NIV Application Commentary: Matthew (Michael J. Wilkins)
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Matthew, the most Jewish of the four gospels, has as its overarching theme the kingdom of God and Jesus as its king. Michael. J. Wilkins illuminates lessons from three distinct groups of people surrounding Jesus. First are his disciples, those to whom Jesus expresses his most important teachings with the expectation that someday they will pass them on. Next are his enemies, a "lost cause" for they consistently misread his teachings and twist them so that they can eventually destroy him. The large, uncommitted group in the middle, however, will eventually have to make a decision, for when all is said and done, no one can remain neutral to Jesus. Through this commentary, readers are challenged to become committed disciples of Jesus, God's son and his sent Messiah.
About the Series
This unique series shows readers how to bring an ancient message into modern context. It explains not only what the Bible meant but also how it can speak powerfully today. Therefore, the NIV Application Commentary Series helps with both halves of the interpretative task: exegesis and theological application.
Additionally, the unique reader friendly format and the direct pinning of the entire series to the NIV, make it exceptionally easy for non-specialist readers to follow and learn from.
Commentary authors will, at times, work with the original languages but complete explanations are always given in non-specialist language; and they serve the exclusive function of further explicating the text at hand. The same approach is taken with all complex issues and interpretive matters. The focus is on learning and applying and every tool used by the commentators serves this end.
• Series: NIV Application Commentary Series
• General Editor: Terry Muck
• NT Consulting Editors: Eugene Peterson, Scot McKnight, Marianne Meye Thompson, Klyne Snodgrass
• Author: Michael J. Wilkins
• Publisher: Zondervan (2004)