The Parable of the Wedding Feast Essay

989 Words 4 Pages
Marriages in Biblical Tradition typically represent a symbolic expression of the covenantal union between God and his people. A wedding banquet during this time period in history was a joyous occasion that had a great importance in the lives of the betrothed. “The Gospel of Matthew, like all the New Testament Gospels, was composed as a literary work to interpret the theological meaning of a concrete historical event to the people in a particular historical situation” (Boring 89). Mt 22:1-14 utilizes this tradition and expresses wedding celebrations in order to exemplify the significance of Jesus’s goal to bring salvation to those on Earth.
The parable of the wedding feast unfolds into three parts; the inviting of guests, a call to the
…show more content…
Therefore, the invited that declined became careless with the things of God and were too distracted by the superficial aspect of their lives to take the time to recognize and appreciate offering of the King of Heaven. The passage encompasses a new tone when Matthew describes the slaughter and mistreatment of the King’s slaves. The enraged King ordered the destruction of the murders and their city. (Mt 22:7). There is a clear historical setting in this verse, for Jerusalem suffered a similar fate at the hands of the Roman Empire. “The obtrusive reference to the burning of the city in the parable of the great supper does seem to be an allusion to the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70 (Matt 22:1-14, esp. v 7)” (“Matthew, Gospel of” 624). Once again, the King sent servants to invite guests to the wedding banquet, however this time even the outcasts of Israel were called to be guests, including the tax collectors and the people in despised trades. The servants, or prophets, gathered “whom they found, both good and bad.” (Mt 22:8) Importantly to note, both good and bad individuals were requested to attend the festivities, however the sinners were called to repent. This passage portrays the forgiveness for God, granted if the sinner feels repentance for the sins committed. However, one guest attended the ceremony without a wedding robe (Mt 22:10). The king was quite obviously displeased with this unprepared man, cooling addressing him as friend. (Carter

Related Documents