The Great Feast

Summer in the Parables:
The Great Feast

Luke 14: 15-24

1. What is the setting in which Jesus told this parable?
Day: Sabbath
Location: House of the Ruler of the Pharisees
Audience: Pharisees and the experts in religious law

“Expectancy is the atmosphere for miracles.”
Ed Cole, founder of Christian Men’s Network.

2. The Parable

Luke 14:15-24 (NLT)
Parable of the Great Feast
15 Hearing this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, “What a blessing it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!”

16 Jesus replied with this story: “A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations. 17 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, ‘Come, the banquet is ready.’ 18 But they all began making excuses. One said, ‘I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.’ 19 Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.’ 20 Another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

21 “The servant returned and told his master what they had said. His master was furious and said, ‘Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’22 After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’ 23 So his master said, ‘Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full. 24 For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.’”

3. Themes:
a. Preparation: God’s perfect preparation

Isaiah 25: 6-8 (NLT)
6In Jerusalem, the LORD of Heaven’s Armies will spread a wonderful feast for all the people of the world. It will be a delicious banquet with clear, well-aged wine and choice meat. 7There he will remove the cloud of gloom, the shadow of death that hangs over the earth. 8He will swallow up death forever! The Sovereign LORD will wipe away all tears. He will remove forever all insults and mockery against his land and people.
The LORD has spoken!

b. Excuses:

Matthew 5:37 (NLT)
Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.

“Excuses are the crutches of the uncommitted.” A.R. Bernard

c. Our Priorities

“The absence of God in most spheres of life is perceived to be normal, and even Christians feel it as normal – which is why absorbing the culture all around us and its priorities is so dangerous.” John Piper

“Living in light of eternity changes your priorities.” Rick Warren

d. God’s Priorities

1 Timothy 2: 1-6a (NLT)
I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. 2 Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. 3 This is good and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.5 For, there is one God and one Mediator who can reconcile God and humanity—the man Christ Jesus. 6 He gave his life to purchase freedom for everyone.

“Today’s excuses are tomorrow’s regrets dressed in disguise.” Steven Furtick