By r. a. Sat., July 22, 2017 Matt. Chpt. 22 verses 2 -14
In Messiah’s name: for those with eyes to see and ears to hear.
Intro: There is much theological dispute as to the meaning of Matt.22: 2 -14 which is a parable about the Kingdom of God and/or the Kingdom of Heaven. Both phrases mean the “government of God”.
The theological debate is among Catholic and Christian theologians who lack understanding. They are deceived and reject the Creator-God’s commandments, his annual festival holy day Sabbaths, including the weekly Sabbath.
In the “Our Father” prayer, Messiah prayed for the Kingdom of God to come – – “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven” (see Matt.6: 9 -10). When Messiah returns, he will establish his Father’s government (kingdom) on this earth.
Briefly, The Meaning of Matt.22: 2 -14 — Many Called, Few Chosen
In the parable, Messiah liken the Kingdom of God to a King who prepared a marriage feast for his son. The King sends his servants to call them that were invited to the wedding. Those who were invited would not come.
Again, the King sent other servants who also bid them to come to the marriage. They made “light of it” –scorned and attached little importance to it – and went about their daily worldly business.
Symbolically, the Hebrew Israelites were the people who were invited and the servants who called, and bid them to come to the marriage feast, were the prophets to the House of Israel. Many of the “servants” (prophets) were killed by those who were called to the wedding feast.
Finally, the king sent his servants “out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests”.
However, there was one man who did not have a wedding garment on and the King asked him why he wasn’t clothed with one. The guest couldn’t answer him – “he was speechless” and, as a result, he was “cast into outer darkness”. He suffered eternal death. The man thought he was “righteous”, think Christian/Catholic. (See Matt.7: 22-23)
The parable ends with “For many are called, but few are chosen” (Matt.22: 14)
Symbolically, the “wedding garment” is also referred to as the “garment of salvation”, the robe of righteousness. The commandments of the Creator-God, the great I AM, represents that wedding garment. (Ps.119: verse 172 and Isa.61: 10)
The coming Kingdom of God will be founded about the commandments, statutes and judgments of the Creator-God. And, those who reject, deny and refuse them will regret it and they will suffer eternal death.
Our Father calls millions of people (the many) through his Son. However, many twist the meaning of Messiah’s words and reject his Father’s laws. They refuse to obey. (see Jn.15: 10 & 1Jn 5: 2 – 3)
Only a few are “chosen” among the millions. Because of their obedience, they will be clothed with the garments of salvation and enter the Lamb’s wedding feast – the Kingdom of God.
For thus says, our Father: “And shewing mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.” (Ex.20: 6) Please notice, not to the millions or billions but to the few chosen ones who obey and love the Creator, the great I AM.
These few thousands will be the 144,000 from the House of Israel (Rev. Chpt. 7: verse 4) who will rule and reign with Messiah for a thousand years. “For many are called, but few are chosen”.
Nevertheless, a great multitude will be saved during Messiah’s thousand-year reign. They will be clothed in white robes, having “washed their garments in the blood of the Lamb” (verse 9 & 14). They will have the same “mind” as Messiah. (Matt.22: 37 & 1Cor.2: 16)
Peace and blessings to all who love the truth and hate the lies and deceptions.