“Come as you are” YES! So true, but only to a point. You are invited, but you still need to take heed of what the King has graciously provided. In Episode 7, Wedding Feast, we discuss the parable from Matthew 22:1-14. The king provided all we need through His Son. We have each been invited to respond to the free gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus, which God graciously provides. The requirement is to put on the righteousness of Christ. What we have is just not good enough. Let’s check it out in detail by watching the video teaching about the Parable of the Wedding Feast with my children (we meet via Facebook Live every noon (Daegu time)) linked below.
You can skip to 23 minutes into the video to where the reading and study of Matthew 22 begin. But, first, let’s read Jesus’ explanation as to why He speaks in parables.
Matthew 13:13-17 Jesus explains why he speaks in parables.
‘This is why I speak to them in parables: “Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand. In them is fulfilled the prophecy of Isaiah: “ ‘You will be ever hearing but never understanding; you will be ever seeing but never perceiving. For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them.’ But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. For truly I tell you, many prophets and righteous people longed to see what you see but did not see it, and to hear what you hear but did not hear it. ‘ Matthew 13:13-17 https://my.bible.com/bible/111/MAT.13.13-17
Matthew 22:1-14 Parable of the Wedding Feast
‘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.” ‘ Matthew 22:1-14 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/MAT.22.1-14
Listen in starting at around 23 minutes where we read the text and then dig deeper by asking questions about what this text means. Here are some questions I asked my children as they gave their best answers. They were pretty insightful (even though my son says, ‘I’ve read it 10,000 times!’).
What is this parable about?
How many times were the initial invitees invited?
How did the originally invited persons respond to the invitations they were given?
Who is the King (in the parable)?
Who is the son that is getting married?
Who were originally invited to this wedding? (The people of Israel that rejected him see “What is the meaning of the Parable of the Wedding Feast” by Got Questions and “Don’t Be A Wedding Crasher” by Desiring God. Feel free to share other commentary or cultural insights that add to this passage! Thanks.)
Who was there listening while Jesus told this parable? We have to read this parable in context to know this answer. (Matthew 21:43-46)
(Note, when my daughter talked about Adam & Eve, please reference ‘Bible Time & Worship Episode 4 – Grace & Love of God‘ to hear more about what God did as a result of their actions of disobedience. My response off the cuff was not the best….)
Who are the servants that were killed from Matthew 22:6? (John the Baptist is one… see reference here for more info.)
What happened to the invited after they rejected the invitation?
Who is now invited to the wedding feast?
Was it just royalty, ‘good’ people, right status folks included? No all are invited, even sinners. Well- we are all sinners according to Romans 3:23.
What does the wedding garment represent?
NOTE: we must take into context the Biblical times and customs of weddings in Jewish society back then. These details would be known by all the listeners present; however, I did not realize there was a difference until I heard the podcast referenced below.
Dr. Crawford Loritts‘ “Living a Legacy” podcast called “Accept the Invitation part 2” on February 16, 2020 found here https://www.moodyradio.org/programs/living-a-legacy/2020/02/2020.02.16-accept-the-invitation-part-2/ provided one fact about weddings back then that made this parable make so much sense to me.
Who provided the wedding garments?
Answer: The king provided them. So in Matthew 22:11-12, when the King saw the guest who took up his gracious invitation to participate in this grand wedding banquet ignore what was provided (we assume that the guest figured that what they had (on or done) was enough but boy were they wrong!!!) you can understand why the King was so upset. We can see from the reaction of the King just how serious this was (Matthew 22:13). The KING decides these matters – NOT the invited guests.
How can we have the audacity to come to His banquet, His wedding feast, without being appropriately clothed- which THE KING EVEN PROVIDES???
As my children figured out and as even the original listener’s knew (see their immediate reaction in Matthew 22:15-16), Jesus was talking about himself, as the Son of God (son of the King) that they were rejecting. ALL THE GUESTS NEEDED TO WEAR ON THE PROPER CLOTHING. We, as believers of Christ, PUT ON the righteousness of Christ once we accept Him as our Lord and Savior. This guest in the wedding banquet parable came, but they were not properly clothed. They had on their own clothes, which they must have thought was ‘good enough’ but it was not (see Matthew 22:13). The ONLY acceptable garment in the King’s banquet was to PUT ON what the King provided– his Son. Or, as my daughter responded in the teaching video, “God’s gift.”
“What is God’s gift?” I ask.
“John 3:16,” she says.
‘”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only Son of God. ‘ John 3:16-18 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/JHN.3.16-18
Also, I included Romans 6:23, focusing on her word ‘gift.’
‘For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. ‘ Romans 6:23 https://my.bible.com/bible/59/ROM.6.23
The king provided all we need in His Son. We have each been invited to respond to the free gift of salvation through His Son, Jesus, which God graciously provides. The requirement is to put on the righteousness of Christ. It is not something that we do like a moral list of actions and behaviors but rather that we would first accept Jesus’s offer of salvation AND THEN allow God to transform our life AS LORD of our life. Have you done that in your life? Are you wearing on and living in and through the righteousness of Christ? Don’t be trying to show up with your own clothes on (as if the things you have done or who you are will be enough). It won’t work. Salvation and LIFE is only possible through Christ alone.
We started our time today with Christ Is Enough – Jonas Myrin and Reuben Morgan. We closed our time with two songs: To Live Is Christ – Sidewalk Prophets and Cornerstone – Jonas Myrin, Reuben Morgan, Eric Liljero, Edward Mote. The lyrics of all these songs, really fit in with the message today. I pray you will strongly consider them as you think of these words from God (Matthew 22:1-14) as preserved in the Holy Bible that we may read, know and share with others the good news.
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Luke 12:54-56 Pay attention to this time we are in!
Colossians 3:1-17 As followers of Christ, we are called to put ON certain things (and take OFF certain things).
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