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  • February 22 - Matthew 22

    Matthew 22 - read it here.

    Who is Jesus and how do we respond to him? This question is one of the most significant underlying themes in all the Gospels, the Bible really. In this chapter, we see an important illustration of who Jesus is and how we relate to him.

    Matthew 22:2: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son…” We have been invited to a wedding feast with Jesus, the Son of God. I was pondering this while reading Psalm 45 the other day; what a joy-filled event!

    However, as we read in verses 3-5 of this chapter “(He)…sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come…they paid no attention…” Why would anybody ignore a call to such an awesome invitation? The answer is in the parable itself: money, power, and ultimately the pursuit of whatever drug of choice that we seek to satisfy our fleshly cravings.  

    So, the call goes out to WHOEVER else will come.  Matt 22:9-10: “Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.” However, only those wearing the wedding garment (verses 11-14) could attend.

    We must be clothed properly to be a part of this wedding.

    Isaiah 61:10: “I will greatly rejoice in the LORD; my soul shall exult in my God, for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation; he has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself like a priest with a beautiful headdress, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”

    Revelations 19:6-8: “Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself, with fine linen, bright and pure”—for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.”

    Are we clothed and ready for this party?

    - Ben Deibel