Parable of The Wedding Party

A woman and her young daughter were attending the wedding of one of their relatives. And this was the first time the little girl had ever seen a wedding ceremony. She was in awe by the pomp and beauty of everything. The music, the formal atmosphere, the decorations, the bride and gr … More

Invitation

This parable is not to be confused with the parable of the great supper (Luke 14:16-24). The period described here must be after Jesus’ resurrection and ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit.  The Father is still inviting the people of Israel to come, in spite of what they did to His Son. The king in this parable had made plans for a wedding banquet for his son (vv. 1-2). He sent his servants to tell all of those who had been invited that it was time for the banquet, but the invitation was ignored and the guests refused to come (vv. 3-5). In fact the offer was not only ignored but the servants were mistreated and killed (v. 6). At this point the king was angry and he sent his army and destroyed the people and burned their city (v. 7).

Since those who were first invited had rejected the invitation, opportunity was then given to any who would come to the feast (vv. 8-10). As the King arrived at the banquet he noticed that one of the guests was without a wedding garment (v. 11). Evidently this special garment was provided by the host for everyone to put on when they arrived and this guest had failed to put it on. When the king questioned him about this he had no answer (v. 12). At that point the king instructed his aids to bind him and throw him into outer darkness (v. 13). He simply refused to come on the kings terms (v. 14). God instructs us to share the gospel with anyone who will listen. Since we do not know who will respond, often the most unlikely candidates come to Christ when we share it with the “many.”

Application

I need to make sure that I have time for the Lord in my life and never be too busy with the things I want to do. I never want to be too devoted to what’s temporary to make time for what’s eternal.

Matthew 22:1-14 (English Standard Version)

And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, "The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.' But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.' And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests. "But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' For many are called, but few are chosen."

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