The Doctrine of Christ - The Attempt to Trap Christ

Scripture Passage: 
Matthew 22:16-40; Mark 12:13-34; Luke 20:20-40
  1. THE QUESTION OF TRIBUTE (Matthew 22:16-22; Mark 12:13-17; Luke 20:20-26)
    1. The Audience Laying the Trap (Matthew 22:16; Mark 12:13; Luke 20:20)
      1. Their identities (Matthew 22:16; Mark 12:13)
        1. Pharisees
        2. Herodians
      2. Their responsibility (Luke 20:20)
        1. They were sent forth as spies.
        2. They were to seek to take hold of the Lord’s words.
        3. They desired to deliver the Lord unto the power and authority of the governor.
    2. The Attempt of Flattery (Matthew 22:16; Mark 12:14; Luke 20:21)
      1. We know thou art true.
      2. We know thou carest not for man, because thou regardest not the person of men.
      3. We know thou teachest the way of God in truth (Mark 12:14; Luke 20:21).
    3. The Question Set Forth (Matthew 22:17; Mark 12:14-15; Luke 20:22)
      1. Is it lawful to give tribute unto Caesar (Matthew 22:17; Mark 12:14; Luke 20:22)?
      2. Shall we give, or shall we not give (Mark 12:15)?
    4. The Lord’s Response (Matthew 22:18-21; Mark 12:15-17; Luke 20:23-25)
      1. He perceived their motives (Matthew 22:18; Mark 12:15; Luke 20:23).
      2. He called for a penny (Matthew 22:19; Mark 12:15-16; Luke 20:24).
      3. He asked about the image and superscription (Matthew 22:20-21; Mark 12:16; Luke 20:24).
      4. He answered that they should render unto Caesar and the Lord (Matthew 22:21; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:25).
    5. The Response of the Spies (Matthew 22:22; Mark 12:17; Luke 20:26)
      1. They marvelled at His words.
      2. They held their peace and left Him.
  2. THE QUESTION OF MARRIAGE IN THE RESURRECTION (Matthew 22:23-33; Mark 12:18-27; Luke 20:27-38)
    1. The Audience of the Trap (Matthew 22:23; Mark 12:18; Luke 20:27)
      1. Certain of the Sadducees came to the Lord.
      2. They deny that there is any resurrection.
    2. The Question Set Forth (Matthew 22:24-28; Mark 12:19-23; Luke 20:28-33)
      1. The reference to the words of Moses (Matthew 22:24; Mark 12:19; Luke 20:28)
        1. If a man die, having no children
        2. His brother shall marry the widow and raise up seed unto his brother
      2. The scenario set forth (Matthew 22:25-27; Mark 12:20-22; Luke 20:29-32)
        1. A husband with six brothers died leaving no seed (Matthew 22:25; Mark 12:20; Luke 20:29).
        2. Starting with the first brother, each brother married the widow, but also died leaving no seed (Matthew 22:26; Mark 12:21-22; Luke 20:30-31).
        3. Last of all, the woman died also (Matthew 22:27; Mark 12:22; Luke 20:32).
      3. The question (Matthew 22:28; Mark 12:23; Luke 20:33)
        1. When they shall rise
        2. Whose wife shall she be
    3. The Lord’s Response (Matthew 22:29-32; Mark 12:24-27; Luke 20:34-38)
      1. He rebuked them for their lack of knowledge (Matthew 22:29; Mark 12:24).
      2. He spoke of the conditions of this world (Luke 20:34).
      3. He spoke of the conditions in the world to come (Matthew 22:30-32; Mark 12:25-27; Luke 20:35-38)
    4. The Response of the Sadducees (Matthew 22:33-34)
      1. They were astonished at His doctrine (Matthew 22:33).
      2. They were put to silence (Matthew 22:34).
  3. THE QUESTION OF THE GREATEST COMMANDMENT (Matthew 22:34-40; Mark 12:28-34; Luke 20:39-40)
    1. The Audience of the Trap (Matthew 22:34-35; Mark 12:28)
      1. One of the Pharisees (Matthew 22:34)
      2. He was a lawyer (Matthew 22:35)
      3. He was a scribe (Mark 12:28)
    2. The Motive of the Question (Matthew 22:35; Mark 12:28)
      1. To tempt the Lord (Matthew 22:35)
      2. Because the Lord answered the Sadducees well (Mark 12:28)
    3. The Question (Matthew 22:36; Mark 12:28)
      1. Which is the great commandment of the law?
      2. Which is the first commandment of all?
    4. The Lord’s Response (Matthew 22:37-40; Mark 12:29-31)
      1. The first and great commandment (Matthew 22:37-38; Mark 12:29-30)
      2. A second commandment like unto it (Matthew 22:39; Mark 12:31)
      3. The greatness of these two commandments (Matthew 22:40; Mark 12:31)
    5. The Response of a Scribe (Mark 12:32-34; Luke 20:39-40)
      1. He praised the Lord’s words (Mark 12:32; Luke 20:39).
      2. He added to what the Lord said (Mark 12:33).
      3. He was nigh unto the kingdom of God (Mark 12:34)
    6. The End of the Questions (Mark 12:34; Luke 20:40)
Andrew Ray

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