15 And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.
16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:
17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.
18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.
19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.
20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind.
22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
23 And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled.
24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.
eat bread in the kingdom of God
The saints, even in our new and eternal bodies, will continue to eat food throughout eternity. God and angels eat, Jesus said He would not drink of the fruit of the vine until He did it with us at the marriage supper of the Lamb in heaven.
Verse 16 speaks of the marriage supper of the Lamb, to be served in heaven, after all the saints have arrived. The church is raptured first, and later, during the tribulation, those saved after the rapture, and martyred for their faith, are raptured. When finally the two witnesses are slain, resurrected, and raptured, near the end of the tribulation, all the saints of all ages are present in heaven for the marriage supper.
God has invited all to come, but many will choose not to come.
one consent began to make excuse
All sinners have made excuses for not serving God. They complain of hypocrites in the church, and often become one of them. They fault God for things the devil has done. They exalt themselves and to make themselves look better, fault God. They are distracted by family, business, recreation, and sinful pursuits. All sinners are alike in this, they make excuses for why they do not renounce their sins and accept God’s invitation to the greatest supper ever.
Adam and Eve blamed the serpent, but their own lack of resolve to serve and obey the Lord was their sin.
Mankind has no excuse.
Romans 1:20-24 (KJV)
20 For the invisible things of Him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
21 Because that, when they knew God, they glorified him not as God, neither were thankful; but became vain in their imaginations, and their foolish heart was darkened.
22 Professing themselves to be wise, they became fools,
23 And changed the glory of the uncorruptible God into an image made like to corruptible man, and to birds, and fourfooted beasts, and creeping things.
24 Wherefore God also gave them up...
Some may say: ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it’, but it is very poor business to buy property unseen.
Another may say: ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them’, but this is foolish, for the oxen may be old and worthless.
A third may excuse their neglect of the invitation and say: "I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ He was not asked to divorce his wife, but merely to attend a banquet, and would be expected to bring her along.
A master of the celebration had a right to be angry, for these ‘excuses’ were deliberate insults to him. So, if the invited guests do not come of their own free will, the Master invites and gives invitation to all who will come. The poor, the maimed, the strangers, the blind, etc. are all invited. The supper was prepared, the dinner was going to be enjoyed. This parable applies to the Pharisees here, to Israel soon who would reject the offering of the Lord, and some of the Gentiles of the church will also be amongst those who make excuse and not seek to attend the great marriage supper of the Lamb.
Jesus says that God will ‘compel’ them. This is the Greek word, anangkazo (G315), meaning to necessitate, drive to, to constrain by all means such as force, threats, persuasion, and entreaties. Compulsion by what means is not stated, but God uses truth, exhortation, reproof, instruction, longsuffering, love, meekness, gentleness, perseverance, and some times drastic means to turn men from the wrath to come. God never removes ones own free will, but God one time wanted the Israelites to move on, and they refused, so He sent hornets after them, and their own free will changed. (LOL) Therefore, God is capable of making it very hard for us to refuse His offer of salvation. I have found that when one is interceded for, and they keep refusing God; with their own will, at the end, facing death in moments, God gives them one last chance. He does not force them, but it is far harder to reject Him then.
Man has to make the choice.
John 3:16 (KJV)
16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
2 Peter 3:9 (KJV)
9 The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.
25 And there went great multitudes with Him: and He turned, and said unto them,
26 If any man come to Me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.
27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.
28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,
30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
31 Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.
33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.
went great multitudes with Him
Jesus was on His final trip to Jerusalem where He would complete His work. Having shamed the Pharisees, He now addresses those who are choosing to follow Him. He gives them an idea of how hard it may be for them to follow Him.
hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple
This is an idiom of preference, one must love God so much, that in comparison, the love for others seems like hate. Yet, we will still love them, for we are commanded to by the two commandments of the Lord. We must have ‘God first’, and love Him more than all else to be His disciple.
whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple
We must not only prefer God over all others, but we also are going to bear a cross, follow the Lord and go His way, and to do this always. So, Jesus wants us to all count the cost of serving Him.
For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?
It would be absurd to be a disciple, without counting the cost. The world will be against the disciples of Jesus. Our own flesh will fight the spirit in us who wants to serve Him. The devil and all his cohorts will attack the disciples of Jesus. We must count this cost, and agree to pay whatever price is called for.
Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
It is impossible to be a disciple of Jesus, unless we are willing to face this battle we are in. The enemy may seem numerous and powerful, but ‘greater is He that Is in us...’
34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?
35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
Salt is good ...
We are the ‘salt of the earth’. We are to have an effect in this world. The Pharisees were shamed here, for when choices came to them, they proved themselves to be ‘un-salty’. They had lost their savor, and they were worthless to the kingdom.
Salt loses its savor when exposed to rain, sun, and air. The things of this world can taint us, corrupt us, make us not worthy of the name ‘disciple’. We are warned to count the cost, make sure you know what you are choosing.
He that hath ears to hear, let him hear
The Pharisees had heard the same words as the multitude. Yet, they did not hear with their hearts, only with their carnal minds. They proceeded to plot and scheme. They soon shouted ‘crucify Him’. Yet, they had heard the same sermon as the crowd. We must choose to hear the Lord with our hearts, and let Him use the Word of God to change us into the disciples we can be.
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