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The Illustration of the King's

Marriage Feast for His Son

(Chapter 22, verses 1-14)

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     (1) Jesus wasn't finished with them yet. He continued with further illustrations, saying: (2) "The heavenly government has become like a man, a king that threw an elaborate wedding for his son. (3) As an added personal, touch he even sent out messengers to call those already invited, but they snubbed him. (4) Not discouraged, he sent out a second group of messengers with these instructions, ‘Tell those who accepted my invitation: "You've got to see this! I have an incredible spread here. Beef steaks and an assortment of other meat from well-fed animals. Everything is ready, so come on to this classy occasion!"' (5) But, his aristocratic "friends" snubbed him again, going off instead to check on fields or commercial businesses they owned. (6) Others that ignored their invitation grabbed his messengers, mistreated them badly, and then killed them.

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     (7) Understandably, this greatly angered the king; so, he sent his armies and slaughtered the murders and burned their city. (8) With that settled, he now told his messengers, ‘The wedding feast is still ready, but it was too classy for those ingrates. (9) Therefore, you catch anyone leaving the city by the exit roads and invite these strangers to the marriage festivities. (10) As ordered, the messenger-slaves went to the roads leading out of the city and gathered all they found, both bad and good. In fact, there was so many that when they came they packed out the party room, all laid back at the banquet table.

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     (11) When the king came to inspect his guests a man not dressed for the occasion caught his eye. (12) So he said to him, ‘Man, how did you get in here dressed like that?' The man couldn't say anything. (13) Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Tie his hands and feet and throw him into the darkness outside. He'll be so vexed that he'll weep bitterly, frowning and clenching his teeth as he does.

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     (14) "You see, I overbooked on purpose. There are many invited to the party, but only a few are actually chosen to remain."

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Pharisees and Herodians

Challenge Jesus--Suffer Defeat

(Chapter 22, verses 15-22)

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     (15) Then the Pharisees called a private meeting to discuss a strategy that would seriously embarrass Jesus during his public preaching.  (16) When they finished meeting, they sent their advanced students, along with the politically-minded Herodians (normally enemies of the Pharisees), to Jesus, saying: "Teacher, we know you say things exactly as they are, teaching only God's truth, and, in so doing, you couldn't care less what anyone thinks of you. Furthermore, it doesn't matter at all to you what the surface skin color of a man's face is. (17) So, please, answer this question for us: Does divine Hebrew law dictate that we pay head tax to the pagan Emperor, Caesar?"  (18) But Jesus, aware of their cunning, said: "Why are you trying to test me, hypocrites? (19) Show me a coin." They approached and gave him a denarius. (20) He then asked:  "Whose image and writing is this?" (21) They said: "Caesar's." Then he said: "Pay to the pagan Caesar what he says you owe him; but also pay to God all that is divinely owed him." (22) Well, when the Pharisaical students and Herodians heard this brilliant answer, they left, completely dazed and amazed.  

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Jesus Silences Unsuccessful Sadducees

(Chapter 22, verses 23-33)

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     (23) On that very same day the Sadducees (unlike the Pharisees who only believe in the writings of Moses and don't believe in the resurrection) came up to him and asked: (24) "Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies childless, his bachelor brother should marry the dead man's wife, have children, and then raise them as if they belonged to his dead brother.' (25) Now, there used to be seven brothers with us. The first one married and died. He had no children, so the next brother married his wife.  (26) The same thing happened with the second, the third, and eventually all seven brothers. (27) Finally, the woman died herself. (28) Now this is our question to you: Since she married all seven, whom will she be wife to in the resurrection?" (29) In reply Jesus answered: "Your reasoning is warped because you neither know the entire Hebrew Scriptures nor the power of God. (30) In the heavenly resurrection there won't be marriage ceremonies where the groom waits for his prospective bride to be given away. Men and women resurrected to heaven will be like the heavenly angels, who also don't marry. (31) As for those resurrected to earthly life, you guys didn't read where God spoke to you through Moses, saying, (32) ‘I am Abraham's God, Isaac's God, and Jacob's God'? That's why it's as if they never died here on earth. They're still alive to him, as if they were still here-on earth. For he is a God of the living, not the dead." (33) On hearing Jesus' words the listening crowds were astounded.

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Sadducees and Pharisees

Join Forces--and Fail

(Chapter 22, verses 34-40)

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     (34) After the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees-muzzling them completely-they joined forces to take him on. (35) A seasoned attorney from among them, an expert in the Mosaic Law, stepped to Jesus with a test question:  (36) "Teacher, which is the greatest Law commandment?" (37) Jesus answered: "'You must love Yehowah your God with your whole heart; your whole soul; and your whole mind.' (38) This is both the greatest and the first commandment. (39) But there's a second "greatest" commandment. Being similar to the first it reads, ‘You must love your neighbor as yourself.' (40) Both the Mosaic Law that you Sadducees accept (to the exclusion of the rest of the Hebrew Scriptures); and the portion of those Scriptures written by the prophets after Moses accepted by you Pharisees (along with your acceptance of the Mosaic Law), hinge on these two commandments.  

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Jesus Catches the Pharisees Alone

(Chapter 22, verses 41-46)

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     (41) Jesus happened to catch the Pharisees-who had for the most part been lurking behind the scenes in the shadows-alone as a group instead of with the Herodians or the Sadducees and asked them:  (42) "What do you think about the Christ? Who's his father?" They replied: "David is his father."(43) He probed further: "How can it be, then, that under the influence of God's holy spirit David calls him ‘Lord,' saying, (44) ‘Yehowah said to my Lord: "Sit to the right of me until I place your enemies under your feet"'? (45) If, then, under inspiration David addresses him as ‘Lord,' how can Christ be his son?" (46) That did it. He shut the Pharisees up for good. No one-Pharisee or not-even thought about challenging him from that day forward.

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