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Wedding Attire

Thursday, March 14th
Wedding Attire
By: Chrissy Cooney

Matthew 22:1-22

22 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’

5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless.

13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”

15 Then the Pharisees went out and laid plans to trap him in his words. 16 They sent their disciples to him along with the Herodians. “Teacher,” they said, “we know that you are a man of integrity and that you teach the way of God in accordance with the truth. You aren’t swayed by others, because you pay no attention to who they are. 17 Tell us then, what is your opinion? Is it right to pay the imperial tax[a] to Caesar or not?”

18 But Jesus, knowing their evil intent, said, “You hypocrites, why are you trying to trap me? 19 Show me the coin used for paying the tax.” They brought him a denarius, 20 and he asked them, “Whose image is this? And whose inscription?”

21 “Caesar’s,” they replied.

Then he said to them, “So give back to Caesar what is Caesar’s, and to God what is God’s.”

22 When they heard this, they were amazed. So they left him and went away.

I’ve been to a few weddings in my lifetime and figuring out what to wear to the event is always a bit of a puzzle.  You have to consider the time of day that the wedding is taking place, the season, the location, the invitation and type of attire requested.  You must think about style, formality, practicality, and color!  I guess that’s why I’ve always felt pity for the man in verse 11 that is found wearing the wrong clothes.

That pity went away, however, when my study Bible helped me out with a little context. You see, in that culture, and especially with random guests being invited in from the streets, the wedding host would have provided the required wedding attire! The change into a clean garment was expected and provided for; but the man in verse 11 refused to change his clothes!

We have been invited by the King to join the wedding feast, and through Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection, He has provided the clean garments that are appropriate to dine in His presence.  All we must do is accept the invitation and allow the transformation. Clothed in His Righteousness, we will be embraced by the King!

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