Summary: A sermon on who to invite to dinner based on Luke 14:12-14 (really it covers Luke 14:1-24)
Brad and Libby Birky opened a restaurant in Denver, Colorado. It is a 40 seat restaurant that has one thing conspicuously absent, a cash register. They serve healthy food to people in need. The Birky’s do not charge for their meals telling people “Pay whatever you can afford.” Some do not pay anything but most pay a dollar or donate an hour of work. The name of the restaurant: SAME- So All May Eat.
Jesus in Luke 14 is invited to a Sabbath Day dinner party at the house of prominent Pharisee. The Pharisees had an interest in Jesus and this is not the only time this happened. “Now one of the Pharisees invited Jesus to have dinner with him, so he went to the Pharisee’s house and reclined at the table.” Luke 7:36, NIV. “When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited him to eat with him; so he went in and reclined at the table.” Luke 11:37, NIV.
Why did they invite Jesus to their banquets? At first it probably was out of curiosity. Wanted to learn more about Jesus, this new and popular rabbi. Later on it: “When Jesus left there, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose him fiercely and to besiege him with questions, waiting to catch him in something he might say.” Luke 11:53, 54. Interesting that at this banquet in Luke 14 there is little controversy, don’t know why.
While Jesus was there, it was good opportunity for him to teach godly table manners.
In Luke 14, vs. 2 to vs. 6 he teaches table manners about the Sabbath. Healed dropsy
Vs. 7- 11 he talks about how the guests picked their seats around the table. Vs. 11
Vs. 12-14 he gives his host something to think about. Maybe Jesus in an indirect way was expressing his thanks for being invited. Jesus probably wanted to make a statement about how a Christian should choose their guest list for a banquet.
This is a unique statement from Jesus that Luke records. This does apply to stewardship.
Thesis: Take a look at 3 things: 1) what our Savior wants us to stop doing 2) what our Savior summons us to do 3) What our Savior wants to secure for us and others
What our Savior wants us to stop doing (Vs. 12)
Now it is not wrong to invite these people. Jesus often attended feasts with these people.
Jesus is looking at the motive for inviting these kinds of people. Is it out of the goodness of our hearts or is it to get something from them? Is it the I scratch your back and then you scratch my back mentality?
“He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. The next day he took out two silver coins and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’” Luke 10:34, 35, NIV.
What kind of repayment did the Good Samaritan expect back? What if the man did not recover and died in that inn? What kind of repayment would he have gotten?