Parables - Part 8 - The Banquet

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Slides to accompany Bill Drewett's talk at Bristol Vineyard on May 5th - taking a look at the parable of the banquet...and they are pretty valuable to helping understand the message!

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Parables - Part 8 - The Banquet

  1. 1. Parables – Part 8The Banquet
  2. 2. Jesus spoke to them again in parables,saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a king whoprepared a wedding banquet for his son. He senthis servants to those who had been invited tothe banquet to tell them to come, but theyrefused to come.‘Then he sent some more servants and said,“Tell those who have been invited that I haveprepared my dinner: my oxen and fattenedcattle have been slaughtered, and everything isready. Come to the wedding banquet.”
  3. 3. ‘But they paid no attention and went off – one tohis field, another to his business. The rest seizedhis servants, ill-treated them and killed them. Theking was enraged. He sent his army anddestroyed those murderers and burned their city.‘Then he said to his servants, “The weddingbanquet is ready, but those I invited did notdeserve to come. So go to the street corners andinvite to the banquet anyone you find.”
  4. 4. So the servants went out into the streets andgathered all the people they could find, the badas well as the good, and the wedding hall wasfilled with guests.‘But when the king came in to see the guests, henoticed a man there who was not wearingwedding clothes. He asked, “How did you get inhere without wedding clothes, friend?” The manwas speechless.
  5. 5. ‘Then the king told the attendants, “Tie him handand foot, and throw him outside, into thedarkness, where there will be weeping andgnashing of teeth.”‘For many are invited, but few are chosen.’Matthew 22: 1-14
  6. 6. • What was Jesus message?• Are we accepting or rejecting it?
  7. 7. Jesus spoke to them again in parables,saying: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a king whoprepared a wedding banquet for his son. He senthis servants to those who had been invited tothe banquet to tell them to come, but theyrefused to come.‘Then he sent some more servants and said,“Tell those who have been invited that I haveprepared my dinner: my oxen and fattenedcattle have been slaughtered, and everything isready. Come to the wedding banquet.”
  8. 8. Day ofthe LordThis Age Age to Come
  9. 9. On this mountain the Lord Almighty will preparea feast of rich food for all peoples,a banquet of aged wine –the best of meats and the finest of wines.On this mountain he will destroythe shroud that enfolds all peoples,the sheet that covers all nations;he will swallow up death for ever.The Sovereign Lord will wipe away the tearsfrom all faces;he will remove his people’s disgracefrom all the earth.The Lord has spoken.Isaiah 25: 6-8
  10. 10. From that time on Jesus began topreach, ‘Repent, for the kingdom of heaven hascome near.’Matthew 4: 17
  11. 11. JesusKingdom of thisWorldKingdom of GodJesus’return
  12. 12. The Kingdom of Heaven1. The kingdom is here now
  13. 13. JesusKingdom of thisWorldKingdom of GodJesus’return
  14. 14. The Kingdom of Heaven1. The kingdom is here now2. A kingdom has a King
  15. 15. The Kingdom of Heaven1. The kingdom is here now2. A kingdom has a King3. We can’t pick and mix
  16. 16. The Kingdom of Heaven1. The kingdom is here now2. A kingdom has a King3. We can’t pick and mix4. Entering the kingdom is a process
  17. 17. The Kingdom of Heaven1. The kingdom is here now2. A kingdom has a King3. We can’t pick and mix4. Entering the kingdom is a process5. God’s presence
  18. 18. ‘It is important to underline the fact that all ofJesus’ warnings about hell occur in messages topeople who believed themselves heirs of thekingdom. Jesus did not preach hell to pagans; hepreached it to those who thought themselvesbelievers. Hell is not a doctrine used to frightenunbelievers, it is a doctrine used to warn those whothink themselves believers.’Frederick BrunerMatthew: A Commentary, Volume 1

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