Although Mark likely has the distinction of writing the first of the four gospels, the gospel according to Matthew comes first in our New Testament. Because Matthew's is the most Jewish of all four gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John), it's appropriate to find it as the first book of the New Testament; it's also the gospel most closely linked to the Old Testament's text, cultures, and practices; and it highlights the prophecies made regarding the coming of the Messiah.
Matthew’s central theme is promise and fulfillment: God’s promises in the Hebrew Scriptures to bring salvation to his people, Israel, and to the whole world are being fulfilled with the coming of Jesus the Messiah.
Matthew uses many titles for Jesus in his Gospel, including Messiah, King, Lord, Son of God, Son of Man, Son of David, Immanuel, etc. All of these have their roots in the Old Testament and point in one way or another to the theme of fulfillment and the coming of the kingdom of heaven.
Movies, videos, audio recitations, commentaries, and summaries of Jesus' parables.
† "The Gospel of Matthew" (2014) by the Visual Bible International
Starring: Richard Kiley as Matthew, Bruce Marchiano as Jesus, Gerrit Schoonhoven as Peter . . . 4:16 minutes
† "The Sermon on the Mount" (1979) by the JESUS Film Project
Starring: Brian Deacon as Jesus, Mosko Alkalai as Matthew, Niko Nitai as Peter, Rivka Neumann as Mary . . . 3:38
† "The Beatitudes" (2007) by My Savior My God
Starring: Richard Kiley as Matthew, Bruce Marchiano as Jesus, Gerrit Schoonhoven as Peter . . . 22:35
† "Jesus of Nazareth: The Beatitudes" (1977) by delilah75 [Matthew 5:3–5:12, 6:8–6:13]
Starring: Robert Powell as Jesus Christ . . . 3:32
† "The Beatitudes" (2012) by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Matthew 5:3–16]
Starring: John Foss as Jesus . . . 2:08
† "The Lord's Prayer" (2012) by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Matthew 6:5–15]
Starring: John Foss as Jesus . . . 2:18
† "Treasures in Heaven" (2012) by Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints [Matthew 6:19–21; 7:1–27]
Starring: John Foss as Jesus . . . 4:32
† "Secret Generosity Today" (2007) Giving to the needy [Matthew 6:1–4]
Starring: Larry Stewart as The Kansas City Santa
. . . 41:31 (six-part video by KMBC 9 News)
† "Matthew's Prophesy of Jesus Being the Messiah" (2014) by The Bible Project
Narrators: Tim Mackie and Jon Collins . . . 5:47
"Matthew Commentaries," chapter by chapter, from or by Bible Gateway, Bob Deffinbaugh at Bible.org, David Guzik at Enduring Word, John Calvin, Oswald Chambers, Charles Spurgeon, Ray Stedman, gotquestions.org, John MacArthur, R C Sproul, Hilda Bright at easyenglish.bible, and many others, all on this page.
"The Book of Matthew" by Bible Gateway, chapter by chapter recitations