Day 10

The Wedding Banquet

from the The Parables of Jesus reading plan


Luke 14:1-24

BY She Reads Truth

In this study of the Parables of Jesus, we are reading many of the stories Jesus used to teach hearers about how to live as His followers. Each day we’ll read parables in their immediate context, focusing on a different category of parables each week. Then we will work through a series of questions to understand the meaning of the text and take to heart the “secrets of the kingdom.”

Editor’s Note: In this Parables study, Jesus Himself is telling us stories—stories He wants us to reflect on and process. Rather than asking our writers to write their own stories about Jesus’ stories, we thought it would serve you and the text better to provide questions to help you dig into the meaning of each day’s parable. If you find a parable or passage particularly confusing, stop and pray. Ask the Lord to reveal Himself to you in His Word, and thank Him that we can know Him without knowing all the answers to our questions.

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Week 2: Parables about Repentance and Grace

Stories about other people often reveal things to us about ourselves. This week’s selection of parables all deal with themes of repentance and grace, and in them we see that Jesus meant for His parables to stir the hearts of His hearers. As you read, let these parables serve as a kind of mirror, and ask what Jesus is showing you that you might not have otherwise seen. Use the questions below to help.

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Day 10 Reading:  Luke 14:1-24

Questions:

1.What is the specific setting of this parable, and how does the setting help us make sense of Jesus’ story?

2. What is the problem this particular parable is responding to, and what is the parable’s outcome?

3. What is the central point of this parable?

4. What is your response to this parable?

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48 thoughts on "The Wedding Banquet"

  1. Diane Huntsman says:

    In a culture where hip is the thing and cool is coveted this passage challenges us to be mindful of the lesser thans that culture deems “lessee than” not God.. God is mindful of those who don’t fit into the culture cool groups.. He wants us to be mindful of them as well.. we often want to rub shoulders with the popular n pretty people, even in church we want our circle to be the leaders or the cool sheep.. but there’s something so Christ like in searching for the one who doesn’t quite fit in.. and there’s a plethora of ways that a person doesn’t “fit in” and God wants us to invite them in.. to the party, to those places they may never even be thought of to be included.. and I don’t believe it’s as much for them as it is for the invitee.. you see it’s usually always the bigger blessing for the one who reaches out.. we think we’re being a blessing to them and the reality is they are a blessing to us.. the reality is they have more of the impact on us than we do on them.. they have so much to teach us and we have so much to learn from them.. look around, pay attention, reach out, invite in, include the unnoticed, love the unlovely.. that’s Jesus.. He modeled it, we must mimic the modeling.

    1. Irina Tumasyan says:

      Thank you so much!! It definitely hit home for me. This is what I feel for a while, and you just colorfully worded it …

  2. Kara says:

    Did anyone else notice those who refused to come were distracted by their worldly possessions and relationships? How often do I attend to my “to do” list before I meet with the Lord? Am I more worried about my job than His eternal work and spending time with Him? Sometimes blessings become idols and we forget our priorities!

    1. CarolynJ says:

      Holy smokes. You are so right! I do this all the time. Even though I set aside time every morning to get up a little bit early to have a little bit of quiet time to study, pray, meditate on God’s word, sometimes I’m running behind and “don’t get to it” and often don’t give enough time to spending time with God.

      I’ve been struggling lately with wanting “more” than I have now, though what I currently have is: healthy children, a roof over my head (though not ‘mine’), food on our table, and bills paid (though we are paycheck to paycheck), and extracurricular activities to boot. I’m so very very thankful for what I DO have, what I KNOW God has blessed me and my family with, and I know, really, deep down, nothing else matters, and that I should keep my eyes fixed on Jesus and Kingdom matters. But, then I get to being upset that I STILL cannot get approved for a home loan, we STILL don’t have a house of our own (God’s answer seems to be “wait” and “not just yet” – for a while now). We are paycheck to paycheck and having to dip into savings. Then I get upset for wanting “more” even though part of me says these are perfectly ‘normal’ things to want and own and have in my life. But at what cost? If it costs me my focus on Jesus and what I’ve been called to do (including my life’s calling, which produced a massive amount of student loan debt), if all these worldly issues and material possessions get my focus off Jesus, then I really do need to sort out my priorities.

      Thank you for this insight and for opening my eyes.

    2. Pam says:

      Oh oh oh! I did not but I’m so excited that you pointed this out. I saw a lot of arrogance in the way people acted across this reading and thought it was showing us humility as well.

    3. Lehua K. says:

      Thank you so much for pointing this out… I’ve never thought of this story in this context! I had only thought about it in terms of excuses and how there should be none when it comes to building our relationship with God – we need to make it a priority in our lives. I am guilty of this and will be reflecting on it. Thanks again sister!

  3. CarolynJ says:

    There is so much to unpack in these verses. From Jesus healing on the Sabbath, and the Pharisees blind eyes failing to take in the magnitude of the miracle just witnessed because of getting hung up on the law of “working” on the Sabbath. Then there’s the whole conversation about humility and how we should not think more of ourselves than we ought, and how we should humble ourselves or God will help us do it for us and it tends to hurt a bit more when that happens.

    But the last two verses stand out to me and I guess seem new to me this morning. Luke 14:22-24 says, after all the invited guests made excuses and couldn’t come, that the master sent for all those in the streets who were poor, oppressed, sick, lacking, to come in and feast with him. And when all those were brought in, there was still room. There’s always enough grace to go around! There’s always enough joy and salvation for everyone! Hallelujah! Isn’t God amazing, that all who come to Him are welcomed in and find refuge and rest and salvation. And those people who were initially invited made excuses. Shame on me when I make excuses as to why I can’t accept whatever invitation God has sent my way. God forgive me. Open my eyes to see your goodness and to see what You are calling me to today. Open my eyes and soften my heart to see that grace is available to all.
    And then the last verse says those who were invited will never taste of the feast. There will be people who will never accept that invitation to join Jesus at the feast and to accept what he is offering. We are just as responsible for this – see, in the parable, he sent out a servant to call the poor people off the street and bring them into His home for the feast, that we might all share in it. We are that servant. We are to share the Gospel and tell of all the wonderful things Jesus has done for us (Psalm 9:1 among others), that they might look at how we live and love and say “man, I want what she has!” And I gotta say, I don’t live that way hardly enough. Lord forgive me! Help me to be your good and faithful servant who does what you have asked, to share your invitation to everyone.

    We have been given a stack of invitations. What are we going to do with those today? Whether it be metaphorical regarding salvation, or to invite someone into our homes for a bowl of chili or for Thanksgiving dinner.

    1. Brandi says:

      Thank you for this!

    2. Paula says:

      Thank you for posting these thoughts. My brain is exhausted right now and I needed some extra guidance through this parable this morning.

    3. Janice says:

      Thank you, this was just what I needed to hear today.

    4. Diane Smutek says:

      Wow! You hit the nail on the head with your response. Thank you for reminding me that I am the servant called to invite others into the grace which I have also received.

    5. Ashlyn says:

      So beautifully said. Thank you for sharing!!

    6. Emily B. says:

      Amen! I had many of the same thoughts as you. We need to make sure people know about their invitation to the eternal banquet!

    7. Mari says:

      Wow, I’m really being encouraged by a lot of you here today. I like the reminder Carolyn that, “I am that servant “.

  4. Churchmouse says:

    Compassion needs a seat at my Thanksgiving table. Jesus reveals His compassion for the sick, the disenfranchised and the lost in these parables. He desires that they be included and welcomed. He desires for them to know Him through compassion and consideration and invitation. There will be a gathering of relatives on Thursday, diverse in background and need and yes, personality. We tend to sit in our family groups and barely intermingle. It’s a tradition to gather and eat but little else. We are connected by blood yet we don’t know each other well. We don’t know each other’s stories. We don’t get beyond a perfunctory “it’s good you see you.” But we don’t really see. Enough! I feel Jesus challenging me to draw them out, to ask the deeper questions, to share true hospitality. Yes, this Thanksgiving let me be truly glad we gathered and not just glad the obligation is over. Let my eyes be opened for I am the blind one. Let me hear the stories because I am the deaf one. Let my heart be tender because I am the needy one. I just haven’t realized that I too am one of those on the outside – sadly, by my own choice. This Thanksgiving… Enough. It’s time to invite myself into getting to know, really know, “them.”

    1. Veronica says:

      I love your take on this! ❤️

    2. Amanda says:

      This rings so true! “We are connected by blood but don’t really know each other…” What a sad truth! Thanks for this reminder just in time for the holidays.

    3. Mari says:

      Love this Churchmouse! What great insight and reminder. For the past four months it’s been about what’s going in my life and my staff. Tomorrow I’m going to ask my family members questions how are they doing? What’s going on in their lives? My daughter even has a game day we can all play together. I am extremely thankful for these family members that are walking me through this. I want to make it about them tomorrow.

  5. Kristi says:

    As I was reading the parable in Luke 14:8-11, Philippians 2:5-9 came to mind:

    “In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage; rather, he made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness. And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name.”

    What humility! So thankful for a Savior who demonstrated His own teachings through His life and even His death. May we follow His example of humility.

  6. Peggy says:

    There is a lot of significance to the setting of this passage. First, it’s the Sabbath, and he is at the home of one of the Pharisees. Pharisees were often caught up in the practice of religion based on rules. When Jesus healed on the Sabbath, he was breaking one of their rules; but the purpose of doing so was to demonstrate God does not hold us to such rules – they were created by man, not Him. Next, Jesus uses the feast itself to teach us a couple of lessons: don’t think more highly of yourself than others, and make your motivations purely for the betterment of those who cannot help themselves – not because you think there is something to be gained from doing good. We are called to do good because it’s right and just, not because of the earthly outcome.

    1. Kristen says:

      What a wonderful response! Thank you for sharing

  7. A poignant message for the day before Thanksgiving when most of us with be gathered around tables amply filled. For me, this was a reminder to bless those who can’t afford or are not in a position to repay the efforts. May my heart be sensitive and obedient to the Spirit’s prompts this holiday season.

  8. Rachel says:

    This is such a challenge in our churches – how often do we provide events that appeal to the middle classes? Or use language that alienates the uneducated? Jesus challenges us to be different, to focus our aims on those who haven’t yet heard the message, the lame, the broken and the lost. May I have the heart to love these and reach out.

    1. Tochi Heredia says:

      Thank you for sharing this insight Rachel, so much think about

    2. Susan says:

      This is my challenge that God has placed before me; to take Him to the hurting, the broken, the lost. I presently co-lead a Bible study at my church and God has impressed upon my heart that this is not enough, that I must take Him outside the church and start a Bible study for women of the community who may have no church affiliation. This is a frightening step of faith for me, yet I know I must be obedient to His leading and prompting. Please pray for me as I begin this journey with Him.

      1. Natalia says:

        Susan that’s beautiful. May the Lord give you the knowledge and strength you need to start this new journey. I wish there were more people like you, to start a initiative like this one, not waiting for anyone’s elese to give you “the go” to do it. Those women are going to be very blessed. And for us we need to remember that is not only during Thanksgiving that we need to go the extra mile and help others, is something that we need to do everyday. We need to make Thanksgiving every day for those who are in hunger of God’s Word.

      2. Jeanna says:

        Praying for you, Susan. Can’t wait to here about your next steps!

    3. Mari says:

      What a great insight Rachel. We get so caught up on ourselves that we forget. Thank you for the reminder.

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