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Jesus -- the Guru #43

Parable of the Wedding Banquet: Matthew 22:1-14



1Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying:2“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.3He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.


4“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’


5“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business.6The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.7The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.


8“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come.9Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’10So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.


11“But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes.12‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless.


13“Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’


14“For many are invited, but few are chosen.”



Who is the king? Who are the servants sent to call people to the banquet? Who are those that killed and mistreated the king’s servants? Who are the new people then invited to the banquet?


Note: When guests came to a Jewish banquet, they received a fine garment to wear for the occasion. In the New Testament, passages speak of us as “clothed” with God’s forgiveness of sin.


Why didn’t this man accept his “garment?” Who was it at Jesus’ time that didn’t think they needed forgiveness? (Remember Mt. 9:12-13)


Parable of the Ten Virgins: Matthew 25:1-13



1“At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom.2Five of them were foolish and five were wise.3The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them.4The wise, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps.5The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep.


6“At midnight the cry rang out: ‘Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!’


7“Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps.8The foolish ones said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.’


9“ ‘No,’ they replied, ‘there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.’


10“But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut.


11“Later the others also came. ‘Sir! Sir!’ they said. ‘Open the door for us!’


12“But he replied, ‘I tell you the truth, I don’t know you.’


13“Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.



Note: “oil” = acceptance of Jesus’ call to discipleship


Who were the “virgins” that were not ready for Jesus’ call?


 


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