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Matthew 22:1-14 March 20 2011 AM

I. The parable itself:

a. A parable of the Kingdom of God

b. Allegorical: this is a description to make a point, not an exact definition

II. The presentation of the parable:

a. This is one of many

b. It is also recorded in Luke 22(possibly—a repetition)

III. The points of the parable:

a. Initially invited guests:

i. Those who knew about the banquet

ii. They were previously aware

b. Refusals:

i. Some were simply disinterested

ii. Some were hostile

c. New guests:

i. Found from wherever

ii. Compelled

IV. The purpose of the parable:

a. Initially invited guests:

i. Humanity

ii. (Remember that Adam and Eve pair?)

iii. (And remember that Noah and family bunch?)

iv. Those who knew of God—but rejected his invitation

b. Slaves:

i. Those of his household

ii. Those He has bought

iii. _____(Us, got it?)

c. Second invitation:

i. All who can be found

ii. All who will respond

iii. All who come

V. The poorly dressed guest

a. Not sincere

b. Not explained

c. Not accepted

VI. The proper response:

a. Accept the invitation ->salvation

b. Be wearing the right clothes ->sanctification

c. Collect further guests –>Mission

 

March 20 PM Matthew c22v15t22

I. Characters:

a. Pharisees & Herodians: not allies

b. Opposition to the Lord Jesus Christ is the unifier of all sorts of folks

II. Trick questions:

a. Flattering opening

b. Sneaky questions

III. Perceptive answer:

a. Don’t fall into the trap

b. Don’t ignore the questions

IV. What matters most?

a. Whose likeness?

i. The coin is made in the likeness, with the image, of Caesar

ii. So give him his own: the tax money is rightfully his:

b. Whose likeness?

i. You are made in the image and likeness of God

ii. You are remade, redeemed, into the likeness of Christ: 2 Cor 3:18

V. So what are we doing?

a. We are so often allowing the people around us to drive our image

b. We end up rendering all sorts of things all sorts of places

c. We owe to Caesar what’s his----symbolic of earthly loyalties and responsibilities

d. We owe to God what’s His---our very selves.

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