Saturday, November 17, 2012
20. Marriage Feast
M't:22:1: And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, M't:22:2: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, M't:22:3: And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. M't:22:4: Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. M't:22:5: But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: M't:22:6: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. M't:22:7: But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. M't:22:8: Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. M't:22:9: Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. M't:22:10: So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. M't:22:11: And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: M't:22:12: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. M't:22:13: Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. M't:22:14: For many are called, but few are chosen.
This parable tells us that the Gospel is prepared and represented by a feast which a king made at the marriage of his son. Christ is here the Bridegroom and the church is His bride. The new covenant of the Gospel is a marriage covenant between Christ Jesus and believers. The dinner is prepared for the marriage and the dinner represents the blessings of the new covenant; a heaven upon earth now, and certainly a heaven in heaven shortly.
A feast is prepared, substantial food for everyone. The feast represents a reconciliation between God and the attending guests who have accepted the invitation. The feast also represents the place of fellowship in which we now enjoy with God through Christ. It is a wedding feast, also the first miracle Jesus performed to make a plentiful provision at a wedding feast, so surely no provision will be spared when He prepares His union with us. It is also a royal wedding feast for the son of a king. We are reminded that Jesus Christ is Lord of Lords, and King of Kings, and we are to become united with this Kingdom. The Gospel is represented by the invitation to this feast, and all mankind is invited to this celebration.
The guests are called and when the invited guests were slack in coming, the king sent forth other servants to bid the guests to come because all things were ready and prepared. The message received cold treatment just as the Gospel of Christ is often ignored and rejected. They would not come is not because they couldnít, but because they would not. They thought, as sinners, that the invitation was not worth responding to and they made light of it. They had other things they minded more to do.
One went to his farm, the other to his merchandise. They give excuses why their businesses were more important. Both the country (farming) and the city (merchandising) have their temptations to refuse the call of Christ. The messengers were horribly abused, they were treated spitefully, and were killed. In this application it is true of the prophets starting with John the Baptist down through the Apostles and ministers of God. We must count on some of the same treatment. The king was angry and this represents the nation of Israel, as Godís chosen, who rejected the Messiah.
Because they persecuted and killed the messengers God becomes angered for the honor of the Gospel. It brings just condemnation and destruction upon the one who despises Godís servants. The king sends forth his armies. This literally applies to the Roman armies who destroyed the Jews.
We now see the Gentiles who were brought into the feast from out of the highways. The Jews had forfeited all the privileges that they had been invited to. It is only through the fall of the Jews that salvation came to the Gentiles. Christ will have a Kingdom of the world for whoever will come. The second invitation is met with success. All the children of God who were scattered abroad were gathered for the wedding feast. There the dinner was filled, but with a mixed multitude of both bad and good.
Again we recall the parable of casting the net of the Gospel which enclosed both bad and good fish. The king comes to welcome and view the guests. He discovers a hypocrite, one who was not even covered in a wedding garment. It is Godís prerogative to know who has a sound heart and who doesnít. We may deceive one another, but we cannot deceive God. You cannot hide from God even in a crowd. This man was clothed but not in the Lord Jesus. ďFriend, how did it come about that you came in here without a wedding garment?Ē The word friend was a cutting word. If indeed he was a friend he would have known what the attire was. It is likened to the coming to the Lordís table for communion when we do not properly come in a wedding garment. (1 Cor. 10:21-22) It is good for ourselves if we judge ourselves, then we shall not be judged by God.
The man stood speechless being convicted by his own conscience. He was then sentenced. He was shackled and could not outrun his punishment. He was taken away from the wedding feast. Those that walk unworthy of their Christianity forfeit all the happiness of the Gospel. He is sentenced to hell which is utter darkness where his torment is unspeakable. Lastly we learn that many are called to the wedding feast, but few have chosen to wear the wedding garment.
What is the wedding garment that guests must be clothed in? If the great wedding feast were the Rapture and the invitation call were to come today, would you be wearing the wedding garment? What does many are called but few are chosen mean regarding how we serve Christ on a daily basis? Romans 11:26 says, ďAnd so all of Israel will be saved as it is written.Ē Will the wedding feast invitation be sent out one final time to the Jews before Christ returns to consummate the marriage?