Summary: “A certain king” is God the Father, and “his son” is the Lord Jesus.
Disrespect for GOD and HIS SON THE LORD Jesus Christ
Chapter 21 closed with the religious rulers determined that Jesus would die.
MATT. 22:45-46And when the chief priests and Pharisees had heard his parables, they perceived that he spake of them. 46But when they sought to lay hands on him, they feared the multitude, because they took him for a prophet.
AND THEN HERE IN OUR TEXT VERSES IN MATT.22: WE’LL SEE THAT THE Lord continues the verbal clash with the religious rulers.
The parable in 21 of the house holder, represents God the Father, and the son is the Lord Jesus Christ. The husbandmen are a picture of Israel.
matt. 22:1-14 Here in our text
“A certain king” is God the Father, and “his son” is the Lord Jesus. Notice the expression “kingdom of heaven” instead of Kingdom of God, which He used in the previous two parables. So the emphasis here MATT.22: is upon how and why this age began, “the church age”, rather than upon the conclusion of the age, that He reveals in THE PARABLES in Matthew 13 :
1And Jesus answered and spake unto them again **by parables, and said,
2The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.
4Again, 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”.
5But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.
7But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
This refers to the destruction of Jerusalem in b.c. 70 by Titus the Roman.
8Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.
Now we will see a change in the method and manner of the invitation, and it refers to the present age in which we live AT THIS TIME.
9Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10So 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.
But notice what happens—
11And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:
12And he saith unto him,”Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment”? And he was speechless. 13Then 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. 14For many are called, but few are chosen.
What is the wedding garment? The King’s invitation is for everyone, but there is a danger of coming without meeting the demands of the King. The wedding garment is the righteousness of Christ, which is essential for salvation, and it is supplied to all who believe.
The apostle Paul speaks of this imputed righteousness: ” (Rom. 3:21–22). “But now the righteousness of God without the law [that is, apart from the law] is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; Even the righteousness of [from] God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all [it comes down upon all] them that believe: for there is no difference”
There was a total disregard for the King’s Invitation, remember, the King here is God the Father,
Matthew 22:2-5 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, and sent forth his servants”
Who were bidden? The lost sheep of the house of Israel—The Lord had sent His apostles to them, the prophets had been the messengers back in the Old Testament.
This was Israel’s rejection of God’s invitation. They killed His messengers, including the Lord Jesus Himself.
and sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 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”. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise.
They felt they had better things to do.
Lets keep in mind that a “parable” is an earthly story to illustrate a heavenly truth.