The Great Dinner: Where Should I Sit?

LPUC eNews – Sunday 28 August 2022

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Luke 14: 1-14, The Great Dinner: Where Should I Sit? 
In the scripture for today, Jesus is dining at the home of a prominent Pharisee. Interesting about the encounter is that a man with a swelling disease is present. Is he also a Pharisee? Is he a friend of the host? We can’t be certain, but it’s clear that he is present there with all of the rest. And after healing the man amidst some controversy, and after someone’s comment that of course anyone would be glad for the blessing to eat at the Lord’s Table, Jesus launches into a story about a “Great Dinner,” most likely similar to the one he is attending. 

Jesus is obviously trying to teach his host and his guests a lesson as he tells them to take the “least” seat of power, of blessing, of status, of access to the feast, and not the best. Then when invited by God, you will be favoured, he said. If you do the opposite, if you take the best and most for yourself, as Jesus has said before, “you’ve already gotten your reward.” “Not one of those who has been invited will get a taste of my banquet,” said Jesus. 

Remember, God favours those who will honour God’s blessings, show gratitude for God’s gifts, and be loyal to God’s covenant. God bestows blessings upon all peoples, whether they come into your building or sit at your table or not. But how much more will God be pleased with you, if your door is open, and your table is set for anyone who wants to eat with you. For when they come to share a meal with you, Jesus is already at the table. IL-WOONG.

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