â€œ[Matthew] its numerous references to the old testament indicates that it was primarily intended for those who were familiar with those scriptures, the Hebrew peopleâ€(What you didnâ€™t know about the Bible p325) While it is interesting to note some possible intentions of the gospel it is also noteworthy to add the â€œthis gospel does not name its author. However, from early church father, beginning with Papias, a pupil of John, onward. It has been accepted as the work of Matthewâ€(Halleyâ€™s Bible handbook p413) â€œâ€¦Matthew, also called Levi, who was a tax collectorâ€¦â€(The complete Jesus p221) Matthewâ€™s gospel is his recollection of Jesusâ€™ sermons and teaching as remembered some 75years later (75 AD) â€œAlmost all of Markâ€™s book is to be found reproduced, sometimes verbatim, by Matthew (approximately 600 verses out of 661f)â€(Messages of the Bible p71) The following sermon out of Matthew 6:5-33 discusses worry and Jesusâ€™ feelings toward it. It should additionally be said that â€œfor Matthew, like all of the gospel writers, was much less interested in reporting events than presenting theologyâ€¦â€(who wrote the gospels p49) As you read the passage you should think about Jesus presenting a parable about worry which inevitably calls into question your faith if youâ€™re a Christian.
â€œTherefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they are? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?.
â€œAnd why do you worry about clothes? See how the lilies of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.