The Parable of the Wedding Feast Matthew 22:1-14 Review • The religious leaders had challenged Jesus’ authority • “Two Sons” – responded to their rejection of John the Baptist • “The Vineyard” – responded to the question of authority (John’s, Jesus’, and their own) • Now another parable to show their attitude in comparison to the “sinners” – An expansion on ideas found in the previous two parables The Parable (Part 1) • Matthew 22:1-10 – The kingdom is like a royal wedding feast • Isa 25:6 uses same figure for Messianic kingdom – Invitations had been previously sent • Now sends word that all is ready • Call spurned by indifference or rebelliousness – The King reacts furiously – New invitations are made to those not previously invited The meaning of the parable • The King is God – The groom, the royal son, is Jesus – The bride is the church (2 Cor 11:2) • The invitations previously sent – All the OT, law and prophet • The invited guests were the Jews • The call to come made by John and prophets – Prophets rejected by indifference and rebellion • The King’s reaction is God’s divine judgment on those who rejected His call to enter the kingdom Application (of part 1) • Are you spurning the invitation? – Through indifference? • Some lack interest in spiritual things – Through rebelliousness? • Some know the truth and reject it • In either case, you will face God’s wrath – 2 Thes 1:6-10 The Parable (Part 2) • Matthew 22:11-14 – A guest without proper clothes • By custom, a king would furnish proper clothes (white robes) for guests to put on upon arrival • To not put on the provided clothes would be rude – King asks guest, “Why?” • No possible excuse – The guest cast out The meaning of the parable • The wedding apparel (white robes) is the forgiveness of sins (Rev 7:13-14) • The guest is one who thinks he can enter the kingdom (the Feast) without having his sins forgiven in the way God supplies (baptism – Acts 2:38) • The result – denied entry into the kingdom and eternal punishment Application (of part 2) • Are you seeking to enter the kingdom on your own terms? – Some want “Faith only” or “Sinner’s prayer” – Some want infant baptism – Some want a direct operation of the Spirit – Some want OT righteousness • Rom 10:1-4 • God has provided the clothes for us to wear – Gal 3:26-27 Conclusion • Are you ready for the feast? – Rev 19:6-9 • We must come in the right garments – Made white by the blood of Christ (Rev 7:14) – We must do our part by obedience both in baptism and in righteous acts • The feast is ready • The call has gone forth • Will you come now?