3:1-4:25 Jesus is the Son of God and the Embodier of the Kingdom; he is the one who announces the presence of the Kingdom by his life and his words.
5:1-7:29 The Embodier instructs his disciples that embodying the Kingdom fulfills the TaNaKh.
5:1-16 The Embodier introduces Kingdom values and the "two ways."The first seven chapters of Matthew's Gospel contain the first narrative and the first discourse. Together these introduce the One who is the Son of David, the Son of Abraham, and the Son of God. He comes to declare and to be the presence of the Kingdom of God through his life and his words. He comes to declare and to be the fulfillment of the TaNaKh--especially of the Torah. The narrative section shows Jesus embodies the Kingdom. The discourse shows how the Kingdom is embodied.
5:17-7:12 The Embodier explicates the embodying of the Kingdom.
7:13-27 The Embodier warns of the necessary choosing between the "two ways."
7:28-29 The Embodier is recognized by the crowds as one with authority in himself.
The themes of Matthew's Gospel are introduced here: Jesus' identity as divine and human, his being God-With-Us, the shape and fact of discipleship, and the fulfillment of TaNaKh prophecy.
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