Today’s Bible Reading:
Parable of the Great Feast
1Jesus also told them other parables. He said, 2“The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. 3When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come!
4“So he sent other servants to tell them, ‘The feast has been prepared. The bulls and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!’ 5But the guests he had invited ignored them and went their own way, one to his farm, another to his business. 6Others seized his messengers and insulted them and killed them.
7“The king was furious, and he sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their town. 8And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor. 9Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’ 10So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests.
11“But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. 12‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. 13Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14“For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Verse of the Day:
Jesus continues the conversation in the Temple with the elders and high priests. Today we’re back in Matthew and reading the parable of the great feast.
The main points of the parable/story Jesus tells:
- The King has prepared a wedding feast for his son.
- The banquet is ready for the guests, so the King sends out his servants to get them.
- All of the guests refused to come!
- So, the King sent more servants to tell them to come, everything is ready. But, they still ignored the invitation. Some of the guests even killed the servants.
- The King is furious. He sends an army out to kill the murderers and burn their town.
- The King instructs his servants to invite anyone in the streets to the wedding feast – anyone that will come, the good and bad alike.
- The King enters to greet the guests and sees a man without the proper wedding clothing.
- He demands that the man be bound and thrown into darkness.
- “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Now, Starr’s interpretation:
- The King is God and Jesus is his son that is he is preparing the wedding feast for.
- God sends his servants out to notify those guests that have been invited. His servants are all of those that preach the Gospel.
- I believe that the guests here are the Jewish people.
- They would not come – meaning that the Jews did not accept Jesus Christ as their Messiah.
- God then sends armies to destroy Jerusalem because of their unbelief.
- Now the call has gone out to all people – Jews, Samaritans, etc.
- When God enters the wedding to see the guests this is representing the Judgement Day in Heaven.
- Every person will be judged, sinners and believers alike.
- The man that is not clothed properly does not have the garments of salvation or the robe of righteousness that are received by having Jesus Christ as Savior.
- God sends the man to darkness, hell – where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
- “For many are called, but few are chosen.” – I believe this means that many people will receive the invitation of God, but few will actually accept and be granted access into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Wow! What a story.
I love reading through these parables and forcing myself to study, research, and ponder the meaning that Jesus was trying to get across in these important examples.
Questions to ask ourselves:
- Have I accepted the invitation that God has given to join in the Kingdom of Heaven?
- Did you take away any other meanings from this parable of the great feast?