re-posted from Pr. Stout (46 verses, 4:59 to read)
What I am about to READ
- It’s always nice to recognize that these events are taking place during Holy Week. That puts some context and emphasis on this text.
- There’s 2 main sections.
- 1.) (vs. 1-14) The parable of the wedding feast and
- 2.) (15-46) The Pharisees, Sadducees and scribes, recognizing that Jesus is speaking about them in that parable, all attempt to entangle Jesus in His Words. All groups are really going after Jesus, but He continually silences their accusation and avoids their traps. After being on the receiving end of so many traps and deceitful questions, the reading ends with a little section where Jesus asks them a question (41). The result of logically and rhetorically going toe to toe with the Son of God, “46 no one was able to answer him a word, nor from that day did anyone dare to ask him any more questions.”
- The parable of the wedding feast is a call to pay attention to the gracious invitation of God the Father. His preparation for you to enter the Kingdom of God through His Son’s willingness to be the sacrifice wherein He was slaughtered on the cross, is a wonderful and free gift. “Come.” Through the Holy Spirit, faith receives this invitation. The nature of the invitation, however, also allows for rejection – “but they paid no attention.”
- One cannot stay in this wedding feast without the wedding garment which is Christ’s righteousness. You are clothed in Christ (Gal. 3:27). You are baptized. He presents you as His Bride who is spotless and without blemish. Live and be free in this righteousness.Some really important doctrines come from the conversations with Pharisees, Sadducees, and scribes. What do you learn about the following in this text?
- How are you to regard the government (15-22)?
- What are you to believe about the resurrection and what comfort is drawn in the phrase “He is not God of the dead, but of the living” (23-33)?
- What is the summary of the Law (34-40)?
- How can the One who is called Lord also be a son (41-46)? (The answer there is the mystery of Christ’s two natures: divine from all eternity and human from conception in the Virgin Mary.)
- Take comfort in the wisdom and intelligence of Your Jesus. Christianity is not stupid or silly. From our Lord, we have correct wisdom and truth. In other words, despite the mocking you hear, you are right because the Jesus you listen to is right. He created reason and rhetoric and will destroy all opponents who attempt to outsmart Him! Take further comfort that you are clothed in the baptismal wedding garment of Christ’s righteousness. He is your ticket in to the wedding feast and your clothing that keeps you in the wedding feast.
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Pastor Christopher Stout