist didn’t eat or drink
        • said he was a demon
      • Jesus ate and drank
        • said was glutton and drunken
    • denounced towns where most miracles happened
      • woe to Chorazin & Bethsaida
        • if miracles were done in Tyre & Sidon, they would have repented
        • more tolerable in judgement for Tyre & Sidon
      • Capernaum to Hades
        • if miracles done in Sodom, it would remain
        • more tolerable for Sodom on judgment day
    • Father hidden from learned, given to infants

Chapter 12

  • Disciples picked and ate grain on sabbath
    • Pharisees said unlawful
    • Jesus tells how David and his men ate sacred bread
    • priest violates sabbath but are innocent
    • If understood “I desire mercy, not sacrifice” would not blame
    • Son of Man, Lord of Sabbath
  • Went in synagogue
    • man withered hand
    • Pharisees – is it lawful to heal on sabbath?
    • Jesus – If sheep fall in pit on sabbath, you will lift it out
      • man worth more than sheep
    • Jesus healed hand
    • Pharisees conspired to destroy Jesus
  • Jesus withdrew, with crowd following
    • healed many, told not to tell (old testament prophesy)
    • Isaiah Prophesy
      • beloved servant
      • proclaim justice to gentiles
      • no one hear voice in streets
      • bring justice in victory
      • gentiles hope
  • blind, mute demon possessed man brought to Jesus
    • Jesus healed him
    • pharisees – Jesus did it in Beelzebub name
    • Jesus Kingdom divided among self, will not stand
      • how person enter strong man’s house, plunder without binding man
      • whoever is not with me is against me
      • whoever does not gather with me, scatters
      • Every sin, blasphemy be forgiven
        • blaspheme against Holy Spirit, not forgiven
      • Make tree good, fruit good or make tree bad, fruit bad
        • brood of vipers, how speak good, when bad
        • out of good treasure, bring forth good
        • bad treasure, bring forth bad
        • with words justified, words condemned
  • asked for a sign
    • no sign, only sign of Jonah
    • Son of Man 3 days heart of earth
    • Nineveh will judge, since they repented
      • someone greater than Jonah here
    • Queen from south will judge
      • repented because of solomon
      • Man greater than Solomon here
  • Evil Spirit leaves person
    • looks for rest, finds none
    • comes back to find house in order
    • brings 7 new spirits
    • person worse than before
    • same with this evil generation
  • mother, brothers asked to speak to Him
    • Jesus – whoever does will of father is mothers, brothers, sisters

Chapter 13

  • Jesus sat on boat, crowd on shore
    • sower sowed seeds
      • some on path
        • birds devoured
      • other fell on rocky ground
        • sprang up, but scorched, since had no roots
      • others fell on thorns
        • thorns chocked them
      • some fell on good ground
        • provided grain
        • some 100 fold, some 60 fold, some 30 fold
    • disciples, why speak in parables
      • Jesus – you have been given secrets of kingdom of heaven
      • they have not been given secrets
      • who has more, will be given more
      • who has less, what has will be taken away
      • see but do not see
      • hear but do not hear
      • Isaiah prophesy
        • see but do not perceive
        • if see, and understand with heart
          • I will heal them
        • Disciples see, hear
          • prophets longed to see & hear what you see & hear
    • Jesus explains sower parable
      • some hear, but do not understand
        • evil one snatches away
        • ones on path
      • sown on rocky ground
        • hears, receives with joy
        • no root, when tribulation, fall away
      • sown among thorns
        • received word
        • but cares of world choked
        • no fruit
      • sown good ground
        • hears word understands it
        • produces fruit
    • kingdom of heaven like man who sowed good seed in field
      • enemy sowed weeds in
      • workers want to gather up weeds
      • master – no, might uproot wheat
      • when reaped
        • burn weeds
        • good in barn
    • kingdom of heaven like mustard seed
      • small seed
      • when grown, large plant
        • birds nest in branches
    • kingdom of heaven like leaven that women hid in flour
      • all was leavened
    • Jesus spoke only in parables
      • (old testament prophesy)
      • speak in parables
      • say things hidden since creation
  • left crowds
    • disciples asked to explain weeds
      • sower = Son of Man
      • field = world
      • good seed = sons of kingdom
      • weeds = sons of evil one
      • enemy = devil
      • harvest = close of age
      • reapers = angels
      • Son of Man will send angels to gather
        • all lawbreakers, all who cause sin
          • thrown in fiery furnace
        • righteous will shine like sun
    • kingdom of heaven like man who finds treasure in field
      • sells all, buys field
    • kingdom of heaven like merchant who finds great pearl
      • sold all, bought it
    • kingdom of heaven like net that catches all kinds of fish
      • men sorted fish, thrown away bad
      • angels do the same at end of age
    • Jesus – understand all this?
      • They – Yes
      • every scribe in kingdom of heaven like master of house
        • bring out new and old
    • Jesus went to home town
      • taught in synagogue
      • people astonished
        • is not Jesus carpenters son
        • they took offense
      • Jesus – prophet always has honor, but in home town
      • did not do many works there because of unbelief