Saturday, March 12, 2022
The Story of the Wedding Banquet
22 1-3 Jesus responded by telling still more stories. “God’s kingdom,” he said, “is like a king who threw a wedding banquet for his son. He sent out servants to call in all the invited guests. And they wouldn’t come!
4 “He sent out another round of servants, instructing them to tell the guests, ‘Look, everything is on the table, the prime rib is ready for carving. Come to the feast!’
5-7 “They only shrugged their shoulders and went off, one to weed his garden, another to work in his shop. The rest, with nothing better to do, beat up on the messengers and then killed them. The king was outraged and sent his soldiers to destroy those thugs and level their city.
8-10 “Then he told his servants, ‘We have a wedding banquet all prepared but no guests. The ones I invited weren’t up to it. Go out into the busiest intersections in town and invite anyone you find to the banquet.’ The servants went out on the streets and rounded up everyone they laid eyes on, good and bad, regardless. And so the banquet was on—every place filled.
11-13 “When the king entered and looked over the scene, he spotted a man who wasn’t properly dressed. He said to him, ‘Friend, how dare you come in here looking like that!’ The man was speechless. Then the king told his servants, ‘Get him out of here—fast. Tie him up and ship him to hell. And make sure he doesn’t get back in.’
14 “That’s what I mean when I say, ‘Many get invited; only a few make it.’”
-Matthew 22:1-14 The Message
Parable of the Marriage Feast
22 Verse 1: Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying,
Verse 2: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who held a wedding feast for his son.
Verse 3: And he sent his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.
Verse 4: Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened cattle are all butchered and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast!”’
Verse 5: But they paid no attention and went their separate ways, one to his own farm, another to his business,
Verse 6: And the rest seized his slaves and treated them abusively, and then killed them.
Verse 7: Now the king was angry, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire.
Verse 8: Then he *said to his slaves, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
Verse 9: So go to the main roads, and invite whomever you find there to the wedding feast.’
Verse 10: Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.
Verse 11: “But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes,
Verse 12: and he *said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless.
Verses 11-12 studies: It is customary for wedding guests to be given garments to wear to the banquet. Imagine not wearing these garments. It insults the host who could have only assumed that the guests were arrogant and felt they didn’t need the garments, or they didn’t want to participate in the wedding celebration. The wedding clothes pictured the righteous needing to enter God’s kingdom; the acceptance of God’s eyes that Christ gives every believer. Christ provided this garment of righteous for everyone, but each person must choose to put it into the King’s banquet (eternal life). There is an open invitation for you, be ready to accept it.
Psalm 132:16: I will also clothe her priests with salvation,
And her godly ones will sing aloud for joy.
Isaiah 61:10: I will rejoice greatly in the Lord,
My soul will be joyful in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a groom puts on a turban,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Zechariah 3:3-5: 3 Now Joshua was clothed in filthy garments and was standing before the angel. 4 And he responded and said to those who were standing before him, saying, “Remove the filthy garments from him.” Again he said to him, “See, I have taken your guilt away from you and will clothe you with festive robes.” 5 Then I said, “Have them put a clean headband on his head.” So they put the clean headband on his head and clothed him with garments, while the angel of the Lord was standing by.
Revelation 3:4-5: 4 But you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their garments; and they will walk with Me in white, for they are worthy. 5 The one who overcomes will be clothed the same way, in white garments; and I will not erase his name from the book of life, and I will confess his name before My Father and before His angels.
Revelation 19:7-8: Marriage of the Lamb
7 Let’s rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, because the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His bride has prepared herself.” 8 It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.
Verse 13: Then the king said to the servants, ‘Tie his hands and feet, and throw him into the outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth in that place.’
Verse 14: For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Verses 1-14 studies: In this culture, two invitations were expected when banquets were given. The first asked the guests to attend; the second announced that all was ready. In the story, the king invited his guest three times and they rejected his invitation. God wants us to join him for his banquet, which will last for eternity. This is why he keeps sending us invitations over and over again. Have you accepted his invitation?