The Parable of the Banquet
1 Once again, Jesus spoke to them in parables:
4 Again, he sent other servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner. My oxen and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
7 The king was enraged, and he sent his troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the crossroads and invite to the banquet as many as you can find.’
10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered everyone they could find, both evil and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
But the man was speechless.
13 Then the king told the servants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Paying Taxes to Caesar
(Mark 12:13–17; Luke 20:19–26)
15 Then the Pharisees went out and conspired to trap Jesus in His words. 16 They sent their disciples to Him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that You are honest and that You teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You seek favor from no one, because You pay no attention to external appearance. 17 So tell us what You think: Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
And they brought Him a denarius. a
21 “Caesar’s,” they answered.
So Jesus told them,
22 And when they heard this, they were amazed. So they left Him and went away.
The Sadducees and the Resurrection
(Mark 12:18–27; Luke 20:27–40)
23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to Jesus and questioned Him. 24 “Teacher,” they said, “Moses declared that if a man dies without having children, his brother is to marry the widow and raise up offspring for him. b 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died without having children. So he left his wife to his brother. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brothers, down to the seventh. 27 And last of all, the woman died. 28 In the resurrection, then, whose wife will she be of the seven? For all of them were married to her.”
29 Jesus answered,
33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at His teaching.
The Greatest Commandment
(Deuteronomy 6:1–19; Mark 12:28–34)
34 And when the Pharisees heard that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, they themselves gathered together. 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested Him with a question: 36 “Teacher, which commandment is the greatest in the Law?”
37 Jesus declared,
Whose Son Is the Christ?
(Mark 12:35–37; Luke 20:41–44)
“David’s,” they answered.
43 Jesus said to them,
44 ‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand
until I put Your enemies
under Your feet.” ’ g
45 So if David calls Him ‘Lord,’ how can He be David’s son?”
46 No one was able to answer a word, and from that day on no one dared to question Him any further.
19 a A denarius was customarily a day’s wage for a laborer; see Matthew 20:2.
24 b Deuteronomy 25:5
30 c SBL, BYZ, and TR the angels of God
32 d Exodus 3:6
37 e Deuteronomy 6:5
39 f Leviticus 19:18
44 g Psalm 110:1