….And Who or What Did He Represent?
As is my want, let’s post the passage of Holy Scripture in question from the KJV:
Matthew 22:1-14 (KJV) And Jesus answered and spake unto them again by Parables, and said, 2 The Kingdom of Yah (God/heaven) is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, 3 And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come. 4 Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. 5 But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise: 6 And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. 7 But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. 8 Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy. 9 Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. 10 So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests. 11 And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: 12 And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless. 13 Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness, there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. 14 For MANY are called, but few are chosen. (All emphasis mine)
As we can see, this is a Parable, as spoken by Yashua Messiah, and aimed at anyone who could hear and understand it’s message, as made plain here:
Matthew 13:10-11; 16 (MCV) And the Learners came, and said unto Him, Why speakest thou unto them in Parables? 11 He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of The Kingdom of Yah (God), BUT TO THEM IT IS NOT GIVEN. 16 But blessed are your eyes, for they see: and your ears, for they hear.
This means it was only for a very small audience. First and foremost it was for His Learners (disciples), and second it was for the unbelieving Serpent Seed Pharisee and Sadducee Jews, and who, to their chagrin, also understood.
However, this Parable takes the form of a little history lesson, with it going back to The House of Judah’s past, combined with a warning for the future – the city mentioned here being Jerusalem. It also strongly alludes to The Prophets who were sent by Yashua Messiah (Yah [God] of the Old Testament) in order to welcome the inhabitants of Judea and Jerusalem to The Father’s wedding feast that He had arranged for His Son. These inhabitants constituted both rebellious Israelites and Serpent Seed Canaanite Jews, who rudely and contemptuously declined The Father’s amazing offer, by mistreating and slaying His Prophets.
We then get this word ‘Remnant’, used in verse six, which again points us to The Remnant that returned from Babylonian captivity circa 515 BC, so we’re dealing with that era that led up to Yashua Messiah’s first coming. The Prophets that came to that remnant during those years were either treated brutally, or killed outright by them.
In verse seven we’re told that the king is furious with these people for having murdered his servants (The Prophets), so he sends his military forces to destroy their city. Now this could be a reference to Babylon’s invasion of The House of Judah circa 585 BC, with destruction of Jerusalem, and the future invasion and destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AC by The Romans (New Babylon) = one of Yah’s many Scriptural dualities.
The king then says: “The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.” This is definitely a reference to The Israelites (Yah’s Chosen People) and The Canaanite Jews, who claimed to be descendants of Abraham. So much so they dressed themselves up as such, that is, the Pharisees and Sadducees, but were no such thing (see link Nos. 1 and 2 below), so naturally they despised their wedding feast invitation, and were not worthy.
If we add in The Israelites, who were always in rebellion against their Yah (God), unfortunately they, too, despised the wedding invitation. No doubt many being led astray by the Serpent Seed Jewish Pharisees and Sadducees.
Now the next verse I find a bit of a challenge: Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage. So who were these servants going to find in the highways? Obviously they were not going to find any more Serpent Seed Canaanite Jews, but very likely they would find some teachable Israelites, and of course plenty of non-Israelites, both good and bad.
Moreover, what does it mean when Yashua Messiah called them the good and the bad, who were these people? Well that’s easy, they were the lost and unsaved of Mankind, sinners made up of Israelites and non-Israelites alike. Take note, that I DO NOT CALL THEM GENTILES!! (See link No. 3 below). Also take note that none of these people would be RELIGIOUS people, so they would have nothing to unlearn.
Next, this Parable takes an unexpected twist with the king spotting a guest who is not wearing a wedding garment, and this event is symbolic of quite a few things, not just one. When the king confronts him with his serious error he’s speechless or dumbfounded as has no reply at all.
So let’s look at some of the things this lack of a wedding garment could represent:
1. We’re dealing with a crucial robe here, that this fella didn’t have on, so what kind of robe could this be and what, in turn, could this robe actually represent. Let’s take a look at The Holy Scriptures for our answer:
Revelation 7:9 (KJV) After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before The Throne, and before The Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Revelation 7:13-14 (KJV) And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of Great Tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of The Lamb.
OK, so this obviously beggars the next question: How do we, as Christians, obtain a white robe, and wash them in the blood of Yashua Messiah, The Lamb?
Quite simply, through Baptism (full immersion) into Yashua Messiah’s (Jesus Christ’s) Name alone (not into the trinity), followed swiftly by the Gift of The Holy Spirit. That’s it, we now have spotless white robes, as a free gift, that have been washed in Yashua Messiah’s blood. OK, we cannot see them, but rest assured The Father and Yashua Messiah can, along with the angelic host.
Romans 6:3-4 (KJV) Know ye not, that so many of us as were Baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we are buried with Him by Baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by The Glory of The Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
Now this is what this wretched man lacked, and there are MANY like him in the Cainite-Judeo-Christian RELIGION (Mainstream Christianity = Churchianity) today, who say that Baptism is unnecessary, and they are headed for outer darkness, unless they repent of their wicked ways forthwith.
2. It could also represent Graceless Judaism and the lack of a wedding robe a representation of NO GRACE in this man’s life, just like the five unwise virgins who had no oil (No Grace) for their lamps. These people think that they can save themselves by and through obedience to The Commandments and The Law – futility personified!
3. Another meaning could be religion, for Yah (God) has no religion and, this man could have been dressed as a religious priest, a Pharisee perhaps, thinking he was all dressed up for the part, hence he was stunned and speechless when confronted by the king.
When reading the stories of Yashua Messiah’s conversations with the demonic lawyers and Pharisees, have you noticed how many times He silences them – frequently they were left SPEECHLESS! And so it was for this wretched individual.
4. Yet another representation could be the intellect and this man was an intellectual philosopher or theologian, who would later Hellenise the so-called church, turning the Word of Yah (God) into meaningless gobbledegook and religious drivel – forever reasoning, but NEVER coming to an understanding of The Truth.
Now of these four representations I believe the first is the most likely but at the same time the others could also apply.
Finally, Yashua Messiah ends His Parable by stating: MANY ARE CALLED, FEW ARE CHOSEN! So I do hope that you are one of The Few.
1. Did Eve Have Sex With The Devil or Did She Just Eat Some Fruit?:
2. I Know That (Ye Say) Ye Are Abraham’s Seed But Ye Seek To Kill Me!:
3. What Is The Word ‘GENTILE’ Doing in The Bible?: