The various religious and political parties in Jerusalem had decided to get rid of Jesus by publically humiliating him. They each chose a hard question to ask him “to entangle him in his words.”
- Jesus shows the Pharisees and Herodians a coin, telling them to render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s (15-22).
- Jesus explains to the Sadducees that the hope of the resurrection is real because of who God is (23-33).
- Jesus tells the Pharisees that love is the greatest obedience (34-40).
Finally, Jesus turns the whole event around by entangling the Pharisees in their own words. He shows from Psalm 110 that the Messiah is more than the Pharisees say about him.
LORD, your wisdom surpasses all the intelligence of any age. Give us the good sense to stay true to your words.
“… no one was able to answer him a word” (22:46)