Sunday 28 August 2016 Teen Chalenge
Delivered By
Pastor Doug Groen and LaVerne Wiginton Accompanist
Delivered On
August 28, 2016 at 10:00 AM
Central Passage
Luke 14:1 , 7-14
Subject
Entry Into the Kingdom
Description

Luke 14:1

Jesus at a Pharisee’s House

1 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.

Luke 14:7-14

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

 

Pastor's Summary of Luke 14:1, 7-14

Luke continues his series of sayings of Jesus about the qualifications for entry into the kingdom of God. The Pharisees believed in the resurrection of the godly at the end of time, and were keen to be among those chosen as faithful, so they " were watching him closely". As he has done earlier, Jesus heals a person on the sabbath (vv. 2-6), this time one with "dropsy" (edema). The "lawyers and Pharisees" (v. 3), experts on correct observance of the sabbath, are speechless when Jesus challenges them (v. 6): surely acts of compassion can be done on this day. Jesus' host is a prominent Pharisee (v. 1); we recongize that the "parable" (v. 7) is about membership in the Kingdom.  The Greek word rendered as "guests" means apparently chosen or see themselves as chosen. The gathering of God's elect on the end of time was commonly depicted as a "wedding banquet" (v. 8). There the host is God. the punch line (v. 11) is good manners, but Jesus is drawing a conclusion about the kingdom: attendance depends on God's invitation.  God will not be fooled by self-promotion! Jewish and Greco-Roman societies both spurned the "poor" (v. 13) and the disabled. A Qumran document says that these people will be excluded from the banquet, but Jesus says: share with them! (v. 13) Giving to those unable to " repay"(v. 14) will admit one to the kingdom.  For the Pharisee, this is a real surprise.  He should have invited the man with dropsy.