Invited and Chosen

Preparing for a Banquet

Preparing for a Banquet (Photo credit: Rennett Stowe)

“Once more Jesus spoke to them in parables: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son. He sent out his slaves to summon those invited to the banquet, but they didn’t want to come. Again, he sent out other slaves, and said, ‘Tell those who are invited: Look, I’ve prepared my dinner; my oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ But they paid no attention and went away, one to his own farm, another to his business. And the other seized his slaves, treated them outrageously and killed them. The king was enraged, so he sent out his troops, destroyed those murderers, and burned down their city. Then he told his slaves, ‘The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy. Therefore go to where the roads exit the city and invite everyone you find to the banquet.’ So those slaves went out on the roads and gathered everyone they found, both evil and good. The wedding banquet was filled with guests. But when the king came in to view the guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed for a wedding. So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him up hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ For many are invited, but few are chosen.”—Matthew 22: 1-14

“For many are invited, but few are chosen.” That verse has been coming to me a lot lately, since I wrote my previous post, Chosen. So I looked up the verse to see the context. The parable that precedes this verse really made me stop and think. The King (Yahweh) tells His slaves (believers) to tell the invited guests the feast was ready. The invited guests mistreated His slaves and ignored the invitation. The King sent his slaves out to invite everyone they could find for the wedding feast of His Son (Yeshua). And they did…both evil and good. (That’s our call to share the gospel with everyone…whether they listen or not.)

So, the guests arrived and the King came into the banquet and noticed a man that was not dressed in the proper attire. When He questioned the man, the man was “speechless”…without excuse. I wonder why the man came without the proper clothing. He knew he was going to a wedding…if he didn’t have the proper attire, I think he would have told that to the king…he didn’t have an excuse. Maybe he just thought he could go to the King on his own terms, and not the terms the King had set forth.

The invitation goes out to everyone (many are invited), after all, it is not the King’s will that any should perish, but all to come to repentance (2 Peter 3:9). But not everyone answers the call…and sometimes those that do accept the call aren’t willing to meet the King on His terms (few are chosen).

When the king threw the man into the outer darkness, it made me think of Yeshua’s words in Matthew 7:21-23, “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord!’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven. On that day many will say to me, ‘Lord, Lord, didn’t we prophesy in Your name, drive out demons in Your name, and do many miracles in Your name?’ Then I will announce to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you lawbreakers.’

Are we willing answer the call and meet the King on His terms? Do we know Him? Does He know us?

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