The parable of the marriage feast

TEXT: Matthew 22:1-14

This is the last parable Jesus told the priests and scribes. The theme is the same as found in the "Wicked husbandmen" found earlier in this book.

God's original plan was to create a spiritual marriage between His Son and Israel to cement the covenant relationship established with Abraham. It would have been the ultimate union of the Creator and His chosen people. Israel would have then become the bride of Christ.

The wicked husbandmen

TEXT: Matthew 21:33-46

This is the second of three parables delivered to the temple's chief priests and scribes who attached themselves to Jesus since his triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

The parable of the two sons

TEXT: Matthew 21:28-32

This is the first of three parables spoken by Jesus to the priests and scribes who dogged him in His second trip to the temple since His triumphant entry into Jerusalem.

Note that the temple was the first place Jesus stopped in that city – in His own Father's house.

Jesus establishes his authority

TEXT: Matthew 21:23-27

The priests came to Jesus in this, Jesus’ second trip to the temple since he entered Jerusalem triumphantly in the first part of this chapter.

Jesus had earlier upbraided the chief priests and scribes in Matthew 21:12-16 following the cleansing of the temple by Jesus.


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