Summary: ENTRAPMENT! Jesus’ enemies sought to entangle Him--their guns were loaded, and so were their questions. But His answers left them speechless. Then Jesus posed a question of His own. Link inc. to formatted text, audio & video, PowerPoint.

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Four Questions

Matthew 22:15-46

ENTRAPMENT! 3 groups sought to entangle the Lord Jesus, and each asked Him a tough question they thought would bring Him down. But His answers left them speechless and astonished. Then Jesus posed a question of His own.

The Herodians asked a political question:

v. 15-17

The Sadducees asked a doctrinal question:

v. 23-28

The Pharisees asked an ethical question:

v. 34-36

Then Jesus asked a personal question that turned the tables on them:

v. 41-45

The answers to these 4 questions are chunks of meaty truth that will feed our spirits. And yet, it will take us 2 messages today to cover these 4 questions...2 this morning and 2 tonite. So, raise your hand if it is your honest intention to get the whole message by coming back tonite, or listening online if nothing else. Ok, you all who raised your hands will be dismissed at noon and the rest will need to stay afterward for part 2!

A couple days before Jesus died His enemies tried to entrap Him with these tough prepared questions. They are furious because so many are following Jesus as He claims to be God. The want to take Him down!

v. 15 ‘entangle’ is a hunting term meaning to trap an animal...they are stalking their prey as if on a wild hunt. Their guns are loaded, and so are their questions. They THINK He won’t be able to answer these questions, but they are about to learn about His omniscience. Usually we don’t care for a ‘know it all’ because, obviously, they don’t really know it all, but this One does!

1st question:

v. 17 The Herodians were sent by the Pharisees to ask this question. These 2 groups hated one another, but they combined efforts to attack Christianity, and this still happens today.

Palestine was an occupied nation, living under the steel heel of the Roman Empire, so the people were bitter over being dominated. When they paid their taxes to Caesar it was a reminder that they were not free. The Pharisees were Jewish leaders, thus they despised paying taxes, but the Herodians were loyal to the Roman Empire. They were led by king Herod, who got his authority from Rome. This was a very controversial question designed to put Jesus on the horns of a dilemma...a no win situation, they thought.

v. 18-19 Jesus saw through their plans. He saw an opportunity not only to stop their mouths cold, but to teach a timeless truth.

v. 20-21 The Lord is teaching that believers live in 2 different worlds at the same time. If you are saved you are a citizen of heaven, but in the flesh we walk on the earth. So we have dual citizenship, if you will.

Ill.—man worked for the census and went to a very back woods house to count a family. It was in very poor, run down condition. A woman answered the door and replied that she and her husband had 10 children, but only 9 lived there. He asked where the other child lived, and she said he was at Harvard. Looking at their home and the other children he was surprised and asked her to clarify, really, he’s studying at Harvard? No, she said, they’re studying him!

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