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Saturday/Sunday: September 3, 2019

The Invitation

“For many are invited, but few are chosen.” (Matthew 22:14)

The parable in Matthew 22 was a warning to Israel regarding missing their invitation into God’s Kingdom. However, the parable also gives insight into God’s invitation to us today.

First, the king was persistent in His invitations. In biblical times, weddings invitations were sent out many days in advance and follow up invitations were given when the feast was ready. So the summons in verse 3 was given after the people had been given time to prepare. When the first group rejected the invitation, the king continued to search for guests. Similarly, God is relentless in His pursuit of followers. Secondly, the king wanted to celebrate with His guests. He prepared a feast that had the choicest meats on the menu. He was throwing a real party! Similarly, God is preparing a great celebration for those who accept His invitation.

We also learn about those invited to the banquet. Their reactions ranged from indifference to hostility. Some chose their work over the banquet and others reacted violently. All of these reactions dishonored the king who had invited them. Some, however, accepted the invitation and came to the banquet. Today, God is inviting. Reactions range from indifference, to delay, to hostility, to acceptance. Those who accept are not disappointed with the “party.”

One guest (verses 11-14) learned the hard way that the point of the banquet feast was to honor the king and his son. By not wearing the proper wedding attire, the guest implied he was entering on his own terms. This was just as dishonoring to the son as not accepting the initial invitation, so that guest was also permanently cast from the king’s presence. Today, there is only one way to enter into God’s presence and participate in His feast; by having a relationship with His son Jesus.

Question: What have you done with God’s invitation to you?

Challenge: Once you are on the list of guests, invite others.

Prayer: Father, thank You for my invitation to salvation. May I honor Jesus in my acceptance and may I learn to bring others with me to Your banquet.

Chris Hail, Chapel Leader -- Jackson Generals

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