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The Wedding Banquet

Posted: Tuesday, February 2

Pastor Jon Brooks // College &amp; Young Adult Pastor

Pastor Jon Brooks // College & Young Adult Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide:

Exodus 15:19-17:7
Matthew 22:1-33
Psalm 27:1-6
Proverbs 6:20-26 


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.



Today you and I are also commissioned by the King to invite everyone we can find, both good and bad, to the banquet! Just as in Jesus day many will refuse the invite, but many will accept! May we not grow discouraged by the ‘no’s’ and let’s not assume others’ answer is ‘no’. Let’s invite everyone to the king’s banquet!