Would you get miffed if after sparing no effort or expense on a lavish banquet for your friends – who said they’d love to come – then discover that they found excuses not to come? The behavior of the rejected host in this story seems to border on vengeance. Does this host really have the right to be so miffed? Or maybe we simply don’t un-derstand how lavish this banquet really is. So, what does this have to do with me?
Jesus gives a teaching about wedding banquet etiquette followed by a teaching about hosting a luncheon or dinner. Practicing Jesus’ teaching about wedding banquet eti-quette result in being exalted. Practicing Jesus’ teaching about hosting a luncheon or dinner has even better results – repayment at the resurrection! How could we miss this? Or are we practicing this anyway without realizing these benefits? Awesome!!
King Herod the Great tried to kill Jesus at his birth. Now Herod’s son (with the same
name) is trying to kill Jesus as an adult. At least that’s what Jesus is told by the religious leaders who want him to leave that area. So which one is Jesus calling a “fox” here? It really doesn’t matter because Jesus declares his independence from any authority that would prevent God’s purpose from being fulfilled in his life.
How many efforts are there in attaining some goal? How many goals are worth a lot of
effort? Apparently this goal tops all goals because Jesus said to pull out all the stops. I see from the text that missing this narrow door results in being “thrown out” of God’s kingdom. So how narrow is this door? Isn’t narrow thinking socially and intellectually incorrect?
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“Rich Dad Poor Dad” is a 1997 book written by Robert Kiyosaki with Sharon Lechter
that has sold about 40 million copies in more than 50 languages across more than 100
countries and has been on the New York Times bestsellers list for over six years.
Among other things, it advocates the importance of increasing one’s financial intelli-
gence (financial IQ) to improve one’s business and financial aptitude. So what does
Jesus have to say about being a rich dad? Then again, what does Jesus know? He was
neither rich nor a dad. Wasn’t he?
I’ve skipped over some bold and pretty judgmental teaching of Jesus, but I’ll refer to that in today’s message. More hard teaching occurs in this text, but some mind-blowing promises await those who don’t need the hard teaching because they have moved away from the fringes and taken risky steps toward Christ. All investments have risk. That’s what they are.
For many of us prayer is hard to do consistently. Then, when we need it
the most, it’s like prayer has left the building. What did Jesus say and do
here that would help my prayer life? Lord, would you teach me to pray?
There is no one who wants peace more than a military person. After all, it’s his or her life that is on the line here. We honor those who gave the ultimate sacrifice and
we learn from their example and training. We sing about being Christian soldiers and how like a mighty army moves the church of God. God’s church did move just like that in this text and the results were phenomenal. But the bar for training was set pretty high.
Today we take a break from Luke and visit the story of Pentecost, the birthday of the Church. This is party time! Birthday party. Graduation party. Celebrate good times.
Honor our past (Pentecost). Honor our graduates and launch them properly into life.