The Parable of the Marriage Supper: 22:1-1 4.
(Read Matt 22: 1-14)
Jesus teaches in this parable that true believers are those who respond to the gospel. In this parable the king refers to the Father and son to Christ. Marriage refers to salvation. The marriage supper may take place during the Millennial age. Today invitation is extended to all people. Those who refuse this invitation will be judged. The wedding feast is ready and the servants are inviting everyone to it. When the king came to meet the guests, he noticed a man without proper wedding dress. King asked him, “How did you get in here without wedding garments”? He was speech-less. King ordered his servants to through him into the outer darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Jesus said "Many are called but few are chosen". This parable reminds us of God’s great salvation and how people should respond to gospel. God invites everyone to get saved and does not want anyone to perish. Many are attracted to the church for variety of reasons. For some it is a place to socialize with others but for others it is a place to get rid of their guilt. But their hearts have never been transformed. They associate with the church for selfish reasons. The man without wedding garment is a picture of such professing Christians. Christ warns us of the danger of professing Christianity without true conversion. Many are called but few are chosen. Many people hear the gospel but few believe it. Jesus tells this parable to encourage us to trust him.
Discussion about Resurrection: 22:15-33.
(Read Matt 22:15-33)
Jewish leaders attempted to trap Jesus in his word by asking him to comment on two controversial issues. The first was a political issue. Jesus was forced to choose between Rome and Israel. They asked Jesus “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” If Jesus says yes, he could be held as a traitor. If He says no, He could be blamed by the Roman authority. Both options could produce deadly consequences. Jesus knowing their evil motives said “You hypocrites show me a coin”. When they handed Jesus the coin, he asked “whose inscription is this? They said, Caesar’s. Then Jesus said “Render to Caesar what belongs to him and to God the things that are God’s”. They marveled at his reply and went away. The Sadducees attempted to discredit the teaching about resurrection by asking Jesus, whose wife will be the woman who was married to seven brothers in resurrection? Jesus rebuked them by saying “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scripture nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage but are like angels” (Matt 22:29-30). Thus the Sadducees were silenced and people were amazed at his wisdom. In Jesus are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge (Col 2:3). The Sadducees did not believe in resurrection. In heaven there is no marriage but in perfect glorified body we will worship and fellowship with God (Rev 19:5). We will recognize one another in heaven by physical identity. The disciples recognized Jesus’ glorified body by his nail print. Lazarus was recognized by the rich man (Luke 16:19-31). Our names are written in the Book of life and this indicates that we have identity in heaven. Yes, our God is the “God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” Ex 3:6). Pray that God would navigate you to understand what seems difficult to know for sure now.
The Most Important Commandment: 22:34-46.
(Read Matt 22:34-46)
When Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees. A lawyer, an expert in the Law came to Jesus and asked “Teacher which is the most important commandment in the Law of Moses”. Jesus replied “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and the greatest commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets”. We love God because he first loved us by giving His only begotten Son (1 John 4:19). This love gives us strength to obey his commandment. “With all your heart” indicates the total being of a person in Hebrew mind. It is part of the “Shema” the Jewish confession of faith (Deuteronomy 6:4-9). Only those who appreciate God’s grace and mercy can love others sacrificially. Then Jesus asked the Pharisees “What they think of Christ? Whose son is he”? They said “The son of David”. Jesus then called their attention to Psalm 110 and said” How is it then that David in the Spirit calls him Lord” (Psalms 110:1). No one could answer Jesus. From that day onward none dared to ask any more question. Hallelujah, what a Savior! No one can say that Jesus is Lord except by the Holy Spirit (1 Cor 12:3). If the religious leaders knew that, they would not have crucified the Lord of Glory (1 Cor 2:8). Do you know Jesus as your Lord and savior?