Questions about the parable of the Great Supper

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The parable of the Great Supper closely precedes an important feast. When is the parable read? Why?


This parable was uttered in response to something that a man said to Jesus. What was it?


"A certain man made a great supper." (Luke 14:16)

Who is the man? What is the significance of this?


What is the supper? Why a great supper and not a dinner?


"A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: And sent his servant at suppertime to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready." (Luke 14:16b-17)

Who is the servant? Note the two callings ("to say to them that were bidden") What is the meaning of this?


"And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused. And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused." (14:18,19)

What does the ground and the 5 yoke of oxen represent? Does the number of oxen have any special meaning?


"And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come." (Luke 14:20)

What is the meaning?


The ones who rejected the invitation to the Great Supper must be understood in 2 ways. Who are these people?


So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. (Luke 14:21)

Who are these people? Describe their afflictions and character


"And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled." (Luke 14:24)

Who are the ones in the highways and hedges? What are these places?

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