The second invitation to the wedding banquet (Mt 22:4 -22:4)

“Again,

He sent other slaves.

Saying.

‘Tell those

Who have been invited.

‘Look!

I have prepared

My dinner.

My oxen

And my fat calves

Have been slaughtered.

Everything is ready.

Come to the wedding banquet!’”

 

πάλιν ἀπέστειλεν ἄλλους δούλους λέγων Εἴπατε τοῖς κεκλημένοις Ἰδοὺ τὸ ἄριστόν μου ἡτοίμακα, οἱ ταῦροί μου καὶ τὰ σιτιστὰ τεθυμένα, καὶ πάντα ἕτοιμα· δεῦτε εἰς τοὺς γάμους.

 

This is unique to Matthew when compared to the Luke equivalent.  Jesus said that this king has made all the preparations for this great wedding feast.  For a second time, this king sent other slaves (πάλιν ἀπέστειλεν ἄλλους δούλους) to these invited guests.  He told his slaves to tell these guests (λέγων Εἴπατε τοῖς κεκλημένοις) that he had already prepared his dinner for them (Ἰδοὺ τὸ ἄριστόν μου ἡτοίμακα).  He had slaughtered his oxen and fat calves (οἱ ταῦροί μου καὶ τὰ σιτιστὰ τεθυμένα).  Everything was ready (πάντα ἕτοιμα).  All they had to do was show up at this banquet (δεῦτε εἰς τοὺς γάμους).  This sounds like a reasonable request.

 

Ezekiel lies on his right side for Judah (Ezek 4:6-4:8)

“When you have

Completed these things,

You shall lie down

A second time,

But on your right side.

You shall bear

The punishment

Of the house of Judah.

I assign you

Forty days,

One day for each year.

You shall set your face

Toward the siege of Jerusalem.

With your arm bared,

You shall prophesy

Against the city.

See!

I am putting cords

On you.

Thus you cannot turn

From one side

To the other,

Until you have completed

The days of your siege.”

When Ezekiel had finished the 390 days laying on his left side for the punishment of Israel, he was ordered to lie down a second time, but this time on his right side. He was going to bear a punishment for the house of Judah. However, this was only for 40 days, representing the famous 40 years in the wilderness from Egypt to the Promise Land. However, during this time, he was to face toward the siege of Jerusalem. In fact, he was to bear his arm and prophesy against the city of Jerusalem. To make sure that Ezekiel would do this and not move, Ezekiel had cords put on him, so that he could not switch sides. I am not sure how this worked. He was to do this until he had completed the two assignments for a total of 430 days.

Euphrates or Parah (Jer 13:3-13:5)

“The word of Yahweh

Came to me a second time.

Saying.

‘Take the loincloth

That you bought,

Since you are now wearing it.

Go now to the Euphrates!

Hide it there

In a cleft of the rock.’

So I went.

I hid it by the Euphrates,

As Yahweh commanded me.”

A second time, Yahweh came to Jeremiah and told him to take the linen loincloth that he had bought, and was wearing, to a place called Euphrates. Apparently, this was not the Euphrates River. There seems to be an error in the Hebrew, since he meant a place near his home town called Parah. This word is similar to the Hebrew word for the Euphrates River, Perath. Anyway, Jeremiah went there wearing this loincloth. Yahweh told him to hide his loincloth in a cleft or a gap in the rocks there. Jeremiah, as usual, did as he was commanded. He hid his linen loincloth in a gap in the rocks at this place called Parah or Euphrates.