PARABLE OF THE GREAT DINNER/JOIN THE PARTY/ YOU’RE INVITED
Study Date: 29 July 18
Scripture: LUKE 14: 15-24
Biblical Date: A.D. 30
Biblical Location: probably PEREA
KEY VERSE: “Go out quickly into the streets and the lands of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.” (Luke 14: 21)
GUIDING PRINCIPLE: There are serious and eternal consequences when we choose to reject the invitation to join Christ for dinner.
To evaluate the excuses people make for not joining Christ.
To know that Christ graciously invites unworthy people to His kingdom.
To insure we are not the one who makes excuse for not doing God’s will.
To understand that we must answer the call of God God’s way.
To invite others to the great banquet of God.
To heed the call of God to wherever He leads us.
RESOURCES: Deuteronomy 20: 5-8; Luke 18: 18-25; Matthew 16: 24-28; Mark 3: 31=35; Acts 28: 23-28; Luke 14: 25-33.
WORDS TO REMEMBER
Banquet—dinner, supper, afternoon meal, time with God.
Compel—force, make, urge strongly.
Excuses—reasons for rejection, refusing, declining, shunning, avoiding.
Giver—God the Father, the one who owns all.
Invited—summoned to come, God’s call to salvation.
Poor—needy, lowly in life, not spiritual.
TILLING THE SOIL/BREAKING UP FALLOW GROUND
What does it mean to say something has “great value”?
Name and describe some people who have status or good fortune.
What would you say to a person whose drive for success takes priority over everything else?
Can the pursuit of religion be another way of climbing the social ladder?
What do the church we are members of, the cars we drive, and the house we live in have to do with who we are?
Are you defined by your employment?
What should we do when those expected to come refuse?
THE SEED PARABLE OF THE FREAT DINNER/YOU ARE INVITED LUKE 14: 15-24
- Getting Our Priorities in Order (Luke 14: 15-20)
- A person with resources invited others to a great banquet.
- He invited others who could afford it.
- A double invitation was used.
- The servant went to tell the invited guest that the supper was ready.
- The people who had been prepared rejected the invitation.
- A Justifiable Anger at Misplaced Priorities (Luke 14: 21)
- All the invited guest made excuses for not coming.
- One bought a piece of land.
- A second bought five yoke of oxen.
- A third got married to a wife.
- All asked to be excused from attending.
- The Benefits of Saying Yes To God (Luke 14: 22-23)
- Ordinary people were invited from the street and lanes.
- There was still room for others.
- Those in the highways and hedges were compelled to join the supper.
- Warnings Against Half-Heartedness (Luke 14: 24)
- Those who would not respond to the invitation were excluded.
- The house was filled with others.
When invited, we must respond to the Lord’s invitation regardless of what is going on in our lives.
PLANTING THE SEED
Where was Christ when this parable was told?
What did the man assume about those invited to his party?
Who does the man holding the party represent?
Who are the invited guest representative of?
Why was a servant sent out before the mean?
What can we learn from the three excuses?
What makes our excuses absurd?
What was the Master of the supper’s reaction?
What further actions were taken by the master?
What was the thrust of compelling people to come?
What obligation does the Church have?
NURTURING THE SEED
Why was a blessing pronounced on those invited to the kingdom of God?
Why would people choose to take care of other things rather than honor their commitment?
What might the host have done if the man had brought his new wife to the supper?
What made the host angry?
How might a stranger feel when invited to a great supper intended for others?
What might the host have meant when he pointed out that those invited would not eat his food?
Is the reaction of the host TOO harsh?
FRUIT FROM THE SEED
Some who attend church weekly will not enter the kingdom of God.
God will call us to join Him when the time is right.
People come up with all sorts of excuses for not spending time with God.
When we reject God’s invitation, He will invite others.
We should open both our hearts and homes to others as believers and followers of Christ.
Rejecting Christ might cause us not to have another opportunity.
Those who reject the invitation may be replaced by those of the highways and hedges.
God extends an open invitation to His table.