Sovereign Over Everything Logos LivingOctober 6, 2021Matthew 22:15-45Pastor Joseph SissacIn the remainder of Matthew 22 Jesus engaged in four scenarios with religious leaders. 1. Approached by the disciples of Pharisees and questioned about taxes.2. Approached by Sadducees with questions about marriage and the resurrection.3. Approached by a Pharisee inquiring which is the greatest commandment.4. Jesus presents a question regarding King David and the MessiahTaking each of these scenes one-by-one, we find Jesus presenting the sovereign authority and power of the Lord over everyone and everything in a masterful fashion. —The question about taxes to Caesar: “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar, or not?” (v.17) -Jesus knew their true intent. Exposed them as hypocrites. -Jesus presented TRUTH and SOVEREIGNTY-If Caesar has the power to put his image on the coin, give him what is due him.-But you are made in the image and likeness of God. Far greater and higher than the Roman Empire. Give “to God the things that are God’s.” -The things that are God’s are far more valuable than the things that are Caesar’s.—The question about marriage after the resurrection: “In the resurrection, therefore, whose wife of the seven will she be? For they all had married her?” (v.28) -The Sadducees don’t believe in the resurrection, yet they’re asking Jesus about it.-Jesus, again knowing their hearts, exposes their error. “You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God.” (v.29)-In the resurrection, the patterns of the world don’t apply, there is no marriage as we know it. (Only the marriage of Christ and the Church).-“And as for the resurrection of the dead, have you not read what was said to you by God: ‘I am the God of Abraham, and the the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not God of the dead, but of the living.”-Jesus presented TRUTH and SOVEREIGNTY-Have Abraham, Isaac and Jacob ceased to exist? Or do they persist in the presence of God? If they remain, then the resurrection is real. Because God is a God of the living.—The question about “the great commandment in the Law?” -Jesus presented TRUTH and SOVEREIGNTY-Jesus answers from Deut. 6:5, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.”-The highest and most intimate part of your being belongs to the Lord (ALL heart, soul & mind). -This aligns us with sovereign authority and power. -Makes loving others at the highest level possible.
-Loving God and loving others is the foundation of ALL the law and the prophets.-When you get God right, everything else falls into proper place—The question about the Messiah: “What do you think about the Christ? Whose son is he?” -Presented TRUTH and SOVEREIGNTY-Building on the truth that God is a God of the living, Jesus proves that although the Messiah is born through the lineage of King David (Tribe of Judah), David called the Messiah “Lord”.-“How is it then that David, in the Spirit, calls him Lord…”-The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.”-They knew this verse was true. -They knew the Sovereignty and power of the Messiah was greater than even King David.-What is our takeaway and opportunity for growth and transformation from these passages?-Do what the Sadducees could not do: understand the Scriptures and know the power of God. -How is that accomplished?-“Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul and with all your mind.” (v.37)-Understanding the Word and knowing His power go hand-in-hand with loving the Lord with ALL that we are. -It’s clear that the religious leaders of Jesus’ day did not truly love the Lord. They loved the Law. The loved power, control and influence. They loved themselves. -Our response today should be to say that the Lord is sovereign over our hearts, souls and minds. To submit ourselves to His will and trust in His ways. Proverbs 3:5, 4:23, 23:26