The parable of the wedding feast

Matthew 8:11-12 is very close to this parable. It has to do with the banquet in the kingdom of God where the faithful servants of God, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are present. It also has to do with people who are being 'thrown into the outer darkness.'

Parable of the Wedding Feast - Wikipedia

The first one is a parable of a bridegroom with his groomsmen at a wedding feast.

Luke 14:7-14 ESV - The Parable of the Wedding Feast - …

In the Parable of the Wedding Feast, the man without a wedding garment represents all the people who did not have a wedding cloth. The Lord Jesus does not address the whole collectively because He asked a question. And the question is, , which must be answered differently by different people.

Parable of the Great Banquet - Wikipedia

In the Parable of the Wedding Feast, those who were invited would already have received and accepted an earlier invitation. It was customary to send another invitation to inform those people that it is time to come. And it is this second invitation which is given in v. 3 and repeated in v. 4. Their double refusal is therefore going back on their previous promise. They initially said 'yes,' but now they say 'no.' It is like the disobedient son (Matthew 21:30) in the Parable of the Two Sons and like the tenant farmers (Matthew 21:35-36) in the Parable of the Wicked Tenants, whose acceptance of their tenancy carried with it the obligation to pay the rent. The Parable of the Wedding Feast, then, is aimed at the already religious, not at outsiders who reject God's invitation at the first hearing.

by Victoria Jamieson, Matthew 22:1-14 and A Single Pearl by Donna Jo Napoli.

The parable of the wedding feast (1) - Mt 22(1-14)

The Parable of the Wedding Feast is also a warning to us, to make sure we are relying on God’s provision of salvation, not on our own good works or religious service.

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Well, I think we have to come to the conclusion that the person without the wedding garment was not the only person at the feast who did not have a proper garment. There were many others, many who were not chosen. So I would like to suggest that we should view the person without a wedding garment as a representative of a whole group of people who were in fact present at the banquet without a wedding garment. Several people were not properly dressed and they were represented by that one man.

From this, let us look more deeply at the parable and try to understand the meaning of the wedding garment.

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The king said to him, 'My friend, how is it
that you came in here without a wedding garment?'
But he was reduced to silence.
Then the king said to his attendants, 'Bind his hands and feet,
and cast him into the darkness outside,
where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
Many are invited, but few are chosen."
Jesus again in reply spoke to the chief priests and elders of the people
in parables, saying,
"The kingdom of heaven may be likened to a king
who gave a wedding feast for his son.
He dispatched his servants
to summon the invited guests to the feast,
but they refused to come.
A second time he sent other servants, saying,
'Tell those invited: "Behold, I have prepared my banquet,
my calves and fattened cattle are killed,
and everything is ready; come to the feast."’
Some ignored the invitation and went away,
one to his farm, another to his business.

In the very next verse, “the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words” (Matthew 22:15).

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Israel is another example of this. The Jews were God's chosen people. They had the privilege of attending the Great Marriage Feast of God's Son. They first said 'yes' to the invitation. But they went back on their word by rejecting the invitation and killing the messengers of the King. As we saw in the Parable of the Wicked Tenants, the kingdom was taken away from them and given to a new nation, the community of Jesus' disciples.

Our wedding garment is the righteousness of Christ, and unless we have it, we will miss the wedding feast.

The Parable of the Wedding Feast A Homily on St

Entry into the kingdom of heaven may be free, but to continue in it carries conditions. In the previous parable, the Parable of the Wicked Tenants, the warning was that the new tenants must produce the fruit (Matthew 21:41, 43). Here the warning is that one must wear a wedding garment. The man without a wedding garment symbolizes professing Christians who presume on the free offer of salvation by assuming that there are no obligations attached. The parable tells us that without wedding clothes, there can be no guarantee of security.