Insofar as Matthew’s Genealogy in chapter 1 dismantles and ridicules the patrilineal line of David, it provides context for our understanding of the names of the Twelve in chapter 10. Where the name Matthew looks ahead, offering the hope of his gospel for Israel, the names that come after foreshadow a gift—a “Matthan”—already rejected. These names, which should mark hope and a return from exile, instead point backward, to the human kings and men of violence who first led God’s people astray. In this sense, the name Matthew in chapter 10 is a line in the sand—a last chance—and there’s no going back.
Richard and Fr. Marc discuss Matthew 10:3-4.
Episode 279 Matthew 10:3-4; “Malicious” Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http:// creativecommons .org/ licenses /by/3.0/
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