Messiah — More Than They Asked — Matthew 22.23-46 — Handout — 032220

Jesus stands at the Jewish_______ of faith, the Temple, sharing attributes from Heaven’s Kingdom. Where once bitter rivals have united. Mark 3:6~Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus. (NIV) Their commonality is a hatred for the_______ found in Christ. Facing some difficult questions Jesus gives them More Than They Asked: as He shares Untold Power, The Greatest, and The_____. 

1) Consider _____ Untold Power (22:23-33) Understand the Sadducees are sad because they do not believe in angels or the ____________. They one accepted only the first ____ books of the Old Testament, Torah or Pentateuch. Matthew 22:24~…If a man dies having no children, his brother must marry the widow and raise up offspring for his brother. (ESV) The Law says the next son carries on the_______ (some are even more grateful for grace). So, who gets her in the Ressurection? Matthew 22:30~For in the resurrection they______ marry nor are given in marriage, but are_____angels in heaven. (ESV)  1 Corinthians 15:44~…If there is a natural body, there is also a________body. (NIV) on earth, death reigns; therefore, we must have marriage to produce children & continue the human race, but in heaven that will not be necessary, because in heaven we have eternal life. Exodus 3:6~…he said I am the God of your_______, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. (ESV) That is why Jesus adds in Matthew 22:32b~…He is not God of the _ dead, but of the _______. (ESV) We clearly see Jesus is much______ with far more biblical knowledge than their highly-educated religious leaders. For wisdom, ask God. 

2) The Greatest Command (22:34-40) Jesus has silenced the Sadducees. So the Pharisees are up next asking in Matthew 22:36~Teacher, which is the great command? (ESV) Jesus responds with part of the_______ found in Deuteronomy 6:4-9. The Shema is to be quoted______. Matthew 22:37~And he said to him, You shall love the Lord your God with____…(ESV) This means a person must love God with his/her______ being. 1 John 4:20~If anyone says, I love God, and hates his brother, he is a_____; Jesus is saying to them everything hangs on love, and I will_____________this for you, on Friday.

3) The Who of Jesus (22:41-46) Matthew 22:41-42~Jesus asked…What do you think about the Christ…Whose____ is he?…(ESV) It’s common knowledge the Messiah will be a__________of David. Jeremiah 23:5~I will raise up for David a__________Branch…(NIV) In Psalm 110 David calls Messiah, Lord (master/owner) Matthew 22:45 ~If then David calls him Lord, how is he his son? (ESV) Making Messiah more than just a physical_________ of David. Jesus’ question is meant to reveal that Messiah is Lord over all, and Israel’s greatest king acknowledges this under the__________of the Holy Spirit. John 1:1~In the_________was the Word, the Word was with God, the Word was God. (NIV) Jesus Christ has always been one with God the Father. John 1:14~The Word became flesh…who came from the Father full of______&______ (NIV) Our Takeaway:____________________________________________.  Romans 1:17, Galatians 3:8, Hebrews 10:38 …the Just, the righteous walk & live by faith.

Free Indeed

As Jesus manages His last few days on earth He judiciously surveys the controversial trap set to ensure Him. Matthew 22:15~Then the Pharisees went and plotted how to entangle him in his words. (ESV) The Herodians are an aristocratic Jewish group that favors the policies of Herod Antipas and support the Roman government. Think of them as sellouts. While typically, they and the Pharisees are bitter enemies, the enemy of my enemy becomes my friend. As these to unlikely friends join forces, they attempt to trap Christ Jesus.

Listen to their diabolical alliance which sets about to flatter our Lord. Matthew 22:16~And they sent their disciples to him, along with the Herodians, saying, “Teacher, we know that you are true and teach the way of God truthfully, and you do not care about anyone’s opinion, for you are not swayed by appearances. (ESV) Matthew 22:17~Tell us, then, what you think. Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not? (ESV)

Fully aware of their intentions, Jesus asks why they are testing Him. Matthew 22:18-19~But Jesus, aware of their malice, said, “Why put me to the test, you hypocrites? Show me the coin for the tax.” And they brought him a denarius. (ESV) It was a silver coin with Caesar’s image. Matthew 22:20-21~And Jesus said to them, Whose likeness and inscription is this? They said, Caesar’s. Then he said to them, Therefore render (ἀποδίδωμι apodidōmi) to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” (ESV)

(ἀποδίδωμι apodidōmi) the word translated render means the payment of rightful due. So, Jesus first says, Don’t cheat on your taxes. Then He says, that we are to render to God, the things that are God’s. Has God ever given you anything, then give God what is due. Those are red-letter words of the One who saves souls. So, we ask, what things are we to give? The first thing we are to give to God is our total allegiance. Then, we are also to render, or give, to God the payment of rightful due monetarily. Listen to the way Paul tells us to give back to God in 2 Corinthians 9:7~Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful (ἱλαρός hilaros) giver. (NIV) 

Giving back to God is never to be done reluctantly, or grudgingly, which is with an attitude of regret. God is not looking for your regret, He wants your cheerfulness, (ἱλαρός hilaros). Cheerful, joyous, prompt to do anything. Yeah, that’s right God wants a servant who knows they got way more than they ever deserved and their gratitude comes out in their giving. I don’t believe in strong-arming people with compulsion, or external pressure. We are to render to God cheerfully because we are blessed.

The Pharisees and Herodians are amazed. Matthew 22:22~When they heard it, they marveled. And they left him and went away. (ESV) Jesus did exactly as they had deceitfully said, He taught the way of God truthfully. This is reminiscent of John 1:17~For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. (NIV) Ole Mo laid the Law, but it is in Jesus Christ that we are given the freedom of forgiveness. Jesus will either be your Deliverer or He will be your Destroyer. See the Law reveals God’s standards and condemns those who violate them, but grace provides redemption to sinners who break God’s Law. Romans 3:23~for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, (NIV) 

I want you to know today, that whom the Son sets free, is free. (John 8:36) So I have to ask you, have you been set free from your sins. If not today is a great day to confess and believe in Jesus Christ. If you have been set free from the burden of sin, what does your life look like to others? Are you starting conversations with others about Jesus? 2 Timothy 1:9~He has saved us and called us to a holy life, not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace.(NIV) Today, let God’s grace propel you to share His goodness with others as you look for ways to serve your neighbors, making Him (Jesus) famous.

Filled with Joy

2 Timothy 2:10~Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they too may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus, with eternal glory. (NIV) The Holy Scripture teaches that there is a divine election, yet it also indicates that people are responsible for their own rejection of God. Thus, we have to choose to accept God’s gracious invitation to us, furthermore, we must understand that God’s sovereign choice is compatible with the decisions that each of us makes. Speaking about this topic, Jesus says in Matthew 22:5~But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, (ESV) This sure seems confusing, difficult, or even impossible, to explain completely. Why? Because God’s thoughts are not like ours. Isaiah 55:9~As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts. (NIV) 

Finite humans, that is us, we can never fully understand or explain the ways of an infinite God. The sovereignty of God and human free will may seem incompatible to our minds. However, rather than dwelling on the unfathomable ways of God, Understand that people are Called, but not everyone is chosen unless we accept His invitation and then, we must become a cheerful Christian.

Are you a cheerful believer in Jesus Christ? By definition being cheerful is noticeably happy and optimistic. The world is watching all believers they want to know what it is that makes us so different when we face adversity and trials, even sickness of varying kings. I want you to know that it is not something we manufacture, conjure, or take. It is simply the joy of Jesus. Psalm 16:11~You make known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (NIV) Just like we go to the grocery store for food to fuel our bodies, we go to the gas station to fuel our cars, trucks, and SUVs. So too, we must come to Christ to be refueled by the joy that can only be found in His presence. 

Today, why not go to God and be filled with His joy. If you have pain give it to Him. If you have a need give it to Him and let Him respond to you, with the sweet fruit found only in the presence of the One, from whom all blessings flow. The Lord is waiting to hear from you today. Go ahead and reach out to Him.