Luke 14:12–24 (ESV)
The Parable of the Great Banquet
12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give
a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
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.’
Yesterday, Jesus was talking about being humble at a wedding feast and sitting with everybody else instead of sitting at the head table. Today, he is talking about who to invite to a banquet.
Jesus tells us to “invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” Then someone at the table makes the statement
“Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!” When the friends and first invites are too busy to make time to come, the invitation goes out to others, especially the poor... until the feat is full. I go a different
direction on this interpretation than many study Bibles. Many focus on inviting the poor... but I look at this as God’s chosen people rejected the feast and then it was turned over to everybody else... that is the Gentiles. Those who
eat bread in the Kingdom of God are truly blessed.
I pray: O Lord, help me to keep my priorities straight and to keep you as my top priority. It is so easy to get distracted, but I know that you
could return during a time of distraction. Guide me O Great Redeemer! Protect me from the evil one who wants to distract me. Keep me safe under your wings. Amen.