October 25: Invited to the Wedding (Matthew 22:1-14)
This Sunday Josh C. will continue the Christians and Culture series at 9:00am in the youth room. Ray Rutledge will be in the Adult 1 classroom continuing through The Gospel Project.
And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.” (ESV)
Over the past weeks, we have seen Jesus use parables to condemn the stony and unresponsive hearts of the religious leadership of Israel. In spite of Jesus preaching that the kingdom of God had come and demonstrating it through the healing of the blind and lame, Jesus was rejected by the professing people of God. Strictly speaking, all three parables reveal the unbelief of the religious leaders and predict judgment for that unbelief and fruitlessness and yet at the same time, tax collectors were getting in the kingdom. In this parable, he teaches that the consequences of rejecting God’s glorious offer of salvation is judgment as well as the extending of this kingdom beyond the walls of Israel to the world. This is a warning to the religious and an offer of hope to the broken that God's kingdom is open through faith and repentance.
Review and Apply
1. How would you describe the comparison between the kingdom of God and the banquet for a Son? Consider what these verses might say about that comparison: Revelation 19:6-10.
2.What are the reasons given by the various guests for refusing to come? How do we see these some kinds of reasons given today?
3. What is real reason for refusing the offer of salvation?
4. How can you reconcile the judgment of God with his grace?
5. How does the invitation of Matthew 22:9 sound similar to Matthew 28:19-20?
6. How does Matthew 22:8-10 show the breadth of salvation?
7. What does it mean that the man in Matthew 22:11-13 "had no wedding garment"?
8. What evidence in your life supports your participation in the kingdom of God?
9. How does your hope in this kingdom banquet affect the relationships in your life?