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And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
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.
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.
And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
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.
When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,
I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.
But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together. °
Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.

New Defender's Study Bible Notes

22:11 wedding garment. The “wedding garment” of Christ’s righteousness is provided by Him to all who believe on Him, and no one can come to “the marriage supper of the Lamb” without the proper spiritual clothing (Revelation 19:7-9).

22:13 outer darkness. “Outer darkness” is the location of final hell (Jude 13).

22:16 the Herodians. The Herodians (Jews supporting the dynasty of Herod, who in turn supported Roman rule in Israel) were commonly at enmity with the Pharisees, strong legalists who were bitterly against Roman rule. However, they had come together to conspire against Jesus since early in His ministry (Mark 3:6), fearing His influence more than they feared and hated each other. A common enemy sometimes produces strange bedfellows (e.g., atheistic evolutionists and theistic evolutionists opposing together the evidences presented by Biblical creationists).

22:29 not knowing the scriptures. The Sadducees, who rejected the doctrine of resurrection, thought they could embarrass Jesus with their silly question of a woman who had married seven brothers successively. But all those who think they can find mistakes or contradictions in the Bible simply show that they know neither the Scriptures nor God’s power.

22:30 given in marriage. Almost every person is a member of at least two families on earth, that of his parents plus that of his own spouse and children. Some, of course, have more than one spouse, if the first spouse dies and he or she marries again. There is no way that our present relationships can continue unchanged after the resurrection, however, all will enjoy rich fellowship with the entire “family of God,” the redeemed children of Mother Eve.

22:31 have ye not read. Although this statement was spoken specifically by God to Moses (Exodus 3:6), all Scripture is inspired by God and can be considered by each person as directly “spoken unto you by God.”

22:32 I am the God. With a single word from the Old Testament (“am” rather than “was,” stressing the tense of the verb), the Scripture, as cited by Christ, both confirms the truth of life after death, rebukes the Sadducean priests, and illustrates the vital importance of the doctrine of the verbal (word-by-word, rather than general concepts) inspiration of the Bible. Note also Matthew 5:18; 22:45.

22:35 lawyer. The lawyers were, for the most part, the same as the scribes. Some of them were charged with copying the Scriptures. Mostly, however, they were the official interpreters of the more than six hundred commandments in the Torah, as well as teachers of the law and judges of law breakers.

22:37 all thy mind. Mark’s record of this greatest of all commandments adds “and with all thy strength.”

22:39 Thou shalt love. The highest form of love for one’s neighbor is to seek God’s will in and for him or her, and to do whatever one can in helping to achieve this goal.

22:40 these two commandments. These two key commandments of the Mosaic law are found in Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18.

22:45 call him Lord. With a single word (“Lord”) Christ silenced the Pharisees, just as He had used a single word (“am”) to refute the Sadducees. Again this illustrates Christ’s affirmation of verbal inspiration of Scripture, and also His own claim to deity. Citing Psalm 110:1 (Matthew 22:44), written by David and acknowledged by the Jews to be prophetic of the coming Messiah, He pointed out that David had spoken of Him as “my Lord.” Yet it was also acknowledged by all that the Messiah would be of the seed of David (II Samuel 7:12-16). The only way such prophecies as these and others could be fulfilled was for God to become man. The Messiah must be God incarnate! Noting His frequent quoting from the Old Testament, it is clear that, for the Lord Jesus Christ, the Scriptures were God’s Word, having full and final authority.

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