Matthew 17-23 - Few are chosen?

We have already completed our third week of reading!!  Time is going fast!!

Jesus said some interesting things in our reading!  What did you think when you read,
"But so that we may not cause offense, go to the lake and throw out your line...." (17:27)
or when he said,
"It is better for you to enter life maimed or crippled than to have two hands or two feet and be thrown into eternal fire." (18:8)
or
"If you want to be perfect, go..." (19:21)
and
"Are you envious because I am generous?" (20:15)
and
"If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer." (21:22)?

Each day I pondered over these statements!!
I always like to reword things in my head as I ponder, so I hear Jesus say,

  • go to work and pay your taxes, but remember everything is from me and mine! 
  • go to the extreme, if necessary, to remain in the faith
  • you can't be perfect without me and I am willing to let everybody be perfect through me, just ask!!

Are you writing things down that have gotten you to ponder?  I would love to hear what got you to think some extra thoughts.....

I think the verse that got me to ponder the most this week was, "For many are invited but few are chosen." (22:14). What does that mean? How do I reword that in my head?

One commentary said, " The 'chosen' are those who both accept the invitation and comply with its conditions."  That makes sense because the guy who responded to the call to the wedding (the inviation), did not respond appropriately regarding the wedding clothes.
How interesting is that!! It's like Jesus is saying, there are two ways you can reject me.  One is very obvious- you just don't respond at all.  But the other way to reject me is much more subtle!!
One can "pay lip service", as one commentary put it, responding to the invitation, but never fully embrace Jesus as Lord of their life.  This weighty parable points out that the second type of "refusal" is just as bad as the first type and that this person is subject to God's righteous judgement as well!!😨

So, now, I guess I would reword the statement Jesus made like this: many respond to the call with lip service, but their hearts never fully turn to me (Jesus).

Humm.... that makes sense...and it's kind'a sad to think about Jesus saying this to the crowd.  He knew he would be rejected even though he came offering so much (a spectacular wedding feast!!). 😞

Comments

Scott said…
I too was taken back by the fact that someone got to the wedding and then was thrown out.
You gotta put on the clothes!

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