God’s invitation into His kingdom is a privilege and an honor, and those who refuse only show their rebelliousness toward Him. The verses that we heard this morning, from the twenty-second chapter of St. Matthew, are comprised of one of Christ's parables, that in which He compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a great marriage feast. “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? Third, the unwillingness to accept the invitation of the king would have been considered an insult to the king and would be tantamount to rebellion. (L) “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. D.A. For the Lord God Omnipotent reigns! (W), 34 Hearing that Jesus had silenced the Sadducees,(Y) the Pharisees got together. The Parable of the Wedding Banquet (). For example: NKJ  John 3:25-30 Then there arose a dispute between some of John’s disciples and the Jews about purification. Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14 Teaching Outline) … It would be the highlight of one’s life to attend such a wedding. But there will be some who appear to accept the invitation even though they do not really accept the King’s terms of inclusion. This means that Jesus is using this parable to accuse the Jewish people who have been rejecting Him as having a rebellious heart toward their King and His Son, the Messiah. 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Here the wearing of the wrong apparel clearly connotes rebelliousness toward God and His standards of righteousness. Notice that the second invitation gives details about the greatness and the readiness of the feast in order to further entice the guests to come. To be invited is to be treated like a friend of the king. Matthew 22 English Standard Version (ESV) The Parable of the Wedding Feast. They were more concerned about their own lives and business than they were about honoring their king. A couple of weeks ago we began to look at an exchange between Jesus and the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem. The Parable of the Wedding Banquet, Matthew 22 Parables of Jesus DVD Bible Study Series. So, the invitation should not have been viewed as an onerous duty, but a joyful privilege. Recall the end of chapter 21, which directly precedes the parable before us this morning: NKJ  Matthew 21:45-46 Now when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them. A Meditation on Psalm 130:1-3. How have you responded to that invitation? I think that Jesus may also have a couple of Old Testament passages in mind here. This parable is similar in some ways to the Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24), but the occasion is different, and it has some important distinctions. 36 Again he sent other servants, more than the first, and they did likewise to them. But the people invited to the wedding did not care … Parable of the Wedding Feast - As was his custom, Jesus continued to teach the people by using allegories. 22:12] 9 In the same day I will punish all those who leap over the threshold, who fill their masters’ houses with violence and deceit. To better understand the context of this story, it is important to know some basic facts … The Parable. And I received my M.Div. 9 So go to the street corners(F) and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good,(G) and the wedding hall was filled with guests. Conclusion: I will conclude by asking all here today, Have you accepted the invitation to participation in God’s kingdom? But the way Jesus used these stories is BRILLIANT. The Parable of the Wedding Feast A Homily on St. Matt. 8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. Well, we saw last time the example of the Jews – especiallyof the Pharisees and scribes – and God’s invitation to them. Not only does the language recall the earlier destruction of Jerusalem at the hands of the Babylonians due to the peoples’ rejection of God’s messengers, but it also hints at the coming destruction of the city in A.D. 70 for the same kind of rebelliousness. To be invited to such a banquet by a king for the wedding of his son would have been considered a great honor. Grace and judgement at the wedding feast in Matthew 22 | Psephizo in Biblical Studies from Columbia Bible College (now Columbia International University) in Columbia, South Carolina. Application: Those of us who know Christ should always be thankful that we are not only invited to the kingdom banquet by the King to celebrate the wedding of His Son, but that we are also found worthy not because of any righteousness of our own, but only through the righteousness of Christ. Trust in Christ as the one who died for sinners, rose from the dead, and is seated at the right hand of God to reign over all things. This last parable is the broadest of the three. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’(I), 14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”(J), 15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. Parable is just a fancy word for a story. 13 Then the king said to the servants, “Bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”. 11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. Copyright © 2019 by Zondervan. If a king invited you to his son’s wedding, would you go? And, by the way, my last name has a silent 'h' and is pronounced 'troop.' 22 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, 3 and sent his servants [] to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Even so, when people reject us when we proclaim the Gospel of the kingdom of God, we must remember that it is really God himself that they are rejecting. Of course you would go. THE PARABLE OF THE WEDDING FEAST. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. 26 And they came to John and said to him, “Rabbi, He who was with you beyond the Jordan, to whom you have testified — behold, He is baptizing, and all are coming to Him!” 27 John answered and said, “A man can receive nothing unless it has been given to him from heaven. King sent his servants to inform the guest of the wedding that the feast is ready. Jesus told Pharisees another parable, which was about a wedding feast the King prepared for his son. Their rejection of the invitation revealed how unworthy of it they actually were. Introduction: Thomas Constable summarizes well the focus of this trilogy of parables: The three parables in this series are similar to three concentric circles in their scope. NKJ  Matthew 22:9-10 “Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite [καλέω] to the wedding.” 10 So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. The first one married and died, and since he had no children, he left his wife to his brother. Indeed what is needed is to be properly clothed is a righteousness that exceeds that of the scribes and Pharisees, and this is the righteousness of Christ. Carson has summarized the meaning of this conclusion quite well: Many are invited; but some refuse to come, and others who do come refuse to submit to the norms of the kingdom and are therefore rejected. Holy Bible, New International Version®, NIV® Copyright ©1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. But He is patient in continuing to issue repeated invitations, as we see in the rest of the parable. Such a banquet could go on for days, with successive meals being offered to the guests. 10 And there shall be on that day,” says the LORD, “The sound of a mournful cry from the Fish Gate, a wailing from the Second Quarter, and a loud crashing from the hills.”. A teaching from the book of Matthew, chapter 22 verses 1-14 by Pastor Paul LeBoutillier of Calvary Chapel Ontario (Oregon) www.ccontario.com Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. In almost every culture, wedding ceremonies are a big deal. Question: "What is the meaning of the Parable of the Wedding Feast?" 46 But when they sought to lay hands on Him, they feared the multitudes, because they took Him for a prophet.”. 12 So he said to him, “Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?” And he was speechless. 30 He must increase, but I must decrease.”, NKJ  Matthew 9:14-15 14 Then the disciples of John came to Him [Jesus], saying, “Why do we and the Pharisees fast often, but Your disciples do not fast?” 15 And Jesus said to them, “Can the friends of the bridegroom mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them? The Parable of the Wedding Feast Matthew 22. Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ and be found in Him, not having my own righteousness, which is from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ, the righteousness which is from God by faith ….” (Phil. Notice that the second refusal also gives details as to some of the reasons the guests refused to come. Then, last week, we looked at the second parable, the Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers. Those considered bad by the Jews would, of course, also include Gentiles, who we now know are also invited to the great wedding banquet of the Son, a fact for which I am supremely grateful! 7 And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them.”. Remember Jesus’ earlier warning that, “unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven” (Matt. 28 You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, ‘I am not the Christ,’ but, ‘I have been sent before Him.’ 29 He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. 15:38; Deut. 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What is the meaning of the Parable of the Wedding Fea… NIV Reverse Interlinear Bible: English to Hebrew and English to Greek. 1 At sumagot si Jesus at muling pinagsalitaan sila sa mga talinghaga, na sinasabi, 2 Tulad ang kaharian ng langit sa isang hari na naghanda ng piging ng kasalan ng kaniyang anak na lalake, 3 At sinugo ang kaniyang mga alipin upang tawagin ang mga inanyayahan sa piging ng kasalan: at sila'y ayaw magsidalo. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. This week, we will examine the third parable in this trilogy, the Parable of the Wedding Feast, which is introduced in verse 1 with the simple statement, “And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said ….” No other introductory statement is necessary, since the context of the previous two parables and the situation that occasioned them is assumed. 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. For he says, 44 “‘The Lord said to my Lord:    “Sit at my right handuntil I put your enemies    under your feet.”’[e](AF), 45 If then David calls him ‘Lord,’ how can he be his son?” 46 No one could say a word in reply, and from that day on no one dared to ask him any more questions.(AG). 22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. Their own selfish concerns left them apathetic about the king’s concerns. NKJ  Matthew 22:2-3 The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call [καλέω] those who were invited [καλέω] to the wedding; and they were not willing to come. And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good.” [Matthew 22: 7-10] These were not originally part of the guest list. The fourth scene is found in verses 11-14. 7 The king was enraged. Have you seen that you have been given a great honor in that you have been extended an invitation to joyful fellowship with Him? For example, recall the previous parable – the Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers – in which Jesus had highlighted the way in which the Jews had mistreated and killed so many of the prophets who had been sent to them: NKJ  Matthew 21:35-36 And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. When Jesus refers to this invitation as being extended to “both bad and good,” I think He has in mind those who were good or bad in the sight of men, those who would have been considered faithful by the Jews and those who would have been considered sinners by the Jews. You might find it helpful to read through a couple of commentaries beforehand, so that you can learn some more about this passage before you teach it. For when Jesus refers in verse 13 to persons improperly clothed as being cast “into outer darkness” where “there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth,” He is referring to the final judgment. (V) He is not the God of the dead but of the living.”, 33 When the crowds heard this, they were astonished at his teaching. 22:1-14 by Father James Thornton. However, those who may profess to know Christ and to have accepted the invitation, but who are trusting in their own righteousness rather than being clothed in the righteousness of Christ, should beware of the great judgment that awaits them. NKJ  Matthew 22:5-6 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. I received my B.A. My fellow-elders are George Drye, Brent Flint, and Ben Murphy, each of whom also resides in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois. The key point here is that, since those who should have been expected to accept the invitation in fact refused it, then those who otherwise would not have been offered the invitation were invited instead. Matthew 22 English Standard Version Anglicised (ESVUK) The Parable of the Wedding Feast. Matthew 22:1-14 English Standard Version (ESV) The Parable of the Wedding Feast. They will renounce their own self-interest and their own righteousness and will gladly agree with the Apostle Paul when he declares, “But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 31 But about the resurrection of the dead—have you not read what God said to you, 32 ‘I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’[b]? Bible Study: Parable of the Wedding Feast-Matthew 22 - Psalm 91 Scene #2: The Second Invitation and Refusal, NKJ  Matthew 22:4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, “Tell those who are invited [καλέω], ‘See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. from Covenant Theological Seminary in St. Louis, Missouri. NKJ  Matthew 22:11-13 11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. One view is that the man who tries to participate in the banquet but gets evicted represents those whom God will exclude in the judgment that will take place before the kingdom begins. This view seems best to me. 26 The same thing happened to the second and third brother, right on down to the seventh. The parable of the wedding feast (Matthew 22: 1–14) The parable of the wedding feast is a parable about universalism . Answer: Jesus told the Parable of the Wedding Feast in Matthew 22:1-14. Come to the wedding banquet.’. Come to the wedding.’”. Since he does not have the proper clothing, the robe of righteousness, he cannot enter the  kingdom. And whose inscription?”. 3 Things I’ve Learned in my Pastoral Rookie Year. In Matthew 22:1–14, Jesus tells a parable about a wedding feast. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[d](AB) 40 All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”(AC), 41 While the Pharisees were gathered together, Jesus asked them, 42 “What do you think about the Messiah? Application: Perhaps many people today would not see this parable as applicable to them, since they do not seek to kill the messengers God has sent them to offer them His gracious invitation, but their rejection is still rebellion, even if it is nothing more than a self-centered apathy toward the things of God. Scene #1: The First Invitation and Refusal. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 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