2016-06-27 - What Would the Father of the Groom Say?
“For many are invited, but few are chosen. ” (Matthew 22:14)
It was supposed to be a happy time. My son was getting married, but the invited guests refused to come to the wedding banquet! As king, I was surprised people turned me down. I see no reason why. I wasn’t asking them to do work, or asking to borrow money. I wanted them present to witness and partake in the joyous festivities.
The second time the guests were told the banquet was ready, they didn’t listen to the request, and continued doing their own activities. They didn’t have any consideration for me, my son, or our family’s feelings, and didn't show up. Some potential guests were violent, and beat and even killed my messengers. Harsh thing when all I did, was to ask them to a banquet. Guess they felt we were being too persistent, or some such nonsense.
The situation was getting way out of hand. No one should lose a life. I had those murders taken care, of I assure you. They weren't going to get away with their despicable behavior. I wasn’t going to waste any more time on unworthy and rude people. We would have a wedding banquet. I sent others into the streets, and anyone they met were invited to the banquet; people we would normally never associate with were now on the guest list. This approach worked. We had people glad to be there.
We had a room full of guests. That's all I wanted, in the first place. We were able to have a celebration, despite the original invitees’ selfishness. Look at what they missed - and for what? Was their way of life so much better than what I had to offer?
Lord, May I choose You over selfishness or my to-do list. I don't want to deny You. In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen.
All scripture references are from the New International Version (NIV) unless otherwise noted.