THE WEDDING FEAST
The wedding feast
signifies the end times that should be met by the faithful with
nuptial joy. Like the preceding Sunday, the King is God who invited
many to His wedding feast. And all his messengers were maltreated.
When we die as humans,
God appears to us in human form; when we die as gods, God appears as
Those who were not
extreme merely declined the invitation. One went his way to his own
field, that is, turned towards a life of pleasure and carnal
pursuits, for one's own field is the body. Another went to his
merchandise, that is, to a life of acquisition and profit, for
merchants are a type of men most greedy for profit.
The wedding feast is
referred to as a "supper" or dinner since it refers to the
latter times, towards evening, that is, at the end of the ages.
"Call them that are
called." If we are called, why must we be called again? Well,
we all have been called; yet we must be reminded over and over
In His anger, God sent
his armies and destroyed the sinners. God uses armies, like the
Romans, the Turks, the Goths to punish those that deserve it.
Then God sends His
servants to invite both the good and bad; these are the people of
other faiths who could be entirely evil or good in some ways.
The invitation is by
grace; all are called by grace. But, thereafter, all must dress up
properly, i.e. the way of life will not be without examination.
After the invitation, God makes an exceedingly careful examination
of those found to be sullied after entering into the faith. Faith
alone does not benefit him at all.
The filthy garments are
those who think greatly about themselves but are without compassion,
goodness, and brotherly love. The command to the angels is
"Bind his hands and feet," i.e. restrain the soul's power
of action to work out its salvation. Gnashing of one's teeth is
"Many are called
but few are chosen" It is God's part to call, but to become one
of the chosen or not is our part.