Bible Study Lesson: Matthew 22:1-14
The parable of the wedding feast as Christ tells it in Matthew explains how God invites us to join Him at His table for the best dinner we could ever imagine … Eternal life!
But all will not accept His invitation.
Let’s see what Jesus says about the wedding banquet and the lessons we can learn from His teachings.
Jesus Teaches about the Wedding Feast – Wedding Feast and the Frustrated King
“Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.
And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.
Again he sent out other slaves saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Behold, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and my fattened livestock are all butchered and everything is ready; come to the wedding feast.”’
But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm, another to his business, and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them.
But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire.
Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’
Those slaves went out into the streets and gathered together all they found, both evil and good; and the wedding hall was filled with dinner guests.
“But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless.
Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw 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 NASB
The Wedding Banquet
[easyazon_image align=”left” height=”160″ identifier=”0446565989″ locale=”US” src=”https://images-na.ssl-images-amazon.com/images/I/51V1NwPDKwL._SL160_.jpg” tag=”bobpardphot-20″ width=”106″]The custom of the people in this parable was that wedding invitations were sent twice.
Once, to make potential guests aware that the party was to be held and then again when the preparations were finalized and all was ready.
The king in these verses did that. In fact, he invited the guests three times to his wedding reception with a stronger rejection each time he sent his servants to invite them.
Where is this leading?
God sends us invitations to His “wedding banquet” and wants us to come to His table which is the gift of eternity for those who accept Christ.
Do you feel that God is sending you an invitation to His wedding feast?
Have you accepted His invite? If not, you can find out how by reading John 3:16.
Love in Christ
If you would like to know more about the love and life-changing experience of Jesus Christ, please take a moment to see this information from John.