Scripture: Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 22:15-22; Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26

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Jesus Tells The Parable Of The Wedding Feast

Matthew 22:1-14 (KJV) And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.  Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.  But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.  Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.  Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.  10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.  11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

Questions:

1. To what is the kingdom of heaven compared (Matthew 22:2)?

2. What did the invited guests do (Matthew 22:3)?

3. What did the invited guests do the second time they were invited (Matthew 22:5)?

4. What was done to the king’s servants (Matthew 22:6)?

5. How did the king respond (Matthew 22:7)?

6. What did the king realize (Matthew 22:8)?

7. So what did the king do (Matthew 22:9)?

8. What did the king notice about one of the guests (Matthew 22:11)?

9. What did the king do to that guest (Matthew 22:13)?

Answers:

1. The kingdom of heaven is compared to a king who prepared a marriage for his son.

2. The invited guests refused to come to the banquet.

3. The second time the invited guests were called they ignored the invitation and went their own way.

4. The king’s servants were mistreated and killed.

5. The king was enraged.  He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

6. The king realized those he had invited were not worthy of the invitation.

7. The king extended the invitation to everyone – good or bad – to come to the wedding banquet.

8. The king noticed one guest was not dress appropriately.

9. The king had that guest thrown into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Religious Leaders Question Jesus About Paying Taxes

Matthew 22:15-22 (KJV) 15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle Jesus in His talk.  16 And they sent out unto Him their disciples with the Herodians, saying, Master, we know that Thou art true, and teachest the way of God in truth, neither carest Thou for any man: for Thou regardest not the person of men.  17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest Thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?  18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye Me, ye hypocrites?  19 Shew Me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.  20 And He saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?  21 They say unto Him, Caesar’s. Then saith He unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s. 22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left Him, and went their way.

Mark 12:13-17 (KJV) 13 And they send unto Jesus certain of the Pharisees and of the Herodians, to catch Him in His words.  14 And when they were come, they say unto Him, Master, we know that Thou art true, and carest for no man: for Thou regardest not the person of men, but teachest the way of God in truth: Is it lawful to give tribute to Caesar, or not?  15 Shall we give, or shall we not give? But He, knowing their hypocrisy, said unto them, Why tempt ye Me? bring Me a penny, that I may see it.  16 And they brought it. And He saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription? And they said unto Him, Caesar’s.  17 And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at Him.

Luke 20:20-26 (KJV) 20 And they watched Jesus, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of His words, that so they might deliver Him unto the power and authority of the governor.  21 And they asked Him, saying, Master, we know that Thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest Thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly: 22 Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?  23 But He perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye Me?  24 Shew me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar’s.  25 And He said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar’s, and unto God the things which be God’s.  26 And they could not take hold of His words before the people: and they marvelled at His answer, and held their peace.

 Questions:

1. Why were the Pharisees taking counsel (Matthew 22:15; Mark 12:13; Luke 20:20)?

2. What things did they say about Jesus (Matthew 22:16; Mark 12:14a; Luke 20:21)?

3. What did the Pharisees and the Herodians ask Jesus (Matthew 22:17; Mark 12:14b-15a; Luke 20:22)?

4. What did Jesus perceive about those questioning Him (Matthew 22:18; Mark 12:18: Luke 20:23)

5. What was Jesus’ answer to their question (Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 200:25)?

Answers:

1.The Pharisees were trying to trap Jesus with His own words.

2.They said Jesus told the truth; that He taught the way of God in truth; and that they knew man’s opinion didn’t sway Him.

3. The Pharisees and the Herodians asked Jesus if it was lawful for them to give tribute unto Caesar.

4. Jesus perceived their wickedness (Matthew).  Jesus knew of their hypocrisy (Mark). Jesus perceived their craftiness (Luke).

5. Jesus’ answer was to render to Caesar the things which are Caesar’s and unto God the things that are God’s.

HEAR the WORD

Matthew 22:11-14   11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verses.  My Bible notes: The wedding clothes picture the righteousness needed to enter God’s kingdom – the total acceptance in God’s eyes that Christ gives every believer.  Christ has provided this garment of righteousness for everyone, but each person must choose to put it on in order to enter the King’s banquet (eternal life).  From www.biblestudytools.com: Many are invited or called via the general call of the gospel, which is presented through the Bible, churches, missionaries, and evangelism. Few are chosen means that, of those invited, only the elect (true followers of Jesus) will remain at the wedding feast in the kingdom of God. Those without a wedding garment (the cleansing blood of Jesus’ righteousness to clothe them in salvation) will not be permitted to enter.

MEMORIZE the WORD

Matthew 22:21 (NIV) … Then Jesus said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

We live in two kingdoms.  One is spiritual – God’s kingdom, the other is physical – planet Earth.  We have dual citizenship.  We are both Christians and citizens. We owe both financial support.

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

WE need to teach our children and other loved ones to live in both kingdoms too.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will be prepared to enter Your kingdom and attend the wedding banquet (Matthew 22:2-3).  Lord, I pray we will accept Your invitation and be dressed appropriately when we arrive (Matthew 22:12).  Lord, I pray we will be chosen to enter because we’re dressed appropriately (Matthew 22:14). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I be ready for the banquet in heaven.” <>< Dona