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Questions about Matthew


Gospel of Matthew - Bible Survey

Who wrote the book of Matthew? Who was the author of Matthew?

What were the key events in the life of Jesus Christ?

Why did God give us four Gospels?

What is the harmony of the Gospels?

When were the Gospels written?

Is there an error in the counting of the generations in Matthew chapter 1?

Why are Jesus’ genealogies in Matthew and Luke so different?

How old was Mary when Jesus was born?

What does it mean that Joseph was a just man (Matthew 1:19)?

What does Jesus’ name have to do with the fact that He will save His people from their sins (Matthew 1:21)?

What does it mean that the magi saw His star in the east (Matthew 2:2)?

What did Joseph and Mary do with the gifts the magi brought to Jesus?

What is the Massacre of the Innocents?

When were Joseph and Mary considered married?

Did Mary have other children? How many children did Mary have?

How does Jesus fulfill the prophecy that says, “Out of Egypt I called my son” (Matthew 2:15)?

How does Jesus fulfill the prophecy that begins “a voice was heard in Ramah” (Matthew 2:18)?

What prophecy is Matthew 2:23 referring to regarding Jesus being a Nazarene?

Why is the order of Jesus’ calling His disciples different in some of the gospels?

What does it mean to be “fishers of men”?

Who were the twelve (12) disciples / apostles of Jesus Christ?

Why did Jesus choose Peter, James, and John to be His inner circle?

Who was John the Baptist in the Bible?

Why did John the Baptist proclaim, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2)?

How did John the Baptist fulfill Isaiah’s prophecy “to prepare the way of the Lord; make His paths straight” (Matthew 3:3)?

What does it mean to produce fruit in keeping with repentance (Matthew 3:8)?

Why did John the Baptist refer to the Pharisees as a brood of vipers?

What was the meaning and importance of the baptism of John the Baptist?

What does it mean to be baptized with the Holy Spirit and fire (Matthew 3:11)?

What is the baptism of/by/with fire?

What did Jesus mean when He said it was time to fulfill all righteousness (Matthew 3:15)?

What does “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” mean in Matthew 3:17?

Why did Jesus need to be led into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted (Matthew 4:1)?

What was the meaning and purpose of Jesus’ temptations?

How many times did Jesus cleanse the temple? Why did He cleanse the temple?

What does it mean that the house of prayer had been turned into a den of thieves?

What is the Sermon on the Mount?

What are the beatitudes?

What does “blessed are the meek” mean?

What does “blessed are the peacemakers” mean?

What does “blessed are the merciful” mean?

What does “blessed are those who mourn” mean?

What does it mean that blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness?

What does it mean that blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake?

What does it mean to be pure in heart?

What does it mean to be poor in spirit?

What is the significance of Jesus repeating “but I say to you” in Matthew 5?

What did Jesus mean when He instructed us to turn the other cheek?

What did Jesus mean when He instructed us to love our enemies?

Why is our reward in heaven great if we are persecuted and reviled (Matthew 5:12)?

What does it mean that a city on a hill cannot be hidden (Matthew 5:14)?

What does it mean that believers are to be salt and light (Matthew 5:13-16)?

What does it look like to “let your light shine before others” (Matthew 5:16)?

Why did Jesus say the disciples’ righteousness needed to exceed that of the scribes and Pharisees (Matthew 5:20)?

What did Jesus mean when He described His followers as the salt of the earth?

What does it mean to let your yes be yes and your no be no?

What does it mean that the wise man built his house upon a rock?

What does it mean to be least in the kingdom of heaven?

What is a jot? What is a tittle?

Did Jesus contradict the Law in Matthew 5:21-22?

What is the meaning of “you fool” in Matthew 5:22?

Why did Jesus warn against saying the word raca in Matthew 5:22?

Why did Jesus say to “agree with your adversary quickly” (Matthew 5:25)?

What does it mean that the rain falls on the just and the unjust?

How can we store up treasures in heaven?

Did Jesus mean we should literally pluck out our eyes and cut off our hands in Matthew 5:29-30 and 18:8-9?

What is a certificate of divorce (Matthew 5:31)?

What is the exception clause (Matthew 5:32; 19:9)?

What does it mean that heaven is God’s throne (Matthew 5:34)?

Why does Jesus say, “Do not resist an evil person” in Matthew 5:39?

What does it mean to pray for those who spitefully use you (Matthew 5:44)?

What does it mean to be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect (Matthew 5:48)?

What does it mean that we should not let our left hand know what our right hand is doing (Matthew 6:3–4)?

Why should we ask God to forgive us our debts (Matthew 6:12)?

Who is the evil one in Matthew 6:13?

Should “for thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever” be included in the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:13)?

What does it mean that God will reward you openly when you fast in secret (Matthew 6:18)?

What did Jesus mean when He said the eye is the lamp of the body (Matthew 6:22)?

If I do not forgive others, does that mean my sins are not forgiven? What does Matthew 6:14-15 mean?

What does it mean that “where your treasure is there will your heart be also”?

What are earthly treasures (Matthew 6:19)?

What does it mean that you cannot serve two masters in Matthew 6:24?

What is mammon?

Why should we consider the lilies of the field (Matthew 6:28)?

If Matthew 6:31 is true, why do millions of people have nothing to eat, drink, or wear?

“Do not worry about tomorrow”—is that even possible (Matthew 6:34)?

What does it mean that tomorrow will worry about itself (Matthew 6:34)?

What does it mean that sufficient for the day is its own trouble (Matthew 6:34)?

What does it mean to judge not lest you be judged (Matthew 7:1)?

Just how narrow is the narrow gate?

What does it mean to “take the plank out of your own eye” (Matthew 7:4)?

Why are we instructed, “Do not give dogs what is sacred” in Matthew 7:6?

What did Jesus mean when He said to “not cast your pearls before swine” (Matthew 7:6)?

What does it mean that God gives good gifts (Matthew 7:11)?

Why is the gate that leads to destruction wide (Matthew 7:13)?

What does it mean that false prophets are wolves in sheep’s clothing (Matthew 7:15)?

What does it mean that you will know them by their fruit in Matthew 7:16?

What did Jesus mean when He told us to ask, seek, and knock?

What did Jesus mean when He said "Ask and you shall receive"?

Why will not everyone who says, “Lord, Lord,” be saved (Matthew 7:21)?

Does Matthew 7:21-23 mean that believers can lose salvation?

What did Jesus mean when He said, “I never knew you. Depart from me”?

What does the Bible mean when it refers to the gnashing of teeth?

Why will there be weeping and gnashing of teeth in hell (Matthew 8:12)?

How did Jesus fulfill the prophecy “He Himself took our infirmities” (Matthew 8:17)?

What is the meaning of “I desire mercy and not sacrifice” (Hosea 6:6; Matthew 9:13)?

Why did Jesus say, “I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance” (Matthew 9:13)?

Why does no one put new wine in old wineskins (Matthew 9:17)?

What does “according to your faith” mean in Matthew 9:29?

What is the significance of sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36)?

What does it mean that the harvest is plentiful (Matthew 9:37)?

What does it mean that the workers are few (Matthew 9:37)?

What does it mean that God is the Lord of the harvest (Matthew 9:38)?

What does it mean to shake the dust off your feet?

What does it mean to be wise as serpents and harmless as doves (Matthew 10:16)?

What does it mean to be sheep in the midst of wolves (Matthew 10:16)?

What did Jesus mean when He told people, “Your faith has made you well”?

Why are we told, “Do not fear those who can kill the body” in Matthew 10:28?

Why does Jesus say we are worth more than many sparrows (Matthew 10:31)?

What did Jesus mean by coming to bring a sword in Matthew 10:34-36?

Why did Jesus say, “I did not come to bring peace” (Matthew 10:34)?

What does “lose your life for my sake” mean (Matthew 10:39)?

What did Jesus mean when He said it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get into heaven?

Did John the Baptist lose his faith in Jesus as the Messiah (Matthew 11:3; Luke 7:19)?

In what way was John the Baptist the greatest (Matthew 11:11)?

What does it mean that the kingdom of God suffers violence?

What is a prophet’s reward?

What does it mean that wisdom is justified by her children (Matthew 11:19)?

Why did Jesus reference Chorazin and Bethsaida in Matthew 11:21?

What does it mean that no one knows the Son except the Father (Matthew 11:27)?

What is the significance of Jesus saying, “I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28)?

What does it mean when Jesus says “my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:30)?

What does it mean that Jesus is the Lord of the Sabbath?

What can we learn from Jesus’ feeding of the 5,000?

What is the significance of Jesus calming the storm?

What does it mean that “a bruised reed He will not break” in Matthew 12:20?

What does it mean that “the smoking flax He will not quench” in Matthew 12:20?

What did Jesus mean when He said, “He who is not with Me is against Me” (Matthew 12:30)?

What are idle words (Matthew 12:36)?

What did Jesus mean that “by your words you will be justified” (Matthew 12:37)?

What did Jesus mean that “by your words you will be condemned” (Matthew 12:37)?

Why does Jesus say that “an evil and adulterous generation seeks for a sign” (Matthew 12:39)?

What is the heart of the earth (Matthew 12:40)?

Why does Jesus ask, “Who are my mother and brothers?” in Matthew 12:48?

What does it mean that a prophet is not without honor except in his own country (Matthew 13:57)?

Why did the disciples say, “Truly you are the Son of God” after He calmed the storm (Matthew 14:33)?

What was the meaning of Jesus walking on water?

What is the sign of Jonah?

What does it mean that Jesus had nowhere to lay his head?

Did Jesus come only for the Jews and not the Gentiles?

What does it mean that a house divided cannot stand?

Who was the Queen of the South?

How many siblings did Jesus have?

What can we learn from the account of Peter walking on water?

Why was John the Baptist beheaded?

Why is it that what comes out of the mouth is what defiles (Matthew 15:11)?

What is the significance of Jesus saying, “The blind leading the blind” (Matthew 15:14)?

Why did Jesus say that He was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 15:24)?

What does it mean that even the dogs eat the crumbs (Matthew 15:27)?

Why did Jesus call the Canaanite woman a dog?

What is the leaven of the Pharisees?

Why did Jesus teach in parables?

Why did Jesus ask the disciples, “Who do you say that I am?”

What did Jesus mean when He said, “He who has ears to hear”?

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Dragnet?

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Leaven?

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Unforgiving / Unmerciful Servant?

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Rich Fool?

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Mustard Seed?

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Talents?

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Sheep and Goats?

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Ten Virgins?

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Vineyard?

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Wedding Feast?

Who is greatest in the kingdom?

Why would God leave the 99 to find 1?

Was it bad that Peter wanted to make three tabernacles for Jesus, Moses, and Elijah (Matthew 17:4)?

Who are the “little ones” in Matthew 18:6?

How should Christians handle disputes (Matthew 18:15-17)?

What is the meaning of “where two or three are gathered” in Matthew 18:20?

Why did the disciples conclude that it is better not to marry in Matthew 19:10?

What does “with men this is impossible” mean (Matthew 19:26)?

What is the meaning of the wedding garments in Matthew 22:11?

What is the outer darkness in Matthew 22:13?

What is the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares?

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Two Sons?

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Laborers in the Vineyard?

What is the meaning of the parables of the hidden treasure and the pearl of great price?

What are the keys of the kingdom?

Was Jesus’ statement that “some who are standing here will not taste death” in Luke 9:27 (also Matthew 16:28; Mark 9:1) incorrect?

What did Jesus mean when He said that we should forgive others seventy times seven?

Why are there two demon-possessed men in the Gerasene tombs in Matthew, but only one in Mark and Luke?

Why did Jesus allow the demons to enter the herd of pigs?

Why did Jesus tell the rich young ruler he could be saved by obeying the commandments?

What does it mean to have mustard seed faith?

Why did Jesus say, “Let the little children come to me”?

Did Jesus heal two blind men (Matthew 20:29-34) or one blind man (Mark 10:46-52; Luke 18:35-43)?

What does it mean that “out of the mouth of babes You have perfected praise” (Matthew 21:16)?

Why is Jesus called the stumbling stone in Matthew 21:43-44?

What did Jesus mean when He said the first will be last and the last will be first?

What does “Many are called but few are chosen” in Matthew 22:14 mean?

Why will people neither marry nor be given in marriage in the resurrection (Matthew 22:30)?

What does it mean to be like the angels of God in heaven (Matthew 22:30)?

What does it mean that God is not the God of the dead (Matthew 22:32)?

Why did Jesus say to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan”?

What is Moses’ seat?

What are the gates of hell?

What does it mean to strain at a gnat but swallow a camel?

Did Jesus mean that we should never refer to our earthly father as “father” (Matthew 23:9)?

What does it mean that those who humble themselves will be exalted (Matthew 23:12)?

What are the seven woes of Matthew 23?

Why did Jesus rebuke the scribes and Pharisees so harshly in Matthew 23:13–36?

What does it mean that the Pharisees devour widows’ houses (Matthew 23:14)?

Why did Jesus refer to the Pharisees as a “child of hell” in Matthew 23:15?

Why did Jesus say to cleanse the inside of the cup (Matthew 23:26)?

Why did Jesus call the Pharisees whitewashed tombs in Matthew 23:27?

Why did Jesus say He wanted to gather Jerusalem’s children as a hen gathers her chicks (Matthew 23:37)?

What does it mean that “your house is left to you desolate” (Matthew 23:38)?

What happened on the Mount of Olives?

What is the Olivet Discourse?

What did Jesus mean when He said, "this generation will not pass"?

Is it possible to know when Jesus is coming back?

What events are the beginning of sorrows (Matthew 24:8)?

What does it mean that lawlessness will be increased in the end times (Matthew 24:12)?

What does it mean that he who endures to the end will be saved (Matthew 24:13)?

What is the significance of the command to flee to the mountains (Matthew 24:16; Mark 13:3; Luke 21:21)?

What does it mean that heaven and earth will pass away?

Can the elect be deceived (Matthew 24:24)?

What is the sign of the Son of Man in Matthew 24:30?

What does it mean that the coming of the Son of Man will be as it was in the days of Noah (Matthew 24:37)?

What does it mean that one will be taken and the other left (Matthew 24:40)?

Can faith really move mountains?

What is the greatest commandment?

What does it mean to gain the whole world but lose your soul?

What does it mean to love your neighbor as you love yourself?

What is the temple tax?

What was the meaning and importance of the transfiguration?

What did Jesus mean when He said, “Render to Caesar what is Caesar’s”?

What trials did Jesus face before His crucifixion?

If Jesus was God, why did He not know when He would return?

If Jesus was God, why did He call God "My God?"

What is an alabaster box?

What is the significance of the triumphal entry?

Who are the "least of these" in the Bible?

What happened in the upper room?

What is the significance of Jesus being anointed (Matthew 26:6–13)?

What did Jesus mean when He said, “This is my body, broken for you”?

Why did the disciples ask Jesus, “Is it I, Lord?” in Matthew 26:22?

What does it mean to watch and pray?

Why does Matthew 27:9 attribute the prophecy to Jeremiah when it is from Zechariah?

What does it mean that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak?

What does it mean to live by the sword and die by the sword?

Are the Jews cursed because they killed Christ and asked for “His blood to be on us,” according to Matthew 27:25?

What happened during Jesus’ last hours on earth?

What was the reason behind Peter’s denial of Jesus?

What is the significance of the rooster crowing in regards to Peter denying Jesus three times?

Who helped Jesus carry the cross?

What are the last seven sayings of Christ and what do they mean?

Why did Jesus say, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”

What is the meaning of those who were raised to life at Jesus’ death (Matthew 27:52-53)?

What is the significance of the centurion saying, “Truly this was the Son of God” (Matthew 27:54)?

Should we be baptized in Jesus’ name (Acts 2:38), or in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19)?

Can the various resurrection accounts from the four Gospels be harmonized?

What is the Great Commission?

What is the significance of Jesus saying, “I am with you always even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20)?



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