Matthew, originally known as Levi, was one of Jesus Christ’s twelve disciples, and one of the four Evangelists (who also included Paul, Peter and Mark). Matthew was a publican, or a tax collector, when the Lord called him to become one of His disciples. Matthew left his profession to follow Him and to preach the gospel. Matthew had a specific goal in mind when he wrote his book — to convince his own people, the Jews, that Jesus Christ was indeed the Messiah referred to in the Old Testament. And Matthew had strong genealogical evidence, as well as prophecies in the Old Testament that Jesus was fulfilling, to prove it.
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