Asking the wrong questions
This is a preface to the gospel of Matthew, not a preface to Matthew. Did Matthew write it? When did he write it? Where did he write it? Or in what language did he write it? No, you are asking the wrong questions, the gospel is not about Matthew, it is about somebody else, it is about God, it is about Jesus and The Holy Spirit. Is this gospel really the words of God? Yes, it is.
Greedy and corrupt
Matthew was not an author, he was a tax collector, and he was considered a traitor working for the romans, taxing the Jews. Matthew was not able to write the gospel and he didn’t have time either, he was occupied by taking money from people, he was greedy and corrupt. But one day in his busy life in his tax boot his life changed.
Suddenly Jesus stood in front of his boot. Jesus stood there, He didn’t say much, He didn’t talk nicely to Matthew, He didn’t start with, “Hey, Matthew how are you?…. listen I have a proposition for you……….” Jesus just said; “follow me “it was not a conversation, it was an order and Matthew obeyed, he left the boot, Jesus turned Matthew little by little into a soldier. However there at the boot in the middle of people Jesus saved Matthew from himself, from his greed, saying no I need to earn more money and go on living my luxury life. With Mathew Jesus did what He came from heaven to earth to do, saving people from their sins.
Matthew as everyone else was in the middle of a losing war, in fact he had gone over to the enemy. How does this war work; it is between a human and his sins, in this case between Matthew and his sins. The war started when Matthew was born and worked its way through his life ending up behind a boot desk stealing from his own people, cheating and lying. Behind the sins stood and agent of stealing, murdering and destroying, a promoter of death, the devil. Sin is leading to death and the devil makes the death look nice and tempting, he is and agent selling death, our problem is that the devil is so extremely good at it, alone against the devil we have no chance, the fight is lost, actually we are not fighting at all we are giving in with a smile.
Jesus by Matthew
There in front of the boot came Jesus, entered the battle sones, beat the devil and saved Matthew from his prison of sins, the gates opened, and Matthew could leave the prison as a free man. All this happened in less than a twinkle of an eye. This was a war against the devil and Jesus needed obedient soldiers. Matthew changed and the words of Jesus filled him with the spirit of God, with Jesus Matthew learned spiritual words, by hearing those words, his heart changed to the spirit of his master and teacher. The gospel, the good news took form, first in his head then in his heart. Three years with Jesus turned him into the gospel. His heart was full of the words of God and his mouth run over with them and his hand just completed it. Jesus by Matthew wrote this gospel.