Matthew 22

Vs. 2, The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.”  Yesterday, Jesus ended the chapter with two parables and would share one more to show their true heart of the Jews.  God the Father would invite His first chosen, but they would reject his son (vs. 1-21).  The Pharisee’s, Sadducee’s and teachers of the law were definitely not happy with Jesus’ parables of rebuke.  So they devised a plan to find ways to accuse Jesus and trap him.  First they presented paying taxes (vs. 15-22)…If Jesus opposed the tax, he could be considered a traitor, if he favored it…he could lose standing among the Jews.  But Jesus, knowing their intent answers only as our Master and Lord can!  But that doesn’t stop them.  They now present a question about resurrection (vs. 23-33).  The Sadducee’s did not believe in resurrection and they were hoping to catch Jesus in their example.  But Jesus would remind them that resurrection will happen and relationships binded on earth will not be the same in heaven.  And we also see expert in the law sent by the Pharisee’s to trap Jesus in the greatest commandment.  Jesus would quote Deut 6:5 and summarize the 613 laws to one.  And lastly, Jesus masterfully uses Scripture to stump the so-called experts of scripture by quoting King David in Psalm 110:1, how was it that King David would call his eventual offspring, Lord?  David was refering to Jesus.

 

Regarding application…Jesus Says.  Vs. 37-40, “Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”  Jesus Says…  Question: Why would we listen to him?  Because God the Father has given Jesus as His son authority.  We do things because people tell us to.  We pay our taxes, stop at the red light, pay for our food, do our homework, read our bible…why?  Because someone tells us to.  However, when it comes to loving God and others…We are told to do this, but so often we don’t.  Question: Why is this?  In part, I believe we don’t look at this like a real command.  It’s like it’s a suggestion…please do this.  But not a command…Love or else.  We don’t like to wrap our minds around love as a command.  We think of love as a choice.  I’ll love him if he does this for me.  But if, not…then I don’t have to love.  That’s not love.  Jesus told us to love.  That’s a pretty good reason to love.  Do it because Jesus says.