IT IS ALL ABOUT THE DRESS CODE! - Matthew 22:1-14

13th of the 7th month 2016/2017

Shalom all,

As we approach the Feast of Sukkoth (Tabernacles) we are called and reminded to recognise the urgency and need for us to be a Bride who has properly prepared Herself for the ‘Wedding Feast’, and is doing so we are to make sure that we are properly dressed in righteousness! We know that ‘coming to the wedding feast’ implies a proper preparation, and when we understand the Sabbaths and Feasts of Elohim, we know and understand that Sukkot represents for us, in type, ‘The Great Wedding Feast’. The invitation and call that has clearly been given, we must respond to correctly by keeping His Sabbaths and Feasts and guarding to do all he has commanded us to so that we are made ready, through the washing of His Word, as a prepared Bride! Sadly we find that there are so many who are careless in their need to embrace a proper Sabbath keeping and neglect the call to obedience by walking according the Torah and commands of Elohim, showing that they disregard the call to come and follow the Master and be dressed in His Torah, which reveals their lack of love for Elohim as we are clearly told in Yoḥanan Aleph/1 John 5:3 that love for Elohim is to guard His commands!

As I was carefully considering the season we find ourselves in and how there has been a resistance by some in following the clear appointed lights in the heavens that are given to us for signs and appointed times, and for days and years as they have rather held fast to false traditions and commands of men, I was reminded of the parable of the wedding feast that our Master gave, as recorded in Mattithyahu/Matthew 22. As we look at this parable we are called to assess our garments and in a message called, “IT IS ALL ABOUT THE DRESS CODE!” I would like us to take a closer look at these words of our Master and do our utmost in ensuring that we, as His True Remnant Bride, are dressed and ready for His return, so that we can enter in to The Great Wedding Feast with much joy! Please turn with me to Mattithyahu/Matthew 22:1-14 and read.

While this may be a very well-known parable to us all, what we can certainly acknowledge is that despite it being well known by most, most refuse to heed the vital lessons contained herein! This parable tells us of a call that had gone out and was ignored by most and after getting whoever would come, the clear standards for a required dress code was enforced!

Ḥazon/Revelation 19:7-9 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him praise, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife prepared herself.” 8 And to her it was given to be dressed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the set-apart ones. 9 And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true words of Elohim.

Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb! Messiah tells us in His parable that many are called, but few are chosen, and the reason for this is that the call has clearly gone out to all, yet few are actually dressed and worthy of the call, making it very clear to us that while only few will be chosen many will be rejected and cast out!

While there are many lessons to be learnt from this parable in Mattithyahu/Matthew 22:1-14, what we must recognise in the fate of those who have not adhered to the clear dress code required and clearly highlights for us the simple truth that …

“IT IS ALL ABOUT THE DRESS CODE!”

I would like to run through this parable and take a look at some of the Greek words that are used herein, in order for us to gain a greater understanding and glean some valuable insight so that this parable can be made plain to those who have ears to hear!

The Greek word that is used here for ‘parable’ is παραβολή parabolē - Strong’s G3850 which means, a placing beside, comparison, parable, proverb, symbol, type. This Greek word is used in the LXX (Septuagint – Greek translation of Tanak) for the Hebrew word for ‘proverbs’ – מִשְׁלֵיMishlĕ, which comes from the root noun מָשָׁל mashal – Strong’s H4912 and means, a proverb, parable, a byword’, which in its primitive root form means, to compare, to represent, be like, and comes from the root verb מָשַׁל mashal – Strong’s H4911 which means, to use a proverb, speak in parables or sentences of poetry’. That is why we understand the words of Messiah when He spoke in parables by using terms such as, “The reign of the heavens is like…”, or, “The reign of the heavens shall be compared to…

 A ‘parable’ actually presents the truth very clearly by putting a fresh light on the matter, as it is often presented in a ‘story’ format that represents the message being given, using imagery known to the hearer, in order to illustrate and shed light on the result of past, current and even future events as determined by choices that are made.

Parables can only be understood by the attentive hearer and doer of the Word, while those who do not hear, in order to do, are never able to fully understand the teachings of or Master!

Those who are not attentive to hearing and doing the Word will never be properly dressed in the righteous garments of set-apartness and therefore will have no place in the Wedding Feast and will be unable to enter in and be cast aside for lawlessness!

As we go through this parable and do some key word studies we shall be able to see the clear message being taught, which is to make sure that you have ears to hear and in doing so, be a doer of the Word and be dressed appropriately!

Therefore, as we look at this parable of the wedding banquet, I trust that you will understand what it means to be dressed for the occasion. After all… “IT IS ALL ABOUT THE DRESS CODE!”

Those who were first invited had rejected the invitation, and opportunity to attend was then given to a broader group. Though the invitation was now extended to both good and bad, individual preparation was still necessary. One guest at the banquet had not made adequate preparation for he had failed to appropriate what the king had provided, for he was not wearing the proper wedding clothes. It was at times a custom for kings to give appropriate clothing and apparel to those who did not have means to provide for themselves and had been invited and called to their presence.

While the kingdom, in this parable, had now been expanded to include individuals from all backgrounds (many are invited), there was still an election (few are chosen); and individual response was still extremely essential.

This parable begins by highlighting the fact that a wedding feast has been made and the king had sent out his servants to call those who were invited.

The Greek word that is translated here in this parable for ‘wedding feast’ is the word γάμος gamos – Strong’s G1062 which simply means, wedding, marriage, wedding feast.

It was an ancient custom to have a wedding feast for 7 days and often the guests would be supplied the appropriate garments that the kings required all to be dressed in, and herein we are able to recognise the parable of our Master highlighting for us the need for us to be clothed in the righteous garments He has given us in Him and be ready to rejoice and praise our Husband and King.

Servants were sent out to call those who were invited! In this parable the word for ‘servant’ is the Greek word δοῦλος doulos – Strong’s G1401 and is translated as, ‘slave, servant, bondservant, bondslaves – both men and women’.

This word is used repeatedly throughout the Renewed Writings, as we take note how Sha’ul, Ya’aqoḇ, Kěpha and Yehuḏah called themselves a ‘servant’ (doulos) of יהושע Messiah.

Romiyim/Romans 1:1 “Sha’ul, a servant of יהושע Messiah, a called emissary, separated to the Good News of Elohim

Ya’aqoḇ/James 1:1Yaʽaqoḇ, a servant of Elohim and of the Master יהושע Messiah, to the twelve tribes who are in the dispersion: Greetings.

Kěpha Bět/2 Peter 1:1Shimʽon Kěpha, a servant and emissary of יהושע Messiah, to those who have obtained a belief as precious as ours by the righteousness of our Elohim and Saviour יהושע Messiah

Yehuḏah/Jude 1:1Yehuḏah, a servant of יהושע Messiah, and brother of Yaʽaqoḇ, to those who are called, set-apart by Elohim the Father, and preserved in יהושע Messiah

This is a picture of the many prophets that יהוה had sent to call His people back to righteousness and get ready for His return, yet they would not listen!

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 7:25-28 “From the day that your fathers came out of the land of Mitsrayim until this day, I have even sent to you all My servants the prophets, daily rising up early and sending them. 26 “But they did not obey Me or incline their ear, but stiffened their neck. They did evil, more than their fathers. 27 “And you shall speak all these words to them, though they do not listen to you. And you shall also call to them, though they do not answer you. 28 “But you shall say to them, ‘This is a nation that did not obey the voice of יהוה their Elohim, nor did they accept instruction. Truth has perished and has been cut off from their mouth.

In the LXX (Septuagint – Greek translation of the Tanak) the word δοῦλος doulos – Strong’s G1401 is used here in this above passage and the Hebrew word that is used for ‘servants’ is עֶבֶד eḇe – Strong’s H5650 meaning, ‘servant, slave, bondservant.

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 25:4 “Moreover, יהוה has sent to you all His servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 29:19 “For they did not heed My words,’ declares יהוה , ‘which I sent to them by My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, yet you did not listen,’ declares יהוה .

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 35:15 “And I sent to you all My servants the prophets, rising up early and sending them, saying, ‘Turn, each one from his evil way, and make good your deeds, and do not go after other mighty ones to serve them, and you shall dwell in the land which I have given you and your fathers.’ But you have not inclined your ear, nor obeyed Me.

Yirmeyahu/Jeremiah 44:4 “And I sent to you all My servants the prophets, rising early and sending them, saying, “Please do not do this abominable matter that I hate!

 

The reason for me highlighting these verses is to simply show you the lesson that is being given to us in this parable of the wedding feast, as we are able to see that despite the Word of Elohim being proclaimed by His servants the vast majority have closed their ears to the call. Another reason for me highlighting these verses is to also emphasise the role we, as taught ones and bondservants of Messiah, are to have in calling others to get ready.

As a child of Yisra’ĕl, which we have become by the Blood of Messiah, we are servants of יהוה:

Wayyiqra/Leviticus 25:55 “Because the children of Yisra’ĕl are servants to Me, they are My servants whom I brought out of the land of Mitsrayim. I am יהוה your Elohim.

We take note how Sha’ul, Ya’aqoḇ, Kěpha and Yehuḏah called themselves a ‘servant’ (doulos) of יהושע Messiah.

Romiyim/Romans 1:1 “Sha’ul, a servant of יהושע Messiah, a called emissary, separated to the Good News of Elohim

Ya’aqoḇ/James 1:1Yaʽaqoḇ, a servant of Elohim and of the Master יהושע Messiah, to the twelve tribes who are in the dispersion: Greetings.

Kěpha Bět/2 Peter 1:1Shimʽon Kěpha, a servant and emissary of יהושע Messiah, to those who have obtained a belief as precious as ours by the righteousness of our Elohim and Saviour יהושע Messiah

Yehuḏah/Jude 1:1Yehuḏah, a servant of יהושע Messiah, and brother of Yaʽaqoḇ, to those who are called, set-apart by Elohim the Father, and preserved in יהושע Messiah

 

The word ‘eḇe’ is used 800 times in the Tanak (O.T.) and is used as a noun and comes from the primitive root verb עָבַד aḇa – Strong’s H5647 meaning, ‘to work, serve, observe, do the work, cultivate, worship’ and carries the understanding of ‘expending considerable energy and intensity in performing a task or function’ – in other words – ‘giving it your all’!

The reason for highlighting this is to show how important it is for us to be ‘giving it our all’ and being faithful servants that are calling others to repentance and the need to get dressed in the set-apart garments of righteousness!

The Greek word translated as ‘sent out’ comes from the word ἀποστέλλω apostellō – Strong’s G649 which means, to send forth, set-apart and send out (on a mission), ordered to go to a place appointed, send away, and is a technical term for the sending of a messenger with a special task. The task was very clear and specific – ‘to call those who were invited’! The Greek word that is translated here as ‘call’ comes from the word καλέω kaleō Strong’s G2564 which means, ‘call, to call, called out, invited, summoned’. It is from the root word καλέω kaleō Strong’s G2564 that we get the Greek word ἐκκλησία ekklēsia – Strong’s G1577 which means ‘assembly or congregation’, coming from the words ἐκ ek Strong’s G1537 which means ‘from, from out of, belonging’ and καλέω kaleō Strong’s G2564. The True assembly is made up of those who have responded to the invitation and call to come out and be separate and be dressed in true garments of righteousness so that we may enter in to the Wedding Feast that we have been invited to!

From the beginning of this parable we are able to learn two key elements in our walk: the first is that we are to be those who hear the call and invitation and respond correctly and secondly, we are to be the faithful servants that are calling others to the wedding feast and proclaiming the Good News of the kingdom that is coming, urging others to hear and respond correctly!

In verse 3 we are told that those who were invited ‘would not come’. 3 words that reflect a clear heart of rebellion to the invitation and summons of the King! The Greek word translated as ‘would’ is θέλω thelō – Strong’s G2309 which means, to will, have in mind, intend, willing, delights, desire, wanting, and the Greek word translated as ‘not’ is οὐ ou – Strong’s G3756 which is an adverb that is used as an absolute negative that simply means ‘no’ or ‘not’, and the Greek word for ‘come’ is ἔρχομαι erchomai – Strong’s G2064 which means, to come, go, arrive, brought’.

What is being made very clear here in the Greek that those who were invited had ‘no desire to come’!!!

To ‘come’ to the Master’s call and invitation to set-apartness comes with a clear call to hear, guard and do all He commands us to, yet we see that the majority of people have no desire to do what is commanded, and this will render them not being worthy to attend the Great Wedding Feast nor enter into the reign of the Master!

In verse 4 the message is clear that all had been prepared and while being told that all had been done and all they had to do was come, they still disregarded the call! We know that the price of redemption has been paid by our Master and Elohim, by His own blood, yet so many disregards His urgent invitation that has gone out through His faithful servants who proclaim His Word! The Greek word used here for ‘prepared’ is ἑτοιμάζω hetoimazō – Strong’s G2090 which is a verb that means, to prepare, get ready, make arrangements, and comes from the root ἕτοιμος hetoimos – Strong’s G2092 which means, prepare, ready, ready at hand, prepared, accomplished. This parable is a clear call for us to make sure that we are ready and prepared in garments of righteousness, lest we find ourselves being thrown out! So many are not ready as they are being consumed by the worries of life and the deceitfulness of wealth, or are running after the lusts of the flesh and the lust of the eyes, rendering their hearts as being unprepared and far from Elohim! In verse 8 of this chapter – the message is clear – “The wedding feast is ready”, and the big question is - ARE YOU???

Everything has been prepared, and once again the urgent call is given in verse 4 – “Come to the wedding feast”!

The Greek word used here for ‘come’ is δεῦτε deute – Strong’s G1205 which means, come, come away, follow, come now, which is the plural of the Greek word δεῦρο deuro – Strong’s G1204 which means, come here!with the implication of urgency, as in, come here now!, or in a little older English, come hither!, implying an urgent response to the call being required! This is not a ‘come when or if you feel like it’, NO! It is a COME NOW!!!

This same word is used in:

Mattithyahu/Matthew 4:19 “And He said to them, “Follow Me, and I shall make you fishers of men.

Here it is translated as ‘follow’ and when the Master said this He certainly meant, ‘follow Me now!’, which implies leaving all you are doing and following Him! While this urgent call to come went out, implying that all were to stop what they were doing and come at once, many disregarded this clear call!

The Greek word translated as ‘disregarded’ in verse 5 is ἀμελέω ameleō – Strong’s G272 which means, neglect, disregard, make light of, careless, and is constructed from two words: 1) α alpha – Strong’s G1 which is used as a negative prefix, and 2) μέλω melō – Strong’s G3199 which means, to be an object of care, care about, take care, to concern oneself, to of interest to. What is very clear here is that the invited did not care! Today we see how so many just simply could not care what the Word says, and are careless in their assumed walk of faith! We know that ‘coming to the wedding feast’ implies a proper preparation, and when we understand the Sabbaths and Feasts of Elohim we know that Sukkot represents for us the Great Wedding Feast, which we must respond to the invitation and call to come by keeping His Sabbaths and Feasts so that we are made ready as a prepared Bride, yet so many are careless in their need to embrace a proper Sabbath keeping, showing that they disregard the call to come and follow the Master and be dressed in His Torah!

So many people, like those written of in this parable, disregard the call to obedience and could not care about the Sabbaths of our Master as they go, each one, to his own field or trade, which is symbolic of putting work and family first, revealing that they are not dressed and worthy of the call!

As we guard the commands of Elohim and guard to keep His Sabbaths and Feasts we make ourselves ready, and in doing so we must always be ready to give an answer for the hope we have!

Kěpha Aleph/1 Peter 3:15-16 But set apart יהוה Elohim in your hearts, and always be ready to give an answer to everyone asking you a reason concerning the expectation that is in you, with meekness and fear, 16 having a good conscience, so that when they speak against you as doers of evil, those who falsely accuse your good behaviour in Messiah, shall be ashamed.

If we are dressed correctly then we will always be ready!!! How readily dressed are you? Are you readily dressed at all times, or are you often ‘caught with your pants down’, so to speak? By that I mean, have you found that you have let your guard down and put off the armour of light and found that your works have been careless and not in line with the clear standard of righteousness that we ought to be clothed in as the set-apart, chosen and royal priesthood? Have some of your actions of late revealed that your dress code is not in line with the Torah due to a disregard for what His word clearly instructs, and have found that you have put family and work before the Master?

Those who were invited and disregarded the call to come went their way! One went to his field and another to his trade.

The picture we have is clear and that is that those who disregarded the call to come to the wedding feast had more interest and concern for their home and business, which reveals what was more important to them. Today it is no different as many are making excuses and disregard the call for obedience in keeping the Sabbaths and Feasts of Elohim as they give more weight and importance to family and business matters.

Luqas/Luke 14:26 “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, and wife, and children, and brothers, and sisters, and his own life too, he is unable to be My taught one.

We are also given the parable of a man who gave a great supper and invited many in the Book of Luqas/Luke and in that account we are told that those who were invited made excuses:

Luqas/Luke 14:18-19 “But one by one they all began making excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I need to go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19 “And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out. I ask you to have me excused.’

The Greek word used here in Luqas/Luke 14:18-19 for ‘excuses/excused’ is παραιτέομαι paraiteomai – Strong’s G3868 which means, to have nothing to do with, excuse, refuse, reject, and this word is used in Iḇ’rim/Hebrews and in translated as ‘refuse’ in:

Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 12:25-26 “Take heed not to refuse the One speaking. For if those did not escape who refused the warning on earth, much less we who turn away from Him from heaven, 26 whose voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.

I find this a very powerful and sobering lesson being given here in terms of what excuses actually represent – and that is that they represent an intentional refusal to submit to the call of Elohim. So many today make a wide range of excuses as to why they cannot do what is required in the Word, and will even justify these excuses in their own minds as being a valid reason, when in fact it is nothing more than a deliberate refusal to obey! Many who claim to walk in the Torah make numerous excuses as to why they cannot gather and assemble as commanded on the Sabbaths and Feast of Elohim, be it because they are tired or feel they need space or whatever other vain excuses they give! Any excuse to deviate from the pure plumb-line of the Word is a deliberate and intentional refusal to submit and obey, and will even refuse to obey those leading them in the Word, refusing to submit to the appointed offices that Messiah has clearly given in His body for the perfecting of the set-apart ones, to the work of service to a building up of the body of the Messiah.

Iḇ’rim/Hebrews 13:17 “Obey those leading you, and be subject to them, for they watch for your lives, as having to give account. Let them do so with joy and not groaning, for that would be of no advantage to you.

Those who refuse the instruction and guidance of those appointed by Elohim for the perfecting of His Bride are refusing Elohim!

Those who refuse the call and make vain excuses are not dressed and worthy of the call, for only the remnant few who has not defiled their garments will be chosen!

In the parable we are told that the servants were seized, insulted and killed. From this parable we are able to learn the clear truth that those who disregard the call to obedience will hate and persecute those who are the faithful servants that are bringing the call. Our Master forewarned us about being hated for righteousness sake:

Mattithyahu/Matthew 10:22 “And you shall be hated by all for My Name’s sake. But he who shall have endured to the end shall be saved.

Mattithyahu/Matthew 5:10-12 “Blessed are those persecuted for righteousness’ sake, because theirs is the reign of the heavens. 11 “Blessed are you when they reproach and persecute you, and falsely say every wicked word against you, for My sake. 12 “Rejoice and be glad, because your reward in the heavens is great. For in this way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

The very next words we see in Mattithyahu/Matthew is where our Master reminds us that we are the salt of the earth and we are to make sure that we are not to becomes tasteless, lest we are thrown out and trodden upon!

When we consider the parable of the wedding feast we must take note of our responsibility to both hear the call to come and respond correctly, along with the call to endure under pressures and be bold in calling others as we proclaim the Good News of the Reign! This takes being dressed properly in righteousness at all times… after all…:

“IT IS ALL ABOUT THE DRESS CODE!”

Those who refused to hear the call and disregarded the need to obey were not worthy, as we see in verse 8.

We need to take heed of the danger of not been dressed in righteousness and the danger of being declared ‘not worthy’!!!

The Greek words used for ‘not worthy’ are: 1) οὐ ou – Strong’s G3756, as already mentioned, which is an adverb that is used as an absolute negative meaning, not, and 2) ἄξιος axios – Strong’s G514 which means, worthy, due reward, befitting, deserving, and this can have both a positive and a negative meaning, as we know that each will get what they deserve and will be rewarded according to the works of their hands! In the message given to the assembly in Sardis we take note that the Master said that there are a few names in Sardis who had not defiled their garments and that they would walk with the Master in white, because they are worthy!

These few were worthy to walk with the Master – a few who had forsaken all to walk in life and not fall asleep!

Mattithyahu/Matthew 10:37-38 “He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me, and he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. 38 “And he who does not take up his stake and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

The parable of the wedding feast continues on and tells us that because those who were invited were not worthy, that the servants were to go an call anyone off the streets and gather whoever could be found. The banquet hall was filed with guests, both wicked and good! When the Sovereign came in he saw that there was a man who had not ‘put on’ a wedding garment and he was speechless when confronted by the king! This man was not dressed in proper garments and therefore was not worthy and was thrown outside! This man who did not have the proper wedding garments on and was thrown out is a clear lesson for us of how those who are not dressed and worthy will not get in! This man was not ‘ready’ to give any answer for the reason he had as he was not dressed and worthy as a set-apart chosen one should be!

Nobody will be able to ‘sneak in’, so to speak – remember that this is a parable that is intended to teach us a very vital lesson!

What we can also learn is that this man who was not dressed correctly could not have come in through the door but would have climbed in through another way, as a thief would do.

Yoḥanan/John 10:1Truly, truly, I say to you, he who does not enter through the door into the sheepfold, but climbs up by another way, that one is a thief and a robber.

Once again this is a parable that teaches us that those who are not properly dressed will not enter in, and when one comes to the Door, which is Messiah, and confesses their sins and is immersed in His Name they put off the old and put on the new as messiah clothes and covers His taught ones with garments on righteousness!

Yeshayahu/Isaiah 61:10 “I greatly rejoice in יהוה, my being exults in my Elohim. For He has put garments of deliverance on me, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.

This is the response of those whom יהוה has blessed, as they acknowledge that which He has done by providing His called out Bride the necessary garments of deliverance that cause Her to adorn Herself and be ready for the Wedding Feast!

We have much to rejoice about in our Master and Elohim, for He has clothed us with deliverance and righteousness! Deliverance and righteousness are symbolically pictured as the proper clothes that true believers wear and guard to keep pure and set-apart at all times! Deliverance and righteousness are inseparably connected together as one cannot go without the other. By the Blood of Messiah we have been given a deliverance that we could not work for ourselves and our immersion in Him has caused us to put Him on, and enabled us to work out our deliverance with fear and trembling as we guard to do all He has commanded us to – that is to walk in, and be clothed in, righteousness!

Galatiyim/Galatians 3:27 “For as many of you as were immersed into Messiah have put on Messiah.

Iyoḇ/Job 29:14I put on righteousness, and it robed me; right-ruling was my cloak and turban.

Tehillah/Psalm 132:9 “Let Your priests put on righteousness, and Your lovingly-committed ones shout for joy.

Romiyim/Romans 13:13-14 “Let us walk becomingly, as in the day, not in wild parties and drunkenness, not in living together and indecencies, not in fighting and envy, 14 but put on the Master יהושע Messiah, and make no provision for the lusts of the flesh.

These are just a few verses that highlight for us the clear need for us to ‘put on’ the Master and righteousness! To put on righteousness is to put on the Master and vice versa! Many who claim to have put on the Master יהושע Messiah, yet show no regard for walking in righteousness (which is to guard the commands of Elohim), are clearly deceived and are not dressed as the set-apart priesthood and bride should be, but are simply lawless counterfeits who will be cast out of the Master’s presence when He comes for His ready Bride!

The biggest question that should come before anyone who looks intently into the mirror of the Word at the hearing of this parable is that of whether the garments they are wearing are worthy to be deemed as acceptable before the Master!

The Greek word for ‘put on’ is ἐνδύω enduō – Strong’s G1746 which means, to clothe or be clothed with (in the sense of sinking into a garment), and is made up of two words:

1 - ἐν en – Strong’s G1722 which is a primary preposition denoting a fixed position (in place, time or state) meaning, in or on, with, by; and 2 - δύνω dunō a form of δύω duō – Strong’s G1416 which means, to enter, sink into, setting. With the idea of ‘setting’ we can see how the 12 stones of the breastplate of the High priest were set into the ephod. This word simply carries the understanding of putting on something or clothing oneself with something!

In the LXX (Septuagint) this Greek word ἐνδύω enduō – Strong’s G1746 is mostly used to translate the Hebrew word לָבַשׁ laḇash – Strong’s H3847 which means, wear, put on, be clothed, apparel, dress. In addition to simply referring to clothes as something to be put on, we recognise that clothes reveal something about the one wearing them. In Scripture we are able to see various garments worn by various people in order to reveal their status or position. The sovereign’s daughters wore long coats, like Tamar who was Dawiḏ’s daughter. Kings and officials wore special garments with unique colours, and most importantly we know that priests wore linen garments, which we know is a great lesson in teaching us about our need to be dressed in righteousness.

The Hebrew root word לָבַשׁ laḇash – Strong’s H3847 and its derivatives show three levels of usage in Scripture: 1) being clothed, 2) being clothed as a sign of rank, status, or character, and 3) as poetic figures likening abstract qualities to clothing.

In addition to putting on clothes we also take note that the clothes that a person puts on may reveal something about the wearer.

This is a clear parable that points to the clothing we have received in Messiah, the Lamb of Elohim who takes away the sin of the world!

He has clothed us in righteousness and as we stay in Him we are equipped to walk in the authority of His Word and guard righteousness as we do all He commands!

This parable highlights the sure provision of the House of the Good Shepherd and the safety and sustenance that His flock has in Him. When one looks at this root word for garments in the ancient pictographic text it becomes clear how secure we are in our Good Shepherd, who’s Word endures forever and never fails!

The Hebrew word that is often translated as ‘dressed’ is לְבוּשׁ leush – Strong’s H3830 which means, garment, clothing, apparel, raiment, put on, which comes from the root verb לָבַשׁ laḇash – Strong’s H3847.

In the ancient pictographic text this word לְבוּשׁ leush – Strong’s H3830 which means, garment, clothing, apparel, raiment, put on looks like this:

shinwaw beitlamed

Lamed - לְ:

The ancient script has this letter as lamed, and is pictured as a ‘shepherd’s staff, can give the meaning of ‘to or toward’ and can represent that which pushes or pulls a flock in a direction, and can speak of authority or a yoke that is used to lead and guide, as well as the ability to bring back by Authority.

Bet - ב:

The ancient script has this letter as beit, which pictures a tent floor plan and means, ‘house’ or ‘tent’. It represents family and the importance of those who are inside the tent as opposed to the tent structure itself.

Waw/Vav – וּ:

The ancient script has this letter pictured as waw, which is a ‘peg or tent peg’, which was used for securing or tying the tent or other items. The possibility of it having a Y-shape is to show that it prevents the rope from slipping off. The root meaning of this letter is ‘to add, secure or hook’.

Shin - שׁ:

This is the letter ‘sin/shin’ which in the ancient script is pictured as: shin, which is ‘two front teeth’ and carries the meaning of ‘sharp or press, chew or devour’; which is what the teeth do, and also speaks of the sharpened word that comes forth from the mouth, as the teeth ‘chew’ or ‘meditate’ on the Truth, making what comes forth pure and sharp! It also carries the understanding of consuming or destroying – as teeth do to food. This can give us the meaning of WORD or Words.

As one looks at this pictographic rendering of this word לְבוּשׁ leush – Strong’s H3830, when speaking of the garments of righteousness that we have been clothed in through the Blood of the Lamb, we take note of the following meaning:

THE AUTHORITY OF THE HOUSE IS MADE SECURE IN THE WORD

What this clearly shows us is that to be properly clothed in Truth we must guard the Word and submit to the authority of our Master and Elohim, for He has given us all we need to sustain us and be built up in Him as His House, which He has secured in His own Blood. We must make sure that we do not defile the garments that The Lamb has provided us with, as we guard the rules of the House by guarding His Torah and commands!

In speaking of a wife/bride of noble character, in Mishlĕ/Proverbs 31, we are told in verse 22 how she is dressed:

Mishlĕ/Proverbs 31:22She shall make tapestry for herself; she is dressed in fine linen and purple.

The Hebrew word used here for ‘dressed’ is לְבוּשׁ leush – Strong’s H3830 which means, garment, clothing, apparel, raiment, put on and the Hebrew word used here for ‘fine linen’ is שֵׁשׁ shesh’ - Strong’s H8336 and the Greek word that is used in the LXX (Septuagint) for ‘fine linen’ is the noun βύσσος bussos – Strong’s G1040 and from this word we get the adjective βύσσινος bussinos – Strong’s G1039 which is used in reference to the ‘fine linen’ that the Bride of the Lamb is given to be dressed in, in:

Ḥazon/Revelation 19:8 And to her it was given to be dressed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the set-apart ones.

The Greek word that is translated as ‘dressed’ here in Ḥazon/Revelation 22:8 is περιβάλλω periballō – Strong’s G4016 which means, put on, clothe, wrap around, throw around, and this word is also translated as ‘dressed’ in the following verses:

Ḥazon/Revelation 3:5He who overcomes shall be dressed in white robes, and I shall by no means blot out his name from the Book of Life, but I shall confess his name before My Father and before His messengers.

This was to the assembly in Sardis, who were told to ‘wake up and repent’.

Ḥazon/Revelation 4:4And around the throne were twenty-four thrones, and on the thrones I saw twenty-four elders sitting, dressed in white robes. And they had crowns of gold on their heads.

Ḥazon/Revelation 7:9After this I looked and saw a great crowd which no one was able to count, out of all nations and tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, dressed in white robes, and palm branches in their hands

The reason for me highlighting the various Greek and Hebrew words, in terms of being dressed, is to make it abundantly clear that Scripture teaches us what the correct dress code is for anyone who hear the call and invitation to come!

Those who refuse the call and make vain excuses are not dressed and worthy of the call, for only the remnant few who has not defiled their garments will be chosen!

Verse 14 makes it clear that many are called but few are chosen!

The Greek word for ‘chosen’ is ἐκλεκτός eklektos – Strong’s G1588 which means, chosen, elect, favourite, picked out, and the Greek word for ‘called’ is κλητός klētos – Strong’s G2822 means, called, invited (to a banquet), and so we are able to see how the wedding invitation has gone out to many, yet as in the Parable of the Wedding Banquet, יהושע Messiah tells us how many are too busy with their own agendas, and were found not worthy.

For more on this please see the notes from a message I did a couple of years back called, “THE CHOICE OF THE CHOSEN!”, which you can see on our site (http://atfotc.com) under the ‘sermons 2013/2014’ menu or by clicking the following link:

http://atfotc.com/index.php/our-sermons/sermons-2013-2014/537-the-choice-of-the-chosen

Those who are not dressed with the correct garments on will be thrown out and destroyed!

As we consider this parable it is abundantly clear that:

“IT IS ALL ABOUT THE DRESS CODE!”

How are you dressed?

Deḇarim/Deuteronomy 6:25And it is righteousness for us when we guard to do all this command before יהוה our Elohim, as He has commanded us.

This verse gives us a very straight forward definition of what righteousness is for us and in Ḥazon/Revelation 19 we are told that the ‘fine line’ (which we have already discussed) is the righteousnesses of the set-apart ones!

The Greek word that is used here for ‘righteousnesses’ is δικαίωμα dikaiōma – Strong’s G1345 which means, righteousness, a righteous deed, regulations, requirements, sentence of acquittal, and comes from the word δικαιόω dikaioō – Strong’s G1344 which means, to show to be righteous, declare righteous, acquitted, vindicated or justified, which we see being translated as ‘declared right’ in:

Romiyim/Romans 2:13 “For not the hearers of the Torah are righteous in the sight of Elohim, but the doers of the Torah shall be declared right.

What becomes very clear is that true righteousness is to hear, guard and do the Torah, by being properly dressed in the fine linen of set-apartness and having said that it is clear that…

“IT IS ALL ABOUT THE DRESS CODE!”

As we ‘put on’ the ‘armour of Elohim’ and walk as a finely dressed, set-apart and royal priesthood we can be sure that we will be sufficiently and appropriately dressed for the Great Wedding Feast of our King!

As we look at this parable of the wedding feast, as well as other scriptures giving reference to being clothed correctly in Messiah and what it all entails, the question remains – Are you dressed for the wedding banquet or not? The man who didn’t have the right garments on (which were freely offered to him) implied that the man thought that his usual attire was good enough. He therefore represents one who, while professing to be for Messiah, thought his own assumed dress code would get him to be declared right!

These clothes we are to wear are freely given to us upon salvation and it is up to us to stay dressed in complete set-apartness by being a doer of the Torah. Clothing ourselves with Messiah entails a choice – that is a choice to put off the old and put on the new. There are many today who have heard the call and received the invite but yet still choose to ‘wear the world’, so to speak!

How are you dressed? You have been called – You have been invited – Are you dressed for the occasion?

While being properly dressed in righteousness the responsibility of the dress code calls for us to be faithful ambassadors and servants of the Master that will go and call others to come…! Dressed and serving is what we are called to do… are you?

“IT IS ALL ABOUT THE DRESS CODE!”

Being dressed and worthy of the call, as you walk in the Master, must cause you to call others out and show them what the garments of righteousness look like, as you diligently hear, guard and do all that our Master had commanded us, shining the light of His Torah as a trustworthy witness and ambassador of our King and His coming reign, in a darkened world!

יהוה bless you and guard you; יהוה make His face shine upon you and show you favour; יהוה lift up His face to you and give you Shalom!