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If our Lord and Savior invited us to a great supper, would we go or would we invent excuses not to attend?  Think about why you would be hesitant to attend. Would you be too tired or lazy to attend?  Would you think you had plenty of time until the end, and would therefore not feel the urgency to attend?  Or do you not even believe there is a God, and so would not think it was a real invitation.

(Luke 14: 16)  A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, “Come, for all things are now ready.”  But they all with one accord began to make excuses.  The first said, “I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it.  I ask you to have me excused.”  Another said, “I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them.  I ask you to have me excused.”  And another said, ” I have married a wife, and therefore cannot come”.

Why did not these who were invited want to come to the dinner?  I think sometimes we are just to lazy to follow-up on our commitments.  We would rather just sit at home and relax.  This has happened to me.  I have committed to something, but when the time arrives, I just am not in the mood.  I don’t want to put out the energy to do the thing.  And sometimes I disappoint people by my laziness.  I use every excuse I can think of, and I probably miss out on a great time because of it.  Even though these people had legitimate things to do, they could have put them off easily until the next day, and why could not the married man bring his wife to the supper?

The thing is, that the Lord is talking about the very important supper that His chosen people, the Jews, were invited to.  The Jews were His beloved people and therefore were special to Him.  He wanted to abide with them, to fellowship with them, but they would not obey his laws and they did not want to draw close to Him.   In some cases, they were afraid because they might be in disobedience.

The master was very angry and told his servants to go out and invite everyone who would come from all over the city.  This included the poor, the lame , the blind.  The servants even went out to the highways and hedges to compel them to come in, so that his house would be filled with guests for the supper.

Because His chosen people would not accept Him and come, He invited us, the gentiles, the lost and hopeless ones.  And the house was filled.

The Lord is giving us a chance to come to Him during the period of His grace.  Don’t be left out in the cold while so many are in the house, warm and safe, and eating supper with our Lord!

Hallelujah !   Thank You, Lord

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