Feasting and Guests

October 14, 2018

LUKE 14:12-24

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.’