Matthew 22:11-12 “11But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment. 12 So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless
There is a Kingdom vindication. “But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city”, (Matthew 22:7). The King cares about his Kingdom servants, and he did not sit idly by while his servants were being persecuted for their duties in serving their king. No, he would not stand for this when he heard the news. His anger welled up within him and he became furious. The most powerful one in this parable became angry and he would unleash his anger upon his enemies. He had invited many people to the banquet by the word of his servants, and previously some made light of it, and others were persecuted because of the message they carried from the king. However, the king would vindicate his servants proclaiming that they would not die in vain. He immediately dispatched his army, and destroyed the murderers and burned up their city. The people and the land were destroyed. His servants had gone out with the invitation, but when persecuted, he sent his soldiers out with judgment to vindicate his servants. Recall with me when Cain killed able. God said to Cain, “What have you done? The voice of your brother’s blood cries out to Me from the ground”, (Genesis 4:10). I can imagine that those persecuted to death by the king’s enemies I can picture that their blood as well cried out to their king, a prayer as from the psalmist in Psalm 26 “Vindicate me, O Lord, For I have walked in my integrity. I have also trusted in the Lord; I shall not slip (26:1). Do not gather my soul with sinners, Nor my life with bloodthirsty men, In whose hands is a sinister scheme, And whose right hand is full of bribes”
If you belong to the king and have been persecuted for your faith in Christ, or those you know belong to Him have been persecuted to the death, do not believe for a second that the Lord has overlooked this. He can hear even the blood that cries from the ground for His beloved servants, and He will make vindication for His names sake, so He will be glorified! Do you thank Him for this?
Kingdom Inspection will be made. Notice who it was that came in to see the guests, it was the king! I can imagine that he was enjoying the sight of his guests each having a good time, each enjoying the company of one another, and the food that the kingdom so graciously provided for them to eat. As the king scanned the room, he saw each person properly dressed for the wedding, but then suddenly he eyes came across one that “did not look like the others.” As the King inspected each person he himself saw one man without the wedding garment. The king did not and would not overlook this man. He didn’t say, “Well it’s only one person out of the multitude of guests, so I will simply overlook this man’s attire.” No, not at all! The king summoned the man to himself and questioned him as to why he did not have on a wedding garment at a wedding, after this was the occasion. God will be the one that will inspect each person’s life one day. When He inspects your life, what will He find? Will you have on the wedding garment?
The Kingdom wedding garment MUST be worn! Many people were called to the banquet, but according to the king’s requirements. It is evident that wearing this wedding garment was a requirement for the banquet. John MacArthur masterfully shares, “All without exception were invited to the banquet, so this man is not to be viewed as a common party-crasher. In fact, all the guests were rounded up hastily from “the highways” and therefore none could be expected to come with proper attire. That means the wedding garments were supplied by the king himself. So this man’s lack of a proper garment indicates he had purposely rejected the king’s own gracious provision. His affront to the king was actually a greater insult than those who refused to come at all, because he committed his impertinence in the very presence of the king. The imagery seems to represent those who identify with the kingdom externally, profess to be Christians, belong to the church in a visible sense—yet spurn the garment of righteousness Christ offers as Isaiah wrote, “I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewel.
Instead they seek to establish a righteousness of their own (see Romans. 10:3; Philippians 3:8, 9). Ashamed to admit their own spiritual poverty, they refuse the better garment the King graciously offers—and thus they are guilty of a horrible sin against His goodness.” Do you have the wedding garment on at this time?
To be continued…
Until the nets are filled…
Blessings, Phil Sessa, Evangelist – Soulfishing Ministries