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Matthew 22 (NIV)


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22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

“Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

“But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

“Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

 

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

 

13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

 

I think I more than less understand this parable. The wedding feast is the kingdom of God. More specifically accepting Jesus as Lord because He's the bridegroom and those who accept Him are the bride. The people who the king originally invited are the ancient Jews. None of them came, so the king told His servants to invite everyone else they found, good and bad. I take that to mean the gentiles. And since 2000 years have passed since Jesus spoke this parable, the gentiles are not just Greeks, Romans, Syrians etc. It means Orientals, American Indians, all Asian peoples, everyone. This all makes very good sense to me. What I don't understand is the symbolism of verses 11 & 12. I don't know what God means by this 1 man had no wedding clothes on? I would have thought many people wouldn't have wedding clothes on. The king did call everyone.
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In the parable, the wedding clothes are provided by the groom. Clothes/garments in scripture almost always speak of righteousness. The guest arrived at the wedding with his own righteousness, not the Host's.

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In the parable, the wedding clothes are provided by the groom. Clothes/garments in scripture almost always speak of righteousness. The guest arrived at the wedding with his own righteousness, not the Host's.

Hummmm,   that is an excellent way of putting that.

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In the parable, the wedding clothes are provided by the groom. Clothes/garments in scripture almost always speak of righteousness. The guest arrived at the wedding with his own righteousness, not the Host's.

In other words he was a Christian whose faith wasn't accepted by God

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no no no no!

He tried to get into God's presence by his own merit, instead of receiving the free covering that God gives to all that will receive it.

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Everyone who is not a Jew, or a Christian is considered a gentile. Before Christ, everyone who was not a Jew was a gentile, which the Scriptures called the "nations".

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The jews in bible times thought that they were automatically granted into the kingdom because they were born as a jew and in their own eyes thought of themselves as possessing righteousness through their nationality. The man without the proper robe, represents persons who have appointed themselves righteous by their own standards

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