For while we were yet weak, in due season Christ died for the ungodly. Rom. 5,6
16 But He said to
him, "A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many; 17 and at the
dinner hour he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited,
'Come; for everything is ready now.'18 "But they all alike began to make
excuses. The first one said to him, 'I have bought a piece of land and I
need to go out and look at it; please consider me excused.' 19 "Another
one said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them
out; please consider me excused.' 20 "Another one said, 'I have married
a wife, and for that reason I cannot come.' 21 "And the slave came back
and reported this to his master. Then the head of the household became
angry and said to his slave, 'Go out at once into the streets and lanes
of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled and blind and lame.'
22 "And the slave said, 'Master, what you commanded has been done, and
still there is room.' 23 "And the master said to the slave, 'Go out into
the highways and along the hedges, and compel them to come in, so that
my house may be filled. 24 'For I tell you, none of those men who were
invited shall taste of my dinner.'"
We are witnesses to people who chose this worlds goods, rather than the kingdom of God, as concrete as it simply happens every day among us. And we can really speak about goods, because none of this was sinful in itself, but exactly goods.
What they actually say by
their choice is that they expected to have much more left of this, than
what they would get in the kingdom of God. It actually contains in
reality a deep contempt for what is of God. This is the sin all
“good” people that have opt out God, for the benefit of the
things of this world, have committed, and live in.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you,” is Jesus saying. (Matt. 6:33). We are witnesses to more than the opposite here – it’s not just that they don't choose the kingdom of God and His righteousness first, but the kingdom of God is discarded completely for the other things.
And then we have those who
can be seen from the outside as true and spiritual Christians, but who
actually seeks the other, by seeking the kingdom of God and His
What we read about in our passage is what we can call “Esau’s sin” – he who looked at his birthright as very small (that which was from God), that he sold it for a dish of lentils. When he later realized what he had done, it says about him that “he was rejected, for he found no place for repentance, though he sought for it with tears.” (Heb.12:17).
head of the household
became angry it says. (v.21).
Who can still be standing
before God’s wrath? Hell, perdition, is often presented as
absence from God, being left behind, but perdition is on the
contrary to be the object of God’s wrath over sin.
This is also one of the
serious passages in the Scripture – and we must never back away from the
seriousness if we want to stand in a true relationship with God. But not
solely serious, as it is written: “Light is sown like seed for the
righteous” (Ps.97:11a), and: “Light arises in the darkness for the
upright” (Ps.112:4a). And as the Psalmist prays in psalm 43:3: “O send
out Your light and Your truth, let them lead me; Let them
bring me to Your holy hill And to Your dwelling places.”
He describes a time
for this giving. It was planned in advance and set a certain time for it
– and then the gospel sounds: “- for everything is ready.”
Do you hear the invitation? Yes, you! This is for you! Come, for everything is ready!
Perhaps you must say when
you look at yourself: - I sure am blind and crippled, poor and lame!
Good! You are hereby well qualified!
In this passage, when it is
spoken about these people’s frailties and defects, it has a spiritual
meaning. It shall characterize their lack of dignity in themselves. At
that time this kind of people were left to beg.
What is this feast dinner?
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