2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, 3 and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.
Weddings are often used by God to express the relationship and bond he wants with us. Here God is represented as an earthly king who is arranging a marriage for his son, which would be Jesus. Sadly, those who were invited refused to attend. What a sad illustration of the rejection of the Jews to Jesus.
4 Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.” ’ 5 But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business. 6 And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.
The king sacrifices so much to create the perfect wedding, which would be free for all, but still the guests refuse, preferring to go to their own homes and even work. Others take it a step further and actually mistreat the servants and even kill them. It seems like an impossible story and yet it’s exactly what we read in the Bible. The prophets and servants of God were often killed by God’s own people.
7 But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.
Here we get to the middle of the parable. The king is clearly good but he does have limits. He will not simply look away as his servants are being unjustifiably killed and mistreated. The king passes his judgement and killed the murderers and burned their cities to the ground.
I always find it amusing when we read the Bible and see God as the bad guy or violent one. It’s amazing how blinded we can be and one sided when we read the Bible. Does God allow violent and destructive acts in the Bible? Yes. Does he himself order destruction and death? Yes. But that is always seen only after an insupportable amount of forgiveness and patience.
The Bible isn’t lying when it says that God is love, not even in the Old Testament. Read through it again but with an open mind and you’ll see that love.
Pr. Steven Couto