Dr. Weber tells us in his commentary that Matthew’s gospel serves as the historical watershed between the Testaments. It keeps a retrospective eye on the Hebrew prophecies, referring almost sixty times to them, while looking forward to the Messiah’s ministry, the building of His church, and the future kingdom. Matthew, a Jew, wrote to a Jewish audience to prove that Jesus, the carpenter from Nazareth, was the promised Messiah-King. This detailed, comprehensive gospel is given similar treatment in Weber’s commentary.
“The point is clear. When the king returns, he will require an accounting from all of us. Those who have consistently invested their lives obediently and wisely, according to heaven’s priorities will have a return to offer the king. This return may include personal growth and maturity, souls brought into the kingdom, spiritual infants who have been raised to maturity, needs compassionately ministered to, wounds healed, conflicts reconciled, truth lovingly told. The investment we will have made for this return will be all we have been entrusted with in this life: our time, wealth, opportunities, relationships, natural talents and spiritual gifts, a mind and a conscience, as well as God’s Word, God’s Spirit, and God’s church.” (Page 421)
“He demonstrated an appalling lack of understanding of his master. He clearly did not know him very well. Too many so-called ‘believers’ fail to believe the Lord enough to obey him, revealing a lack of faith through passive spirituality and failure to step out in ‘risky’ obedience.” (Pages 420–421)
“Although they wanted to participate in the celebration, they displayed a lack of respect for the bride and bridegroom through their neglect of their responsibility to come prepared. They demonstrated their unworthiness of the honor of participating in the celebration.” (Page 418)
“The bridegroom’s delay represents the stretch of history between the Messiah’s first coming and his return.” (Page 418)
“Our God is a God of high standards, demanding much from his servants. But he never demands more than we can produce because we are empowered by his love, wisdom, and power.” (Page 422)