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Matthew 22:1-22 Wedding Feast

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Wedding Feast

This parable is about a wedding feast which the King (Jesus) prepares but those invited are not accepting the invitation from Jesus and do not come to the wedding feast.

This is a Bible Study. Have your own Bible handy to look up the references mentioned.

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Matthew 22:1-22

1-2. “Jesus proceeded to reveal one more truth about the kingdom of heaven and those who had mishandled it. The main character of this parable is a king, representing God the Father. His son represented Jesus the Messiah.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

3. “The people originally invited to the banquet clearly represent Israel. ‘They refused’ is, more literally, they were not willing.” (Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. [Nashville: Broadman Press], 327)

4. The king “sends his servants yet again to summon those originally invited. He explains how sumptuous the feast will be. He has all the best food prepared, and now everything is ready.” (Blomberg, 327)

5-6. “This was Israel’s rejection of God’s invitation. They killed His messengers, including the Lord Jesus Himself.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: [Thomas Nelson, 1983], 115)

7. This, “the third messenger was the king’s army. They would serve as messengers of judgment on the irrational rebellion of the original wedding guests. The armies destroyed the murderers and burned their cities. This signified God’s judgment of those who reject his covenant relationship. [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

Righteousness of Christ

8. “The original invitees did not deserve to come. Their self-absorption and irrationality had displaced their loyalty to the king and his son.” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

9. The king “turned to other people and invited them to come to the feast.” (Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. [Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004], 79)

10. “The impartiality of the king represented the impartial grace of God, inviting all people of all nations into the kingdom during the church age. By extension, we can identify the king’s servants or messengers now as the believers in the New Testament church (esp. the apostles).” [Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

11. “That wedding garment is the righteousness of Christ which is absolutely essential for salvation, and it is supplied to all who believe.” (McGee, 116)

12. “Notice that he was speechless!” (McGee, 116)

“The garment probably referred to the righteousness of Christ provided through his death. To refuse it would be to refuse Christ’s sacrifice. To refuse Christ is to refuse life.” Max Anders and Stuart K. Weber (2012). HNTC Vol. 01: Matthew. B&H Publishing Group. Retrieved from https://read.lifeway.com]

13. “Only imprisonment and punishment—eternal judgment—remain in store for such people” (Blomberg, 329)

14. “Professing Christians need to know that they are not exempt from the same danger whenever they replace the true gospel with some substitute of their own designs, for there is no other gospel (Galations:1:6-9).” (Blomberg, 330)

Do you have the righteousness of Jesus Christ?

Trap

15. “The trap was brilliant.” (The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, [Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014], 1494)

16-17. “The Pharisees and the Herodians were enemies, but their common foe brought them together.” (Wiersbe, 80)

“Whatever Jesus said would get Him in trouble. Rome might see Him as an insurrectionist and punish Him if He disallowed paying taxes. But with an affirmative answer He might infuriate the Jewish people, for paying taxes was an agonizing reminder of their subjection.” (Moody, 1494)

18. “Jesus sees trough the ruse at once.” (Blomberg, 331)

19. “Jesus asks for the coin used to pay the tax, and they supply a denarius.” (Blomberg, 331)

20. Jesus asks what is inscribed on the coin.

21. “God’s sovereignty must be acknowledged, but human governments also have a legitimate authority.” (Blomberg, 331)

22. “The crowds amazement refers first of all to the way in which Jesus avoided the seemingly foolproof trap set for Him.” (Blomberg, 332)

They marvelled, and left him, and went their way. [KJV]

References

Holman Christian Standard Bible (HCSB)
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New American Standard Bible (NASB)
New American Standard Bible®, Copyright © 1960, 1971, 1977, 1995, 2020 by The Lockman Foundation. All rights reserved.

New King James Version (NKJV)
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

In this article Scripture quotations taken from KJV.

Blomberg, Craig L., The New American Commentary, Volume 22, Matthew. Nashville: Broadman Press
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume IV. Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983
The Moody Bible Commentary, The Moody Bible Institute of Chicago, Moody Publishers, Chicago, IL, 2014
Robertson, A. T., A Harmony of the Gospels. New York, HarperCollins Publishers
Wiersbe, Warren W, The Bible Exposition Commentary New Testament Volume 1 Matthew-Galatians. Colorado Springs: David C Cook, 2004

 

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