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Jesus -- the Guru #29

Read Matthew 22:1-33. Note the contrast between Jesus’ teaching and the Pharisees religion of rules.



The Parable of the Wedding Banquet


1Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:2“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.3He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.


4“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’


5“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business.6The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.7The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.


8“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.9Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’10So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.


11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.12‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless.


13“Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


14“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

Paying Taxes to Caesar



15Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.16They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are.17Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”


18But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?19Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius,20and he asked them, “Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?”


21“Caesar’s,” they replied. Then he said to them, “Give to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”


22When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

Marriage at the Resurrection


23That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.24“Teacher,” they said, “Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and have children for him.25Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother.26The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh.27Finally, the woman died.28Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?”


29Jesus replied, “You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.30At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.31But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you,32‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’ ? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”


33When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.


 


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