“And he sent out his slaves to call those who had been invited to the wedding feast, and they were unwilling to come” (Matthew 22:3).
In the Parable of the Marriage Feast, the offering of God’s salvation is depicted by a king who actively labors for the benefit for those who would be part of the wedding feast. Out of his giving, preparing, and sending the keynote theme is one of invitation—the idea of responding to his call (v.3,8,9,14). The unwillingness of those invited to attend, is depicted by a verb tense that indicates an action that is continual and ongoing. They repeatedly rejected his invitation. Even those of us least informed in matters of protocol know that the only appropriate response to the invitation of a king is acceptance and attendance.