and sent his servants to call the invited guests to the wedding, but they were unwilling to come.
"Repent," he said, "for the Kingdom of the Heavens is now close at hand."
but, instead of that, go to the lost sheep of Israel's race.
When vintage-time approached, he sent his servants to the vine-dressers to receive his share of the grapes;
"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem! thou who murderest the Prophets and stonest those who have been sent to thee! how often have I desired to gather thy children to me, just as a hen gathers her chickens under her wings, and you would not come!
Then summoning the Twelve to Him, He proceeded to send them out by twos, and gave them authority over the foul spirits.
Then calling the Twelve together He conferred on them power and authority over all the demons and to cure diseases;
O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou who murderest the Prophets and stonest those who have been sent to thee, how often have I desired to gather thy children just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not come!
After listening to this teaching, one of His fellow guests said to Him, "Blessed is he who shall feast in God's Kingdom."
But as for those enemies of mine who were unwilling that I should become their king, bring them here, and cut them to pieces in my presence.'"
Seeing the crowds, the Jews, filled with angry jealousy, opposed Paul's statements and abused him.
While as to Israel he says, "All day long I have stretched out My arms to a self-willed and fault-finding people."
Be careful not to refuse to listen to Him who is speaking to you. For if they of old did not escape unpunished when they refused to listen to him who spoke on earth, much less shall we escape who turn a deaf ear to Him who now speaks from Heaven.
The Spirit and the Bride say, 'Come;' and whoever hears, let him say, 'Come;' and let those who are thirsty come. Whoever will, let him take the Water of Life, without payment.