Delinquent guests

What happens if you do not show up at a party? David’s host was so mad he tried tried to kill someone with a spear. Vashti was kicked out of the palace as queen. But the worst time was in Jesus’ parable in Matthew 22 (Luke 14) when all the guests refused to attend the wedding feast of a King’s son.

Luke focuses on the excuses. Matthew focuses on how the guests dishonored the King by slighting His invitation to the feast. Not only that, but they also killed the king’s messengers. So who would come to the feast? The king ordered, Get everybody off the street, poor, lame, whatever, bring them in! Some people will come celebrate with us!

The King? God. The Son? Jesus. The messengers and servants – Angles are likely. Also, God sent His prophets to Israel over and over. After they refused to recognize Jesus, God sent His servants to Gentile/non-Jewish people.

What was the difference? The king said that those first invited were not worthy, but how would the wide range of people in the second group be any better. The difference is the heart attitude and willingness to come to the king’s feast.

But one man is called out for being under-dressed. Is this unfair? Well, if he was on the street, he would not have his wedding garments. The host would have provided them. So this guest just refused to put on the clothes offered to him, and was kicked out. You cannot come to the feast on your own merit.

Both Gospels follow with a story of giving God what we owe Him, and all of ourselves no matter what. Revelation 19 describes the marriage supper of the Lamb (Jesus):

“Hallelujah!
For the Lord our God
the Almighty reigns.
7 Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure”

Have you accepted God’s invitation to the feast?

God, thank You for inviting so many to join You – You do not hold an exclusive party, but invite everyone in. Thank You for inviting me. Please help me to not try to come in my own strength, but Yours. God, to You be the glory! Amen.

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