The first three chapters of Matthew portray a confrontation between the God of Abraham and the many false gods and kings that rule the earth. Even as these kings—represented here by Herod—struggle to cling to power at the visible center, the Lord moves the center of power to the invisible margin. This move deludes the powerful, allowing them a false sense of comfort, since, in their minds, out of sight means out of mind. But the Torah is on the move in Matthew—and it moves with force—disempowering rulers both inside Jerusalem and beyond. As David proclaims in Psalm 14, “The fool says in his heart, there is no God.”
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 4:12-17.
Episode 240 Matthew 4:12-17; Subscribe: http://feedpress.me/the-bible-as-literature; “Morgana Rides” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com (http://incompetech.com/)) Licensed under Creative Commons: B.y Attribution 3.0 License http:// creativecommons .org/ licenses /by/3.0/