Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
Many are Called but ...
by Erik Momsen
Matthew 22:1-14 is the Love story of Jesus and His church. Because of this love, we should be more respectful of the church - it is His bride. It would be very rude to make derogatory comments about a bride before her groom.
In this parable the invite goes out again and again - very rude not to go to a wedding when invited.
There is always an excuse why people do not have time for God - business, busyness etc.
Sometimes the messengers are even killed - still to this day.
The King sends an army against the rebellious city who reject his groom. This is a reference to Jerusalem's destruction but is it not also a warning to other cities of humanity?
The King then looks for others who might come in to the wedding - i.e. the Gentiles and many do respond
Many enter the feast but there is one who does not have the wedding garments. It was practice for the groom to provide white over garments to the guests. This one man did not take the groom's covering. We understand that Christs provides our righteousness as a gift. It is not of our own doing or work.
“And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him: “ (Colossians 3:10)
“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” (Revelation 19:7-9)
The king then has the man without “gifted-righteousness” thrown out into a place of darkness and suffering. Inexplicably the modern reader is able to ignore many such sayings about reward and punishment from the mouth of Jesus. Jesus clearly believed in judgment and accounting after death.
“Many are called but few are chosen.” This has lead some to believe that God chooses a few and rejects the rest. This is not in line with many other scripture abouts God's love for the world and that His desire is than none would be lost. Oswald Chambers suggest that like Isaiah God puts out a general call to ALL. It is up to Isaiah, among many other hearers, to respond.
The fact is that many are lost and remain lost but this is not the desire of the King. He keeps inviting but they are too busy and rebellious.
Many are called but few are the elect.
When it comes to the messengers of our time the message is close to dead in the water because the messengers are not in love with the Groom and with His message and invitation to life. Scott Stapp wrote a song about His love for us and the provision for crossing:
“The Great Divide”
I have run to the ocean / Through the Horizon / Chased the sun
I've waited for the light to come / And at times I would give up
You have Wrapped your loving arms 'round me,
And with your love I'll overcome.
You have Loved me when I was weak,
You have Given unselfishly,
Kept me from Falling...Falling / Everywhere but my Knees!
You set me free! / To live my life
You became my reason to survive the great divide / You set me Free!
I've been on Heaven's doorstep / With the Door open / One foot inside
I've cried out God give me answers! / Please hush child I'll tell you why
You have Loved me when you were weak,
You have Giving unselfishly,
Kept you from
Everywhere but your Knees!
Oh...our love is beautiful / Oh...oo...oh...Isn't this beautiful?
Times have changed / But you remain / My everything
Our Love is Beautiful
Stood by my side / Helped me survive / My great Divide
Isn't this beautiful.
Date Added: 2013-02-05
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