Matthew, the most Jewish of the four gospels, has as its overarching theme the kingdom of God and Jesus as its king. Michael. J. Wilkins illuminates lessons from three distinct groups of people surrounding Jesus. First are his disciples, those to whom Jesus expresses his most important teachings with the expectation that someday they will pass them on. Next are his enemies, a 'lost cause' for they consistently misread his teachings and twist them so that they can eventually destroy him. The large, uncommitted group in the middle, however, will eventually have to make a decision, for when all is said and done, no one can remain neutral to Jesus. Through this commentary, readers are challenged to become committed disciples of Jesus, God's son and his sent Messiah.