Chapter 22

Jesus spoke to them in parables again, 2"Heaven’s Empire is like a king who gave his son a wedding feast. 3He sent his slaves to get everyone who was invited, but they didn’t want to come. 4Again he sent other slaves and told them, ‘Tell the people who’ve been invited, “Look at the meal I’ve prepared! My bulls and fattened calves have been butchered and everything’s ready. Come to the wedding.”’ 5But nobody cared. They all went off, one to his field, another to his store. 6The rest took his slaves, and abused and killed them. 7The king was angry and he sent his armies to kill those murderers and burn down their city. 8Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but the invited guests aren’t worthy. 9So go out on the streets and invite anyone you find to the wedding.’ 10The slaves went out onto the streets and brought in everyone they found, both evil and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11“The king went out to see the guests and he saw a man there who wasn’t dressed up for the wedding. 12He said to him, ‘Friend, why did you come here without getting dressed up?’ But the man didn’t have an answer. 13Then the king said to his servants, ‘Tie up his hands and feet and throw him into the dark alley outside. There will be crying and tooth-grinding.’ 14Because many are called, but few are chosen.

15Then the Pharisees came and planned together about how they could trap Jesus in what he said. 16They sent their disciples with the Herodians and said, “Teacher, we know you are truthful, that you teach the way of God in truth, and you don’t care what other people think. You aren’t partial to anyone. 17So, tell us what you think. Is it legal to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” 18Jesus knew their evil and said to them, “Why are you testing me, you hypocrites? 19Show me the coin used to pay taxes.” They gave him a coin. 20He said, “Whose picture is this? Whose inscription is this?” 21They said to him, “It’s Caesar’s.” Then he says to them, “Then give to Caesar what’s Caesar’s and give to God what’s God’s.” 22They heard this and marveled. Then they left him and went away.

23On that same day, the Sadducees, who say there isn’t a resurrection, came to him and asked, 24"Teacher, Moses said, ‘If a man dies without children, then his brother will marry his wife and raise children for him.’ 25Now, there were seven brothers among us. The first married and died without children and left his wife to his brother. 26Also the second one died, and the third, and so on until the seventh. 27Finally the wife died. 28So, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be? They were all married to her.” 29Jesus answered them, “Y’all are wrong, because y’all don’t know the writings or the power of God. 30In the resurrection, people don’t marry and they’re not given in marriage, but they’re like the angels in heaven. 31As for the resurrection of the dead, haven’t y’all read what God said to you, 32'I am the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob’? He isn’t the God of the dead, but of the living.” 33When they heard this, the crowds were amazed by his teaching.

34When the Pharisees heard that he shut up the Sadducees, they came together 35and one of them, a lawyer, tried to test him by asking, 36"Teacher, which commandment is greatest in the law?” 37Jesus said, “’You will love the Lord your God with your whole heart, your whole soul, and your whole mind.’ 38This is the greatest and the first commandment. 39The second is like it, ‘You will love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40The entire Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.

41While the Pharisees were still together, Jesus asked them a question, 42"What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is He?” They said to him, “The son of David.” 43He says to them, “Then how does David in the spirit call Him Lord, saying, 44'The Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at my right, until I put your enemies under your feet”’? 45If David calls Him Lord, then how can He be his son?” 46No one could answer him, and no one dared to ask him another question from that day on.

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