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2016 May 19
Tribute Money (1630-1635)
Bernardo Strozzi (c. 1581 - 1644)
Szepmuveszeti Muzeum, Budapest, Hungary
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art
Explanation: Matthew 22 begins with the Parable of the wedding Feast. A king gave a wedding feast for his son and sent his servants to invite guests. Some ignored the invitation and went about their business, and others harmed and killed the servants. The king killed those who did this and burned their city. He then sent his servants to go into the streets to find guests. On the wedding day the king saw someone at the feast who did not have a wedding garment. He ordered him to be bound hand and foot and to be cast into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. The point of the parable is that many are called (to come into God's kingdom), but few are chosen (1-14).
Some came to Jesus and asked him if it was in accord with God's law to pay tax to Caesar. Jesus told them to render to Caesar that which belonged to Caesar and to God that which belonged to God.
The Sadducees came to him and asked him about the resurrection. They asked him about marriage in heaven, but Jesus said that there was no marriage in heaven. Jesus also told them that life after death is proved by the Scripture which calls God the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, because God is the God of the living, not of the dead (23-33).
Others asked him which was the great commandment. He said it was the one which told us to love the Lord our god with all of our heart, soul, and mind. And he added that the second greatest commandment was to love our neighbor as ourselves (34-40).
He then asked them who's son Christ (the Messiah) was. They said that he was the Son of David. Jesus then asked them how David could call Christ his Lord, as he did in Psalm 110:1. They were dumbfounded by this question because this Scripture clearly points to the divinity of Christ (41-46).
[Sermons: Justin Mote. Various. ].
[Illustration: Today's painting depicts the discussion which Jesus had with his critics about paying tribute to Caesar. ]
[THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES: Mark 12:13-17. Luke 20:20-26. Mark 12:18-27. Luke 20:27-39. Mark 12:28-34. Luke 20:40. Mark 12:35-37. Luke 20:41-44. ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***
2. The Manifestation of King Jesus and His Kingdom (Mt 4:12 - Mt 25:46) - 29 - 33 A.D. Israel
E. He Expanded his Teachings and His Influence - (Continued) - (Matthew (12 - 25)
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 for his son,
3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4 Again, 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.
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.
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.
11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was 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.
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.
15 Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk.
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.
17 Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?
18 But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?
19 Shew me the tribute money. And they brought unto him a penny.
20 And he saith unto them, Whose is this image and superscription?
21 They 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.
22 When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way.
23 The same day came to him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked him,
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.
29 Jesus answered and said unto them, Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God.
30 For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven.
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? God is not the God of the dead, but of the living.
33 And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine.
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?
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.
38 This is the first and great commandment.
39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
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.
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?
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.
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