The Parable Of The Great Supper

I've been distracted lately. The summer has come and gone, and I've done my share of playing. Now comes a hard fall of trials. And I'm brawling sensely with folks far and wide over things that hardly matter. Time to resume looking at Jesus' parables, I say. Mustn't there be a center that holds somewhere? Is all merely strife?

The parable of the Great Supper has appeal. It is my second favorite parable, ranking second only to the story of the prodigal son. The theme of the welcomed outcast resonates.

But I had never really noticed the king's vengeance before. Those invited scorn the king's messenger and are themselves killed. All this before word is sent to outcasts to join the feast.

As always, lines are blurred and expectations reversed. And a challenged posed: There is risk involved in scorning the messenger. But how to know when the invitation is summoned? The parable doesn't say.

As written in Matthew 22: 1-10:

"Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.

"Then he sent some more servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'

"But they paid no attention and went off–one to his field, another to his business. The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.' So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests."

Comments: (4)

  • William Barclay says, "It is easy for a man to be ...
    William Barclay says, "It is easy for a man to be so busy with the things of time that he forgets the things of eternity, to be so preoccupied with the things which are seen that he forgets the things which are unseen, to hear so insistently the claims of the world that he cannot hear the soft invitation of the voice of Christ" (296). The excuses that the invited made were not bad things, just out of priority. God has invited all of us into the feast, but we should not put off our decision, because one day the banquet hall doors will close and we will not be allowed in. Our opportunity will have passed us by.
    Posted on September 6, 2009 at 2:11 pm by Anonymous
  • Norm, God is a strange bird. How can someone we ne...
    Norm, God is a strange bird. How can someone we never met insist that we love him? Where is he? Don't know the dude, for god's sake. What's he like? How does he dare to tell me to love him when I have no clue who the hell he is? Strange, too, that it is my love he's after more than anything else. And then, he sticks his nose in my business even more demanding that now I have to love everybody. RIGHT! Who is this clown? Sure, pal, you show me how! And while your at it, make me love you, too, cause I don't know what in god's name you're talking about. Love? You mean cower in fear of breaking the rules so hopefully you may not throw me into hell. Love? What is love, and loving god, supposed to do? Why does this guy always talk about love, anyway? It is nothing more than a ploy to trick me into being a good fella, ain't?
    or, it could be, maybe, it might be the missing piece to my pretty damn selfish life. Nah, it's for sissies. But,
    to love instead of hating
    to care about others
    without always demading something in return might be
    Nah! It is comic book b.s. Fables and Nonsense.
    And yet,
    what if
    I just ask
    for his
    to lose
    and in absolute utter amazement we come to realize
    HE is blowing through us the purest
    most refreshing
    wind of love we ever dreamed of
    and had stopped believing in
    long long ago
    "They talk about a life of brotherly love
    Show me someone who knows how to live it."
    Learning to live It is my greatest quest.
    Posted on September 6, 2009 at 6:36 pm by Anonymous
  • I have no Time beyond that which He provides. Awa...
    I have no Time beyond that which He provides. Aware I question the sufficiency of my allotted Time, He summons me to a banquet for more. But, in my pride, I stay home, certain there are sources of Time beyond his Kingdom. And oh, the pain I cause myself and others in that empty pursuit. He need not lift a finger to chastise. I have, by my choice, taken care of that for Him.
    Posted on September 8, 2009 at 3:19 am by Leo
  • A.W. Tozer: The Cleansed Conscience
    Let us draw n...
    A.W. Tozer: The Cleansed Conscience
    Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. --Hebrews 10:22
    What a relief to find the writer to the Hebrews encouraging us to "draw near to God with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience" (Hebrews 10:22).
    A sprinkled conscience-surely this is a gracious thing for men and women in the world to know!
    One of the most relieving, enriching, wholesome, wondrous things we can know is that sudden sense of the lifting of the burden as the conscience goes free-God giving freedom to that conscience which has been evil, diseased and protesting.
    Peter wrote about this and called it "the pledge of a good conscience toward God. It saves you by the resurrection of Jesus Christ" (1 Peter 3:21).
    This is the kind of conversion I believe in-when your sins are cleansed and forgiven through the blood of the Lamb, you will know it!...
    A transaction has taken place within the human spirit. The heart suddenly knows itself clean and the burden lifts from the mind and there is a true sense that heaven is pleased and God is smiling and the sins are gone.
    A transaction within the human spirit-that is the kind of forgiveness I believe in! Echoes from Eden, 65-66.
    Posted on September 12, 2009 at 1:16 pm by Anonymous

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