by Johnny Hunt

Worship of God
Johnny Hunt
Matt. 22:34-38

INTRODUCTION: Young pastors often ask me what is most important in the life of a young minister. Answer: Stay close and clean! In the first century, we find the religious establishment posing the same-type question.

''Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?'' You need to know that the question was loaded. This question was one in a series of those that were posed by His adversaries for the purpose of discrediting and entrapping Him. The first question was political; note Matt 22:17 -
''Tell us, therefore, what do You think? Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?''

At issue was the annual poll tax, an annual fee of a day's salary that was used to finance the occupying armies of Rome. It was so hated by the Jews because it suggested that Rome owned even the people, while they viewed themselves as possessions of God.

If Jesus answered ''no'' to their question, the Herodians would charge Him with treason against Rome. If He said ''yes'' the Pharisees would accuse Him of disloyalty to the Jewish nation, and He would loose the support of the multitudes.

The second question was theological, dealing with the resurrection. By the way, the Sadducees posed this question, and you need to know that they denied the supernatural; the resurrection and angels (23). They believed only Moses spoke with authority, yet they denied his teachings.

v.34 says He ''silenced'' the Sadducees; means to muzzle or to forcefully restrict the opening of the mouth.

In v.29, note what Jesus said. ''Jesus answered and said to them, 'You are mistaken, not knowing the Scriptures nor the power of God.'''

''mistaken'' -- deceived; they were asking a question that validated what they denied, namely the resurrection, while attempting to discredit Him, they exposed their own ignorance of the Scriptures and the power of God that was displayed in Deut. 25:5-10

In v.32, Jesus reminded them, by using a present tense ve ...

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