“The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
“Many are invited, but few are chosen.” Matthew 22:2, 14
1. Joseph was invited.
Pharaoh sent for Joseph from the dungeon.
2. Joseph was properly attired
When he had shaved and changed his clothes, he came before Pharaoh.
3. Joseph was prepared.
“I cannot do it,” Joseph replied to Pharaoh, “but God will give Pharaoh the answer he desires.
4. Joseph was rewarded.
Then Pharaoh said, “Can we find a man like this, in whom is a divine spirit?” “Since God has made all this known to you, there is no one so discerning and wise as you. You shall be in charge of my palace…” Genesis 41:14-16, 38-40
1. Many were invited.
a king prepared a wedding banquet for his son… sent his servants… to the street corners … invite to the banquet anyone you find…
2. Not all were properly attired.
the king …noticed a man not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’
3. Not all were prepared.
The man was speechless.
4. One was rejected.
“Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness… Matthew 22:2-3, 9-13
1. Who is invited?
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. John 3:16
2. Who is properly attired?
My soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of his righteousness …Isaiah 61:10
This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. Romans 3:22
3. Who is prepared?
But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. 1Peter 3:15
4. Who is rewarded?
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. Matthew 7:21