What is Jesus trying to tell us here about those who don't have much in the way the world counts as important to have?
And what is He saying in regards to what our response should be to people like that?
And how does all that square with our contemporary concepts & attitudes toward those kinds of people?
Jesus noticed that all who had come to the dinner were trying to sit in
the seats of honor near the head of the table, he gave them this
8 "When you are
invited to a wedding feast, don't sit in the seat of honor.
someone who is more distinguished than you has also been invited?
host will come and say, 'Give this person your seat.'
Then you will be
embarrassed, and you will have to take whatever seat is left at the foot
of the table!
take the lowest place at the foot of the table.
Then when your host
sees you, he will come and say,
'Friend, we have a better place for
Then you will be honored in front of all the other guests.
11 For those who exalt themselves will be humbled,
and those who humble themselves will be exalted."
12 Then he turned to his host.
"When you put on a luncheon or a banquet," he said, "don't
invite your friends, brothers, relatives, and rich neighbors.
will invite you back, and that will be your only reward.
13 Instead, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind.
14 Then at the resurrection of the righteous, God will reward you for inviting those who could not repay you."
this, a man sitting at the table with Jesus exclaimed, "What a blessing
it will be to attend a banquet in the Kingdom of God!"
16 Jesus replied with this story:
"A man prepared a great feast and sent out many invitations.
17 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servant to tell the guests, 'Come, the banquet is ready.'
18 But they all began making excuses.
One said, 'I have just bought a field and must inspect it. Please excuse me.'
19 Another said, 'I have just bought five pairs of oxen, and I want to try them out. Please excuse me.'
20 Another said, 'I now have a wife, so I can't come.'
servant returned and told his master what they had said.
His master was
furious and said, 'Go quickly into the streets and alleys of the town
and invite the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.'
22 After the servant had done this, he reported, 'There is still room for more.'
his master said, 'Go out into the country lanes and behind the hedges
and urge anyone you find to come, so that the house will be full.
24 For none of those I first invited will get even the smallest taste of my banquet.'"