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April 15, 2019

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Reading along with us in Matthew? Here’s today’s reading:

Matthew 22 (ESV)

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come.....Continue Reading

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  1. Loving our God is easy, loving those who share in the love of God is also easy, loving everyone else the same…well, there in lies the true challenge. Mastery of these commandments is true peace 🙏🏻❤️

  2. Matthew 22:29-30 (ESV)
    29  But Jesus answered them, “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. 30  For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.

    It is difficult for me to think of life without Brenda and that my desire for her would ever be any different than today, but Jesus clearly states that relationships in heaven are different from what we experience here on earth.
    As I thought about this, it occurs to me that my understanding and view of heaven is so limited. It feels like I am trying to view a country through a pinhole. Just like the Sadducees, our perspective of the after-life is distorted.
    Despite that distortion, how I long for the day to see my Savior face-to-face. What a day that will be, when my Jesus I shall see …

  3. The wisdom of Jesus is unparalleled and it shines in this chapter as He faces every challenge and leaves His detractors stumped and the crowds amazed. The parable of the wedding banquet certainly shows the heat of God to provide an open invitation to join Him for the marriage supper of the Lamb, and yet we need to have His righteousness to be there. That only comes by faith in the person and work of Jesus Christ on the cross. And note that the distinction between those that are invited and those who are welcomed is the choosing of God. This certainly does not eliminate the need for free will expressed in faith, but it does express the balance of God’s deciding being active as well.

    And as they say, a common enemy makes strange bed fellows. It would be uncommon for the Pharisees and the Herodians to associate together, but to try to trick Jesus about taxes made them allies. It is funny that they would probably desire different answers. The Herodians would be in support of taxes to Caeser because Herod would get his cut from that, whereas the Pharisees would hate any support going to Rome. But who can deny the wisdom of Jesus to answer the way He did that gave neither party a portion to argue from.

    And there will be similarities and differences in eternity in our resurrected state as compared to our life here on earth, but we it will be great and all according to what God knows to be best for us. Certainly heaven will be part of what is more then we could ask or imagine. If what we have on earth is pretty good, and that with the curse still active, how much better will life be in heaven.

    And Jesus nails it with the greatest command. There is nothing more important than loving God with our whole selves and yet we see that all the other commands flow from that as well. But it also points to the motivation God wants for our lives in Him. He wants it to be based on love and in relationship. There are other things Jesus could have said and different options of how our relationship with God is defined. Love works best and best reflects the kind of God He is.

    And isn’t it great that they kind of get the point. Just stop trying to stump Jesus. You can’t ask a question that throws Him off and if you’re around Him enough He’s going to start asking you questions that stump you and so you end up with the egg on your face when you intended it to be for Him. Just give up and give in…

  4. Matthew 22:11 (ESV)
     “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment.

    Genesis 45:22 (ESV)
     To each and all of them he gave a change of clothes, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred shekels of silver and five changes of clothes.
    Esther 6:8-9 (ESV)
    8  let royal robes be brought, which the king has worn, and the horse that the king has ridden, and on whose head a royal crown is set. 9  And let the robes and the horse be handed over to one of the king’s most noble officials. Let them dress the man whom the king delights to honor, and let them lead him on the horse through the square of the city, proclaiming before him: ‘Thus shall it be done to the man whom the king delights to honor.’”

    There is some evidence that clothing is given at special feasts as seen in Genesis and Esther and this man in the parable for some unexplained reason does not have his feast attire.
    I wonder if this speaks to those who try to gain entrance into heaven based on good works rather than the clothing that God provides in Christ’s righteousness? Romans 3:21-31, 4:22-25

    As I think about this holy week and the sacrifice of Christ, I am thankful that I am not clothed in sin-stained garments of my righteousness, but in the beautiful robes of His righteousness.

  5. Matthew 22 was still on my computer this morning and so I was re-reading about Whose son is Messiah. I was thinking , did the Jews comprehend the greatness of the Messiah; did they know He would be called God’s so (not just David’s)? That led me to look up verses about the Messiah being God’s son. Psalm 2 is powerful, of course, it also fits their philosophy that Christ would come as a vanquisher of nations. He will return.

    1. I would imagine the Jews of Jesus’ day would not have thought that Messiah would be God’s son. They would have held to the Jewish conviction that God is one. And although the Old Testament is not absent of instances that give a window into God’s multiplicity (ie triune nature), Jesus certainly demonstrated in what He did and said that He was the Son of God.

  6. Both bad and good were invited, so getting to heaven is not based on our intrinsic worth… only being clothed in Christ’s righteousness

    10And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
    11″But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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