Invited guests refuse to come to the wedding banquet (Mt 22:3-22:3)

“The king sent

His slaves

To call those

Who had been invited

To the wedding banquet.

But they would not come.”

 

καὶ ἀπέστειλεν τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ καλέσαι τοὺς κεκλημένους εἰς τοὺς γάμους, καὶ οὐκ ἤθελον ἐλθεῖν.

 

This is somewhat similar to Luke, chapter 14:17.  Jesus continued with this parable.  The king sent his slaves (καὶ ἀπέστειλεν τοὺς δούλους αὐτοῦ) to call the invited guests (καλέσαι τοὺς κεκλημένους) to the wedding feast or banquet (εἰς τοὺς γάμους).  However, they would not come or did not wish to come (καὶ οὐκ ἤθελον ἐλθεῖν).  Now, this was a problem.  They have refused an invitation to the wedding banquet of God, the Father, the king.  He had sent his slaves, the prophets or the apostles, to call them, but they still did not want to come to the wedding feast.