Matthew 22:1 - 14
ESV - 1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying. 2 The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.
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This was an unusual happening for all people, good or bad, in the highways--to be invited to such a wonderful banquet. Kings usually gave the most magnificent feasts, which, under ordinary circumstances, would attract every person invited. The reasons for so many not accepting the invitation here are not given, but one thing stands out very clearly: the king was not popular with his subjects and they dreaded to face him. The king, not to be outdone, was determined to fill the feast-chamber with guests, and sent for anyone his servants could find, regardless of social position or condition as to clothes. The poorer classes would not have festive apparel, and they were therefore provided for by the king from his own extensive wardrobe. This is one of the most interesting details of the parable. It was a special mark of honor to receive a garment which had been used by royalty, and kings sometimes showed their liberality by giving freely to others whom they sought to honor. It was customary for hosts to come in and see their guests after they were assembled (Lk. 14:10). Sometimes garments were provided for all guests and it was an insult of the highest degree to refuse to use the garments provided. In this case the king (not God) provided the garments, so this has nothing to do with the righteousnes of the saints of Rev. 19:7-10. The king sent the insulting guest into prison and torment to pay for his crime aganst his ruler. This is part of the point illustrated, teaching again the punishment of those who reject Christ (Mt. 8:12; 11:20-24; 13:40-50; 24:51; 25:41-46). For many are called, but few are chosen. This is the point illustrated by the parable. See Mt. 20:16. All are called to salvation (Mt. 11:28; Jn. 3:16; Rev. 22:17), but few will finally be saved (Mt. 7:13-14 Lk. 13:23-30).
In my view the parable of the wedding feast is directed to the church i.e. those that have verbally accepted the call of Christ and joined His church. The invitation went to "guests". They refused because they had other "important" things to do. Their response we must note did not change the wedding date. Whether they refused or accepted there was still going to be a wedding on that date. We understand the wedding to be the second coming of Jesus. All those professing to be christian today fall into the group of guests to whom the first call went. I am sure because they had gotten so familiar with the King, they thought it expedient to turn down the invitation. I am sure they had never seen the King angry and they assumed that this King was not going to punish them for their lack of respect. So they turned Him down. Under normal circumstances an invitation form a King is a great honour, one to be accepted with both hands with much gratitude. Some of us have been "christians" since birth. We have heard that Jesus is coming again since we were born. We have heard Paul and Peter's writing that Jesus' return is imminent. The fact is He has "delayed" in coming and we have told ourselves that He will never come. We then become complacent and turn wordly. Things that our forefathers frowned at we now embrace as "modern christians". We forget that we ought to be grateful, that when we were yet sinners Christ felt pity for us and came to save us by dying on the cross. Without His death and sacrifice on the cross we were doomed. We then take lightly the salvation brought to us at such cost! The invited guests were supposed to accept the invitation and prepare to come to the feast because they already had the wedding garments. All they needed to do was to come. Not only did they fail to come, they seized the servants of the King and murdered them to ensure that the message did not go far! Such people justifiably deserved to be destroyed as murderers. The King did not just kill them. He also destroyed their city. God will not only destroy the unrepentant sinner when Jesus comes again, this earth too will be destroyed in a fire. The judgment for those who were in leadership positions in the Christian movement will be harsh. By not accepting the invitation, they are actually stiffling its growth! They are a liability to Christianity. This is a very serious indictment to all of us to check ourselves and see if we are not standing in the way of the advancement of the gospel. If we are, then we are destined to be destroyed and our cities burned!
This is a man not in proper "wedding clothing" and is removed from the wedding feast (Christ taking his bride the Church). When we obey the Gospel of Hearing, Believing, Confessing, Repenting and being baptized for the remission of sins we are added into the Church by God. Acts 2:40-42, Acts2:47 "And with many other words did he testify and exhort, saying, Save yourselves from this untoward generation. Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls." They were added! When you are baptized you "put on Christ" Galatians 3:27 "For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ." So you are "clothed in Christ" when you obey the Gospel, then you will have the proper wedding feast garments on. Mark 16:16 "He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned."
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