In Mt 12:38-42, Jesus is being rejected by people of his generation. The Scribes and Pharisees ask to see a sign proving that Jesus really is the Messiah, but Jesus tells them, “no sign will be given it except the sign of Jonah the prophet” (The Catholic Study Bible, Mt 12:39). Then Jesus begins to speak of Jonah from the Old Testament. He mentions that the Son of Man will spend three days and three nights in the heart of the Earth, just as Jonah spent three days and three nights in the belly of a whale. He then continues to speak of the Final Judgment. The men of Nineveh will condemn t...
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...about a new Israel. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you” (Mt 7:7) Through the new Israel, the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. “For everyone who asks, receives; and the one who seeks, finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened” (Mt 7:8). Because of the New Israel, the Church of Matthew must stand strong against Judaism.
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Harrington, Daniel J. The Gospel according to Mark. Collegeville, Minnesota: The Liturgical Press. 1983. Print.
Nickle, Keith F. The Synoptic Gospels, An Introduction. Louisville, Kentucky: Westminster John Knox Press. 2001. Print.
Wright, Nicholas T. Matthew for Everyone. London, England: Society for Promoting Christian Knowledge, 2002. Print.
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