The man of St Matthew

THE GOSPEL OF MATTHEW

Chapter 19: Overview

The chapter begins, 19,1a, with Matthew's concluding phrase for the discourse of the previous chapter, as we have seen.

The evangelist then tells of Jesus' route. Look forward and see how the route is marked out in chapters 19 and 20. Note how a reference to the route divides chapter 20 into two. Where is Jesus by the beginning of chapter 21?

Read now chapter 19 and continue with the first half of chapter 20. Note the different audiences and so see how that first half of chapter 20 is connected with this chapter 19.

What is especially noticeable about 19,1 to 20,16 is the way that Matthew has put brackets around the various units. This is a helpful, indeed important, guide to our reading because the evangelist is telling us what we need to hold together.

From this we can draw up our reading plan which will take us into chapter 20.

Look now at my response and our reading plan that results.

We can now begin our reading of the chapter beginning with Jesus' teaching about divorce, 19,1-15.