Summary: Marriage dinner
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Turn with me to
Matthew 22: 1-14
The marriage dinner
1 And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 2 The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,' 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come.' 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.'
5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:' 6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.' 7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burnt up their city.' 8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.' 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.' 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.' 11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment:' 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.' 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.' 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.'
Here in Matthew chapter 22,
Jesus tells a story that has to do with clothing, and what to wear, and he even talks about wearing the wrong thing.
It’s a disturbing story in some ways,
it doesn’t have a happy ending.
At least not for the one dressed wrong.
But it’s a story with several important lessons to learn, so let’s take a look at this story together this morning & see what we can learn from it.
I. The Message of the Parable
A. The invitation rejected.
In those first two versus it says
The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son,' And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: