December 2, 2012: Matthew 22:2-14, Read for Older Children
November 25, 2012 Length: 2:22
The Lord spoke this parable: “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a marriage feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the marriage feast; but they would not come.
Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, Behold, I have made ready my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves are killed, and everything is ready; come to the marriage feast.’
But they made light of it and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. But when the king heard of it he was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the thoroughfares, and invite to the marriage feast as many as you find.’ And those servants went into the streets and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good; so the wedding hall was filled with guests.
“But when the king came in to look at the guests he saw there a man who had no wedding garment; and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and cast him into the outer darkness; there men will weep and gnash their teeth.’ For many are called, but few are chosen.”
1. Have you ever been at a birthday party where only half of those invited came? How did the birthday person feel?
2. In the parable, the king wants people to come to the wedding celebration. What does the celebration represent in real life?
3. Why does God want people to be with him in the kingdom?
4. At the time of Jesus, the host of a celebration provided robes for the guests. In the parable, the king finds a person without a wedding garment and throws him out. What does this tell you about the kingdom of heaven?
5. What does Jesus want us to learn from this parable?