Bible: Luke 14:7-24

On Seeking Seats of Honor

14:7 Then 1  when Jesus 2  noticed how the guests 3  chose the places of honor, 4  he told them a parable. He said to them, 14:8 When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, 5  do not take 6  the place of honor, because a person more distinguished than you may have been invited by your host. 7  14:9 So 8  the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this man your place.’ Then, ashamed, 9  you will begin to move to the least important 10  place. 14:10 But when you are invited, go and take the least important place, so that when your host 11  approaches he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up here to a better place.’ 12  Then you will be honored in the presence of all who share the meal with you. 14:11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, but 13  the one who humbles 14  himself will be exalted.”

14:12 He 15  said also to the man 16  who had invited him, “When you host a dinner or a banquet, 17  don’t invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors so you can be invited by them in return and get repaid. 14:13 But when you host an elaborate meal, 18  invite the poor, the crippled, 19  the lame, and 20  the blind. 21  14:14 Then 22  you will be blessed, 23  because they cannot repay you, for you will be repaid 24  at the resurrection of the righteous.”

The Parable of the Great Banquet

14:15 When 25  one of those at the meal with Jesus 26  heard this, he said to him, “Blessed is everyone 27  who will feast 28  in the kingdom of God! 29  14:16 But Jesus 30  said to him, “A man once gave a great banquet 31  and invited 32  many guests. 33  14:17 At 34  the time for the banquet 35  he sent his slave 36  to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’ 14:18 But one after another they all 37  began to make excuses. 38  The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, 39  and I must go out and see it. Please excuse me.’ 40  14:19 Another 41  said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, 42  and I am going out 43  to examine them. Please excuse me.’ 14:20 Another 44  said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’ 45  14:21 So 46  the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was furious 47  and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly 48  to the streets and alleys of the city, 49  and bring in the poor, 50  the crippled, 51  the blind, and the lame.’ 14:22 Then 52  the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’ 53  14:23 So 54  the master said to his 55  slave, ‘Go out to the highways 56  and country roads 57  and urge 58  people 59  to come in, so that my house will be filled. 60  14:24 For I tell you, not one of those individuals 61  who were invited 62  will taste my banquet!’ 63 

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