The Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 22:1-14)

Reverend Bob EdyReverend Bob Edy, October 12, 2014
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Matthew 22:1–14 (Listen)

22:1 And again Jesus spoke to them in parables, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a king who gave a wedding feast for his son, and sent his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding feast, but they would not come. Again he sent other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, “See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.”’ But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.’ 10 And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11 “But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12 And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

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About Reverend Bob Edy: Bob was ordained (in mid-life!) in 1993 and appointed vicar of Ducklington in 1999. He was formally inducted as Rector of the parish in November 2013. From 1979 to 2008 he worked at Henry Box School as head of History, Head of Year and then Deputy Head. He is married to Ruth, father to Rhoda and Charlotte and grandfather to Esther, Benjy, Gemma and Isaac. Bob enjoys sport, particularly golf and cricket, and is very enthusiastic about the annual Greenbelt Festival. He enjoys discussing faith issues with individuals and small groups and feels that being a vicar is an enormous privilege - and quite hard work too! Bob left St Bartholomew's, in May 2015, for a slightly quieter life as Chaplain at Rendcomb College. We hope to welcome him back at a later date as a "guest" preacher.

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