Matthew and Gentiles

logo.1Matthew has a twin theme of fulfill and extend.  The fulfillment accounts for the Jewish character of this gospel, but it is not sufficient to call this a gospel to or for the Jewish people.  There is a strong theme of extension of the message to the gentiles. The great commission (Gen 28:18-20) is not slapped on the end, but is part of a theme.

Below is a page by page listing of references to Gentiles.   One can also notice when reading the idea of rejection (by the religious leaders of the time) and extension (to gentiles, tax collectors, sinners and others.)

  • 1:1           Son of Abraham (Gen 12, “all the nations will be blessed…”)
  • 1:5           Rahab, Ruth
  • 1:6          Wife of Uriah (the Hittite)
  • 1:11-17   Deportation to Babylon
  • 2:1          Herod – a Jew of Idumean descient appointed by the Romans
  • 2:1-12    Magi from the East
  • 2:13        Flight to Egypt
  • 2:15        Out of Egypt (Hos 11:1)
  • 3:9          John: “from these stones God can raise sons of Abraham”
  • 4:8-0      3rd Temptation – “Nations fo the world”
  • 4:15            “Galilee of the Gentiles  (2:22)
  • 4:24        Fame spread to Syria
  • 4:25        Decapolis (mixed area)
  • 5:14            Light of the World
  • 6:7                Praying like the Gentiles
  • 6:32              Gentiles seek these things
  • 8:5-12       Faith of a Centurion
  • 8:28-33     Gerasenes; herd of pigs
  • 9:9-13         Matthew as Tax collector (agent of Rome); Tax collectors and Sinners
  • 10:4            “go nowhere among the gentiles.” (Israel first)
  • 10:8              you will testify before governors and Kings. (Gentile mission)
  • 11                   Judgment on Israel (replacement theme)
  • 11:21-23     Tyre and Sidon
  • 12:17           “Justice to the Gentiles” – [Isaiah 42:1-3]
  • 12:37           Jonah (missionary to Assyria)
  • 12:42           Queen of the South
  • 13:32            Birds in the branches?
  • 15:21           Withdrew to Tyre and Sidon
  • 15:22-28     Canaanite woman – crumbs
  • 16:13           Caesarea-Phillipi (Roman/Greek name)
  • 17:33f         Taxes; kings of the Earth
  • 18:17            Be to you as a gentile and a tax collector
  • 20:19            Christ delivered to the Gentiles
  • 20:25           Rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them; be servants
  • 21:13             Temple as “House of Prayer” (no mention of ‘for the nations’?)
  • 21:43            Kingdom taken away and given to others (replacement)
  • 22:15-21      Herodians; Taxes to Caesar
  • 24:9              Hatred by the nations
  • 24:14            This gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole                                                 worl  …                           testimony to the nations
  • 24:15             Abomination of Desolation
  • 24:38             Noah (pre-Abraham)
  • 25:32            Gathered from all nations; sorted by acts (faith)
  • 26:13            “Wherever this gospel is proclaimed in the whole world…”
  • 27:2ff           Pilate (Roman)
  • 27:65              Guards/Tomb
  • 28:7, 10          Galilee (see 4:15)
  • 28:19-20        “…make disciples of all nations…”
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