#9 When the Invitees Make Excuses
Posted: Thursday, March 16th, 2017Print
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Jesus’ closest disciples were trusted to speak for Him and tell us His story. All are called to the mystery of discipleship, but the choice is ours.
Luke 14:15-18a NASB
When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, “Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
But He said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; and at the dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come; for everything is ready now.’”
But they all alike began to make excuses.
This man was speaking of a Messianic event, a feast to which Jews were looking.
A Jewish banquet in Jesus’ day was prepared in this way: invitations were sent out and the reply was given to the host, but the time was not announced. When the supper was ready, servants would go out to notify the guests. The guests would have already agreed to attend, but in the parable when the time came, they ‘made excuses.’
In part, Jesus was speaking about Jews, those first invited to the banquet—the Marriage of the Lamb. Jesus was addressing their rejection of Him. But in the larger picture He was speaking of believers as well. Those who agree to follow the Lamb in principle but in reality will also “make excuses.”