Parable of the Marriage Feast, part 1

Matthew 22: 1-4. “And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, 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.”

The chief priests and elders would have tried to arrest Jesus as soon as He finished His parable of the householder and the vineyard, but it was not yet time. He immediately launched this third parable, the story of the marriage feast.

There are so many important features for us to understand in this parable. First, it is God’s gracious offer to give joy, comfort and blessings  to those whom He wishes to partake of it. It is  for the Son, in honor of the Son. Nothing is mentioned, in this parable, of the Bride, the Church. In this parable, the focus is entirely on the Son. 

This parable goes beyond the parable of the householder, in which the Son is killed. This parable goes beyond the Cross,  as we’ll see later when the invitation is extended not only to Israel, but to the Gentiles. 

The invitation we read of in the third verse was given in the preaching of the Kingdom before the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus  Christ.  Between verses three and four, we can insert those two key events, as well as His return to heaven. In chapter 12 of Matthew we learned that the preaching of the Kingdom with all its blessings stopped, and Jesus began teaching, in chapter 13, the mysteries of the Kingdom, those things that take place during this present dispensation.  The fourth verse of chapter 22  contains a second invitation. This invitation was given, again, to the invited guests, to Israel, immediately after the Cross when the Holy Spirit came down from heaven.  The Book of Acts, chapter 2, gives us the historical record of this second invitation to Israel to come to the marriage feast. All things were ready. The work of redemption was done. 

 

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