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DRESSED FOR A WEDDING
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Of the many parables Jesus taught to the chief priests and elders in the temple, the parable of the wedding feast has puzzled me for a long time. Jesus begins with:|
"The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son..." (Matthew 22:2)
In the parable, when the many who were invited decided other things were more important than attending the wedding, the servants were told to go out, gather and bring in others. All those called responded, including one who was not dressed properly.
Just what was this "wedding garment" that this person refused to put on?
Wearing the proper clothing meant something to the Jews. If a Jew, invited to a wedding, did not have the proper garment, the host would provide one for him. However, the garment needed to be not only accepted, but worn as well, for the guest to be fully received as part of the wedding party.
I believe Jesus was referring to His Father, God, who was preparing people to receive Him (Jesus), as Son and Bridegroom for His bride, the Church. The requirement in order to be welcomed was to put on the proper garment - in this case, receive Jesus as one's covering. To be offered a garment and refuse to put it on was considered an insult to the host. Likewise, to be offered Jesus as the way to the kingdom of heaven and refuse the righteousness He brings, is the same as turning one's back to the offer of salvation and fullness of life that the heavenly Father gives.
The bible has much to say about clothing, the garments we put on. All are connected with our relationship with God. From the very beginning, we find Adam and Eve, after their fall, putting on coverings of fig leaves to hide themselves from God, in an attempt to cover their sin.
God told Moses to prepare Aaron and his sons to minister to Him as priests:
Zechariah, the prophet had this to say about Joshua:
The Apostle John heard:
What type of garment do you have on? Are you ready for your Bridegroom?
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