Mystery passage: Luke 14
“12 He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13 But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
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Questions (Use back of form if needed):
- Why does Jesus tell this story to the Pharisee? He is still at his house eating dinner. It comes right after His parable about being humble. It is followed by a parable about delinquent guests to a King’s banquet.
- How literally should we take this passage? Should we invite only strangers to the next “banquet” we host?
- What does Jesus mean by “banquet”? A party? Normally for me, parties are some of the best times I enjoy friends and family. And I know from God’s instructions about feasts in the Old Testament that He wanted people to celebrate regularly with family. So what does Jesus mean?
- The core of the story is focused on seeking God’s long-term benefits vs. short-term. So how does that look today?
- Who are the poor/blind/lame/crippled people in my world? How can I reach out to them?
This passage reminds me of Jesus’ instruction in Matthew 25 about serving the least of Jesus’ brethren as though you were serving Him. It remains a powerful and convicting passage for me.
God, please help me to get insight into this passage, and what You are directing us toward by including it in the gospels. And please help me to see the people around me who need Your love. To You be the glory, Amen!