This Bible book of Matthew was written by Matthew, in Palestine, and was completed in the year c. 41 C.E. But the Time covered was 2 B.C.E. -33. CE. From the time of Rebellion in the Eden, Jehovah has held before mankind the comforting promise that he will provide deliverance for all lovers of righteousness through the Seed of his “woman.” This Seed, or Messiah, he purposed to bring from the nation of Israel.
As the centuries passed, he caused to be recorded scores of prophecies through the inspired Hebrew writer,showing that the Seed would be Ruler in the kingdom of God and that he would act for the sanctification of Jehovah’s name, clearing it forever of the approach that has been heaped upon it.
Many details were provided through these prophetic concerning this one who would be Jehovah’s vindicator and who would bring about deliverance from fear, oppression sin, and death. With the completion of Hebrew Scriptures, the hope in the Messiah was firmly established among the Jews. In the meantime the world scene had been changing.God had maneuvered the nations in preparation for Messiah’s appearance, and the circumstances were ideal for spreading the news of that event far and wide.
The Fifth world power, Greece, had provided a common language, a universal. Rome, the sixth world power, had welded it’s subject nations into one world empire and had provided roads to make all parts of the empire accessible. Has the Jews scattered many learned the Jews expectation of the coming of the Messiah.
The spirit of God inspired four faithful men to pen down independent account, thus providing witness that Jesus was the Messiah, the promised Seed and King, and giving the details of his life, his ministry, his death, and his resurrection. These accounts are called Gospels, the world “gospel” meaning good news.’ The first three Gospels are called “synoptic” meaning ” like view,” since they take similar approach in recounting Jesus account on earth.The Four Gospel are Matthew, Mark,Luke and John.
The first of Jesus disciple who pen down the good news about Jesus Christ called Matthew. His name Matthew was shortened form of the Hebrew “Mattithiah,” meaning the “Gift of Jehovah.” He was one of the 12 apostles chosen by Jesus, but before he becomes Jesus disciple he was a tax collector, an occupation of the Jews. He was an eyewitness of Jesus life events on his ministry.