Our introduction to the next few weeks of Study will begin today with an overall look at the Synoptic Gospels, i.e. Matthew, Mark, Luke or MML.
MML agree extensively in language. They also agree in the material they include as well the order in which events and sayings from the life of Christ are recorded. This is the reason then for their being called the Synoptic Gospels.
Matthew writes of Jesus as KING. Mark writes of Him as Servant and Luke writes of Him as the Son of God.
Matthew was written in Palestine. Mark was written in Rome (regions of Italy). Luke was written in Rome (probably).
Matthew was written to Greek Jews. Mark to the Gentiles (in Rome) and Luke was written to Theophilus, Roman Official.
Matthew’s purpose was to prove that Jesus is the Messiah. Mark’s purpose was with regards to the persecutions of the Roman Church. Luke’s purpose was to strengthen the faith of all believers and to answer attack of unbelievers.
Calling of first disciples: M. 4:18-22. M. 1:16-20. L. 5:2-11.
Their call was AT ONCE – without delay. Immediately.
The call of discipleship is definite and demands TOTAL COMMITMENT!!!
Continually learning along with you.Marge