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Come to the Banquet

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October 19, 2020 8:00 am

Come to the Banquet

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October 19, 2020 8:00 am

Whod have thought you could get into so much trouble just by saying no to a wedding invitation? The way Jesus tells it, certain invitations are much more important than othersand your entire future may depend on your RSVP. In this message Dr. Boice discusses the proper response to the invitation weve received from God himself.

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Who would have thought you could get into so much trouble just by saying no to a wedding in rotation, the way Jesus tells that certain limitations are much more important than others in your entire future may depend on your RSVP deep listening now is Dr. James Boyce discusses the proper response to the invitation we received from God himself.

Welcome to the Bible study hours of radio and Internet program with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically today.

Dr. Boyce looks at another of Jesus parables about salvation. This one is about a king who invites guests to his son's wedding banquet.

They'd turn him down. The king urges them to comment. They not only refuse again. But even murder the king's messengers. This doesn't sit well with the king and they end up paying with their own lives, so the king since his servants to invite anyone who will come regardless of who they are rich or poor, good or evil, and the party begins in an unexpected twist. The king notices a party pressure. He's not wearing the proper party clothes, and he refuses to say how he got in the king's not pleased and the bouncers tossed them out into the night Jesus ends the story with a comment about many being invited, and few being chosen.

Let's listen now is Dr. Boyce examines this plot filled parable one of the ways in which I'm very different from my wife is that she never remembers the plot of a movie and I not only remember the plot. I remember all the dialogue want to vanish all that kind of a remembering of dialogue is that from time to time the phrases of films that I've seen come back to me in one does come back, in connection with this parable where to study now.

The parable of the banquet. It comes from auntie Mame ever saw that you might remember it as well.

Auntie Mame was one who enjoyed life and she says on one occasion as she summing up her philosophy for the benefit of her nephew.

Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death while at might be true. If you have as much money as auntie Mame obviously had it is not true for most people.

Unfortunately, what it's possible to say but when were talking about spiritual things we can say spiritual life is a banquet and when we starve to death spiritually is because we won't accept the invitation that God gives us to come and feast upon those blessings. That's what this parable is all about. There was a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son and invited many people and then when the time came for the banquet to take place, the marriage supper we set out to remind those who would been invited that they had been invited and that the time had now drawn near and that they were to, and they refuse to call. I was a great insult was an insult to the king was it insult the sonnet was even an insult to the messengers who went out to invite them to call but the king didn't get angry. Instead he sent out again and he made it even more plain this time. He said the wedding banquet is already everything is prepared the cattle to kill and roasted and the time is now. This is the time to, you must put it off. This is the day and instead of responding to this third invitation. By this time they mistreated the servants, and as Jesus tells the story even killed some of as a results Lord says king became angry sent an army to punish those who would been invited and he destroyed their city and then as the story goes on. He invited these others who eventually did, in order that the wedding banquet might be full but hard to understand what that's about why the king is the King of heaven, Lord God Almighty dishonors his son the Lord Jesus Christ. Those who were first invited were the Jews of this occasion and that same attitude is reflected in many people today, those were sent before with the early invitations with the prophets and then they were killed, and those who come later, the Gentiles. This is part of that pattern of stories which we've seen others slip point to this particular historical situation here.

You have this story of people in Christ's day, but as I say repeated in our day as well who simply will not come when invitation goes out.

I think the important thing to recognize here is that the issue is not a question of their being unable to, the issue is rather that they will not, they make excuses with their excuses are no real weight just opposed to the king and his invitation explanation of this is not detailed in explicit terms, but when you read that they mistreated the servants and killed some of them.

You obviously got a clue to the fact that they have great hostility in their hearts toward the king he may be the king you may have the Army he may be able to keep the land in subjection he may be able to require certain things of them by force, but they are not to give them anything they don't have to and they certainly don't have to go to this banquet and they're not going to do it as long as the servants are in their power. They're going to show their hate for for the king by the way they treated. See that's the problem. The problem is that we will launch, now in Luke's account of this Luke elaborates upon the excuses. Some have a great deal of hostility and express it openly killed the prophets, not everybody has a chance to do that but lacking that opportunity. We at least make excuses. So that's the part of this that Jesus emphasizes a Luke's version of the parable in the story goes, he said that the invitation came in some began to say well I just bought a field, and I have to go and see my field.

Please excuse me and somebody else that I just bought five yoke of oxen. I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me another set I just got married and I can't come. Now those are trifling excuses must understand that but one of them holds up. After all, here's a man is that I bought a feeling I have to go look at it, but it would be there tomorrow. I do believe that if he bought the field and look at it before Ebonics was a reason why he had to go see it on that particular occasion, but it just seemed to him in the flow of his life that that's something that he would rather do that except the owner of the invitation of the king. The banquet was always that I can come there's another one set have five yoke of oxen want try the mountings they had appealed to plow his medical try them out. They didn't have to do that even in the case of the marriage which has at least a little more weight to it. We really do think that the new bride of a man who would been honored with invitation to the king's banquet would not be welcome, along with her new husband.

Of course she would. Here's a man who said well I just don't want to, this is a convenient way of getting out of it.

I think of all of the flimsy excuses that people used to avoid hearing the gospel of responding to the invitation of Jesus Christ today, we have people today who are more concerned with their credit rating than they are with Christ were concerned with the stock quotations and they are with their Bibles were concerned with making money than they are preserving their immortal souls story tells us anything, as it begins to deal with these trifle over the greatest of all possible matters. It tells us that this is absolute folly. The person does this not only commits moral and spiritual suicide, as it were such a person incurs the wrath of Almighty God the King of heaven and the just wrath. It is let's first half of the story. First, half dealing with those who will not come, the second half of the story and here Jesus begins to talk about those who do, those whom the master goes out reach and who compels them to come to the feast tires away tells me begin reading with verse eight he said to his servants, the wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come go to the street corners and invite all you can find to the banquet so the servants went out into the streets and gather all the people they could find both good and bad in the wedding hall was filled with gas are spelled out in a little fuller language in Luke here. The Lord does the same thing, the owner of the house became angry when the others wouldn't, so we ordered his servant go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, the way servant did this and said yes, but there's still Roman so he said well go out into the roads in the country lanes and make some comments on my house to be full here. You have a great switch of the Masters plans instead of those who were apparently the nobles of the landlady of the land, the wives of the land. The culture of the land the Lord says I'm going to go to those sort not biting. Those who were not wives were not cultured to go to those who come from, what are commonly called the lower levels of society. Those that live in the poor neighborhoods of the city goes for blind and halted crippled those that nobody else would pay any attention to, and when the hall is and filled even with those I want to go out into the country lanes and I'm in a bring in the country bumpkins because my house is going to be full sets most improbable situation yes may be humanly speaking, because that's not the way we think, but it is not improbable from the point of view of Almighty God.

That is the way God works all spells it out in first Corinthians, when he says that is precisely what God is done. You see your calling, brethren. He says, is not many mighty, not many noble, not many lives a few but not God is called those who are not wise to put to shame the wisdom of those who think their wives God is called those who were not noble base to shame. Those who consider themselves to be noble, God is called the weak things of the world bring the not the things that are in order that no flesh might glory in his presence.

C&S to be that way, you say is it possible for God to be dishonored by having the banquet hall empty and the answer is of course not.

Is it possible for the Lord Jesus Christ to die in vain. Go to the cross to suffer to die to rise again to be exalted in hell of a not have anybody there to celebrate his victory is possible that the marriage supper of the Lamb of the bride, not present.

Of course not. God says what I'm going to do my graces go out, call people from all walks of life, all levels of understanding all spiritual or moral accomplishments, and I'm going to bring the men by my grace and I'm in a do it in such a way, the glory goes not to the people involved, the glory goes to me you say how is that would be more glorious God had filled his hall with important gas wouldn't of been more to the honor of the king of all of the nobles of the land all the important people were sitting there. I don't think so.

I think it is far more to the glory of God the things fall out the way they do. Charles Spurgeon love this particular parable, and he preached seven sermons just on this one and Matthew as well as some others in the version that we have in Luke spells out in one of those sermons. The way in which, as things fell out.

This resounded far more to the glory of God, and it would've been otherwise he says was this first of all those who came were actually came to the banquet were far more grateful than those who had been first invited would've been if they had come is that you have to understand how it would be here for people who had plenty of money who had plenty of things of this world they could eat the fatted calf anytime they wanted. So the king and invited them to the banquet than the fatted calf and spread before them, they could well of said Spurgeon reconstructs the conversation well. Thanks for nothing.

I have this at home when he went out send brought in the Baker's the poor to halt the blind. Those inside at the corners, making for a penny or two.

So they keep themselves from starving when he brought in. People like mad and spread out all the riches of his body before them, why there were people who were grateful and they one beggar would say to another why I haven't eat like this for a long time and the other one would say no certainly have neither. Why just last night I was begging. I only had to sense barely enough to get anything to eat now look at this old and spread out before us. The other would would say well. Long live the King and long-lived, his son see how grateful they would be the way it should be with us to see as long as we come to God and think that we're rather important that we've achieved a good bit and after all, God is really doing himself a favor to call us to salvation. What kind of gratitude is that when were say. When we recognize that we are lost in sin that we are dead in trespasses and sins were unable to respond to God as a matter of fact, everything we do is offensive to God because all the thoughts and intents of our hearts relieve all the time as God sees it, and for such people to be safe is really a thing of immense gratitude and we rejoice to sing the praises of our God, far more than if it had been the other way around. Spurgeon said also Understand that not only were they more grateful. Their joy was much more expressed why you said they'd be making so much noise and their joy.

You wouldn't even be able to hear yourself think.

Then finally, Spurgeon said the honor of the king would last longer because the occasion became far more famous than it would've otherwise supposed Spurgeon said it was a normal wedding feast in the normal people were invited who would remember that why that's happened before that will happen again are going to be many more feasts a lot who was ever heard of the king inviting Baker's was powerless was ever heard of the king feeding the multitudes of the disadvantaged. In this way okay and is ever done that.

So Spurgeon speculates how down over the decades, and over the centuries people would talk to their friends about the time their father therefore father was poor, was invited to the banquet and they say all the stories he used to tell us about the king's binary at all. What a marvelous occasion that was so the honor and the fame of the king would be repeated from generation to generation. Is that the occasion whenever Christians come together and rejoice in the favor of God toward them to think the great God of the universe. The sovereign God of the universe. The goddess thoughts are not even our sponsors. Ways are not even ways his glory is even beyond human expression.

This God at all this already. All this holiness is glory all this truth is. Wisdom is like that since God is still down this earth to take people like you and me and left about the invitation of his gospel and make us sit together with Christ of the great banquet supper of the Lamb. And if I can extend it not merely as guests, but as I yourself story that the greater stories and that nothing more stupendous has ever happened in the pages of human history for the ages before the ages. Thereafter, if you could even talk about such things.

That is the greatest story will all the glory and praise in the honor belongs to our God for salvation like that I make an application in this way, how can you be so foolish as to hear that invitation to come to God through faith in Jesus Christ and say I got my oxen and worry about my field worry about all these things occupy my time miss out. The greatest benefit of all present, you know, in which the story could stop at that point yet, it doesn't because the Lord in faithfulness throws in a little incident at the end about a man, poor man, presumably taken the streets or the islands invited to the banquet with peers and comes but it doesn't have on a wedding garment mastered obviously provided clothes suitable for the occasional man didn't have it on and when the king came in a Psalm immediately and he said Fred why don't you have on a wedding garment. The man were told was absolutely speechless and then the story continues. The king told his attendance tie him hand and foot throw them outside into the darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth is a why does he throw that in. I think this reason there's a kind of inverse product that is sometimes found in the disadvantaged and we have that as well. It goes like this.

Of course God doesn't invite the wealthy and the so-called important people because they're rather stuck up, they got their money dishonestly. Anyway reason he invites us is because where the good stock of the earth. The good of the humble, poor were proud of, and so we commit the same error as the others. You say to think that where important, and where they are because of who we are, rather than because of who the king is so Jesus puts the sin to warn anybody who thinks along those lines, and he indicates that even the poor.

Even the disadvantaged, even the spiritually ignorant and unwilling.

Are there because of his grace, and they stand before God. If they are to stand, not in their own righteousness, but in the righteousness of Jesus Christ match with the garments signal say we can stand before God on our own good works because are not good works even the best of our good works or bad works the way God looks at where to stand before God in the day of his judgment. We have to stand their clothes in the righteousness of Christ which is what these robes signify very interested. One detail of the story the detail it says that the man when confronted by the king was speechless. He didn't have a thing to say reason that interests me is because years ago, Donald Ray Barnhouse devised a way of talking to people about the gospel that made use of this idea whenever he would be talking with somebody who wasn't sure they were Christian or not he clarify the matter by asking this question each. I suppose has you and I leave here in a few minutes after our conversation is over and step out of the street to the car should swerve up off the sidewalk hit both of us we would be dead.

In that same second appear before God at the gates of heaven and God should ask this question.

Suppose budget as this question he would say what rights do you have become in them. I have and what would you say about us, found that people are able really to answer only in one of three ways. Many people will appeal to their good works by say something like as well either much or what I say but I guess I'd say run on the best I can.

There's my record.

You take a look and then if they answer that way Barnhouse would say will suppose you are arrested by a policeman for speeding through the middle of the city going through five stoplights walking over a fire hydrants and upsetting the apple cart and crashing into a building and you are arrested and hauled in the court's hand as you were standing there before the judge. A friend came in and paid your fine and you went out. A policeman stopped you and said what right do you had to leave this courtroom and you said well there's my record. Look at it. Usually people would get the point at your records got into trouble in the first place. So if you're going to answer God when he says what right do you have become in them. I have and that is one thing you can't say well it's one answer. What's the other one. Well, he was crossing the Atlantic on a ship. On one occasion and he tried this diagnostic question with a girl that he was talking to and she said, by golly I would never think to say and Barnhouse said you know you're quoting Scripture both had no idea she was quoting Scripture I so say where it is. He took her to Romans 319 where it says every mouth will be stopped. All she said I see what you mean God says no in your prayer before you don't have a thing to say no. I think that is exactly what Jesus is saying this parable when he says that the man was speechless. The point is well taken. You see when we stand here on earth and we think the way people do on earth, and we measure things by human standards as we do, we can say in our ignorance of spiritual things. God, there's my record that day that we stand before God in the presence of his glory and we see what the righteousness of God really is. Nobody is going to be say God bears my records record is the last thing about World War I God look at less workload than the righteousness of Jesus Christ were going to be a speechless as this man at the bank, which only one other possibility of the answer that says oh God, I know that I don't have any right to call in and of myself.

Everything I've done my whole lifetime is been to break your commandments to go my way. I've offended you.

I've spurned you as much as anybody in this or any other parable ever did you call me by grace of Jesus Christ and you provided in Christ that righteousness. I need I come now. I would even dare to come on my own but I come in your invitation and I come close in the goodness of Christ died on the cross for me and others of the only people that are going to be in heaven because that's the only way that anyone can come yet God invites you to come in precisely that way is invitation goes out as long as this church age lasts that invitation goes out to the banquet feast at the banquet on all these spiritual things, but coming Christ died for you if you not cobbled you, and I was the time that invitation is not the invitation of the preacher invitation of God, the human heart and its board hone your thinking and your heart by the Holy Spirit who invites you and it's in his name and his power that we say, spray our father we ask that there are those who have heard this message many times, or even who are hearing at the first time, but were inclined to pull back because the affairs of this world.

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