The wedding feast parable portrays a very different account in the Gospels of Matthew and Luke. In Matthew’s Gospel, the King preparing the wedding feast, upon hearing that none of his guests will be able to attend the event he had been meticulously planning, sent soldiers to murder the guests and destroy their homes. In Luke’s Gospel, the man planning the great feast performs no such act of aggression, and merely invites as many people as possible so that he might fill his house. Furthermore, although the King from Matthew’s account of the parable also invites many other guests, he has the man who does not arrive in the correct attire thrown out.
I believe that the account of this parable in the Gospel of Matthew has been turned into an allegory to a negative outcome. The point of the story is to be a generous individual and to provide for all those who are needing nourishment. The parable of the wedding feast in Matthew’s Gospel does truly deliver this message, as it abandons the social context associated with the parable and is more focused on the content of the “event” itself. Matthew’s Gospel was written for a Jewish-Christian audience while the Gospel of Luke was written for a Gentile audience. This could certainly be an explanation as to why the parable in Luke’s account was more forgiving and less harsh than that found in Matthew’s account.