Jesus And The Great Banquet And The Parable Of The Wedding Feast

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The Parable of the Great Banquet is similar to the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14), but with some significant differences. In Luke’s Gospel the story was told at a dinner that Jesus was present at. Jesus healed a man with edema then taught the people of serving others. Jesus then says that those who serve others “will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous” (Luke 14:14). At the mention of the resurrection, someone at the table with Jesus said, 15“Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God”. Replying, Jesus tells the Parable of the Great Banquet.

In the parable Jesus was telling them, a man planned a grand banquet and sent out invitations. Once the banquet was ready, the man sent his servant to contact each of the invited guests and tell them that the banquet was going to begin. The guests started to make excuses as to why they couldn 't go to the banquet. One had just bought a piece of land and said he had to go see it (verse 18). Another had purchased some oxen and said he was on the way to yoke them up and try them out (verse 19). Another gave the excuse that he was newly married and therefore could not come (verse 20).

When the master of the house who had organised the grand banquet heard these insubstantial excuses, he felt furious. He then ordered his servant to forget the guest list, go into the back streets and alleyways of the town and invite “the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame” (verse 21) to the banquet.

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