Exegesis or Eisegesis?

Reading the passage for a couple of weeks ago I was reminded of exegesis and eisegesis – if you look at who is invited to the wedding banquet you can reach several different conclusions:

sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden to the wedding: and they would not come

So we are called, but we have to respond;

gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good

universalism;

Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?

rejection of God (I have been told that the wedding garment would have been provided, so it was a rejection rather than any other reason);

For many are called, but few are chosen

Predestination.

I would however suggest that the small bits of scripture that I have chosen can only support a position based on eisegesis – I know what I think, here is something that supports it.  For exegesis you need to look at all texts which may be relevant and weigh them against each other.

I picked the image I did as for me the overarching narrative of the Bible is of God’s love for us all, so for me all texts have to be read in the light of that love.  If an individual text appears to contradict that love then I am less sure of it.  I’m still not sure whether that means that I read in or read out – but I do think that I am at least weighing conflicting texts in the balance.

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