Blessed are those who will eat!
Scripture reading for March 23rd: Luke 14
Jesus was invited to the house of a prominent Pharisee for a meal on a Sabbath day. Luke states that Jesus was being closely watched and He took the opportunity to stir up controversy by healing a man there with dropsy. These religious people had nothing to say but were sure thinking!
But Jesus was also watching those in attendance. When He noticed the guests trying to pick places of honor next to the host, Jesus told them a story, “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 man your seat.’ Then humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. . . .”For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled and he who humbles himself will be exalted.” (Luke 14:8-9, 11)
In response, another guest spoke to Jesus, “Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.” (Luke 14:15) Jesus told another story about a man who was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. When the final call went out to come, his guests began to make excuses. One had bought a field and needed to see it. Another had bought oxen he wanted to try. Another had just gotten married. The owner of the house got angry and instructed his servants to go into the streets and towns and bring the crippled, the lame, the poor and needy. The servants were to compel whoever would to come in! In conclusion Jesus said, “I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.” (Luke 14:24)