Ep 7: Great Banquet

Ep 7: Great Banquet


In these podcasts we’ve been
exploring together, the fascinating and powerful world
of the parables of Jesus – understanding them as little narrative
metaphors of the Kingdom of God, trying to subvert conventional perceptions
and experiences of the kingdom of God in order to generate new and
brilliant understandings and experiences of
God’s Kingdom. In this last podcast we turn to
the parable of the Great Banquet. Which is found in Luke chapter 14, it’s also found in a slightly different
form in Matthew chapter 22. Now the theme of the banquet
is central to the whole of the Bible, in a sense you could say the Bible
moves from one banquet to another it begins with the Passover
– banquet, and ends in the Christian Bible, with the
vision in the book of Revelation, of the Messianic Banquet, the
marriage feast of the Lamb. Sp the theme of the banquet takes us
to the heart of Scripture, who God is for us and
who we are for God. In this parable Jesus uses
the banquet in order to subvert a whole
social system, a social system that was based
upon the old Latin tag “do ut des”, I give to you so that you give to me,
so in other words a two-way traffic. What Jesus presents in fact, is the
hospitality of God, who is the host, as one way traffic. The God who doesn’t invite people
from whom He may expect a return but invites the poor, the crippled,
the blind and the lame. So again this is a parable that turns
the world on its head but turns perceptions of the kingdom
of God on their head as well. In other words it’s a parable where Jesus
puts before us the hospitality of God which is seriously subversive of
a human hospitality which is really a form of self-interest.

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