The Wedding Feast – the 1st parable of the Kingdom Mt 22
Parables of the Kingdom, the 10 Virgins
The parable of the 10 Virgins shows the spiritual condition of the church in the time just preceding the return of Christ.
The parable tells us that the Bridegroom (Jesus) is a long time in coming and the virgins have grown tired and fallen asleep.
All of the virgins awake at the sound of the watchman but not all have retained enough oil in their lamp.
Only those who are careful to keep their lamps lit will enter the kingdom
In the Parable of the talents there is a man who is going away to be made King. He gives gifts, in keeping with the abilities of His servants, to be put to use during His absence.
Two are diligent, faithful and productive in building the Master’s kingdom and one is not. The faithful are blessed with more and the unfaithful one is cast out from among them.
Application for us:
We are responsible for keeping the lamp of faith lit by continuing to grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ. In fellowship, in sound teaching, and in service to God.
We are expected to put the spiritual gifts we have received to work for the building of the kingdom of God.
How would you describe the world today?
Would you say we are moving closer to god or departing from Him? Are people open to the truth or shutting it out?
What do we have to offer them to lure them away from the temptations of this world?
What are we using to get them to church to hear the word of truth?
In Mathew 25 our Lord answers the question about how we should prepare for His return.
The parable of the 10 virgins gives the spiritual condition of the church in the last days
The Parable of the Talents reminds us that we are to “Occupy” till he comes, that is, we are to be about our Fathers business of building the kingdom of God with the gifts He has given us.
In Mathew 22 The Parable of the Wedding Feast shows God’s heart for the lost and the spiritual condition of the world in the end times.
Jesus tells these parables during the last week of His earthly ministry, that is, just after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem and before He was crucified on the cross for our sake.
Jesus had wept over Jerusalem as he entered the city and revealed that the city would be destroyed and the temple taken apart piece by piece. All this happened because the religious leaders were not waiting for their Messiah. God institutes the church age with a primary focus on the salvation of the nations (Gentiles).
His disciples asked him a series of questions concerning when these things would occur. Jesus provides a detailed answer concerning the things that would take place and signs that would mark His return. (Mark 13, Mt 24, Luke 21)
Today we will look at the parable of the Wedding Feast from Mathew 22.
Bible Text : Mat 22
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying,
2“The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son.
3“And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come.
Jn 1:9 The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world. 10He was in the world, and though the world was made through him, the world did not recognize him. 11 He came to that which was his own, but his own did not receive him
4“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.”’
5“But they paid no attention and went their way, one to his own farm (in the country), another to his business (in the city),
6 and the rest seized his slaves and mistreated them and killed them.
7 “But the king was enraged, and he sent his armies and destroyed those murderers and set their city on fire.
Questions and Observations:
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
2 When you think of a wedding feast what emotion first comes to mind? Who is the King and who is the Son? Who is responsible for preparing the feast?
Great Joy, celebration, reunion with family
God the Father is the one who is joyfully preparing a wedding Feast for His Son Jesus
3 Who are they that are sent out to invite others to the wedding feast? What is the response?
The word for slave here is “Duolos” which literally means bond servants. Those who willingly, joyfully devote themselves to their master for life.
The bond servants include;
The prophets of the Old Testament
We who are followers of Christ are sent out to do our Fathers business.
We have the privilege of inviting others to share in the Father’s joy at the wedding feast of the lamb in heaven.
The initial response is an unwillingness to come to this joyful event.
4 How many invitations go out for the wedding feast? To whom did they initially go? When was God initially ready to celebrate?
Many invitations went out through multiple prophets of the Old Testament including Daniel and John the Baptist, the Elijah of his day.
God had enacted His plan and sent Jesus but the Jews were not ready to receive Him.
5 Do we see people rejecting their Messiah today for similar reasons; what is it they are distracted by?
The distractions from the truth today far exceed those of Jesus day when people were primarily distracted with earning money for basic needs.
6 What was the extreme reaction to God’s servants?
They killed the prophets
Mt 23:37″Jerusalem, Jerusalem, who kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were unwilling. 38″Behold, your house is being left to you desolate!
8“Then he said to his slaves, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.
Luke 19:41 As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over it 42and said, “If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes. 43The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side. 44They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls. They will not leave one stone on another, because you did not recognize the time of God’s coming to you.”
9 ‘Go therefore to the main highways, and as many as you find there, invite to the wedding feast.’ 10 “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.
11 “But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless.
13“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.’
14 “For many are called, but few are chosen
So what has become of Israel?
In AD 70 the emperor Titus rode into Jerusalem, besieged it, killed many, robbed the gold from the temple and burned the city to the ground leaving the city desolate for most of the next 2000 years.
Luke 21:20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled
9 How would you describe the change in God’s wedding plans?
Ro 11:25 I do not want you to be ignorant of this mystery, brothers and sisters, so that you may not be conceited: Israel has experienced a hardening in part until the full number of the Gentiles has come in,
11 What are the required wedding clothes?
We can only approach God by believing In Christ saving work and in so doing being clothed in His righteousness
Gal 3:26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus. 27 For all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ
2 Cor 5:21 He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
13 What happens to the man who doesn’t have them?
He is put out of the feast away from God
14 Who are the chosen?
Those who respond in faith to the gospel and commit themselves to the Lordship of Christ.
The Coming Wedding Feast
Revelation 19:1 After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting:
“Hallelujah!, Salvation and glory and power belong to our God,
2 for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
3 And again they shouted:
“Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.”
4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried:
5Then a voice came from the throne, saying:
“Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him,
both great and small!”
6Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting:
“Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready.
8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
9Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
The Coming Wedding Feast
There is a promised wedding feast coming at the return of Jesus for His Bride, the church. It will be a gathering of all believers from all ages.
The offer of entry into the feast is free but one must be willing to accept it.
Entry into the feast is gained by believing in the saving work of Christ and offering our lives in service to Him.
There are only two Possible destinies for all of mankind:
Accept God’s solution to the sin problem and the free gift of His grace offered in Christ. Spend eternity in the presence of God and the rest of the redeemed. These are the Blessed.
Refuse to accept this free gift and spend eternity cast away from God’s presence in outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Rev 19 goes on to call this place the lake of fire.
So, the key questions are:
Have you accepted the free gift?
Are you God’s bond servant and actively getting the wedding invitations out to all those you know? Good or evil.
Are your hopes set on the coming King and the great reunion of the saints?