Summary: The Parable of the Wedding Banquet - PowerPoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com
The Wedding (vs 2&4)
The First Invited Guests (vs 3&4)
The Other Invited Guests (vs 8-10)
The Gate Crasher (vs 11-14)
Can you guess the couples from their wedding photos quiz
• Andy Murray & Kim Sears
• Elvis Presley & Priscilla Ann Wagner
• George-Clooney & Amal-Alamuddin
• Muhammed Ali's & Khalilah Camacho Ali
• Wayne & Coleen Rooney
• Baraka & Michelle Obama
• Jennifer Aniston and Brad Pitt
• Prince William and Kate Middleton
• TRANSITION: Show own wedding photo
• And tell joke!
• In a few weeks-time Penny & myself will celebrate our 18th wedding anniversary;
• Someone asked us recently;
• Was there a successful recipe for keeping our marriage fresh, & healthy?
• I replied;
• Well once a week we go out for a nice romantic candlelit meal.
• Penny goes on Tuesdays and I go on a Thursday!
• TRANSITION: Weddings are special occasions:
• They are times of celebration.
• They are times when we rejoice and express joy.
• Weddings are a time when we enjoy the company of those we love;
• And we rejoice at the new bond of unison and commitment between two people.
• In our society weddings are still big events,
• Despite the fact that the simplest of civil marriages costs less than £50,
• According to Wedding Guide UK.
• The average cost of getting married in the UK is around £11,000;
• With the vast majority of weddings falling between £5,000 and £15,000.
• That’s a lot of money!
But wedding days have always been expensive days:
• In Bible times and still today in the Jewish culture;
• Weddings were, and are, a big deal:
• There is a certain protocol that was to be followed.
• And both the poor and rich were bound by tradition and culture to abide by it.
• This parable that we are looking at this morning
• Is set in an Eastern wedding situation.
(1). The Wedding (vs 2&4)
“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.”
• The custom in the East at this time was to invite people to the wedding feast;
• A long time before the occasion actually occurred.
• Now in our day;
• We send out a wedding invitation with the date, the venue and of course;
• The name of the people getting married.
• But in Biblical times it was different;
• The invitation (written or verbal) just said the name of the people getting married.
• No venue and no date!
Question: Why no venue?
Answer: Because each wedding followed Jewish tradition.
• Jewish weddings followed tradition so you knew where the wedding would take place.
• On the day of the wedding the groom would approach the brides home,
• And a cry would echo through the streets, "The bridegroom is coming."
• The groom did not enter the bride's house,
• Instead she, the bride came out to meet him.
• Then bride and groom, accompanied by their wedding party,