God is concerned for the poor

Luke 14:12-24

Jesus is speaking to a crowd at a banquet. Conversation turns toward banquet etiquette and eschatological eating arrangements.

Jesus tells a story to the gathered guests, a story of a great banquet. A certain man invited many people to come to his banquet. Although they initially agreed to come, each backed out at the last minute. The man's servant sees nothing but an empty table. So, the man sends his servant to collect the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame in order to fill his table.

The excuses given by the bail-out guests were all good excuses: business, business, marriage. These were the people who had the good excuses. I wonder if their financial and social wealth routinely got in the way of their attendance at banquets.

God seems, throughout Scripture, to take a special interest in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame. He wants them to be taken care of, to be invited to banquets, to fill up banqueting tables.

Do we share his concern?

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