GOSPEL OF MATTHEW
DAY 6 STUDY QUESTIONS
I. What is Matthew trying to say through his genaelogy?
II. Why did Joseph need to divorce Mary if they were not married? What does this tell us about when divorce was needed and commitment to the first century Jew?
III. Why does Matthew emphasize that the angel called Joseph, “Joseph son of David”?
IV. Did the Magi come to Bethlehem to visit Jesus like it is commonly pictured?
V. Where did the magi come from?
VI. What is the significance of dreams in Matthew?
VII. Why did Joseph take the family to Egypt? How does this tie in with the Jewish nature of Matthew’s Gospel?
VIII. What does Harod do in respond and how does this parallel the story of Israel?
IX. Why did Joseph and Mary end up in Nazareth?
X. What is the significance of Joh the Baptist’s wardrobe?
XI. What is the significance of John the Baptist’s diet?
XII. Why was John the Baptist so angry at the Pharisees and Sadducees?
XIII. What did he mean when he said, “Do not think to yourselves, we have Abraham for our father?”
XIV. What is the baptism of the Holy Spirit?
XV. Why did Jesus want to be baptized?
XVI. What is the significance of the Spirit coming down like a dove?
XVII. What parallels have you already noticed between the history of Israel and the life of Jesus in Matthew?