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The Parable Of The Wedding Clothes

Bible study of Matther 22:1-14
by Kim Buchholz on 22 April 2013

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Transcript of The Parable Of The Wedding Clothes

THE PARABLE OF THE WEDDING CLOTHES Matthew 22:1-14 1 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. 1 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.

1a. Who or what is Jesus picturing by these
parts of the parable?
King-
King's son-
Wedding banquet-
King's servants-
1b. When the invited guests refused to come, the king sent more servants to invite them again. What does this tell us about God? c. How did these invited guests respond to the king's invitation? 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. DISCUSSION POINT:
Why do many people not receive God's gift of salvation? 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.’ a. When the first invited guests refused
to come to the banquet, whom
did God then invite? b. Wedding clothes were usually provided by the host of the banquet. What did this man do with his wedding clothes? c. What is the spiritual meaning of not wearing wedding clothes? e. According to this part of the parable, why will some not gain entry into God's heavenly banquet? Discussion Point: Why do many others not receive God's gift of salvation? 2 Corinthians 5:21
21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Matthew 22:14
14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.” Ephesians 2:8,9 8 For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— 9 not by works, so that no one can boast. DISCUSSION POINT:
What alone makes us welcome in God's sight to enter his heavenly kingdom? AIM:
What does Jesus teach us about God's
grace in the parable of the wedding clothes? Truth: Jesus teaches us
that those who reject God's grace are eternally lost, and those who are saved are saved by God's grace alone. 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. d. What does God do to those who refuse his invitation or hurt his servants?

e. Why, then, are many lost eternally? 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. Isaiah 61:10 I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
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.’ d. What did the king do with the man because he came without the wedding clothes he had been given?



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.’ a. Since the man without wedding clothes was thrown out of the wedding, what do we know all the guests must wear to be admitted to the wedding celebration? b. How do we get Christ's robes of
righteousness? c. Who can be saved by their own works (wearing their own clothes)?

d. Why are we saved?
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