Matthew Chapter 22

"Parables. Marriage of the King's Son, the Substituted Guests."

This Bible Study is written by Roger Christopherson, and it's transcription/ location is provided by http://www.theseason.org/plough.htm

Matthew 22:1"And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,"

Jesus is talking to this same group of Pharisees, scribes and chief priests for Matthew 21, and when Jesus speaks in parables these religious leaders will not understand. That is why He teaches in such a way, as we saw in Matthew 13:11. Jesus explains the parable to His disciples, but the Kenite religious people, it is just not for them.

Matthew 13:11 "He answered and said unto them [his disciples], "Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given."

Matthew 22:2 ""The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,"

This King is our Heavenly Father, and His Son is Jesus Christ.

Matthew 22:3 "And went forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come."

These servants are John the Baptist, and the followers of both John and Jesus.

Matthew 22:4 "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.' "

This would be Peter, and the rest of the Apostles and teachers of Jesus day, and even applies to our generation.

Matthew 22:5 "But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, and other to his merchandise:"

When the gospel of the kingdom was preached to the House of Israel, they made light of it, and went about their business, and other matters that they put before God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Their work, their family, sports, entertainment, hobbies, and what ever else you can think of came first, before Christ and the gospel of the kingdom. Though the merchandisers are somewhat removed for the processes of nature, it is a shame that the farmer that relies on the blessings of God for His crop, should overlook this marriage of the Son of the King.

Matthew 22:6 "And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them."

The "remnant" are the rest of the Kenites.

Matthew 22:7 "But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city."

This is not what you might think it is, the Second Advent; for this happened in the year 70 A.D., when "His armies", the Roman armies led by General Titus swept through Palestine and destroyed Jerusalem. Do not mix this event up with Matthew 24, what God is doing here is destroying the remnant of the Kenite, out of the city of Jerusalem.

By 70 A.D. most of the population left were bad seed, however there were some good ones. The majority of the leadership remaining in Jerusalem, and in control of the Temple, were the Kenites, the offspring of Cain, through the sexual union of Satan and Eve in the Garden of Eden.

Matthew 22:8 "Then saith he to his servants, 'The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy."

This was in the past, and we are now coming to the current time, of the ages.

Matthew 22:9 "Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.' "

This marriage is written about in Revelation 19:7-9; "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready." [7] "And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints." [8] "And he saith unto me, "Write, 'Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.' " [9]

Notice where part of the female body, that Christ will take to marriage, He already calls wife. This is because of the events that happened in the world that was, that is before the foundations of this world flesh age. Some of God's elect were chosen in that age, and adopted, judged and predestined to be heirs of the Living God, as recorded in Ephesians 1:4-6. This is part of the Ephesians study.

Matthew 22:10 "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."

Jesus Christ had now died on the cross, and the Word of God is not directed now to the tribes of Israel, but to all the sons and daughters of all the races, to whom ever would hear the gospel of the Kingdom, and understand, and repent in Jesus name. All races are included, including the Kenites, should they have eyes to see and ears to hear and understand and repent to God of their sins in Jesus name.

Many of these guests are very bad, however when they hear the invitation and accept by being converted by repenting, they place on their new wedding garment and are ready for the marriage of the Lamb.

This is the very story of Christianity itself unfolding in this parable.

Matthew 22:11 "And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:"

This is important to understand. This wedding garment is told of in Revelation 19:8; "...she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints."

The clothes worn by those that will be going to this wedding of the Lamb, between Jesus Christ and his bride, the Church, is made up of your righteous acts, that's right, your works. This man at the wedding , given in this parable had no righteous acts, he was there nude, and naked as can be. Remember this is a parable, and speaking in a spiritual sense, and Jesus is telling you and I what it will be like to show up at the wedding, with no righteous acts to our credit, nor service given in the name of Christ.

There are many people offended when you apply the word "nude" to this application, yet when this day does come, and it will very shortly, they will be standing before the Almighty Father, giving account of themselves, for un-repented sins, and the lack of service of Christ's kingdom. Some of these rapture theorists will stand in great shame, for their service given to the wrong Christ, the Antichrist, and being taken in the wrong wedding. We will read of this in Matthew 24.

Matthew 22:12 "And he saith unto him, 'Friend, how comest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?' And he was speechless."

This is the Heavenly Father looking down on this person who was saved, and just squeaked into the wedding without any garment, for he was probably one of these ones who was casting out demons in the name of the Lord, when the Lord told him, I know you not. You probably know the type, they take pride in their ministry, and let you know it is theirs, and they build it, and deserved all the money you can send them. Now standing before the Father, stark naked and void of righteous acts, He is tongue tied, and speechless.

Matthew 22:13 "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."

Remember back in Matthew 8:12? The phrase, "the outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth," denotes not a state of being, but rather a definite occasion and time when this event shall take place. Our Lord Jesus Christ has used this expression to show the shame of individuals, at His return, when they finally see what they have done. They have run to the Antichrist, Satan, and have thrown their righteous act at his feet, thus giving up any rewards that would have earned in the flesh body. That includes the finest of all gifts, the grace that we have through our Lord Jesus Christ.

We are living in a time like never before, for we are living in the "time of the end", as spoken by many of the prophets. Even Daniel's writings were to be sealed, and not understood until the time of the end, for in that time it would become reality, and the events are signs of the end times for us, so that we would not be deceived by Satan, and his one world system.

Matthew 22:14 "For many are called, but few are chosen."

The reason for getting bold in the teaching is not to offend someone, but that it would drive you deeper into God holy Word.

Matthew 22:15 "Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle Him in His talk."

Notice that when these religious leaders heard Jesus teaching of this parable, they started immediately to try to entangle, or trip up Jesus. They took counsel with their scripture lawyers to pick Jesus apart. The one thing that they were noted for is taking parts of the word out of context, or outright misquoting the scriptures. Many time when we are approached by those who would silence us, the same approach is used, and in most cases, that person is Biblically illiterate.

Be wiser then these serpents of the devil. If scripture is used, make them go to the word, and make sure it is correctly quoted. Then use a Strong's Dictionary to get the correct meaning, and don't allow someone to play games with God's Word.

Matthew 22:16 "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."

My friend, when someone comes on you with something like this, you better keep your hand on your wallet, and protect yourself. They are coming at you full force, and this is the smoke screen that comes before the battle. Be on guard. The Herodians were a political party, mostly Kenites, who were in Herod's court, and protecting the things of the establishment. These men were going to pick Jesus apart religiously, to advance themselves politically.

These disciples of the Pharisees were students of the Law, only it was not of God's law, but the modified rituals and man made traditions of the Nethinims [Kenites] acting as priests. So these two types of people have given their hollow compliments to Jesus, and now they are going to take aim at Him. Though they were stating this in ridicule, in their mind set, it words are true.

Matthew 22:17 "Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar, or not?"

Caesar has had people beheaded for not paying taxes, and so we see the intent of this bunch of religious skunks is to catch Jesus in words that they can run to Herod with, and have Jesus in deep trouble. The religious people are setting Jesus up in a religious sense, with these court lawyers of Herod listening for a treasonous thought. If Jesus would have said, "don't pay your taxes", then He could have been arrested, and tried, and even crucified for a wrong reason.

If you think taxes to a civilian government is wrong, it is time to rethink your position. The Prophet Daniel in the Old Testament was a tax collector, and was the highest just under the King, in the one world government of the old Babylonian kingdom. Though you pay the taxes, you can also take the tax breaks, for they are given for your benefit. You take all the breaks you can, and only those that are allowed. In these final days we are to be creditable and honest in all matters, including those things where we are dealing with the world. We represent the true King of the universe.

Matthew 22:18 "But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said, "Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites?"

This word "hypocrites" in the Greek language, means "an actor under an assumed character". They were play actors taking on the role of something that they are not. This was done for a false reason. They were acting as religious men, protecting the law, when in reality they were politicians. Jesus knew that they were trying to trip Him up with the government. This is one of the strongest tactics of the Kenite mind today; using the government to bring down an active and successful ministry.

Matthew 22:19 "Shew me the tribute money." And they brought unto him a penny."

Matthew 22:20 "And He saith unto them, "Whose is this image and superscription?"

Matthew 22:21 "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."

There is no conflict with a Christian living for Christ, and doing the things instructed in His Word. God has authority and control over all governments, Kings and people in authority. God sets Kings up and tares them down. It was no accident that Russia fell in three days, and it was no accident that Caesar ruled over Rome. We are to obey the laws of the land, as well as those given in His word. Law is made to govern and give order to people as they interact with each other.

There are things in all governments that appear to be evil, and that is because the direction of government is made by men. Yet, there are things that government must provide, or it simply cannot exist. Armies, welfare, social services, utilities are but a few of the areas. Jesus is telling us that when we live under a government, the follow the laws of the land, and as we live our lives, render to God as His word teaches and directs you.

God's laws are absolute in all manner, yet the laws of the land may vary by time and place. We are to obey civil, and plant the seeds of truth, and God will provide your needs.

Matthew 22:22 "When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left Him, and went their way."

These men were not preachers, but lawyers, trained in playing with the words of men for the sake of tripping him up. These lawyers marvelled at the lesson that Jesus had just given them, and they left .

Matthew 22:23 "The same day came to Him the Sadducees, which say that there is no resurrection, and asked Him,"

These Sadducees were from a sect that did not believe there was life after death. They are like some today that believe that when you die, you go to a hole in the ground and stay there. As far as the Sadducees were concerned the only life you live is from the cradle to the grave.

So with their feeling that there was not life after death, they gave Jesus this question.

Matthew 22:24 "Saying, "Master, Moses said, 'If a man die, having no children, his brother shall marry his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother', "

Matthew 22:25 "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:"

So we see there was a family with seven brothers in it, and the oldest had a wife and died.

Matthew 22:26 "Likewise the second also, and the third, unto the seventh."

This healthy woman outlasted all seven of the men folk.

Matthew 22:27 "And last of all the woman died also."

Matthew 22:28 "Therefore in the resurrection whose wife shall she be of the seven? for they all had her."

So with tongue in cheek, these Sadducees have presented this situation of one woman married to seven, and they all died; so they asked Jesus smirkingly, in the resurrection just who will claim her for his wife?

Keep in mind that these people asking the question don't believe what ever Jesus says, for they don't even believe in a resurrection; and this is a game with them. Yet we can be thankful to Jesus, for even though it is made to ridicule, Jesus has taken the opportunity to teach us through this stupid question.

There is a great deal taught us here concerning the next earth age, the Millennium age, in the answer of this question. This is to say, life after death. What we are talking about is the life in the spiritual body, when the physical body is dead and decaying.

Paul talks about the two bodies that each of us have in I Corinthians 15:43-49. We each have a flesh body, and we have a spiritual body. The moment that the flesh, or corruptible body gives up life, then the spiritual body or soul steps instantly from the flesh body, including the soul and spirit, and form a new complete individual in the spiritual realm. Then life goes back to the Father from where it came.

To be absent from this physical body is to be present with the Lord. In Ecclesiastes 12:7; "Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it." Where are our loved ones that have passed? As we just read, their physical body returns to the dust of the earth, and their Soul and spirit take on new form in their spiritual body and return to heaven from where it came. There is no mystery in this, when you study God's Word.

Many people wonder exactly what these Sadducees asked, and the answer is that the friendship continues indeed, but we learned in Ezekiel 44:25 that the elect will truly know their father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and husband, for they will be able to go back to them and witness to them in the land of the dead, spiritually, to direct them so they can have a chance by their works of the Millennium age, at judgment day.

There is a study book on Millennium age that covers Ezekiel 39-48, [Ezekiel volume II, Chapters 25-48], And it is worth you time of study.

So we will know each other, and we will see each other, and care for their well being, in a spiritual sense.

Matthew 22:29 "Jesus answered and said unto them, "Ye do err, not knowing the scriptures, nor the power of God."

Most of us err in our understanding of the scriptures, and the power of God, and this is what it is important for us to strive to understand the scripture, and rightly divide it along with the common sense that God has placed within our mind. Ezekiel 44 is not the only place in the scripture that gives us an understanding of how it shall be between male and female in the Millennium age, and throughout eternity. The other point of study is will their even be male and female in the life here after.

Matthew 22:30 "For in the resurrection they neither marry, nor are given in marriage, but are as the angels of God in heaven."

The angels of God in heaven are all of the same gender. Remember back in Genesis 1:26; "And God said, "Let us [Elohim] make man in Our image, after Our likeness..." Elohim is God and his children, His angels. We are made after the angels, and in their likeness. We can eat their food [manna], and they can eat man's food. Many of these angels [sons of God] came down to earth and mated with the daughters of men, and had children. Are you starting to get the picture of what an angel is. He looks like us, and acts similar to us, yet his body is of a different substance.

Throughout the Scriptures the offspring of angels are mentioned, they are the peoples that filled the promised land that Abraham was given, and they are also the majority of the people that were in Sodom and Gomorrah that were destroyed. These offspring of angels are mentioned in Genesis 15:20, 21, the were the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, the Hittites, Perizzites, Raphaims, Girgashites, and Jebusites. The Kenites were the offspring of Cain, through Eve and Satan. All of them together are called the Canaanites.

So we see that in the next age after the flesh, this problem of marriage will not be a problem, and when we study His word, it becomes quite clear.

Matthew 22:31 "But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying,"

These Sadducees did read the scriptures, even though they did not believe them, and Jesus is asking them, haven't you read in the scriptures what God had to say about the resurrection of the dead.

Matthew 22:32 " '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."

This is what God had to say about life after death. Notice that Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were all dead when God made said these words to Moses in Exodus 3:6. Jesus himself also gives a parable in Luke 16;20-32 of Lazarus dying and being taken to be with Abraham. Abraham isn't dead, but he is with the Father, just like Isaac, and any of your dear Christian loved ones that loved the Lord, and left this flesh body to go to be with the Lord.

Where are the dead? They are with our Heavenly Father in Heaven. They are in soul and spirit, and the same type of body that the angels have. God is not the God of the dead but the living, and that is the hope that we have in Jesus Christ, of our life is life eternal that comes when we repent of our sins in Jesus name, and believe on Him. We are saved by faith in Him, and that is active in nature. It is the action of our belief that is sustained by our confidence in Him, that He, God will do exactly as He has promised us that he will do. Faith has a focus point, and that focus of our attention is Jesus Christ, and His shed blood on the cross for our sins.

Matthew 22:33 "And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at His doctrine."

This doctrine was sound, because it was scriptural.

Matthew 22:34 "But when the Pharisees had heard that He had put the Sadducees to silence, they were gathered together."

We have two different denominations here, the Pharisees and the Sadducees. The Pharisees did believe in life after death, and went along with with Jesus on this one, and they were amused when they saw Jesus put down their rival in thought, the Sadducees. Paul also used these two groups to escape from them many times, when he was in trouble, and you could rely on a riot breaking out, when the idea of "life after death" was mentioned, and the two were present together.

Matthew 22:35 "Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked Him a question, tempting Him, and saying,"

This was a scripture lawyer, and here this Kenite would play on words to tempt Jesus with the scripture.

Matthew 22:36 " "Master, which is the great commandment in the law?" "

Which one to the ten is the greatest of them all?

Matthew 22:37 "Jesus said unto him, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all they heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind."

Matthew 22:38 "This is the first and great commandment

This response then covers all five of the spiritual commandments. If you keep this then you have kept the first five.

Matthew 22:39 "And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thy self."

Matthew 22:40 "On these two commandment hang all the law and the prophets."

This second commandment that Jesus named is civil, and it covers all five of the civil commandments. Not only did these two cover the ten commandments, but it also covered all of the commandments that the prophets taught. In other words if you love the Lord God, you will be happy to keep all the spiritual laws, for that will please God, and that is what Christians set there goals to do.

If you love your neighbor then you certainly will not steal from him, you are not going to covet his property nor his wife. Jesus answer to this scripture lawyer covered all the law, from beginning to the end.

Matthew 22:41 "While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, They said unto Him, "the Son of David."

Now Jesus is going to turn a question on them.

Matthew 22:42 "Saying, "What think ye of Christ? whose Son is He?"

Remember to these Pharisees the word Christ meant the anointed one, meaning "Messiah.

Matthew 22:43 "He saith unto them, "How then doth David in spirit call Him Lord, saying,"

Of course their reaction is well know, for it is the central part of the teaching, It is a promise that God gave to David personally, as is recorded in in II Samuel 7:12, 16.

Matthew 22:44 " 'The Lord said unto My Lord, 'Sit Thou on My right hand, till I make thine enemies Thy footstool?' "

Matthew 22:45 "If David then call Him Lord, how is He his Son?"

Matthew 22:46 "And no man was able to answer Him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask Him any more questions."

This is the last time that the Pharisees ever tried to trip up Jesus, for He made them look ignorant of the scriptures. As the public stood by and watched as the Pharisees and Sadducees put on their side show to put down Jesus, the mood turned against them, and they were getting a bad reputation.

Remember this though, that it was through David's seed, his offspring which is Mary, that the Christ child would come. But his Father is the almighty Father.

When Jesus quoted this scripture from Psalm 110:1, He knew that they knew this verse, yet they had no idea of how to explain it. "The Lord said unto my Lord, "sit thou at my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool" "

Psalm 110:2 "The Lord shall send the rod of thy strength out of Zion: Rule thou in the midst of thine enemies." This is the answer to Jesus question, What think ye of Christ?

Psalm 110:3 "Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, In the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth." The "day of thy power", is the day of the lord at the seventh trumpet, when Jesus will return as the King of kings.

Psalm 110:4 "The Lord hath sworn, and will not repent, thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek." The Lord hath sworn, means He will not change his mind. "Melchizedek" means "King of the just". This is in the Millennium age, and the elect are the priests after the order of Christ, the King of the Just. In the phrase, "thou art a priest for ever after the order of Melchizedek", is in reference to the blood line of Mary, the mother of Jesus, who was not only of the royal line of Judah, but also of the daughters of Aaron; which is to say, of the Levitical priesthood.

Psalm 110:5-7 "The Lord at thy right hand Shall strike through kings in the day of His wrath." [5] "He shall judge among the heathen, He shall fill the places with the dead bodies; He shall wound the heads over many countries." [6] "He shall drink of the brook in the way: Therefore shall He lift up the head." [7]

The Lord God Himself, after the order of Melchizedek, shall come in and rule over all kings in that day of the Lord, which is also called the day of the wrath, for this is God's wrath poured upon the earth. Those first six trumpets were deceptions brought to deceive the peoples of the earth by Satan, the Antichrist.

Jesus taught so that you would gain a lot more wisdom that what was spoken for the ears of the Pharisees and Sadducees, concerning Himself.

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