Tuesday, February 2, 2016

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February 2

Daily Bible Reading: Matthew 22:1 – 22 

Verse of the Day: Matthew 22:14 – “For many are called, but few chosen.”

In this parable of the Wedding Banquet, Jesus makes this statement at the end. He has just spoken of one who was bound “hand and foot, and cast him out into the outer darkness” (Matthew 22:13).

The Greek word, κλητοι, means invited. It is not used in the same sense as Paul uses it (Romans 8:28 – 29). Jesus is specifically speaking of Israel at this point, and He is saying that all of Israel has been invited into the Kingdom, but only a few will believe and follow Him. Thus, God will not bring them into the banquet of the Kingdom. 

In a way we can understand this of all people also. God has made His invitation open to anyone (John 3:16), but only a few will believe and receive this gift (Matthew 7:13 – 14).

Have you believed and received? Today will be a great day to settle it.

Prayer: Jesus, I bring my heart to You to cleanse and claim as Your own. Amen.


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