22:1-14. PARABLES. MARRIAGE OF KING'S SON.
1-7. The bidden guest.
8-14. The substituted guests.
22:1-7. THE BIDDEN QUESTS.
1-3-. Call to those bidden. First call.
-3. Servant sent. Re fused.
4. Call to those bidden. Second call.
5-7. Servants sent. Ill treated.
The servants first sent forth were John the Baptist, the Twelve, and the Seventy, and there were sent to those who had been previously bidden. But "they would not come".
The "other servants" who were next sent were Peter, the Twelve, and "them that heard Him" (Heb. 2:3, 4) during the dispensation of the Acts, as foreshown in v. 4.
They proclaimed that "all things were ready". Nothing now was wanting. The "sufferings" had been fulfilled and the glory was ready to be revealed (Luke 24:26, 46. Acts 3:18. 1Pet. 1:5). Therefore, "Repent ye", &c. (Acts 2:38, 39; 3:19).
But instead of repenting they "took His servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them" (Matt. 22:5, 6). Some they imprisoned (Acts 4:3; 5:18; 8:3; 9:1, 13, 21); one they stoned (Acts 7:59); another they "killed with the sword" (Acts 12:2). This shows that that dispensation could not have ended with the stoning of Stephen in Acts 7, for James was slain after that; and other persecutions were continued up to the end (Acts 28:17).
"But the King was wroth, and sent His armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city" (Matt. 22:7). The Temple was burned, and the nation dispersed.
The last servants sent will go "into the highways" of the world. Here we have, again, a reference to the yet future proclamation of "the Gospel of the Kingdom".
Now, this marriage-feast is postponed; and all invitations to it are in abeyance. Its future fulfilment is yet to take place. This is referred to in Matt. 24:14, and is proved by Rev. 19:6-9, where we have the same word in v. 9 as in Matt. 22:2.
Matthew 22:1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
2 "The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage
(Or wedding feast.)
for his son,
(Jesus spoke in parables that were so simple a child could understand but those who wonít try, or believe they are not meant to know, cannot understand them. The king in this parable is the Holy Father and the son is His Son, Christ Jesus.)
3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding:
(This bidden had been done by the prophets. For custom of such a latter "sending" cp. Est. 5:8 with 6:14.) and they would not come.
(Who sent forth? His apostles, Peter, James, Paul, etc. were. Picture John the Baptist, the last of a long list of prophets, crying of the Husbandís return. A marriage and a wedding; this is what the kingdom of God is about. John the Baptist prepared His way then, as there is a people crying now in this last generation, preparing the way for the return of their Husband. In the following verses Christ tells of those, especially the Kenite, who slew the Kings servants and how the wedding was open to the entire world. Finally, when the King comes and inspects the bunch, he is very disappointed.)
4 Again, he sent forth other servants,
(Peter and "them that heard Him" [Heb. 2:3], as recorded in the Acts.)
saying, 'Tell them which are bidden, 'Behold, I have prepared my dinner:
(Actually luncheon, not supper.)
my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.' '
(This would be Peter, and the rest of the Apostles and teachers of Jesus day, and even applies to our generation.)
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm,
("our own" being emphatic for contrast. Cp. 1 Chron. 29:16.)
another to his merchandise:
(When the gospel of the kingdom was preached to the House of Israel, they made light of it, and went about their business, and other matters that they put before God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Their work, their family, sports, entertainment, hobbies, and what ever else you can think of came first, before Christ and the gospel of the kingdom. Though the merchandisers are somewhat removed for the processes of nature, it is a shame that the farmer that relies on the blessings of God for His crop, should overlook this marriage of the Son of the King.)
6 And the remnant
(The rest of the Kenites.)
took his servants, and entreated them spitefully,
(As in Acts 4:1-5; 5:40,41; 11:19)
and slew them.
(Acts 7:54-60; 8:1; 12:2-5)
7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies,
(The Roman armies.)
and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
(This refers to the destruction Jerusalem which took place shortly after the close of the Acts Dispensation.
Do not mix this event up with Matthew 24, what God is doing here is destroying the remnant of the Kenite, out of the city of Jerusalem.
By 70 A.D. most of the population left were bad seed, however there were some good ones. The majority of the leadership remaining in Jerusalem, and in control of the Temple, were the Kenites, the offspring of Cain, through the sexual union of Satan and Eve in the Garden of Eden.)
8-14. THE SUBSTITUTED GUESTS.
8. The bidden guest. Not worthy.
9. Other guest to be substituted.
10. Other guests substituted.
11-14. The intruding guest. Detected.
8 Then saith he to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
(This, as to time, leaps over the present Dispensation, and takes up the yet future preaching of 24:14, for it has to do with the same people.)
9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.'
(After the present Dispensation.
This marriage is written about in Revelation 19:7-9; "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, "Write, 'Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.' "
Notice where part of the female body, that Christ will take to marriage, He already calls wife. This is because of the events that happened in the world that was, that is before the foundations of this world flesh age. Some of God's elect were chosen in that age, and adopted, judged and predestined to be heirs of the Living God, as recorded in Ephesians 1:4-6. This is part of the Ephesians study.)
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.
(Jesus Christ had now died on the cross, and the Word of God is not directed now to the tribes of Israel, but to all the sons and daughters of all the races, to whom ever would hear the gospel of the Kingdom, and understand, and repent in Jesus name. All races are included, including the Kenites, should they have eyes to see and ears to hear and understand and repent to God of their sins in Jesus name.
Many of these guests are very bad, however when they hear the invitation and accept by being converted by repenting, they place on their new wedding garment and are ready for the marriage of the Lamb.
This is the very story of Christianity itself unfolding in this parable.)
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
(You could call this garment the gospel armor, or more preferably the garment that is in Revelation; the garment of the righteous acts. This is the person who always said he never knew what the Word said but that he just had faith and believed. He never came to Christ for instructions as to what he was to accomplish nor who he was, etc. That person never knew Christ for the Word is Christ. Christ will say He doesnít know him.)
12 And he saith unto him, 'Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?'
(Gr. mē, not the same word as in v.11, because this refers to the man's subjective consciousness of the omission when he entered, not to the mere forgetfulness of the fact.)
And he was speechless.
(There was no excuse for the insult implied in the negative me, above.
This is the Heavenly Father looking down on this person who was saved, and just squeaked into the wedding without any garment, for he was probably one of these ones who was casting out demons in the name of the Lord, when the Lord told him, I know you not. You probably know the type, they take pride in their ministry, and let you know it is theirs, and they build it, and deserved all the money you can send them. Now standing before the Father, stark naked and void of righteous acts, He is tongue tied, and 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.'
(That person didnít even know what he did wrong! He was cast into outer darkness... (this doesnít say, or even imply hell - hell is when evil is being blotted out)...bound by the Word to be taught in the millennium. But he/they will not be able to partake of the kingdom wedding until itís consummation at the end of the millennium. This final event in the wedding takes place at the great white throne judgment, and there shall never be another.)
14 For many are called, but few are chosen."
(Cp. 20:16. Few shall partake in the soon-coming wedding of our Lord. As stated in Revelation Chapter 14, these are the one hundred forty-four thousand and the kings and queens of the nations. See Rev.22:17 for view in the eternity.)
15-46. QUESTIONS. PHARISEES AND SADDUCEES.
15-22. The Pharisees' Question. Civil.
22-33. The Sadducees Question. Religious.
34-40. The Pharisees' Question. Moral.
41-46. The Lord's Question and Answer.
15-22. THE PHARISEES' QUESTION.
15. Counsel taken.
16,17. Their Question as to the Tribute.
18,19-. His demand. The Argument.
-19. Their compliance "
20. His Question. "
21-. Their reply. "
-21. Their Question answered.
22. Departure taken.
15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle Him in his talk.
(Notice that when these religious leaders heard Jesus teaching of this parable, they started immediately to try to entangle, or trip up Jesus. They took counsel with their scripture lawyers to pick Jesus apart. The one thing that they were noted for is taking parts of the word out of context, or outright misquoting the scriptures. Many time when we are approached by those who would silence us, the same approach is used, and in most cases, that person is Biblically illiterate.
Be wiser then these serpents of the devil. If scripture is used, make them go to the word, and make sure it is correctly quoted. Then use a Strong's Dictionary to get the correct meaning, and don't allow someone to play games with God's Word.)
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.
(When someone comes on you with something like this, you better keep your hand on your wallet, and protect yourself. They are coming at you full force, and this is the smoke screen that comes before the battle. Be on guard. The Herodians were a political party, mostly Kenites, who were in Herod's court, and protecting the things of the establishment. These men were going to pick Jesus apart religiously, to advance themselves politically.
These disciples of the Pharisees were students of the Law, only it was not of God's law, but the modified rituals and man made traditions of the Nethinims [Kenites] acting as priests. So these two types of people have given their hollow compliments to Jesus, and now they are going to take aim at Him. Though they were stating this in ridicule, in their mind set, it words are true.)
17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?"
(This was the poll-tax paid in Roman money by each person who was enrolled in the census. See 17:25. Mark 12:14)
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
(This word "hypocrites" in the Greek language, means "an actor under an assumed character". They were play actors taking on the role of something that they are not. This was done for a false reason. They were acting as religious men, protecting the law, when in reality they were politicians. Jesus knew that they were trying to trip Him up with the government. This is one of the strongest tactics of the Kenite mind today; using the government to bring down an active and successful ministry.)
19 Shew me the tribute money." And they brought unto Him a penny.
(= a denarion. A silver coin worth about 18 cents.)
20 And He saith unto them, "Whose is this image and superscription?"
21 They say unto Him, "Caesar's."
(Therefore not a Jewish or Herodian coin, but a Roman.)
Then saith He unto them, "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's."
(There is no conflict with a Christian living for Christ, and doing the things instructed in His Word. God has authority and control over all governments, Kings and people in authority. God sets Kings up and tares them down. It was no accident that Russia fell in three days, and it was no accident that Caesar ruled over Rome. We are to obey the laws of the land, as well as those given in His word. Law is made to govern and give order to people as they interact with each other.
There are things in all governments that appear to be evil, and that is because the direction of government is made by men. Yet, there are things that government must provide, or it simply cannot exist. Armies, welfare, social services, utilities are but a few of the areas. Jesus is telling us that when we live under a government, the follow the laws of the land, and as we live our lives, render to God as His word teaches and directs you.
God's laws are absolute in all manner, yet the laws of the land may vary by time and place. We are to obey civil, and plant the seeds of truth, and God will provide your needs.)
22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left Him, and went their way.
23-33. THE SADDUCEES' QUESTION.
23. Sadducees' error. Denial of Resurrection.
24-28. Resurrection. Questioned.
29. Sadducees' error. Ignorance of Scriptures.
30-33. Resurrection proved.
23 The same day came to Him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked Him,
(They are like some today that believe that when you die, you go to a hole in the ground and stay there. As far as the Sadducees were concerned the only life you live is from the cradle to the grave.
So with their feeling that there was not life after death, they gave Jesus this question.)
24 Saying, "Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.'
25 Now there were with us seven brethren: and the first, when he had married a wife, deceased, and, having no issue, left his wife unto his brother:
26 Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.
27 And last of all the woman died also.
28 Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her."
(So with tongue in cheek, these Sadducees have presented this situation of one woman married to seven, and they all died; so they asked Jesus smirkingly, in the resurrection just who will claim her for his wife?
Keep in mind that these people asking the question don't believe what ever Jesus says, for they don't even believe in a resurrection; and this is a game with them. Yet we can be thankful to Jesus, for even though it is made to ridicule, Jesus has taken the opportunity to teach us through this stupid question.
There is a great deal taught us here concerning the next earth age, the Millennium age, in the answer of this question. This is to say, life after death. What we are talking about is the life in the spiritual body, when the physical body is dead and decaying.
Paul talks about the two bodies that each of us have in I Corinthians 15:43-49. We each have a flesh body, and we have a spiritual body. The moment that the flesh, or corruptible body gives up life, then the spiritual body or soul steps instantly from the flesh body, including the soul and spirit, and form a new complete individual in the spiritual realm. Then life goes back to the Father from where it came.
To be absent from this physical body is to be present with the Lord. In Ecclesiastes 12:7; "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." Where are our loved ones that have passed? As we just read, their physical body returns to the dust of the earth, and their Soul and spirit take on new form in their spiritual body and return to heaven from where it came. There is no mystery in this, when you study God's Word.
Many people wonder exactly what these Sadducees asked, and the answer is that the friendship continues indeed, but we learned in Ezekiel 44:25 that the elect will truly know their father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and husband, for they will be able to go back to them and witness to them in the land of the dead, spiritually, to direct them so they can have a chance by their works of the Millennium age, at judgment day.
So we will know each other, and we will see each other, and care for their well being, in a spiritual sense.)
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
(Note the negative, implying their unwillingness to know, not stating the mere fact. All are sure to err who do not know the Scriptures.
Ezekiel 44 is not the only place in the scripture that gives us an understanding of how it shall be between male and female in the Millennium age, and throughout eternity. The other point of study is will their even be male and female in the life here after.)
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
(The angels of God in heaven are all of the same gender. Remember back in Genesis 1:26; "And God said, "Let us [Elohim] make man in Our image, after Our likeness..." Elohim is God and his children, His angels. We are made after the angels, and in their likeness. We can eat their food [manna], and they can eat man's food. Many of these angels [sons of God] came down to earth and mated with the daughters of men, and had children. Are you starting to get the picture of what an angel is. He looks like us, and acts similar to us, yet his body is of a different substance.
Throughout the Scriptures the offspring of angels are mentioned, they are the peoples that filled the promised land that Abraham was given, and they are also the majority of the people that were in Sodom and Gomorrah that were destroyed. These offspring of angels are mentioned in Genesis 15:20, 21, the were the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, Perizzites, Raphaims, Girgashites, and Jebusites. The Kenites were the offspring of Cain, through Eve and Satan. All of them together are called the Canaanites.
So we see that in the next age after the flesh, this problem of marriage will not be a problem, and when we study His word, it becomes quite clear.)
31 But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,
32 'I am the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob?'
(Quoted from Ex. 3:6)
God is not the God of the dead, but of the living."
(The only conclusion being that they must rise and live again in resurrection in order that He may be their God. This is what the Lord set out to prove in [v.21] "concerning the resurrection".)
33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at His doctrine.
34-40. THE PHARISEES' QUESTION.
4-36. The Great Commandment. Question.
37,38. Answer. The First: Love of God. Severally.
39. Answer. The Second: Love of Neighbor. "
40. The Great Commandment. Jointly.
34 But when the Pharisees had heard that He had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.
35 Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying,
36 "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?"
(The Scribes divided them all up: 248 affirmative ones [the number of the member of the bodies]]: 365 negative [the days in a year]: 248 = 365 = the number of the letters in the Decalogue. Some were great and some were small [or heavy and light]. The question was as to great and small [as in v.35]; not the greatest and least. They didn't realize the Living Word was standing before them. Listen and learn.)
37 Jesus said unto him, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.
(Quoted from Deut. 6:3; 10:12; 30:6)
38 This is the first and great commandment.
(This commandment is spiritual, and covers the first 5 commandments which pertain to God.)
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
(Quoted Lev. 9:18.
This commandment is civil, and covers all the commandments that pertain to our relationships with other people.)
(If you love God, you try to keep all of His commandments. We do all fall short from time to time. Thank goodness for repentance and forgiveness. Love your Father. That is the greatest commandment of all.)
41-46. THE LORD'S QUESTION AND ANSWER.
41,42-. His Question: "Whose Son is Messiah?"
-42. Their Answer: "The Son of David."
43,44. David's Words.
45. His Question: "How is He his Son?"
46. Their Answer not given.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets."
(In other words if you love the Lord God, you will be happy to keep all the spiritual laws, for that will please God, and that is what Christians set there goals to do.
If you love your neighbor then you certainly will not steal from him, you are not going to covet his property nor his wife. Jesus answer to this scripture lawyer covered all the law, from beginning to the end.)
41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 Saying, "What think ye of Christ? whose Son is He?" They say unto Him, "The son of David."
Divers thoughts concerning Him.
"King of the Jews" (wise men from the east. Matt. 2:2).
"Mightier than I" (John Baptist. Matt. 3:11).
"Son of God" (demons. Matt. 8:29).
"A blasphemer (certain Scribes. Matt. 9:3).
"Son of David" (two blind men. Matt. 9:27) (a woman of Canaan. Matt. 15:22).
"The carpenter's son" (His fellow countrymen. Matt. 13:55).
"John the Baptist" (Herod and others. Matt. 14:2; 16:14).
"The Son of God" (they that were in the ship. Matt. 14:33).
"Elijah" (some. Matt. 16:14).
"Jeremiah" (others. Matt. 16:14).
"One of the prophets" (some men. Matt. 16:14).
"The Christ, the Son of the living God" (Peter. Matt. 16:16).
"The Christ, the Son of God" (Martha. John 11:27).
"My beloved Son" (God the Father. Matt. 17:5).
"Good Master" (a certain ruler. Matt. 19:16).
"The prophet of Nazareth" (the multitude. Matt. 21:11).
"The carpenter, son of Mary" (many hearing Him. Mark 6:3).
"Thy salvation ... a light ... the glory" (Simeon. Luke 2:30, 32).
"Joseph's son" (all in the synagogue. Luke 4:22).
"A great prophet" (all witnessing the raising of the widow's son. Luke 7:16).
"A righteous man" (the Roman centurion. Luke 23:47).
"A prophet mighty in deed and word" (the two going to Emmaus. Luke 24:19).
"The Lamb of God" (John the Baptist. John 1:29).
"The Messias" (Andrew. John 1:41).
"The Son of God ... the King of Israel" (Nathanael. John 1:49).
"A teacher come from God" (Nicodemus. John 3:2).
"A prophet" (a woman of Samaria. John 4:19).
"Jesus the son of Joseph" (the Jews. John 6:42).
"A Samaritan" and having a demon (the Jews. John 8:48).
"A prophet" (the blind man. John 9:17).
"The King of Israel" (much people. John 12:13).
43 He saith unto them, "How then doth David in spirit call Him Lord, saying,
44 'The LORD said unto my Lord, 'Sit Thou on My right hand, till I make Thine enemies Thy footstool?' '
(The 1st of 7 reference to Ps. 110:1 in the N.T. Next one is Mark 12:36. Luke 20:42. Acts 2:34. 1 Cor. 15:25. Heb. 1:13; 10:13. All refer to Messiah's session on the Father's Throne until His enemies shall be placed "as a footstool for His feet", except 1 Cor. 15:25, where they are at length put in subjection to the Son [Adonai] "under His feet". In all the 6, the enemies are placed as a footstool by Yahaveh, but in 1 Cor. 15:25 the are placed "under" by Adonai Himself. This was subject to Israel's repentance.)
45 If David then call Him Lord, how is He his son?"
46 And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions.
(This is the last time that the Pharisees ever tried to trip up Jesus, for He made them look ignorant of the scriptures. As the public stood by and watched as the Pharisees and Sadducees put on their side show to put down Jesus, the mood turned against them, and they were getting a bad reputation.
Remember this though, that it was through David's seed, his offspring which is Mary, that the Christ child would come. But his Father is the almighty Father.
When Jesus quoted this scripture from Psalm 110:1, He knew that they knew this verse, yet they had no idea of how to explain it. "The Lord said unto my Lord, "sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool" "
Psalm 110:2 "The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies." This is the answer to Jesus question, What think ye of Christ?
Psalm 110:3 "Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, In the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth." The "day of thy power", is the day of the lord at the seventh trumpet, when Jesus will return as the King of kings.
Psalm 110:4 "The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." The Lord hath sworn, means He will not change his mind. "Melchizedek" means "King of the just". This is in the Millennium age, and the elect are the priests after the order of Christ, the King of the Just. In the phrase, "thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek", is in reference to the blood line of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who was not only of the royal line of Judah, but also of the daughters of Aaron; which is to say, of the Levitical priesthood.
Psalm 110:5-7 "The Lord at thy right hand Shall strike through kings in the day of His wrath. He shall judge among the heathen, He shall fill the places with the dead bodies; He shall wound the heads over many countries. He shall drink of the brook in the way: Therefore shall He lift up the head."
The Lord God Himself, after the order of Melchizedek, shall come in and rule over all kings in that day of the Lord, which is also called the day of the wrath, for this is God's wrath poured upon the earth. Those first six trumpets were deceptions brought to deceive the peoples of the earth by Satan, the Antichrist.
Jesus taught so that you would gain a lot more wisdom that what was spoken for the ears of the Pharisees and Sadducees, concerning Himself.)