Summary: A look at the believers wedding feast
The Wedding Feast
Matthew 22:2 – 14
Verses 2-4 “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: 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”.
Who is the King? God Almighty
Who is the Bridegroom? Christ Jesus
Verses 5-7 “But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city”.
Who were the servants in the Old Testament? The Prophets
Who are the servants now? New Testament Believers
What is the day being alluded to? The Day of the Lord
Verses 8-10 “Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 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”.
How does this relate to today? We as God’s servant’s are supposed to be going out and inviting all we find to come to the wedding feast.
Why is this important to me?
1. Where would you be if someone had not invited you to the wedding feast?
2. Who is being overlooked if you aren’t going out and inviting people to the wedding feast?
3. Are you being a faithful servant to the King if you are disobedient in seeking out people and inviting them to the wedding feast?
Matthew 22:9-14 “And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 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. For many are called, but few are chosen”.
What is the tradition of providing a robe for the guest? Scholars hold that the kings of the Middle East had the custom of providing garments befitting the occasion when they invited guests for wedding banquests and other festivities. The documents found at Mari in Mesopotamia bear witness to this fact
Why is that tradition important to us? God Provided the robe for us to wear to the wedding feast.
What is the significance of the robe?
Isaiah 61:10 “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels”.
Why is the wedding feast special? God is giving the feast because He loves us and He loves His Son Jesus the Messiah.
‘And the twelve gates were twelve pearls: every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were transparent glass’.