(Message by Tanny Keng)

0. Key Places in Matthew

a) Jesus' earthly story begins in the town of Bethlehem in the Roman province of Judea (Matthew 2:1). A threat to kill the infant king led Joseph to take his family to Egypt (Matthew 2:14). When they returned, God led them to settle in Nazareth in Galilee (Matthew 2:22,23).

b) At about age 30, Jesus was baptized in the Jordan River and was tempted by Satan in the Judean desert (Matthew 3:13;4:1).

c) Jesus set up his base of operation in Capernaum (Matthew 4:12,13) and from there ministered throughout Israel, telling parables, teaching about the kingdom, and healing the sick.

d) He traveled to the region of the Gadarenes and healed two demon-possessed men (Matthew 8:28ff); fed over 5000 people with five loaves and two fish on the shores of Galilee near Bethsaida (Matthew 14:15ff); healed the sick in Gennesaret (Matthew 14:34ff); ministered to the Gentiles in Tyre and Sidon (Matthew 15:21ff); visited Caesarea Philippi, where Peter declared him as the Messiah (Matthew 16:13ff); and taught in Perea, across the Jordan (Matthew 19:1).

e) As he set out on his last visit to Jerusalem, he told the disciples what would happen to him there (Matthew 20:17ff).

f) He spent some time in Jericho (Matthew 20:29) and then stayed in Bethany at night as he went back and forth into Jerusalem during his last week (Matthew 21:17ff). In Jerusalem he would be crucified, but he would rise again.

The End ...  


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