Matthew 22:1-14 (NIV)
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.
4 “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.’
5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 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.”
Sermon Study Questions: Matthew 22:1-14
- Have you ever ‘groaned’ when receiving an invitation to someone’s wedding? What was that about? Why didn’t you want to go?
- If you were to condense this parable into a few lines of truth, what would those few lines be?
- Reflect on the difference between being “called” and being “chosen”.
- Do you think the king over-reacted to the man who had the wrong clothes on? What feelings rose in you for that man? Were you sad? Angry on his behalf? Where do those feelings come from in you?
- Read about two other weddings and reflect upon them: John 2:1-11 and Revelations 19:1-10