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Jesus gives a parable about a great banquet. In those days when you invited guests to dinner, you told them the day but not the exact hour of the meal. Then just before the feast was to begin, the host sent his servants to tell the guests the banquet was ready and they should come (vv. 15-17). Each of the guests had already agreed to come so the host expected them to be there.
In this parable all of the guests insulted the host by refusing to attend and gave a feeble excuse for not coming. Real-estate Ralph said he had to look at a piece of property he had purchased (v. 18). Farmer Frank said he had bought ten oxen and he had to try them out (v.19). Henpecked Henry said he had married a wife and he could not come (v. 20).
There is certainly nothing wrong with owning a farm, examining purchases or spending an evening with my wife. However, if these good things keep me from coming to the Lord or spending time with Him they become bad things.
When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, "Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!" But he said to him, "A man once gave a great banquet and invited many. And at the time for the banquet he sent his servant to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.' But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, 'I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.' And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, 'Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.' And the servant said, 'Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.' And the master said to the servant, 'Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. For I tell you, none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.'"
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