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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Matthew Chapter 22

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Matthew (Levi)
Date Penned: (60-65 AD)
Overview: Jesus Christ the King (c 1-28)
Theme: Message and Ministry of Jesus, The King (c 4-25)
Message: Jesus Faces Conflict with Religious Leaders  (v 1-46)

Matthew 22 Commentary
(22:1-14) Jesus Tells the Parable of the Wedding Dinner - Jesus had already told two parables focusing on rejection of him as God’s Son and God’s resulting judgment. The parable of the two sons (21:28-32) showed how the rewards of the sons were switched according to their ultimate service rendered. The parable of the wicked tenants (21:33-46) explained that “others” would be given the vineyard. The following parable of the wedding feast showed that those least expected would be invited to the feast.

(22:15-22) Religious Leaders Question Jesus About Paying Taxes - The Pharisees and Herodians who approached Jesus usually were parties in conflict, with one side against Rome and one side pro-Rome. They sent young men in the hope that Jesus would not suspect them of trickery.

(22:23-33) Religious Leaders Question Jesus About the Resurrection - The combined group of religious leaders from the Council had failed with their first question (21:23-27); the paired antagonists of Pharisees and Herodians had failed with a political question (22:15-22); here the Sadducees, another group of religious leaders, smugly stepped in to try to trap Jesus with a theological question.

(22:34-40) Religious Leaders Question Jesus About the Greatest Commandment - The questions leading up to the one recorded in this section were intended to trap Jesus rather than to find answers. Here, however, an expert in religious law asked Jesus to condense the Law to a single principle.

(22:41-46) Religious Leaders Cannot Answer Jesus' Question - This was still presumably Tuesday of Jesus’ final week on earth. Jesus had answered questions from various groups of religious leaders: the Pharisees, Herodians, and Sadducees. Then Jesus turned the tables and asked the Pharisees a question that went right to the heart of the matter—what they thought about the Messiah’s identity. The central issue of life for these ancient religious leaders (as well as for us) is Jesus’ true identity.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Go Into the Highways and Hedges

 Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Matthew with Chapter 22. In our text today we see Jesus telling the parable of the wedding feast with Jesus explaining how many are invited to the wedding feast but many rejected the invitation but His servants were instructed to go into the Highways and hedges to bid all to come to wedding feast. In making application we see how we are to go into all the world to reach others with the Gospel. How about you? Do you see the Masters instruction to go invite all to the wedding feast? Let us learn from our text today and the parable of Jesus that instructs us to go into the Highways and Hedges to bid all to come to Jesus to experience Eternal Life and the Wedding Feast of the lamb, our Lord and Savior Jesus-Christ. 


Matthew 22

Matthew 22

 1And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,

 2The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,

 3And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.

 4Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.

 5But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:

 6And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.

 7But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.

 8Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.

 9Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.

 10So 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.

 11And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:

 12And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.

 13Then 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.

 14For many are called, but few are chosen.

 15Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.

 16And 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.

 17Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?

 18But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?

 19Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.

 20And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?

 21They 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.

 22When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.

 23The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,

 24Saying, Master, Moses said, If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.

 25Now 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:

 26Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh.

 27And last of all the woman died also.

 28Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her.

 29Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.

 30For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.

 31But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,

 32I 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.

 33And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.

 34But when the Pharisees had heard that he had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together.

 35Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,

 36Master, which is the great commandment in the law?

 37Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.

 38This is the first and great commandment.

 39And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

 40On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.

 41While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,

 42Saying, What think ye of Christ? whose son is he? They say unto him, The son of David.

 43He saith unto them, How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying,

 44The LORD said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool?

 45If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?

 46And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.