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Day 72 | All Live Unto Him

February 14, 2015 - WEEK ELEVEN

Peter Paul Rubens, Showing the Tribute Money, [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

DAILY READING

Matthew 22:1-33
Mark 12:13-27
Luke 20:19-40

For Younger Disciples

CONSIDER AS YOU READ

  • How does Christ’s statement “render unto Caesar” apply to you?
  • Do our critics still try to catch us in our doctrine with strained hypotheticals? What does Christ teach us on how to deal with them?
  • What does it mean to you that God is the God of the living?

SUPPLEMENTAL READING

It was well known to the Savior’s audience that one had to be suitably dressed to appear before a king. The apparel of the guest was a reflection of respect for the host. It was also a matter of common knowledge that the appropriate dress for such an occasion was that of white robes. It appears evident that people brought in from the highways of the earth would have neither time nor means to procure wedding garments. The king had obviously supplied his guests from his own wardrobe. All had been invited to clothe themselves in the garments of royalty. The man cast out had chosen to trust in his own dress rather than that provided by the king. By interpretation, he had chosen to join the true worshipers, that is the church or kingdom of God, yet he had not chosen to dress as the others had dressed. He was not one with them. He desired the full blessings of the kingdom, but on his own terms, not those of the king. He had spurned the ritual garment and the righteousness associated with it. This is emphasized in the Joseph Smith Translation, which adds to the statement that many are called but few chosen the explanation that “all do not have on the wedding garment” (JS-Matt. 22:14).

All who are to feast in the heavenly kingdom must be properly clothed. They must be wearing the garments of purity and holiness, garments made white through “the blood of the Lamb” (Rev. 7:14) (Joseph Fielding McConkie, Gospel Symbolism, Salt Lake City: Bookcraft, 1985, 133).

ADDITIONAL MEDIA

Render unto Caesar
and unto God

FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES

Parable of the
Wedding Banquet

QUESTIONS FOR YOUNGER DISCIPLES

  • What does this parable teach us about making excuses when answering Jesus’ invitation to come unto Him?
  • When was the last time you were invited to God’s house?

 

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