Soli Deo Gloria

Matthew 22 – Many Are Called to the Wedding Few Are Chosen, Pay Taxes, Resurrection, Great Commandment, Jesus is David’s Lord

Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like a king giving a wedding feast for his son. Those invited didn’t come and some seized his servants, treated them shamefully and killed them. He then invited people from the streets and they came. When the king saw the guests didn’t wear a wedding garment, he said, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Many are called, but few are chosen. Jesus said to pay taxes to Caesar but to give God our lives. In the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, God is the god of the living, not the dead. Jesus said the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. The second is you shall love your neighbor as yourself. The Pharisees said the Christ was the son of David, Jesus said, how is it that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord quoting Psalm 110:1. If David calls him “Lord” how is He his son? No one was able to answer him, and from that day no one asked him any more questions.

It’s humbling to see that many are called and few are chosen. The general call for all to repent and believe in the gospel goes out to the nations, but the effectual call of God in His choice of a people is more narrow. Praise God that our wedding clothes have been fully furnished to us through the righteousness of Jesus Christ. He put on our sin, our filthy rags, and bore God’s wrath in our place so that we might be properly clothed for the marriage supper of the Lamb. Praise God. Here we also see that Jesus is David’s Lord. Jesus is the Son of David, but He is also David’s Lord. Jesus is God, and He is the one through whom God would keep His promise to establish David’s throne forever. 

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