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Invested in a Lie

I have written before of the 2 parables of Jesus related to weddings and banquets; one in Luke 14 (told prior to passion week) and one in Matthew 22 (told during passion week). In each of those parables, Jesus talked of two groups of invitees; the friends and connections of the king (Jews) and the unrelated masses (Gentiles).

The results of the invitation concluded similarly in both passages; “So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.”[i]

However, Jesus added a significant conclusion in Matthew’s account. He said, “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’.” [ii]

Consider the disposition of the man Jesus described. He was among the bad and good identified in the 10th verse. But this arrogant fellow had no intentions of honoring the king’s family. He refused to alter his appearance to align with the purpose of the king’s banquet.

Think About it;

The invitation is for all; both good and bad. But there was, and is now, an element of society unwilling to conform to the King’s ethos. They come dressed in their own clothes of rebellion. They wear that rebellion (lie) with arrogance, proclaiming their sin acceptable.

Those who are invested in a lie, become dogmatic that they are OK just as they are. They are also emboldened by today’s culture.

Nobody wants their lies exposed. When challenged about a lie they are so fully vested in, their response often turns to anger. They are too far into the momentum of the lie for sound reason.

You are an attendant and may be the one called to tie him hand and foot and throw him out of your event.

[i] Matthew 22:10 (NIV)

[ii] Matthew 22:11-13 (NIV)

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