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Gospel of Matthew Chapter 22 Summary

The Great Commandments

  • Jesus gives one more parable to the Pharisees. This time it's the one about the wedding banquet.
  • The Pharisees try to trap Jesus again. This time, they ask him if it's lawful to pay the census tax to Caesar. Jesus sees that's they're trying to trick him. He says pay to Caesar what is Caesar's and to pay to God what is God's (22:21). Jesused!
  • Later that day, some Sadducees question the resurrection and what would happen if a widow married seven brothers (one at a time, of course). Whose wife would she be in the resurrection?
  • Jesus says they've got it all wrong. See, in the resurrection, no one is married. The Pharisees and Sadducees keep getting shut down.
  • Then one of them tests Jesus and asks what is the greatest commandment.
  • First, Jesus quotes Deuteronomy and says the greatest commandment is loving God with all your heart, soul, and mind. The second greatest commandment, though, is love thy neighbor as yourself.
  • Now it's Jesus's turn to test the Pharisees. And trust, he isn't going to go easy on them.
  • He asks them whose son is the messiah. Their answer: David. But Jesus comes right back at them and quotes Psalms where David calls him "Lord".
  • How could this be if the messiah is David's son?
  • Well, it looks like Jesus stumped them. And from that moment on, they stop questioning him.
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