Monday, February 2, 2009

Day33 For many are called, but few chosen...

Do you have any thoughts on the meaning that Jesus was getting at in these two parables?

1. Matthew 20:16 (Amplified)Laborers receiving wages in the Vineyard
So those who [now] are last will be first [then], and those who [now] are first will be last [then]. For many are called, but few chosen.
In this parable, God said this after he showed generosity to a laborer in his vinyard

2 Matthew 22:14 Wedding Banquet
For many are called (invited and summoned), but few are chosen.
In this one God says it after he throws someone out of the wedding banquet because he doesn't have wedding clothes on.

Was the guest part of the first invited group, who had second thoughts and snuck in the back? In Revelation 19:7-9 we are told that the robes of white linen are the righteous acts of the saints, and specifically talks about the wedding of the Lamb.
Any thoughts?


  1. It would make it a lot easier to understand if it said, "Many are called and few have chosen" wouldn't it? I think the man in the wedding is like the tares in the field. There are those who hang around the wheat and look like the rest but inwardly they do not know God. The man at the wedding enjoyed the food and celebrations but it did not result in righteous living.

    The men in the field appeared to be working for the owner of the field but when their hearts were exposed their greed was exposed.

    I think "Many are called but few are chosen" reflects the fact that God shines a measure of light to everyone born (John 1:9; Romans 1:18-21). Yet few belong to him (John 10:25-30).

  2. I would like to introduce you to my friend Linda. She may be joining us. I gave her the information at church yesterday.

    I hope you do join us Linda.
    Shirley Fay

    (I also forgot to sign the one above)

  3. Hi Shirley, re Linda great to have her join, thanks for letting her know.

    On the parables, i agree, it's sad though.
    These sayings will continue to bug me for a while longer. It will be fun searching for the hidden treasure of truth :)

  4. Hi and welcome Linda,I like your responce to Siobhans questions Shirley good thoughts. Also one thought one to your first question Siobhan in Matthew 20:16 is. Another observation is of this parable I have heard mention of , to show that though the Jews were first called into the vineyard, at length the gospel should be preached to the Gentiles, and we should be admitted to equal privileges and advantages with the Jews. Diana

  5. Matt. 22:14 question #2 The wedding garments of Jesus Christ. It's necessary that we'll be clothed in the righteousness, which is of Christ, through faith. There are some who are trying to come without the proper clothing. There are some who have not put on that righteousness through faith of Christ, but are trying to come in their own righteousness, or by their own efforts, or by their own good works. They'll never make it, The bible is full of His warnings They will be cast out. Diana Ps Man this is were the rubber meets the road so to speak. Tough thinking.but reality