The Gospel According to St. Matthew: Matthew Chapter 22: Read Here: https://www.lds.org/scriptures/nt/matt/22?lang=eng
‘And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said,
“The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come”’ (Matt 22:1-3).
Further thought: Heavenly Father sent prophets to Israel to invite them to be ready to accept His Son when He came to the earth. The invitation was misunderstood or ignored by many.
“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. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city”’ (vs. 4-7).
Further thought: How do we personally respond when we are invited to learn of the Lord? He tells us to pray always, to learn of Him, and to set apart Sundays (or our Sabbath) as a day to meet with the saints and worship Him.
Do we allow the cares of the world, of the week, of our businesses, or of our leisure to interfere with an invitation from God?
‘Then saith he to his servants,
“The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 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” (vs. 8-10).
Further thought: Jesus truly invites us all to come unto Him, and He forbids not any. What kind of personal preparation, worthiness, or even sanctification is necessary on our part to participate in ceremonies with the Lord?
“For many are called, but few are chosen” (vs. 14).
Further thoughts: Israel was chosen first, but some didn’t hear the call. Some have heard the call, but have not chosen to prepare.
How did Saint Matthew view the Pharisees?
“Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk” (vs. 15).
Look at that word “entangle.” Do we know others who are like the Pharisees, trying to promote their own wisdom, while making a mock of others or trying to make them appear to falter or look foolish? More importantly, are we like that? Introspection is even more important than judging others. Do we seek to find fault and to make others look inferior to us? Do we constantly seek self-promotion? Or do we love our neighbor as ourselves?
‘Then went the Pharisees, and took counsel how they might entangle him in his talk. 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. Tell us therefore, What thinkest thou? Is it lawful to give tribute unto Cæsar, or not?”
‘But Jesus perceived their wickedness, and said,
“Why tempt ye me, ye hypocrites? Shew me the tribute money.”
‘And they brought unto him a penny. And he saith unto them,
“Whose is this image and superscription?”
‘They say unto him,
‘Then saith he unto them,
“Render therefore unto Cæsar the things which are Cæsar’s; and unto God the things that are God’s.”
‘When they had heard these words, they marvelled, and left him, and went their way’ (vs. 15-22).
Then the Sadducees thought they’d take a turn. The Sadducees did not believe in the resurrection (hence, they were sad, you see).
Read verses 23-30.
Further thoughts: The Sadducees intent was really not to find out Jesus’s opinion of the woman who had been married to seven brothers, and whose wife she would be in the resurrection, because they didn’t believe in the resurrection in the first place. So they really posed the question as a trap. So the Lord addressed their real question answering thus,
“But as touching the resurrection of the dead, have ye not read that which was spoken unto you by God, saying, 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 (vs. 31-32).”
“And when the multitude heard this, they were astonished at his doctrine” (vs. 33).
Further thoughts: Jesus had now silenced both the Pharisees and the Sadducees. So now a lawyer thought he’d take his turn:
‘Then one of them, which was a lawyer, asked him a question, tempting him, and saying,
“Master, which is the great commandment in the law?”
‘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.This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets”’ (vs. 35-40).
‘While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, Saying,
“What think ye of Christ? whose son is he?”
‘They say unto him,
“The Son of David.”
‘He saith unto them,
“How then doth David in spirit call him Lord, saying, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand, till I make thine enemies thy footstool? If David then call him Lord, how is he his son?”
‘And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions’ (vs. 41-46).
How was Jesus’s answer to the lawyer a declaration of His divinity?