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Matthew 22:1-14: Wedding Feast

Posted by adventbiblestudy on June 29, 2012


Matthew 22:1-14 MKJV And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables, and said, (2) The kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king who made a marriage for his son. (3) And he sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they would not come. (4) Again he sent out other servants, saying, Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage. (5) But not caring, they went their ways, one to his field, another to his trading. (6) And the rest took his servants and treated them spitefully, and killed them. (7) But when the king heard, he was angry. And he sent out his armies and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. (8) Then he said to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were invited were not worthy. (9) Therefore go into the exits of the highways, and as many as you shall find, invite them to the marriage. (10) So the servants went out into the highways and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. And the wedding was filled with reclining guests. (11) And the king coming in to look over the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. (12) And he said to him, Friend, how did you come in here without having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. (13) Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. (14) For many are called, but few chosen.

 

Complete silence covered the courtyard after Jesus finished telling the parable of the landowner and evil tenants. James tried to see the complete connection between that parable and the text Jesus quoted, “The stone that the builders rejected has now become the cornerstone. This is the LORD’s doing, and it is wonderful to see.” He could see the connection between the landowner’s son, and the rejected cornerstone. He knew the cornerstone had a symbolic meaning, but what? How deep did it go? There must be a connection between the rejected stone and the murdered son. Was the murder symbolic, or… James did not want to consider the alternative.

 

John took advantage of the break to look around the courtyard. He noticed his brother James standing at the gate. His mind was filled with questions. It was natural for him to compare his thoughts with his brother’s, so he stood up and walked over to James.

 

As John approached James, he looked over at the priests gathered in a small circle. He knew they were talking about Jesus. Most likely coming up with another plan, a question to show their intellect. They were in constant competition with Jesus, and this was their territory.

 

Jesus began another parable. “The kingdom of Heaven is like a certain king who made a marriage for his son. And he sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they would not come.” John came up to his brother James, turned and looked back at Jesus as He spoke. He turned to James and asked, “do you think this parable has anything to do with the one about the two sons sent to the vineyard?” James looked at him, “this is easy to see. One of the sons would not go. Now those invited to the wedding would not go.”

 

Jesus continued His lesson. “Again he sent out other servants, saying, Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatlings are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the marriage. But not caring, they went their ways, one to his field, another to his trading. And the rest took his servants and treated them spitefully, and killed them.”

 

John nudged his brother in the side with his elbow pointing out, “did you hear that? Jesus repeated the fact the guests would not come to the wedding feast. He always repeats major points.” James inquired, “I wonder what it actually means?” John thought about it during Jesus’ short pause as He took a moment to read the faces in the crowd before Him, and looked up to see what the priests were up to. John tried to answer his brother’s question. “What do all these parables have in common? Jesus has always taught us one step at a time, each lesson building upon another until we are able to see the entire explanation. What is the thread that connects them?” Before John could add another word, James chimed in. “No one appreciated anything. The two sons called to the vineyard did not appreciate the work their father put into the vineyard. He must have worked for years planting each vine, setting the trellises, trimming each branch. The work may have been completed before the sons were born. They did not see the hours their father spend sweating under the sun to make the vineyard what it was. So they could not appreciate all of his work.” “Yes,” answered John. “The same situation with the tenants in the vineyard. They did not see the time, and had no idea of the money invested in the vineyard by the landowner. The same is true of the wedding feast. People had no idea of the effort or love put into preparing the feast, so they took the invitation lightly.”

 

James was also considering another aspect of the parable. “If the guests represent the same thing as the son who refused to go to the vineyard, the guests most likely point to the priests. Did you also notice, the guests killed the kings servants.” John could hardly hold in his excitement, “Yes! Yes! They killed the servants sent by the king the same way the tenants killed the landowner’s servants.” James added, “and his son.”

 

With deep interest the two disciples listened to Jesus continue the parable. “But when the king heard, he was angry. And he sent out his armies and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then he said to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go into the exits of the highways, and as many as you shall find, invite them to the marriage.”

 

Something did not seem quite right to John, so be asked his brother. “Did you notice that? The feast was prepared, the invited guests would not come, so the king sent his armies to destroy the cities. That must have taken some time.” “Yes I noticed,” his brother answered. “I wonder if the wedding was delayed?” This was very difficult for the two brothers to understand because they did not know what the wedding represented.

 

Jesus continued to tell His parable. “So the servants went out into the highways and gathered together as many as they found, both bad and good. And the wedding was filled with reclining guests.” John jabbed his brother in the side again. “Did you notice He repeated something again? This time it was the new guests and how they are called.” “Yes,” replied James. “The new guests seem to be common people, like you and me. Not the type of people you would expect a king to invite to a wedding for his son.”

 

As John was about to comment on what the common people represented, he noticed the look on Jesus’ face change. “And the king coming in to look over the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. And he said to him, Friend, how did you come in here without having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.” Instead John asked, “is there a special wedding garment you wear to a king’s wedding feast?” James replied, “how would I know, I have never been inside a palace, much less a royal wedding. If I had, you would have known.”

 

As tears welled up in Jesus’ eyes, He finished the parable. “Then the king said to the servants, Bind him hand and foot and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called, but few chosen.”

 

The two brothers looked at each other in shock. Why would a king invite guests to a wedding and throw a man in jail because he didn’t have on the right clothes? John asked his brother, “why didn’t someone tell him? How was he supposed to know?” James added, “the same thing may have happened to us. We would not know what to wear, or why.”

4 Responses to “Matthew 22:1-14: Wedding Feast”

  1. “The same thing may have happened to us. We would not know what to wear, or why.” Makes you think, doesn’t it? There’s certainly a whole lot of weeping and gnashing of teeth out here. But the doors are not closed yet.

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    • adventbiblestudy said

      It really surprised me when I was writing the story, put it away, prayed about it, woke up the next day and asked, why would Jesus tell the disciples a story like that? None of them stood a chance of being invited to a kings wedding and wouldn’t have any idea what to do. I’ll have to go through your site and put in some links. Networking on stories gives people a choice, a style they can settle into, and when they read the same parable from 2 different angles, remember more. And will help increase traffic… Don’t forget to copy and paste your links.

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