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The Parable of the Great Supper

As Jesus was giving advice to sit down in the lowest place, so that you may feel honoured when he who invited you comes and gives you the best place, one man then said, "Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!" Luke 14:15. People will not enter the kingdom of God because they’re blessed, if it were so then only Israel would be saved because of their election, and because the kingdom God was prepared for them. I hear Jesus say this to the woman of Samaria, "You worship what you do not know; we know what we worship, for salvation is of the Jews," John 4:22.

However, here He says, "For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.'" Luke 14:24.

Why wouldn’t they? It’s because when they were invited, they began to make excuses, and each said I cannot come.

So to make Israel jealous "the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.' And the servant said, 'Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.' Then the master said to the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. For I say to you that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.'" Luke 14:21-24.

We were not even invited because we are from a wild olive tree, but were brought in, grafted in or compelled to come in, and above all, we stand by faith. Christ received us Gentiles, to the glory of God, and filled our hearts with all joy and peace in believing. I hear him say, "They will come from the east and the west, from the north and the south, and sit down in the kingdom of God. And indeed there are last who will be first, and there are first who will be last." Luke 13:29-30.

"Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, "This Man receives sinners and eats with them." Luke 15:1-2. 

Then He told them the parable of the lost sheep (Luke 15:4-7), of the lost coin (Luke 15:8-10) and the prodigal son (Luke 15:11-32). There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.

God bless you,

Laurence 

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