Matthew 22:2 “…who arranged a marriage for his son”
Not just a party or celebration, but a marriage. Making it as close to reality as possible.
3 “…they were not willing to come”
Pretty much analogous, just be sure to see the main points and not get hung up on trying to precisely match parts. A king had invited certain ones to his son’s wedding, but when the time came, they refused to come for varying reasons, some even killing his servants. God set up the Jewish nation to be the means through which He would send His Son to reconcile the world. The nation would still need to accept Messiah’s gift, but they were first. Yet, they rejected Him. They were too busy with their own ideas and actions, and some even killed the prophets that God sent.
9 “…go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding”
The king ordered that others be invited, and they came. Here’s a point some may hang up on. God’s plan has always been to reconcile the whole world, to offer salvation to all, both Jew and Gentile. The idea here is that the Jews dropped the ball when the time came to recognize Christ. They wouldn’t accept the Messiah as He came, but wanted one of their own making. So they were rejected as the ones to share Him with the world. Once the disciples made it outside of Jerusalem, the spreading of the Gospel was picked up primarily by Gentiles.
11 “…a man there who did not have on a wedding garment”
Those who would be saved must come through Christ. There’s no other way but by Him. This man wanted to attend the wedding, but on his own terms. He wasn’t willing to be properly clothed. Not that he couldn’t have been, but that he chose not to. God handles everything to do with our salvation. We have nothing we can offer. If we accept Him by faith, He does all the work and provides all we need.
14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”
It’s difficult for us to reconcile the ideas of free will and being chosen. I think the best idea I’ve heard is that we must remember God is outside of time. All things happen by His will and allowance and foreknowledge. In a sense they are ordained as having been seen by Him, but that doesn’t dismiss free will or the choice to accept Him. Certainly difficult for a finite mind. That’s why I choose to stay with what He provided for us, that He is not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance, and that we are to make disciples of all men regardless of whether they ever choose Christ. If He desires to do so, He can explain the rest to us when we all get home.
15 “…plotted how they might entangle Him in His talk”
Obvious is stated. No discussion of theology for finding the truth, just an attempt to find something with which to accuse Him, make Him look bad.
16 “…Teacher, we know that You are true…nor do You care about anyone…do not regard the person of men”
My word, what a foolish insult. Their obvious brown-nosing wouldn’t have fooled anyone, much less the Messiah. And they’ve already come at Him before with such disrespect, do they think now He was suddenly going to think them truthful.
18 “…Why do you test Me, you hypocrites”
The perfect answer. Short, sweet, and to the point. Your actions are obvious and your question foolish.
22 “…they marveled, and left Him and went their way”
At least they had the good sense to know when to shut up.
I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word. May it accomplish what He desires. Please feel free to comment or post questions. Thanks for reading!
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.