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Monday, May 30, 2011

Kingdom Manna


Matthew 22:2, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding banquet for his son.”

Weddings bring out smiles and best wishes from almost everyone. Private or public, we pause to pay our respects to the bride and groom.

In many cultures an entire town joins in the celebration. Or the festivities last many days. In some historical references a wedding was also an opportunity for far-flung relatives to congregate, for nobles to consolidate alliances, and for traders to contract future interests.

Wealthy fathers provide sumptuous feasts and the pleasure of the celebration multiplies with an invitation to the meal. We feel included. We bask in the joy of the day. Who would refuse?

In Jesus’ parable the king sent his slaves into the streets with a command. Fill the wedding hall. Find replacements for the delinquent guests. And the slaves gathered all they could find, both good and evil.

Wonder of wonder. We are included in the invitation. “And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.””

I can’t imagine, Lord, dining at Your banquet. Give me the courage I pray to step across Your threshold and taste the delights of Your table. Thank you for extending Your hand, for embracing me into Your family circle.

Psalm of Worship: Psalm 81:16

“I would feed you with the finest of the wheat,

and with honey from the rock I would satisfy you.”

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