Matthew 22:1-14 The Parable Of The Wedding Feast.
This parable is meant in the first instance to apply to those among Jesus’ own people – Israel. However, as the parable indicates they did not think it worthwhile to accept his invitation, even after he told them of the great blessings to expect (vv. 1-5). Worse yet, there were those who abused and murdered the servants that the groom had sent to invite them (v. 6). The king was angry and destined these for judgment. They spurned the groom and his servants, but in their arrogant pride they showed themselves to be unworthy (vv. 7-8). In their place the servants were told to go to the highways to gather any they could find, that “the wedding hall may be filled with guests” (vv. 9-10). However, even though the wedding invitation went out to all, one still had to be clothed in wedding garments fit for the situation. All those not clothed by this Prince, will be cast into the same place as those who first rejected him. “For many are called, but few are chosen.” (v. 14). We must be clothed with the “garments of salvation” and “the robe of righteousness” of the groom himself (Is. 61:10 Cf. Rom. 13:14; II Cor. 5:21).