46And no man was able to answer him a word, neither durst any man from that day forth ask him any more questions.
46 Verse 46. Neither durst any-ask him any more questions.]
"Thus," says Dr. Wotton, "our Lord put the four great sects of the
Jews to silence, in one day, successively. The Herodians and
Pharisees wanted to know whether they might lawfully pay tribute
to Caesar or not. The Sadducees were inquisitive to know whose
wife the woman should be of the seven brethren, in the
resurrection, who had her to wife. Then comes the scribe, (or
karaite,) who owned no authority beyond or besides the written
law, and asked which was the great commandment in the law. This
lawyer deserves to be mentioned here, because he not only
acquiesced in, but commended, what our Lord had said in answer to
his question." Wotton's Miscellaneous Discourses, vol. i. p. 78.
The Pharisees and Herodians were defeated, Mt 22:15-22. The
Sadducees were confounded, Mt 22:29-33. The lawyers or karaites
nonplussed, Mt 22:37-40. And the Pharisees, &c., finally routed,
Thus did the wisdom of God triumph over the cunning of men.
From this time, we do not find that our Lord was any more
troubled with their captious questions: their whole stock, it
appears, was expended, and now they coolly deliberate on the most
effectual way to get him murdered. He that resists the truth of
God is capable of effecting the worst purpose of Satan.
The very important subjects of this chapter have been so amply
discussed in the notes, and applied so particularly to their
spiritual uses, that it does not appear necessary to add any thing
by way of practical improvement. The explanation of the great
command of the law is particularly recommended to the reader's
notice. See on Mt 22:36-40.