Sunday, October 7, 2007

A humbling experience

I think the Master has brought a verse before me which I must carefully consider and I do not know the implications of for next year; it's certainly relevant. A gentleman at the Jessamine Jamboree Prayer Tent brought it to my attention and then John Chrysostom also did-"For which one of you, when he wants to build a tower, does not first sit down and calculate the cost to see if he has enough to complete it?" (Lk. 14:28).
In addition, Luke 14:8 says, "When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for someone more distinguished than you may have been invited by him...".
Another important verse, and I'll tie them together in a minute: Luke 14:15 "When one of those who were reclining at the table with Him heard this, he said to Him, 'Blessed is everyone who will eat bread in the kingdom of God!'"

Now, how are these connected? Verse 28 above is similar to verse 8, in that both end in ridicule for the one who built and could not complete the building and the one who took the place of honor who was sent back to the lower seat. Just as the one building didn't have enough supplies to finish, so did the one who took the place of honor not have even to distinguish him from the other guests, so he was sent to the lower place-setting. Both of these are tragic circumstances. Verse 15 is the key though! It's the key to not being in a position like that. "Bread" often symbolizes the words of God in Scripture. I believe that this verse is saying, "Blessed are those that choose to receive, believe, and obey the word of God." Eating bread in the kingdom is a matter of will, choice, volition. In Lk. 14:16-24, the man having the dinner represents God and verse 17 is also key. God says, "Come for everything is ready now." All those invited to His table give excuses. In their minds and often in our own, their answer is "later," but the Scripture records from God's perspective.

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