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The King’s wedding banquet!

Scripture reading for October 11th: Matthew 20-23

“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.  He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.” Matthew 22:2-3

We read in the previous chapter that the chief priests and Pharisees knew that the parables that they heard were about them.  They were jealous because many people were following Jesus and thought He was a prophet.  (Matthew 21:45-46)  They were looking for a way to arrest Jesus but He gave them another parable.

The King was God the Father who sent His only Son to earth.  His plan was to gather a bride for His Son from those who would believe and follow Him.  He came to the Jews first because Israel was long considered the betrothed wife of God!  When the banquet was ready, servants were sent to remind the guests of the banquet.  These servants were the prophets, up to and  including John the Baptist.  The people of Israel gave excuses and most failed to respond.  Worse than that, they beat the servants of the King and killed them. (Matthew 22:5-7)  The king sent his army and destroyed those murderers and their city.  This likely refers to the Babylonian captivity.

The King then instructed His servants to go into the highways and street corners and find those who would come to His Son’s wedding banquet.  Many responded to the urgent invitation.   But one attended the banquet not properly clothed for a wedding.  This person was confronted and cast out into outer darkness where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 22:13)

“Many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)  Jesus concluded this parable with these sobering words.  The invitation to His wedding banquet has gone out to all the world.  Many have responded and others have chosen to not respond for various excuses.  These excuses will keep them out of the joys of the King’s presence.  Others choose to come on their own terms and will be forcibly cast out at the last judgment.  Only the robes given by the King’s Son will be proper attire.  Have you responded to the King’s invitation?

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The wedding banquet!

Scripture reading for October 10th: Matthew 20-23

“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.  He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.” Matthew 22:2-3

We read in the previous chapter that the chief priests and Pharisees knew that the parables they heard were about them.  They were jealous because many people were following Jesus and thought He was a prophet.  (Matthew 21:45-46)  As they were looking for a way to arrest Jesus, He gave them this parable that was a further warning of their dangerous path.

The king was God the Father who sent His only Son Jesus to earth.  His plan was to gather a bride for His son from those who would believe in  Him.  He came to the Jews first and invited them to the great wedding banquet.  Israel was long considered the betrothed wife of God!  When the banquet was ready, servants were sent to remind the guests and their need to come.  These servants were the prophets.  The people of Israel gave lots of excuses and most failed to respond.  Worse than that, they beat the servants of the King and killed them. (Matthew 22:5-7)  The king sent his army and destroyed those murderers and their city.  This likely refers to the Babylonian captivity.

The King then instructed His servants to go into the highways and on the street corners and find those who would come to His Son’s wedding banquet.  Many responded  to the urgent invitation.  One attended the banquet not properly clothed.  This person was confronted and then escorted out.  This man was speechless because he knew the proper clothing but in rebellion chose not to wear it.  He was bound and cast out into outer darkness where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 22:13)

“Many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)  Jesus concluded this parable with these sobering words.  The invitation to His wedding banquet has gone out to all the world.  Many have responded and others have chosen to not respond.  Their excuses will keep them out of the King’s presence.  Others come on their own terms and will be forcibly cast out at the last judgment.  Only the robes given by the King’s Son will be proper attire.  Have you accepted the King’s invitation?  Are you wearing the proper garment?

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Jesus, Man of Integrity!

Scripture reading for October 12th: Matthew 20-23

“Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap Him in His words.  They sent their disciples to Him along with the Herodians.  “Teacher,” they said, “we know you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth.  You aren’t swayed by men, because you pay no attention to who they are.  Tell us then, what is your opinion?  Is it right to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” (Matthew 22:15-17)   Religious people were threatened by Jesus and tried to discredit Him.  They tried to attack Jesus’ integrity by using a loaded question.  They tried to get Jesus to say something that would enable them to arrest Him or charge Him with a crime against the Roman government.  The Herodians were Jews who were loyal to Herod for monetary gain.  They would have jumped on Jesus if he told people not to pay taxes.  The Pharisees were against the taxes to Caesar and were trying to pin unfaithfulness to God on Jesus.  They thought they had the perfect trap.

Jesus defused the trap with a simple illustration, asking them for a coin.  He asked them whose portrait and inscription was on the coin.  They replied that it was Caesar’s!  Jesus simply told them to give to Caesar what was his and to give to God what belonged to Him!  This simple answer defused their trap and left them amazed at His wisdom.

In our day and age, many people lack integrity.  They are not sure what they believe or why.  They are looking to find some fault in Jesus Christ or His word and continually offering arguments.  They hear the word of Jesus, but aren’t listening to believe and obey, but to criticize and tear apart.  Even when they are amazed, they go away to plot another attack or make excuses for rejecting the Savior.

Jesus gave these same Pharisees the answer to their question concerning the greatest commandment.  “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’  This is the first and greatest commandment.  The second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.'” (Matthew 22:37-39)  Jesus told them the simple requirements of God were found in loving relationships.  All the Law and Prophets were based on these two.  Love with integrity describes our God!

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Parable of the Wedding Banquet!

Scripture reading for October 12th: Matthew 20-23

“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.  He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.” Matthew 22:2-3

Why did Jesus give this parable and who did he give it to?  We read in the previous chapter that the chief priests and Pharisees knew that the parables that they heard were about them and they were afraid of the people.  They were jealous because many people were following Jesus and thought He was a prophet.  (Matthew 21:45-46)  They were looking for a way to arrest Jesus but he just gave them another parable.  We have no commentary on this parable here in Matthew but the story is easy to understand in the context.

The king was God the Father who sent His only son to earth.  His plan was to gather a bride for His son from those who would believe and follow Him.  He came to the Jews first and they were invited to the great wedding banquet.  Israel was long considered the betrothed wife of God!  When the banquet was ready, servants were sent to remind the guests of the banquet and their need to respond and come.  These servants were the prophets, up to and  including John the Baptist.  The people of Israel gave lots of excuses and for the most part failed to respond.  Worse than that, they beat the servants of the King and killed them. (Matthew 22:5-7)  The king sent his army and destroyed those murderers and their city.  This likely refers to the Babylonian captivity.

The King then instructs His servants to go into the highways and on the street corners and find those who will come to His Son’s wedding banquet.  Many respond, good and bad, to the urgent invitation.  This speaks of the church sent out to the world to preach the Gospel to all people.  Many respond, good and bad.  One attended the banquet not properly clothed.  This person was confronted and then escorted out.  This man was speechless because he knew the proper clothing but in rebellion chose not to wear it.  He was bound and cast out into outer darkness where there was weeping and gnashing of teeth. (Matthew 22:13)

“Many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)  Jesus concluded this parable with these sobering words.  The invitation to His wedding banquet has gone out to all the world.  Many have responded and others have chosen to not respond for various excuses.  These excuses will keep them out of the joys of the King’s presence.  Others choose to come on their own terms and will be forcibly cast out at the last judgment.  Only the robes given by the King’s Son will be proper attire.  Have you accepted the King’s invitation?  Are you wearing the proper garment?

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