devotional post #2002
Luk 14:15 When one of Jesus’ fellow banqueters heard this, he said to him, “Everyone who will feast in the kingdom of God will enjoy this special advantage!”
Luk 14:16 But Jesus responded to him, “A man once gave a great banquet and invited many guests.
Luk 14:17 At the time for the banquet he sent his slave to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is now ready.’
Luk 14:18 But from the first they all began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I have to go out and see it. Please excuse me.’
Luk 14:19 Another said, ‘I have bought a team of five oxen, and I am going out to examine them. Please excuse me.’
Luk 14:20 Another said, ‘I just got married, and I cannot come.’
Luk 14:21 So the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then the master of the household was enraged and said to his slave, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in the poor ones, the crippled ones, the blind ones, and the lame ones.’
Luk 14:22 Then the slave said, ‘Sir, what you instructed has been done, and there is still room.’
Luk 14:23 So the master said to his slave, ‘Go out to the highways and back roads and urge people to come in, so that my house will be filled.
Luk 14:24 Because I tell you, not one of those individuals who were invited will taste my banquet!'”
the necessity of now
A group was eating with Jesus, and an unnamed someone spouted off about the great feast in the future. This soul was stuck in the future, and if not careful, he might miss the necessity of now. So, Jesus told his parable about the excuses. If you had asked any of those who refused the master’s invitation, they would have said their relationship with the master of the banquet mattered to them. They would have insisted that they really intended to spend time with him and and feast at his table in the future. Just not right now. Jesus’ point is that if there is no “now” there will be no future.
LORD, we long for your eternal “then,” but give us an ever growing vibrant enjoyment of your kingdom right now.