Summary: The Parable of the Wedding Feast. (Powerpoint slides to accompany this talk are available on request – email: email@example.com)
• Be alert (Vs 35)
• Be Waiting and watching (vs 36-40)
• Be specific (vs 41)
• Be Working (vs 42-53)
• When Winston Churchill was in his early thirties;
• He tried with all his powers to awaken the English speaking world;
• To the impending dangers of a resurgent Germany;
• At the time Germany was being influenced by one ‘Corporal Hitler’;
• But Churchill’s warnings were all to no avail.
• So it was therefore ironic
• That after he had done so much to try and avert the conflict.
• That when war broke out:
• Britain turned to Churchill in her fight against Nazism;
• This sense of irony never left him;
• Years later American President Roosevelt asked him the question:
• “What did he feel the war should be called?”
• Churchill answered without hesitation ‘The Unnecessary War’.
• Churchill knew the difficulty of getting people to listen;
• Especially listening to things they did not want to hear;
• And to be confronted with tough choices that will affect a person’s life-style.
• Sadly for many people - only calamity;
• Will make them take notice of things that they should be noticing all of the time.
In Luke chapter 12 Jesus wants his hearers to make some tough choices:
• He has been teaching some important truths:
• And like Churchill he knew his hearers did not want to embrace them;
• For they made huge demands upon a person’s life.
Question: What was this tough teaching?
Answer: Just scan chapter 12 of Luke and you will find out:
• Verses 1-12: Beware of hypocrisy - double standards – be genuine!
• Verses 13-21: Beware of covetousness (longing for money & possessions) – be content!
• Verses 22-34: Beware of worrying – trust in God - be focussed!
• And now in these two parables Jesus again gives us another warning:
• Verses 35-48 Beware of carelessness (beware of negligence).
• In these verses Jesus will shift the emphasis:
• He has been talking about being worried in the present;
• Now he switches the teaching to talk about being concerned about the future.
• This highlighting of ‘being ready’ in these two parables:
• Really complements and completes this previous teaching;
• The best way to overcome and conquer hypocrisy, covetousness and worry;
• Is to look forward to the return of the Lord!
• When you are living in the ‘future’ tense;
• It is much harder for the things of the world to ensnare you.
• Quote: C. S. Lewis:
• “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither.”
(1). Be alert (Vs 35): “Be dressed ready for service keep your lamps burning”
• As the old joke goes:
• “Be alert because Britain needs lerts”
• There was a king of England called Ethelred,
• (King of England 978–1013 and 1014–1016).
• He earned the nickname ’Ethelred the Unready’.
• I think that nickname was a little unfair because he was only about 10 years old;
• When he came to the throne and was made king.
• Most of his problems were caused by his advisors, his councillors;
• Their poor advice meant that Ethelred was never really prepared to meet his enemies,
• Unable to effectively rouse and army and fight them;
• Ethelred was forced to buy off his enemies.
• This earned him the nick-name ‘Ethelred the unready’.
• Although to be fair to the boy king – it was mainly due to his poor advisors.
Jesus tells his followers in verse 35:
• Don’t be like Ethelred! Instead be prepared!
• N.I.V.: “Be dressed ready for service”
• K.J.B.: “Let your loins be girded about”
• In Jesus day; servants would need to hitch their long robes into their belts;
• This gave them a greater freedom to move around and perform their duties.
• If they did not hitch them up the robes would get in the way and may even trip them up.
• You get dressed when you are going out or you are on duty.
• i.e. At home you may have a lazy day – stay in your pyjamas & remain unshaved.
• But when you go out or are off to work;
• You get prepared i.e. washed, dressed & ready for duty.
• Jesus tells his disciples to have the attitude of always being ready.
• They are to have the attitude of always being on duty;
• Therefore they need always to be prepared!
• ‘Be Prepared’ are well known words to many people;
• Since 1907 they have been the motto of the Boy Scout Movement,