Jesus asks the Pharisees a question (Mt 22:41-22:41)

“Now while the Pharisees

Were gathered together,

Jesus asked them

This question.”

 

Συνηγμένων δὲ τῶν Φαρισαίων ἐπηρώτησεν αὐτοὺς ὁ Ἰησοῦς

 

This sparing between Jesus and the Pharisees continued.  There is something similar in Mark, chapter 12:35, but Jesus was in the Temple talking to the Scribes.  In Luke, chapter 20:41, he was talking to some vague “them.”  There is no doubt here because the Pharisees had gathered together (Συνηγμένων δὲ τῶν Φαρισαίων) around him.  Thus, he asked them a question (ἐπηρώτησεν αὐτοὺς ὁ Ἰησοῦς).

The Pharisees regroup (Mt 22:34-22:34)

“When the Pharisees

Heard

That Jesus had silenced

The Sadducees,

They gathered together.”

 

Οἱ δὲ Φαρισαῖοι ἀκούσαντες ὅτι ἐφίμωσεν τοὺς Σαδδουκαίους, συνήχθησαν ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτό,

 

This comment is unique to Matthew, who did not like the Pharisees.  Thus, when the Pharisees heard (Οἱ δὲ Φαρισαῖοι ἀκούσαντες) that Jesus had silenced or muzzled the Sadducees (ὅτι ἐφίμωσεν τοὺς Σαδδουκαίους), they gathered together to plan their next step against Jesus (συνήχθησαν ἐπὶ τὸ αὐτό).

Pharisees try to trick Jesus (Mt 22:15-22:15)

“Then the Pharisees

Went away.

They plotted

To entrap Jesus

In what he had said.”

 

Τότε πορευθέντες οἱ Φαρισαῖοι συμβούλιον ἔλαβον ὅπως αὐτὸν παγιδεύσωσιν ἐν λόγῳ.

 

There is something similar in Mark, chapter 12:13, and in Luke, chapter 20:20.  Then the Pharisees went away (Τότε πορευθέντες οἱ Φαρισαῖοι).  However, they plotted or gathered together (συμβούλιον ἔλαβον) to entrap or entangle Jesus in what he had said (ὅπως αὐτὸν παγιδεύσωσιν ἐν λόγῳ).  They were out to get him by using his own words against him.

 

Praise for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego (Dan 3:27-3:28)

“The satraps,

The prefects,

The governors,

The king’s counselors,

Gathered together.

They saw

That the fire

Had not had any power

Over the bodies

Of these men.

The hair

Of their heads

Was not singed.

Their tunics were

Not harmed.

Not even the smell of fire

Came from them.

King Nebuchadnezzar said.

‘Blessed be the God

Of Shadrach,

Of Meshach,

Of Abednego,

Who has sent

His angel!

He has delivered

His servants,

Who trusted in him.

They disobeyed

The king’s command.

They yielded up

Their bodies

Rather than serve,

Rather than worship,

Any god

Except their own God.’”

All the important people of the Babylonian kingdom were gathered together, including the satraps, the prefects, the governors, and the king’s counselors. They all marveled that the 3 men had survived the fire unscathed. Their hair was not even singed and their clothes were not harmed. They did not even smell like smoke from the fire. King Nebuchadnezzar then praised them and their God. He blessed God, just as they had done in the fiery furnace. The king noted that an angel of God had saved the 3 of them. They had trusted in their God by disobeying the king’s command. Then they suffering the consequences. They gave up their bodies, rather than serve and worship another god. They were truly blessed by their God.

All the lovers in one place (Ezek 16:35-16:37)

“Therefore!

O whore!

Hear the word of Yahweh!

Thus says Yahweh God!

‘Your lust

Was poured out.

Your nakedness

Was uncovered

In your prostitution activities

With your lovers.

All your idols

Were laid bare.

The blood

Of your children

That you gave them

Was poured out.

Therefore,

I will gather

All your lovers,

With whom

You took pleasure.

I will gather

All those you loved.

I will gather

All those you hated.

I will gather them

Against you

From all around.

I will uncover

Your nakedness

To them.

Thus they may see

All your nakedness.’”

Yahweh clearly called Jerusalem a whore who was going to listen to his word. Jerusalem’s lust was apparent in her nakedness. She had revealed herself with her prostitution activities with all her lovers. Her idols were laid bare. The blood of her children was poured out. Yahweh was going to gather all her lovers with whom she had pleasure. He would gather the ones that she loved and as well as those she hated from all over. Then when they were all gathered together, Yahweh was going to embarrass her by uncovering her nakedness. Thus everyone could see the naked Jerusalem.