Compare Scripture to a Modern Psalmist:
The Parable of the Wedding Banquet
I want to do a series. Perhaps not that all my following posts with be a part of this series, but that I want it to be a “thing” I do, where I compare scripture passages to modern-day song lyrics. The point is not to “prove” how scripturally accurate praise and worship songs are, but rather I intend to be ironic in that the song choices are likely not to be “Christian.”
The format will be that I start with a passage of scripture. Then, I will display the lyrics. Finally, I’ll point out the similarities. It’s completely open for debate and rebuttals, and the purpose is not to be argumentative or create some weird new doctrine or anything. It’s just irony and funny.
For this one, let’s look at the Parable of the Wedding Banquet.
Luke 14:15-24 (ESV)
15 When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16 But he said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. 17 And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18 But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ 19 And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ 20 And another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21 So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ 22 And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ 23 And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24 For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’ ”
Matthew 22:1-14 (NIV)
1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. 4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ 5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 “But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 He asked, ‘How did you get in here without wedding clothes, friend?’ The man was speechless. 13 “Then the king told the attendants, ‘Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 “For many are invited, but few are chosen.”
Next, we have the modern-day psalmist. In this case, it is the Dave Matthews Band, with the song “Typical Situation.”
Oh, Everybody’s happy
We’ll keep the big door open
Everyone will come around
Why are you different
Why are you that way
If you don’t get in line
We’ll lock you away
And now you can see the irony here. But let’s look at why I posted this. First, we have the lyrics “Everybody’s Happy.” Well, it is a wedding feast.
Then we have; “we’ll keep the big door open,” which is symbolic of how, in Jesus’ parable, the king keeps inviting people into the banquet because he wants it to be full.
Then the question is asked; “why are you different?” This would be like when the king asked “how did you get in here without wedding clothes?”
Finally, “if you don’t get in line, we’ll lock you away,” which could be comparable to when the king told his attendants to tie the man up hand and foot and thrown outside into total darkness because he wasn’t wearing wedding clothes.
Now, of course, I realize this is not likely the inspiration for Dave Matthew’s song, especially if you examine the rest of the lyrics. So, this is completely humorous in intend.