Priorities and Dominion: An Economic Commentary on Matthew
The economic outlook of the Gospel of Matthew is structured by
the theme of priorities.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you
In this Gospel, Jesus set forth the principle of the centrality of
the kingdom of God, which the author refers to repeatedly as the
kingdom of heaven. This Gospel is kingdom-centric. The kingdom
Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The
kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man
took, and sowed in his field: Which indeed is the least of all
seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and
becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in
the branches thereof (Matthew 13:31-32)
Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like
unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of
meal, till the whole was leavened (Matthew 13:33).
This is the foundation of the New Testament's doctrine of
economic growth. It extends to the world the principle of God's
blessings in history, including economic blessings (Deuteronomy
28:1-14). Moses spoke regarding the nation of Israel. Jesus'
accent on kingdom expansion extended this to the world.