The Parable of the Wedding Feast
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The Parable of the Wedding Feast

by Angel Studios | October 11, 2022

There are so many important lessons to learn in the parable of the wedding feast.

Here are just a few of them.

The Parable Of The Wedding Feast

The parable of the wedding feast can be found in the twenty-second chapter of the book of Matthew. 

Here is the story in its entirety.

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 So 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, the bad as well as the good, 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 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ 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 teeth.’

14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

(Matthew 22 as found in the NIV)

Although it’s known as the parable of the wedding feast there are three separate events or parables that together make the entire wedding feast story.

First, there’s the parable of the King reaching out to the invited.

Second, there’s the parable of the King reaching out to everyone.

And third, there’s the parable of the King rejecting the unprepared from the wedding.

Each of the three parables found in this story teaches us something that we can learn something from.

Rejecting The King

First, Jesus makes it clear that the King in these parables is God and the son’s wedding banquet is the kingdom of heaven.

In the first parable, the King reaches out to those who were already invited to the banquet by sending his servants to the would-be guests, but the people who were invited chose not to come. In their anger, the servants of the King killed the would-be guests. When the King learned what happened, he got angry and destroyed the murders.

How often do we reach out to people who we know God has invited only to be rejected? How easy is it to get angry when people reject God? How easy is it to say something hurtful in reaction to that rejection?

But in this parable, we learn that God does not want us to hurt people who reject him at first. God wants us to reach out to others, but he wants us to do it his way.

Those who reject God should be reached out to in love again and again as Jesus would do.

In the second parable, the King tells his servants to go back out and invite everyone who will come to his banquet.

His servants reach out to every corner of the King’s kingdom and invite men, women, rich, poor, and everyone in between to feast with him.

Similarly, every single person is invited to come to God and feast with him in the Kingdom of Heaven. God’s invitation isn’t just for priests, pastors, and reverends. It’s not just for a chosen few.

We are all the chosen people of God and we are all invited to come unto him through Jesus.

Those who try to follow Jesus are invited. Those who do not currently follow Jesus are invited. And everyone in between.

We are all invited.

Few Are Chosen

After the King’s servants fill the banquet hall with new guests, the King found one guest who was not wearing the wedding garment.

For context, in ancient Israel, It was customary for wealthy people to give guests properly-fitting wedding attire. Dressing everyone in similar wedding clothes made everyone look the part of a wedding participant.

So it’d be inappropriate for a wedding guest to choose not to wear the garments that were given out freely to the guests.

When the King saw this guest who was hoping to participate on their own terms, he had the guest removed from his wedding.

We can learn from this experience that, although Jesus invites everyone to follow him, we’re still expected to follow his example. Even though we’re all invited to feast with God in his Kingdom, we’re still expected to put on his clothes and look and act the part.

We can’t be like the servants in the first parable, acting like followers of God only to act unchristlike at a moment’s notice. We can’t pick and choose when to follow Jesus.

We’re all called to be servants of God. We’re all called to invite people to come to Jesus’s feast. We’re all called to join the wedding.

But we’re also called to do it in the way Jesus wants us to do it.

So while we’re all called, only those willing to invite others properly and wear the wedding garment when asked are chosen to stay.

Jesus Invites Us All

It’s important to study the life of Jesus and learn how we can best act like him so we can be beacons of light for those we love most.

The Chosen hopes to help teach you about Jesus so you can reach out to others in a way that’d be pleasing to him.

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