I have come to like Craig Blomberg’s work in Matthew, I have his commentary in which he does a very good job of laying out the shape of Matthew. (The New American Commentary, Vol. 22, Matthew; Craig L Blomberg, B&H, Nashville, 1992).
I have posted on this several times, check the “Matthew’s Gospel” link in the topic cloud to the right.
Matthew 5-7 gives Jesus’ authoritative teaching on what it means to be a disciple. This is the Sermon on the Mount. There follows two chapters that have 10 miracles in 9 miracle stories, but there are a couple of themes weaving in and out: Miracles, Following Jesus, Opposition.
Blomberg divides the text into 3 sets of 3 miracle stories (underlined). The narrative pieces then seem to fit into this pattern.
- Jesus Heals the Outcasts
- Touching the Leper (uncleanliness) 8:1-4
- Rewarding the Centurion (ethnicity) 8:5-13
- Healing Peter’s Mother in law (gender) 8:14-15
- Conclusion – 8:16-17
- Jesus Demonstrates Authority in Discipleship
- Inadequate responses – 8:18-22
- Invading Satan’s Realm – 8:23-9:8
- Discipleship – 8:9-17
- John’s Disciples
- Jesus’ Ministry and Rising Opposition
- Double Miracle – 9:18-26 – good publicity
- Blind – 9:27-31 – rising opposition
- Mute – 9:31-34 – division
- Ministry Summary – 9:35-39
- see 4:23ff
- Links to next section on calling the 12