Mt 22:4-6 “Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden, Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage.”
LESSON - The context of this passage shows Israel’s collective rejection of Jesus Christ as their Messiah. Contained within it are reasons why many people still reject Christ today.
1. Different priorities.
“But they made light of it,”
2. Different plans
“and went their ways,”
3. Focus is the job, not Christ and the family.
“one to his farm,”
4. Focus is money, not the Lord or others.
“another to his merchandise: “
The Result - Isreal despised the Apostles God had sent them to call for repentance, so much so that most experienced martyrdom. For this same reason, many people will reject us as well. God’s mercy still bids us to go to our unbelieving world so that ALL will be given opportunity and SOME will respond. God may even use challenges to refocus society’s gaze to the reality of their own mortality.
“And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them.”