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The Parable of The Wedding Feast

Jesus has just cleansed the temple and proceeded to heal the blind and lame who came to Him. But when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that He did, and the children crying out in the temple and saying, ”Hosanna to the Son of David!” they were indignant and couldn’t wait to confront Him the next morning, interrupt His teaching and demand to know by what authority He was doing these things! They seemed to be unaware that Jesus had cursed the fig tree on His way from Bethany to the temple, further illustrating what He would now teach about the blindness and hardness of heart of these religious leaders. Jesus tells three parables, engaging His listeners with a question, ”What do you think?” Read the parable of the Two Sons in Matthew 21:28-32. The first son did not initially agree to work in his father’s vineyard but later repented and went to work, showing the fruit of repentance which is doing the father’s will. The second son agreed to work, but he did not follow through with his commitment. This second son, like the religious leaders and the leafy fig tree, were alike in that they were deceptive in the appearance of fruitfulness.

The second parable was even more pointed in that Jesus asked His disapproving listeners what should happen to the wicked tenants of their landowner’s vineyard, who ended up killing the heir to steal his inheritance. They condemn themselves when they harshly reply that the wicked tenants should be destroyed and the vineyard given to others willing to bear fruit. Matthew 21:45 states that these men understood Jesus was speaking of them but instead of being willing to repent they reject Jesus and seek to arrest Him.

The last parable in this scene is of vital importance to everyone… not just Jewish religious leaders. In Matthew 22:1-14, we find a King (represented by God) preparing a marriage for His son. ( Jesus)

In researching the historical background of this setting I read an interesting insight… to be invited to the wedding of the King’s son was the greatest honor a citizen could have expected to receive. ”Save the date” , for sure! In a poor agrarian society the regular diet would have consisted of mostly grains. Meat was saved for special occasions. That the first recipients would have ignored this invitation would have raised a few eyebrows. Who in their right mind would refuse the wedding feast of a King? ( free meat!!!) Now came the shocking events to drop everyone’s jaw… the beatings and murder of the King’s servants who were bringing the second invitation alerting everyone that the feast was now prepared, the meat killed and all things were ready. Come!!! Added to this was the response of the King. Not only did he retaliate with furious retribution, but he extended his invitation to everyone else- all social strata both good and bad. Along with this invitation is the expectation that all would need to come to the feast dressed in the wedding garment provided by the King. Wearing this garment and agreeing to submit your will in wearing what you would like instead, shows the proper honor and respect for the King. Sadly, one guest arrived without preparing himself. He came in his own clothes. He was speechless when confronted by the King and was removed from the feast by the King’s servants. Just like this parable, the LORD has issued an invitation…”whosoever will may come”. This is without cost to us… but a great price was paid, the life and very blood of His dear Son . Jesus said, ” I am the way, the truth and the life, NO ONE COMES TO THE FATHER BUT BY ME.” John 14:6

Dear beloved one, have you accepted God’s generous invitation…”Come now, and let us reason together, says the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow.” Isaiah 18:1 To ignore this gracious invitation invites God’s righteous judgement instead…Whoever is not found written in the book of life is cast into the lake of fire ( Revelation 20:15)

“Who is a God like you, who pardons sin…You delight to show mercy.” Micah 7:8

This first worksheet can be used to illustrate the story of Elijah and the third captain of fifty men who received mercy .( it was posted yesterday, Dec. 28. ) The scripture I have chosen for this story is Micah 7:18 and I hope you have the kids write this after coloring the page.

“ Who is a God like you, who pardons sin and forgives the transgression of the remnant of His inheritance? You do not stay angry forever but delight to show mercy.”

“The Steadfast Love of the LORD Never Ceases; His Mercies Never Come to an End…” Lam. 3:22 ESV

Pandemics! Social Upheaval! Financial Instability! Chaos!!!

” The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together against the LORD and against His Anointed…He who sits in the heavens shall laugh…Now therefore, be wise, O kings; be instructed, you judges of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear…Blessed are all those who put their trust in Him.” Psalm 2:2,3,10,12

Today, more than ever we need the stabilizing and steadfast work of mercy and grace in our lives. In referring to the story I would like to share today, Jesus had this to say in Luke 9 after preparing Himself to go to ransom mankind. The Samaritans did not allow Jesus and His disciples passage through a certain village and James and John wanted to command fire down from heaven to consume them “ just as Elijah did.” Jesus rebuked them and said, ”You don’t know what manner of spirit you are of. For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.” What a wonderful expression of the mercy and grace of our LORD, and we will see the same mercy poured out in the midst of judgement in 2 Kings 1.

Elijah is at the end of his prophetic career after having faithfully proclaimed the word of the LORD to a nation steeped in sin and idolatry. The people had made a half-hearted profession of faith in their God after the ”showdown” on Mt. Carmel but had no righteous king to encourage their continued worship. After Ahab died , his son Ahaziah began to reign but ”he did evil in the sight of the LORD and walked in the way of his father… for he served Baal and worshiped him and provoked the LORD God of Israel to anger, according to all his father had done.”(1Kings 22: 52-53) God judged this young man severely for after only reigning two years he was injured after falling through the lattice of his upper room.
Ahaziah sent messengers, from his bed, to inquire of Baal-Zebub, the god of Ekron, whether he would recover from his injury. Elijah is sent to these messengers with a word from the LORD…”Is it because there is no God in Israel that you are going to inquire of the god of Ekron? Thus says the LORD: you will not recover. You shall surely die.” The messengers returned to Samaria and gave the surprised king Elijah’s ” prescription”! When he asked who spoke those dire words they answered ,”a hairy man wearing a leather belt around his waist.” Ahaziah knew that Elijah was the man responsible, so he sent a captain with fifty soldiers to apprehend him. The captain went up to Elijah and said, “Man of God, the king has said,’Come down!’ ” So Elijah said to the captain, ” If I am a man of God then let fire come down from heaven and consume you and your fifty men”. And fire came down and consumed him and his fifty men. Now, the captain had admitted the righteousness of Elijah when he called him Man of God. Do you wonder why he did not resist such an immoral and ungodly command?

Ahaziah sent another captain and fifty men and the same thing happened. The second captain had more guilt because he knew the fate of the first group but made his demand more bold by insisting Elijah come ”quickly!” Again the king sent a third captain of fifty with his fifty men. But this captain, when approaching Elijah, fell on his knees and pleaded with him and said, ” Man of God, please let my life and the life of these fifty servants of yours be precious in your sight.” This captain humbly begged for mercy and it was granted. He led Elijah to the king where he boldly proclaimed the word from the LORD… because Ahaziah had ignored the LORD and had sent inquiries to the god of Ekron, he would not recover. Instead of repenting and making inquiries of the one true God, Ahaziah tragically died.

Psalm 103

a Psalm of David

“ Bless the LORD , O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!

Bless the LORD , O my soul and forget not all His benefits: who forgives all your iniquities, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from destruction, who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies… for as the heavens are high above the earth, so great is His mercy toward those who fear Him… As a father pities his children, so the LORD pities those who fear Him. For He knows our frame; He remembers that we are dust… Bless the LORD , O my soul!”

Worksheet to follow

“For All Thy Saints”

“ He put a new song in my mouth- a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear the LORD and put their trust in Him.” Psalm 40:3

To honor and encourage God’s suffering saints worldwide I dedicate the sharing of this hymn written by Rev. Dr. William W. How (1864) Anglican Bishop of Wakefield and music by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1906.

  1. For all the saints who from their labors rest who Thee by faith before the world confessed . Thy name, O Jesus, be forever blessed: Alleluia! Alleluia!
  2. Thou wast their Rock, their Fortress and their Might, Thou Lord, their Captain in the well fought fight; Thou in the darkness drear, their one true Light. Alleluia ! Alleluia
  3. For the Apostles’ glorious company, who, bearing forth the cross o’er land and sea, shook all the mighty world- we sing to Thee. Alleluia! Alleluia!
  4. For the Evangelists, by whose blest word, like fourfold streams the garden of the Lord is fair and fruitful – be Thy name adored. Alleluia! Alleluia!
  5. For Martyrs, who with rapture- kindled eye, saw the bright crown descending from the sky, and died to grasp it – Thee we glorify: Alleluia! Alleluia!
  6. O may Thy soldiers, faithful, true and bold, fight as the saints who nobly fought of old, And win with them the victor’s crown of gold: Alleluia! Alleluia!
  7. O blest communion, fellowship divine! We feebly struggle, they in glory shine; Yet all are one in Thee, for all are Thine: Alleluia! Alleluia!
  8. And when the strife is fierce , the warfare long, steals on the ear the distant triumph song. And hearts are brave again and arms are strong: Alleluia! Alleluia!
  9. The golden evening brightens in the west. Soon, soon to faithful warriors comes their rest. Sweet is the calm of paradise, the blest: Alleluia! Alleluia!
  10. But lo! there breaks a yet more glorious day: the saints triumphant rise in bright array; the King of Glory passes on His way: Alleluia! Alleluia!
  11. From earth’s wide bounds, from ocean’s farthest coast, thru gates of pearl streams in the countless host, singing to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost: Alleluia! Alleluia!

This was the final hymn selected for the funeral of Oswald Chambers in 11/16/1917 Cairo , Egypt.

Proclaim the Good News

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Phil. 4:5 tells us “the Lord is near”.

We get the same admonition in James 5:7&8 “…Establish your hearts, for the coming of the Lord is at hand.” Also 1 Peter 4:7 “ But the end of all things is at hand, therefore be serious ( I’m serious!) and watchful in your prayers. And above all things have fervent love for one another…”
Can we forget Romans 13:: 11-14 “…knowing the time…it is high time to awake out of sleep… therefore let us cast off ( fling away) the works of darkness… but put on the Lord Jesus Christ and make no provision for indulging the flesh, to fulfill its lusts ( to gratify its desires.)”

King David came to “despise “( think light of) the commandment of the Lord when he sinned with the wife of righteous Uriah. ( 2 Samuel 12:9)

A question to ask ourselves is…“ am I despising the commandment of the Lord by making provision for my flesh?”

Be specific ! Ask the Holy Spirit to show you where you need to be on guard. We want to be able to “ Proclaim the good news of His salvation from day to day.”

We are not apt to be looking for these awesome opportunities when we are not daily putting on the full armor of light !

FYI…For a brighter worksheet … click on the archives for Feb. 2012 and scroll down until you find it…you will also find several other “mission themed“ worksheets!

Quick access to Table of Contents

I hope you have not been confused trying to find a list of lessons available on this site… I got confused wondering where it was hiding so I thought I would make it easy. January 6, 2014 is the date you need to look up in the archive. Hope this helps. ( One day I will ask a smart computer person how to make the whole site more “ clickable”😊)

The Furnace of Affliction

“Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider Him that endured such contradiction of sinners against Himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.”

I think it is time to revisit one of my favorite Bible characters as we enter unprecedented times in world history…

October 29/2011 is where you can find the lessons to copy for the story of “Joseph Tested”. The Bible teaches us that the trial of our faith produces eternal benefits and Joseph was certainly going through many fiery trials …. but we read “ But the LORD was with Joseph , and showed him mercy…”Gen.39:21

So “…count it all joy whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops endurance. But let endurance have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete lacking nothing.”

James 1:2-4

Beloved teachers of the gospel, Esther Ahn Kim ( I-Suk-An) wrote of her amazing WW2 experiences proclaiming the truths of God’s word in a book entitled “ If I perish”. She prepared for future trials by giving up some of her dietary and sleeping comforts… a fast, if you will…knowing she faced certain imprisonment or death! How can we be encouraging those we mentor and teach to be willing to endure ,with joy ,any future deprivations we all may suffer?

Watch and Pray


  • Beloved Servants of the Living God… these are unprecedented days… for the first time in our short history we will not be permitted to assemble together to celebrate our LORD’S Resurrection due to a practically worldwide shelter -in – place mandate! Praise the LORD! He is giving us a
    “spiritual time-out”. Listen for His “still, small voice”. Like Elijah, who was also in various “shelter-in-place” scenarios… we still have services to perform for our Savior. Use the internet to
    download bible lessons from this site for kids in your household. If you have a WiFi connection, you can video chat across the miles. Don’t lose heart.
    “He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in Him will I trust. Surely He shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence…” ( portions of Psalm 91)
    There are about 150 bible lessons on this blog for you to get ideas from. Email me with any questions.God Bless, Bible Auntie