The Parable of the Wedding Feast
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."
In listening and reading the scriptures listed for today, Matthew 22 : 1-14 spoke out to me in resonating power so much that I have been drawn to it all week. I think about the word Garment and how that in Ecclesiastes 9:8 it is written, “Let your garments be always white [with purity], and let your head not lack oil [of gladness].” . I believe that our culture and the society of this world has no respect for, nor does it teach people to have virtue or purity. As believers we are called to where our garment thereby aligning ourselves with the word of God and his people. This alignment can cause social, financial, and physical affliction, but it is worth it. As pilgrims on this earth, we are not here to reside forever, this is only but a small part of a long journey to a much more beautiful and magnificent place. We are here in preparation for a new home. I don’t know about you, but on the day I meet the Lord of Lords, and step foot on the most wonderful seashore, I desire for him to say, well done though good and faithful servant. Now join me for a real Thanksgiving feast and take your seat at my table.
It is written in 2 Peter 1:5-8 “For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
He said it!
God you know our hearts and minds. Help us to keep our garments, to meditate upon your precepts, to give up habits and things that bind us. Give us the virtue to break chains of bondage. Give us faith to heal any sickness. Annoint us with your oil of joy and gladness.
Your name is Great.