Matthew 22:1-14 (ESV)
And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, 2 “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son,3 and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. 4 Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ 5 But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6 while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them.
Here we see three groups:
- The ones who focus on their family over God.
- The ones who focus on their business over God.
- The ones who have an agenda of evil against God.
7 The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.
There is a day of judgment coming for each of these groups; they will be destroyed and everything they stand for will be destroy with them.
8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9 Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 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.
Because Israel’s rejection to Jesus, the Gospel was opened to the gentiles. I believed that today’s days we are witnessing the same thing. The new Israel, for lack of better words, are folks in the institutionalized church. Folks who are consumed by this unbiblical way of doing church; folks who follow the Constantine approach to Christianity and gatherings. I believe that God wants to rescue those. However, just as Israel asked for a king and turned their backs of God’s government, many are doing the same as it refers to the church.
There will be a revival of evangelism and God’s power coming as believers received the anointing from heaven to ministers to both, the good and the bad out on the streets. I believe the time is coming where we will stop evangelizing the church and look for those with no church experience whatsoever. We need God’s anointing for this one, because we will bring these group to our own homes.
11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”
Now, this is interesting. We can see two things: 1) folks will try sneak in when they realize that this is the real deal, but it will be too late for them. 2) Notice that this uninvited guest did not have the wedding garment on; that gave it away. The wedding garment represents change; that is the change that folks are going to be blessed with.
The last point here is in verse 14, “For many are called, but few are chosen.” I think that we focus too much on numbers, the size of the congregations, buildings, etc. At the end of the day the Bible tells us that few are actually chosen. We don’t deal with enormous numbers, the reality is that in this world, most folks will spit hell wide open. But the lack of numbers is discouraging for many ministers. I must admit… me included.
Thank you, Holy Ghost, I hear you loud and clear!