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By Rev. Dr. Sergio ArevaloTuloy Po Kayo! (Welcome!). Read more ... », Jr.
October 12, 2014 (18th Sunday after PentecostThree Things Expected of a Disciple. Read more ... », Columbus Day)
How many of you already attended a wedding“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » ceremony and reception? Did you encounter a persistent inviter for their wedding? Did you experience an invitation saying“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » that just attend and they will buyPeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » you wedding clothes?
Our passage for today is about wedding and invitation.
JesusI Doubt, Ergo, I Believe. Read more ... » Christ“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » used again a parable to teach his audience. We can find its title in Matthew 22613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... »:1-2, “The kingdomThe Four Kinds of Seeds: A Reflection of our Spirituality. Read more ... » from heavenCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.”
I. The King Invites Guests for the Wedding of His Son
Mat 22:3-7 says, “He sent“As the Father has Sent me, so I Send You!”. Read more ... » his servantsCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » to call those who had been invited to the wedding, but they refused to comeFollow Me: The Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... ». So he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look, I’ve prepared my dinner. My oxen and fattened calves have been slaughtered. Everything is ready“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... ». Come to the wedding!”‘ But they paid no attention to this and went away, one to his farm, another to his business. The rest grabbed the king’s servants, treated them brutally, and then killed them. Then the king became outraged. He sent his troops, and they destroyed those murderers and burned their city.”
The king invited three times his prospective guests, but they refused his invitations. He even taught his servants to tell that he spent a lot of moneyCome! Share Your Master’s Joy!. Read more ... » for their dinner: oxen and fattened calves slaughtered for their dinner. Everything was ready! That event was not just simple dinner, it was actually a wedding feast! Some prospective guests paid no attention, some people gave priority to work in their farms, and some of them gave priority to their businesses. Some prospective guests brutally harmed and killed the king’s servants, so the king became mad. So he sent his troops and punished the murderers and burned their community. The wedding feast was also a timeHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » for vengeance!
Some BibleThe Three Temptations of Jesus. Read more ... » interpreters believeHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » that the prospective guests here were the JewsLeaders Question This Man on What Authority He is Doing Those Benevolence, They Could Not Reason Out When He Responds. Read more ... », and the wedding feast was actually the Kingship of GodMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... ». The king invited them to join the kingdom, but they refused. They even killed some messengerThe Man Who Prepares Freeway for His Master. Read more ... » prophetsHis Master Asks This Man, His Answer Triggers the Opening of Big Secret. Read more ... ». Commentators say that the vengeance was in 70 AD when the second templeJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » and Jerusalem were destroyed during the decisive event of the First Jewish“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... »–Roman“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » War. The Roman army, led by the future Emperor“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... » Titus, with Tiberius Julius Alexander as his second-in-commandThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... », besieged and conquered the city of Jerusalem, which had been occupied by its Jewish defenders in 66 AD (wikipedia.org).
Last Sunday I narrated those prophets killed by the Israelites:
(1) Manasseh the son of Hezekiah slew IsaiahThe Man with Unclean Lips Sends by the King of the Armies. Read more ... » with a wooden saw;
(2) The priestGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » of Bethel tortured Amos and afterwards slew him.
(3) Micah was slain by Joram the son of Ahab. This prophetGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » prophesied concerning the destruction of the temple of the Jews, and the abrogation of the PassoverHeaven or UFO?: The Liberating Words of Jesus. Read more ... » on the deathLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... » of the MessiahThe Obedience of Joseph. Read more ... ».
(4) The prophet Habakkuk prophesied concerning the Messiah, that He should come, and abrogate the laws613 Laws Summarize Into Two. Read more ... » of the Jews. The Jews stoned him in Jerusalem.
(5) The Jews stoned Jeremiah for rebuking them for worshipping idols.
(6) The chief of the Jews who was in the landCreatio ex Nihilo: Creation Through Amazing Words and Power. Read more ... » of the Chaldeans slew Ezekiel, because he rebuked him for worshipping idols.
(7) Joash the king slew the prophet ZechariahThe Three Lessons of Palm Sunday. Read more ... » between the steps and the altar, and sprinkled his blood upon the horns of the altar, and the priestsHow Does Jesus Prepare His Disciples for Missions?. Read more ... » buried him (sacred-texts.com).
(8) JohnThe Transfiguration of Jesus. Read more ... » the Baptist was beheaded by King Herod“Give Back to Caesar the Things that are Caesar's”. Read more ... ».
Not all prophets were killed by the Jews, but most of them, if not all of them were persecuted.
II. The King Commands His Servants to Invite All People They Meet in the Roads
Mat 22:8-10 says, “Then he told his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. So go into the roads leading out of townJesus is Missing!. Read more ... » and invite as many people as you can find to the wedding.’ Those servants went out into the streets and brought in everyone they found, evilThe Parable of the Wheat and the Weeds. Read more ... » and goodThree Deeds That Show the Intentions of the Shepherd and the Thief. Read more ... » alike, and the wedding hall was packed with guests.”
The Jews refused the kingship of God during the time of the Messiah, so his messengers went into streets and houses“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... » to share the gospelThe Lord of Resurrection is God of the Living. Read more ... » of the Kingdom of GodA Man Accidentally Found Hidden Treasure in Other’s Field. Look What Did He Sacrifice to Get It.. Read more ... ». Most of the time, Jesus and his disciplesThe Cost of Following Jesus. Read more ... » preached outside the synagogues and temples.
The lesson that we can get in this passage is that if churchProphecy About the Philippines in 2009, Compare With Current Situation. Read more ... » people refuse to join in the kingship of God, let us go into the streets and share the gospel. We should use any tools to preachJesus is the Redeemer. Read more ... » the gospel to them. Messengers are risk takers. How many prophets, evangelists, pastors and ChristiansThe Son Will be Coming Soon with Power and Glory. Read more ... » who died in preaching the gospel? Remember we are the servants of the king and he commanded us to invite people for his kingdom.
III.The King Throws Out a Guest Not Wearing Wedding Clothes
Mat 22:11-14 says, “When the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a manHow to Ascertain God's Will?. Read more ... » there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked him, ‘FriendLazarus’ Raising as a Proof of Resurrection. Read more ... », how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But the man was speechless. Then the king told his servants, ‘Tie his hands“Into Your Hands”. Read more ... » and feet, and throw him into the darkness outside!’ In that placePeople Were Hungry, Look What the Boy Did to Feed Them All. Read more ... » there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, because many are invited, but few are chosen.”
You might say, the king was so cruel since he just found out that his guest had no wedding clothes, and here he commanded his servants to tie the guest’s hands and feet, and throw him into the darkness outside the kingdom!
It is said to have been an Oriental custom to present each guest invited to a royal feast with a festive robe to be worn on the occasion, as nowadays persons admitted to the royal presenceHow to Know the Presence of the Holy Spirit?. Read more ... » are clothed with a caftan. Traces of the custom have been found in Gen. 45:22; Jdg. 14:12; 2Ki.5:22; 2Ki.10:22; but some commentators say they are not very convincing. The Romans seem to have had such a custom, the robes being called “cenatoria” (The Pulpit Commentary).
The wedding garment here symbolizes the graceThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... » of God and the righteousnessPracticing Piety in Front of People. Read more ... » imputed to invited guests. All invited guests were provided with wedding clothes and it symbolizes the grace of GodThe Greatest is Love. Read more ... ».
Wearing the wedding clothes mean they are wearing the righteousness of God. The metaphor concerning this robe of righteousness is found in Isa. 61:10, “I will heartily rejoiceIn Everything Give Eucharist!. Read more ... » in the LordThe Physician Doesn’t Want Her Daughter be Entertained, but Look What She Does to Get What She Wants. Read more ... », my soul will delight in my God; for he has wrapped me in garments of salvationA Man Tries to Walk on the Water, Look What Does He Get. Read more ... »; he has arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, just like a bridegroom“Ready or not, here I come...again.”. Read more ... », like a priest with a garland, and like a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
We, Christians, are saved through the grace of God, and we must always wear the robe of righteousness so that we could join in the wedding feast of the King’s Son, the Lord Jesus ChristMy Prayer During the 2014 National Day of Prayer Celebration . Read more ... ».
When a person works an eight-hour day and receivesThe Eternal Reward of Giving a Cup of Cold Water. Read more ... » a fairThey Complain to the Landowner Simply Because He is Generous and Fair to All His Laborers. Read more ... » day’s pay for his time, that is a wage. When a person competes with an opponent and receives a trophy for his performance, that is a prize.
When a person receives appropriate recognition for his long serviceGod Calls the Boy Rather than the Priest. Read more ... » or high achievements, that is an awardRemembering my Wife, Merla. Read more ... ». But when a person is not capable of earning a wage, can win no prize, and deserves no award–yet receives such a gift anyway–that is a good picture of God’s unmerited favor. This is what we mean when we talkThe Two Disciples’ Heart Burning Experience. Read more ... » about the grace of God (sermonillustrations.comThe Greatest Act of God. Read more ... »).
Being invited in the Kingdom is a grace of God—it’s unmerited favor of God. Although we are not entitled to enter the kingdom, we cannot earn to get in the kingdom, no award can bring us to the kingdom, and yet we are in the kingdom because of God’s. One thing we should do to stay in the wedding, wear always the robe of righteousness. Do you wear it right now?