Then said he to him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:…
I. A TYPE OF THE GOSPEL OF CHRIST.
1. Of the nature of the gospel. A supper. It is God's provision to satisfy the soul's hunger.
2. Of the abundance of God's provision in the gospel. A great supper.
(1) Every want of the soul can be satisfied by the gospel.
(2) Satisfied for ever.
3. Of the freeness of the gospel.
(1) In the grace which provided it.
(2) In the generousness which invites to it.
II. A TYPE OF THE TREATMENT THE GOSPEL RECEIVES.
1. The term used to express this treatment is very noticeable. Excuse. Not positive refusal, yet not acceptance.
2. The excuses mentioned are noticeable.
(1) Though often rendered, how untenable. Feast occurring probably in evening, would not have interfered with land speculator or enterprising farmer; and the young husband could have taken his bride with him.
(2) Though differing in their phases, how similar in spirit. Setting personal gratification above the claims of God.
III. A TYPE OF THE EFFECT OF THIS TREATMENT ON THE DIVINE MIND.
1. The Divine resentment is here stated.
2. Fresh orders are given.
3. New decree declared.Lessons:
1. The provision God has made for us in Christ — how satisfying and abundant.
2. Excuses for procrastination — how common — how dangerous.
3. When God says, "None of those who were bidden shaft taste," etc., seals the doom of such.
(D. C. Hughes, M. A.)
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