Then said he to him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:…
I. THE FREENESS OF THE GOSPEL. "Highways": every class invited.
II. THE FULNESS — "All things ready."
III. THE BANQUET IS THE PROVISION OF LOVE AND THE EXPRESSION OF LOVE. "Compel" means, use strong persuasion. No principle is so urgent as love. It reasons with the soul.
IV. GOD, IN SENDING OUT HIS INVITATIONS, BACKS THEM WITH THE AUTHORITY OF FATHERHOOD.
V. THE DOOM OF THOSE WHO REFUSE TO ACCEPT. The door is shut as effectually through your neglect as through your refusal.
VI. PRACTICAL OBSERVATIONS.
1. God constrains souls to come to Him by a great many methods. Prosperity, trials, etc.
2. Hunger ought to send to that feast — soul hunger.
3. It is the duty of Christ's people to make the religion of Christ attractive. An invitation to a cold, cheerless house, would not win even a beggar.
4. The refusal of Christ's invitation is a terrible insult and injury.
5. The time to accept is very short. Come. The banquet wails.
(T. L. Cuyler, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: