|| Recent Banquet at an Area Care Home that the
ministry assisted with.
The Parable of The Wedding
Banquet Matthew 22:1-14
1 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. 3 He sent his
servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to
come, but they refused to come.
4 Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been
invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have
been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
5 But they paid no attention and went off--one to his field, another to
his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them, and
killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed
those murderers and burned their city.
8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those
I invited did not deserve to come. 9 Go to the street corners 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, both good and bad,
and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
11 But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there
who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you
get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. 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
14 "For many are invited, but few are chosen."
Observations on the Text
The meaning of this parable in the context of the Lord’s Passion Week,
in which he was to be betrayed and crucified, is pretty clear--it
condemns the contempt that Israel as a whole (and everyone in general)
had (and has) for God’s gracious invitation through Jesus the Messiah.
The focus of the parable is on the wedding banquet of the Son. The
reference is naturally to the Messianic banquet, which is not only
mentioned in the New Testament (Rev. 19) but also in the Rabbinic
Literature. At the end of the age, the Jewish tradition held, all the
people of God--Israel--would enjoy a Messianic banquet in their
transition from this life to the life to come. The details of that
banquet, or the New Testament’s marriage supper of the Lamb, cannot be
pressed too much since the circumstances are different, as we shall see.
We may also observe that the parable clearly intends to portray Israel’s
spiritual indifference to the invitation in the sharpest way,
culminating in their killing the messengers of the covenant. In Matthew
23 Jesus will accuse the hypocritical leaders of killing the prophets.
The imagery of a wedding banquet turns to the serious message when the
man without the proper wedding clothes is not merely thrown out of the
banquet, but is bound hand and foot, and cast into darkness where there
is weeping and gnashing of teeth. This is obviously the judgment scene
that Jesus repeated so often with these very words. Thus the banquet is
the celebration of those who enter the kingdom, and the exclusion is the
judgment of God for those who reject the invitation of grace.