Matthew the Levi and the Gospel of Matthew
In the Gospels there was one of the 12 disciples - the 12 Apostles whose name was Matthew and in the gospels of Mark and Luke also named as Levi. Matthew means 'gift of Jehovah' and he was a tax collector by profession, in Mark and Luke he is referred as Levi which means 'joined' name of one of the tribes of Israel. Matthew the Apostle was the son of Alphaeus. The last record of him is in Acts when all gathered together in the upper room he too was present.
The Gospel of Matthew is considered to be written by him but there has been questions raised by some Biblical scholars since ages about this, because the records of the Gospels of Matthew and Mark are dependent on each other and the Gospel of Matthew fails as to be records of a person who was witness to the events.
When the Lord was teaching me He pointed me to one particular record of a man who dwell among the tombs with a legion of spirits and was delivered by Jesus; in the Gospel of Matthew it has been wrongly recorded as 2 persons. Had this Gospel been written by Matthew the Apostle it would not have had this error. When I sat with the Lord and questioned why an open, blunt error like this exists in the Bible and then the Lord opened my mind and taught me the seven fold callings in the Body of Christ. Had it not been for this intentional error it would have been difficult to explain the 7 callings, for the Church believes in a fivefold calling.
By the style of the writing and the text it is not a writing of an Apostle but that of a Teacher. It was by this error I was revealed the two types among the calling of a Teacher, one as a Historical Teacher and the other as a Spiritual Teacher, one proves the scriptures and the other reveals the scriptures. Matthew who wrote the Gospel was a Historical Teacher he went through records and spoke to witnesses to document the Gospel. The two types of Teacher callings are also confirmed in the dress of the High Priest in the books of Moses and also in the image of God in which man is made.
The dating of this Gospel was somewhere between 30 AD and 70 AD going by the fact the fall of Jerusalem is not mentioned in the Gospel. There are historic records of this Matthew being a Gentile-Jew from Antioch while Matthew the Apostle was a Levi.
As to the depth the Lord has taken me in the scriptures this scripture of the man being delivered from a legion of spirits and another scripture about 12/24 elders in Heaven are which I have found open errors put with purpose to reveal the hidden understanding of the Lord's Kingdom. Even though these exist yet the Word of God is without error and that a person who understands the books and the Image of Christ in us will understand. Therefore no human mind can comprehend the depth and dimension in which this Holy Book is written.
[ Prayer Starter ]
Lord, we thank You for your Word which is instructions to our salvation, to be back together with You and to be glorified in You. Lord, your wisdom is beyond the comprehension of man and his imagination. Your Kingdom is something no man would ever understand had it not been for your Word, manifestation of the Word and your Spirit. Holy Spirit, we pray You open the minds of your people and reveal to them how wonderful your Word and your Kingdom is...
This prayer we make in Jesus' Name, Amen.
[ Reference Scripture ]
9 And as Jesus passed forth from thence, he saw a man, named Matthew, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he saith unto him, Follow me. And he arose, and followed him.
10 And it came to pass, as Jesus sat at meat in the house, behold, many publicans and sinners came and sat down with him and his disciples.
11 And when the Pharisees saw it, they said unto his disciples, Why eateth your Master with publicans and sinners?
12 But when Jesus heard that, he said unto them, They that be whole need not a physician, but they that are sick.
13 And he went forth again by the sea side; and all the multitude resorted unto him, and he taught them.
14 And as he passed by, he saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting at the receipt of custom, and said unto him, Follow me. And he arose and followed him.
27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me.
28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.
30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners?
31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick.
12 Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.
13 And when they were come in, they went up into an upper room, where abode both Peter, and James, and John, and Andrew, Philip, and Thomas, Bartholomew, and Matthew, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon Zelotes, and Judas the brother of James.
2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit,
27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs.
28 And when he was come to the other side into the country of the Gergesenes, there met him two possessed with devils, coming out of the tombs, exceeding fierce, so that no man might pass by that way.
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