Coming of the King: Week 46
Luke recounts a similar parable of a banquet in
around the time of Matthew 8. Since then, a fork in history
has been chosen (Matthew 13), and this version includes
judgement on the Jewish establishment which is now a certainty.
- 22:2 "wedding banquet" - Christ is the Son and the Bride of Christ is the
- 22:4 "cattle have been killed" - the Lamb has been slain from
the foundation of the earth
- 22:5 "field .. business" - Luke includes "married a wife", the
reasons given for opting out of going to war.
- 22:6 "killed them" - "Jerusalem who kills the prophets"
- 22:7 "burn their city" - again, the doom of the Jews prophecied
- 22:9 "go to the crossroads" - "because of their trespass, salvation has
come to the Gentiles to make Israel jealous."
- 22:11 "wedding clothes" - the righteousness of Christ
- 22:12 "speechless" - how many have said they have a speech prepared for
when they stand before God?
- 22:14 "many are called, but few are chosen" - predestination and free will
- 22:15 "Pharisees and Herodians" - while the intent was to trap
Jesus, the debate was real. Herodians embraced the Roman order.
Pharisees saw it as wicked to enable it in any way (by collecting
taxes, for example).
- 22:17 "lawful to pay taxes" - Ceasar represented not just a government,
but a god. Rome insisted that most occupied nations include
a statue of Caesar in their temples. Herod the Great had
negotiated a compromise for the Jews, and in lieue of an image of
Caesar, there was a golden eagle over the entrance. Thus paying taxes
to Caesar could be seen as idol worship forbidden by the Law of Moses.
- 22:20 "whose image" - Ceasar's image was also on the Roman coinage
that the Pharisees used, something that had apparently escaped their