SCRIPTURE STUDY: Matthew 22:1-14
CRAZY THINGS can happen at a wedding:
“How did the wedding go?” asked the pastor’s wife. “Fine, dear, until I asked the bride whether she would ‘Love, honor, and OBEY her husband.’ “She looked at me and said, ‘Do you think I’m crazy?’ Then she looked at the Groom, who awakening from a dream, said, “I DO!” Then things really started to happen!”
In the culture of this biblical setting in Matthew, TWO invitations were expected, the FIRST to inform the guest there was going to be a wedding. The SECOND was to let everyone know that everything was ready!
Jesus used PARABLES for comparisons, stories used to illustrate and explain and emphasize His point.
Who Are the “THEMS” Jesus is speaking to?
They are the Jewish religious leaders, the Pharisees, and Sadducees. The ‘finger pointers’ of the day.
In Matthew 13, the disciples asked Jesus why He spoke in PARABLES. Jesus answered that those who love the TRUTH will understand the PARABLES and those who don’t love the TRUTH will not understand His PARABLES. It wasn’t because God was hiding the TRUTH from them, it was because they didn’t want to hear the TRUTH.
THE STORY BEGINS.
We see that the king has sent out THREE invites.
Number ONE isn’t written down but the people of the time would have known that the GUESTS had already been informed of the WEDDING.
Number TWO was when he sent the servants out to tell everyone the BANQUET was ready, and afterward, everyone refused to come.
The THIRD invitation went out and some had other things to do and ignored the invitation while others grabbed the messengers and insulted them and killed them.
This is about the rejection of the Jews. The prophets were rejected by the Jewish people, most of the Jews ignored John the Baptist, and they killed Jesus. So this PARABLE in Matthew 22 must have hit home with the Jewish leaders.
Then the king opens up the invitation to everyone, the good, the bad and the ugly to use a cliché.
He told the servants to go out on the streets–are you ready for this all you “servants for the Lord”–you followers of Christ?– open the invitation to all!
The BANQUET HALL had been readied and it was filled with guests but one wasn’t dressed for the occasion. Athletic gear perhaps? (just a reference). So the king asked him why and he didn’t have an answer, so the king had him tied up and thrown out.
And Jesus ended the PARABLE with this statement: “for many are called but few are chosen.”
So you may be asking why the King was so harsh on this man, after all, he did come on short notice.
What I’ve come to understand is that the King would have provided the wedding clothes for unsuspecting guests, and for whatever reason, arrogance or just plain, “you’re not gonna tell me what to wear,” kind of attitude. So he threw him out where there were great weeping and gnashing of teeth. Have you ever heard people in their sleep grinding their teeth? It sounds really annoying I’ve been told.
It’s plain to see that this parable is about the rejection of Jesus by the Jews and the invitation to the Kingdom of heaven being opened to the Gentiles.
It’s a great thing that you and I have been invited to the banquet but something in the parable when you think about it bothers some.
The “something” is that the GUEST got tossed out.
It bothers people not everyone is going to make it to the right side of ETERNITY–it troubles us when we realize that not everyone will make it to heaven.
There’s a current societal mindset out there in the world that all roads lead to God and that any religion will get you to heaven. Don’t be fooled by this misconception. JESUS said that He was the way, The Truth & the Life and no one came to the Father except through Him.
Scripture is clear that not everyone will make it to heaven.
Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV)
 “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.  But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it.”
Matthew 7:21 (AMP)
 Not everyone who says to Me, Lord, Lord, will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father Who is in heaven.
Matthew 25:32 (NIV)
 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
We have ALL BEEN INVITED.
Yes, we’ve ALL been invited, the passage of scripture makes it clear as well as other scripture in the Bible.
Isaiah 55:1 (AMP)
 WAIT and listen, everyone who is thirsty! Come to the waters; and he who has no money, come, buy and eat! Yes, come, buy [priceless, spiritual] wine and milk without money and without price [simply for the self-surrender that accepts the blessing].
Revelation 22:17 (NIV)
 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come, and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.
You see we have ALL BEEN INVITED, we have all been given an opportunity to put on the wedding clothes of righteousness.
The but is…each person must choose to put it on!
But some are just too busy, some reject the invitation outright and some think they can sit at the table going unnoticed. That’s not how it works.
WE MUST BE BORN AGAIN!
We don’t get into the BANQUET unless we have JESUS as our Savior.
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Bible Translations: New International Version (NIV); Amplified Bible (AMP).