A Question I Was Asked:

Can You More Fully Explain Luke 14:15-24?

Can you more fully explain Luke 14:15-24?

UK Apologetics Reply:

Okay, let us look at that:

15. When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, "Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God." 16. Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.' 18. "But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.' 19. "Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.' 20. "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.' 21. "The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.' 22. "'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.' 23. "Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'" (Luke 14:15-24).

Okay, in the very clear typology here the "certain man" (vs 16) preparing a "great banquet" is none other than God the Father. He is the One Who Calls us (John 6:44.65). He invited His 'guests' (the people of Israel). But when the great banquet is fully prepared, he finds that the invited guests start making excuses regarding why they cannot attend, many of them very feeble excuses.

Those who were invited here are the people of Israel whom God chose to work closely with under the old covenant, but when they are invited to the banquet in the kingdom of God - representative of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and of salvation through Him - these people start to make lame excuses, other things became more important. Finally, when the Master gives the instruction, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full,' that is the Gospel of Jesus Christ - and of salvation through Him - going to the Gentiles.

It is impossible here not to think of Isaiah 65:

1. "I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me; I was found by those who did not seek me. To a nation that did not call on my name, I said, 'Here am I, here am I.' 2. All day long I have held out my hands to an obstinate people, who walk in ways not good, pursuing their own imaginations - 3. a people who continually provoke me to my very face, (Isaiah 65:1-3a).

In short, God is angry with the fleshly, national people of Israel and now only works with spiritual Israelites, and it is us Gentiles who have really strongly responded to the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Whilst it is true that Paul the Apostle writes of a day when many Israelites (by fleshly birth) will respond to the Gospel (Romans 11), that day unquestionably still has not come and very few of these people have taken the slightest interest in the Gospel but have gone out and pursued other things instead. Meanwhile Judaism is an attempt to hold on to the old covenant almost 2,000 years since it was rendered redundant and obsolete! See Hebrews 8:13.

Today Christians are spiritual Israelites. See Galatians 3:7, 26-29; Romans 2:28; Romans 9:6-7. John the Apostle even records God's anger when Jews arrogantly went on considering themselves to be God's people after their rejection and - even worse - persecuted Christians (who are now spiritual Jews):

I will make those who are of the synagogue of Satan, who claim to be Jews though they are not, but are liars - I will make them come and fall down at your feet and acknowledge that I have loved you. (Revelation 3:9).

A Hard Truth For Some - The Church is Now Spiritual Israel

God's 'chosen people' are now the Church of Jesus Christ, we are 'Spiritual Israel.' Unfortunately many cannot grasp this, they believe that God's primary concern remains the physical peoples of Israel even though Scripture is clear that that is not the case. In fact, God divorced Israel as a nation and physical people (Jeremiah 3:8). Of course, physical Jews can and do become Christians, thereby becoming joined to Christ. Far too many professing believers still seem to believe that national Israel remain God's main and chief concern and that He is only working with the Church until He can get back to His main concern of the physical peoples of Israel, presumably the Church is only how He is occupying Himself, but just for the present. It saddens me that such people obviously do not know their New Testaments very well.

Robin A. Brace. June 27th, 2016.