Matthew is written to a Jewish audience and is filled with discourses that help instruct Jewish people on how to live. Matthew is all about declaring that Jesus is King. The Jewish people, known for having begged God for a King (and reaping what they sow as a result), are still looking for a political revolution. The Sadducees, the ruling class that conflates Roman rule with Jewish culture, aren’t helping matters. They are like Ted Cruz announcing his candidacy at Liberty University—where does the state end and faith begin? For some, like Simon the Zealot, they are causing him to want to separate from the Romans and create a Jewish revolution—even with violence.