The Wedding Banquet
Posted: Tuesday, February 2
Verse of the day:
So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests.(Matthew 22:10)
In Matthew 22 Jesus tells the story of a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. So significant was this banquet that the king did not delegate the arrangements to his wife or his event planner; the king personally made the arrangements.
As was custom in those days, invitations were hand-delivered and guests were given a reminder on the day of the wedding. As the king’s servants delivered the announcements to the dignitaries and members of nobility they were met with indifference and hostility. People wanted nothing to do with the upcoming wedding; in fact some on the guest list mistreated and even killed the king’s servants who handed out the invitations.
When the king hears of this he is furious! He sends out his soldiers to punish these murders and burn their city but he still wants to have people come and celebrate with him at his son’s wedding. So he tells his servants to go out into the streets and invite anyone who wishes to attend. We are told that both good and bad people came in great numbers so the banquet hall was filled.
Jesus tells this parable during his last week on earth when he experienced immense resistance and persecution from the religious leaders. Jesus reminds his listeners that Israel has a history of resisting and persecuting God’s prophets who brought the urgent message to repent. Now they are refusing the messiah.