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1 Jesus responded by telling still more stories. 1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:
2 "God's kingdom," he said, "is like a king who threw a wedding banquet for his son. 2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
3 He sent out servants to call in all the invited guests. And they wouldn't come! 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
4 "He sent out another round of servants, instructing them to tell the guests, 'Look, everything is on the table, the prime rib is ready for carving. Come to the feast!' 4 "Then he sent some more servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'
5 "They only shrugged their shoulders and went off, one to weed his garden, another to work in his shop. 5 "But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field, another to his business.
6 The rest, with nothing better to do, beat up on the messengers and then killed them. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.
7 The king was outraged and sent his soldiers to destroy those thugs and level their city. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 "Then he told his servants, 'We have a wedding banquet all prepared but no guests. The ones I invited weren't up to it. 8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.
9 Go out into the busiest intersections in town and invite anyone you find to the banquet.' 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.'
10 The servants went out on the streets and rounded up everyone they laid eyes on, good and bad, regardless. And so the banquet was on - every place filled. 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 "When the king entered and looked over the scene, he spotted a man who wasn't properly dressed. 11 "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.
12 He said to him, 'Friend, how dare you come in here looking like that!' The man was speechless. 12 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless.
13 Then the king told his servants, 'Get him out of here - fast. Tie him up and ship him to hell. And make sure he doesn't get back in.' 13 "Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
14 "That's what I mean when I say, 'Many get invited; only a few make it.'" 14 "For many are invited, but few are chosen."
15 That's when the Pharisees plotted a way to trap him into saying something damaging. 15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words.
16 They sent their disciples, with a few of Herod's followers mixed in, to ask, "Teacher, we know you have integrity, teach the way of God accurately, are indifferent to popular opinion, and don't pander to your students. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. "Teacher," they said, "we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren't swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are.
17 So tell us honestly: Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?" 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?"
18 Jesus knew they were up to no good. He said, "Why are you playing these games with me? Why are you trying to trap me? 18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, "You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me?
19 Do you have a coin? Let me see it." They handed him a silver piece. 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax." They brought him a denarius,
20 "This engraving - who does it look like? And whose name is on it?" 20 and he asked them, "Whose portrait is this? And whose inscription?"
21 They said, "Caesar." "Then give Caesar what is his, and give God what is his." 21 "Caesar's," they replied. Then he said to them, "Give to Caesar what is Caesar's, and to God what is God's."
22 The Pharisees were speechless. They went off shaking their heads. 22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.
23 That same day, Sadducees approached him. This is the party that denies any possibility of resurrection. 23 That same day the Sadducees, who say there is no resurrection, came to him with a question.
24 They asked, "Teacher, Moses said that if a man dies childless, his brother is obligated to marry his widow and get her with child. 24 "Teacher," they said, "Moses told us that if a man dies without having children, his brother must marry the widow and have children for him.
25 Here's a case where there were seven brothers. The first brother married and died, leaving no child, and his wife passed to his brother. 25 Now there were seven brothers among us. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother.
26 The second brother also left her childless, then the third - and on and on, all seven. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh.
27 Eventually the wife died. 27 Finally, the woman died.
28 Now here's our question: At the resurrection, whose wife is she? She was a wife to each of them." 28 Now then, at the resurrection, whose wife will she be of the seven, since all of them were married to her?"
29 Jesus answered, "You're off base on two counts: You don't know your Bibles, and you don't know how God works. 29 Jesus replied, "You are in error because you do not know the Scriptures or the power of God.
30 At the resurrection we're beyond marriage. As with the angels, all our ecstasies and intimacies then will be with God. 30 At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven.
31 And regarding your speculation on whether the dead are raised or not, don't you read your Bibles? The grammar is clear: God says, 31 But about the resurrection of the dead--have you not read what God said to you,
32 'I am - not was - the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, the God of Jacob.' The living God defines himself not as the God of dead men, but of the living." 32 'I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob' ? He is not the God of the dead but of the living."
33 Hearing this exchange the crowd was much impressed. 33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching.
34 When the Pharisees heard how he had bested the Sadducees, they gathered their forces for an assault. 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees, the Pharisees got together.
35 One of their religion scholars spoke for them, posing a question they hoped would show him up: 35 One of them, an expert in the law, tested him with this question:
36 "Teacher, which command in God's Law is the most important?" 36 "Teacher, which is the greatest commandment in the Law?"
37 Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.' 37 Jesus replied: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.'
38 This is the most important, the first on any list. 38 This is the first and greatest commandment.
39 But there is a second to set alongside it: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' 39 And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'
40 These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them." 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments."
41 As the Pharisees were regrouping, Jesus caught them off balance with his own test question: 41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them,
42 "What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?" They said, "David's son." 42 "What do you think about the Christ ? Whose son is he?" "The son of David," they replied.
43 Jesus replied, "Well, if the Christ is David's son, how do you explain that David, under inspiration, named Christ his 'Master'? 43 He said to them, "How is it then that David, speaking by the Spirit, calls him 'Lord'? For he says,
44 God said to my Master, "Sit here at my right hand until I make your enemies your footstool." 44 " 'The Lord said to my Lord: "Sit at my right hand until I put your enemies under your feet." '
45 "Now if David calls him 'Master,' how can he at the same time be his son?" 45 If then David calls him 'Lord,' how can he be his son?"
46 That stumped them, literalists that they were. Unwilling to risk losing face again in one of these public verbal exchanges, they quit asking questions for good. 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.