Healing on the Sabbath: Man rescues the Ox - God rescues the sick (Both break the Sabbath)
Taking the lower seat at the feast: The proud are humbled; the humble are honored
7 When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: 8 “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. 9 If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”
12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
The Parable of the Great Banquet
15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ (is the "Time of the Banquet" the Last Days "All is now ready"
18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’ (Busy with investments)
19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’ (Busy with my business)
20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’ (busy with relationships)
21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
22 “ ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads (Journey) and country lanes (The Fenced) and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’ ”
COMPEL: to compel (constrain), doing so with urgency (as a pressing necessity). anágkē ("a necessity") calls for timely help, i.e. strong force needed to accomplish something compulsory (absolutely required). This kind of situation is typically brought on by great pain or distress - distress, necessity.From ana and the base of agkale; constraint (literally or figuratively); by implication, distress -- distress, must needs, (of) necessity(-sary), needeth, needful.
The POOR: not the wealthy who can repay
The CRIPPLED: those who have no destiny - the hopeless
The BLIND: If their eyes were opened they would believe vs. Those who think they see
The LAME: The injured, hurting, needy who know they need a crutch - the truth of God's presence could set them free to walk and leap and give praise to God.
Can't make this stuff up! "Compel Them to Come" "Go to those who JOURNEY and to those who are FENCED!" - At the Feast Mary said, "They have no more wine!" Jesus Said, "Come to me". "I am the Bread of life - whoever eats the bread that I shall give shall never hunger. Whoever drinks the drink that I shall give - out of your life my life will flow..." We say, "Lord its no longer we who are alive but you who is alive inside us!" Blessed are those who come to the Table - The Glorious table of God!
Thought some of your might enjoy this - From Luke 14:23 as per the Surfside Gathering last night: And the Lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways (find the JOURNEY people) and hedges (find the FENCED people), and COMPEL "them" to come in (to Sharon & Sal's House), that my house may be filled...
Here's the actual Greek from Strongs:
Highways = hodos --> Short Definition: a way, road, journey
Hedges = phragmos --> Short Definition: a hedge, fence, partition from a root phrag- to fence in, to stop
Compel here is (as Jesus would) lovingly urge them to His Great Feast (The Communion Table - as The Great Feast is not the Wedding Feast of the Lamb) It begins: a man gave a great feast. Greatness in the midst of the other parables has to do with priority, This Feast is a God Feast. It is food that feeds for eternity. It is much more important than any other meal in this life. So to Compel means to verbally and physically urge them to come to God's Table. He has it prepared. Those invited found every excuse to excuse themselves - too many other things to do. So we are to go to those at "Journey" who have no destination, ie. Jesus is the Good Shepherd who leads us to a destination: His Table where we feed on eternal life in the face of those looking on from a temporary one. Then find those who are "Stopped" or "Fenced" from the Destination - take them by the hand and lead them to their place at the Lord's Table (no fence) to eat and drink the joy of salvation with US comprised of:
The POOR: healthy just not the wealthy who can afford to repay
The CRIPPLED: those who 'don't have a leg to walk on' who have no sense of destiny - the hopeless
The BLIND: If their eyes were opened they would believe vs. Those who think they see everything just fine in their own eyes
The LAME: The injured, hurting, needy who know they need a crutch - the truth of God's presence could set them free to walk and leap and give praise to God - they just need someone to care
He said - those who were invited will never taste a morsel of the Feast that you sit down to eat!
Are you rejecting the call to daily and regular Communion - from house to house... breaking bread with those who have found the warmth of the fire of the glorious presence of Jesus? Are you distracted from spending 3-5 minutes a day to digest a small piece of eternal life and sip the fountain of eternal life?
I want to COMPEL you to take the hand of Jesus. He will lead you to His Table. It is better than lookout mountain, its a mirror that reveals His Face. When we are in His presence we can see forever! Alleluia! Jesus died, rose and revived to become Lord of the dead and the living so that in His presence we feed on life forever more!
Find those who Journey Tell them I have no fence Mary, "They have no wine" Jesus, "Come to me"
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