The Story of a Big Dinner




一起吃饭的人中有一个,听了这些话,就对耶稣说:“在 神的国里吃饭的人有福了。”









1. 为什么当所请的客人决定不不来赴宴的时候,那个主人就发怒呢?

2. 那些被请了但是决定不来赴宴的人所给出的理由是否合理?为什么?

3. 为什么耶稣对邀请他的人说,“不要请你的朋友、弟兄、亲戚或富裕的邻舍”?

4. 你是否曾经遇到过邀请的客人到时候却没有出席?如果有的话,你是怎么处理的?

5. 你是否曾经邀请过贫穷的、残废的、瞎眼的、瘸腿的来吃饭?

Then Jesus spoke to his host, “Suppose you give a lunch or a dinner,” he said. “do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, or your relatives, or your rich neighbors. If you do, they may invite you to eat with them. So you will be paid back.

But when you give a big dinner, invite those who are poor. Also invite those who can’t walk, the disabled and the blind. Then you will be blessed. Your guests can’t pay you back. But you will be paid back when those who are right with God rise from the dead.”

One of the people at the table with Jesus heard him say those things. So he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in God’s kingdom.”

Jesus replied, “A certain man was preparing a big dinner. He invited many guests. Then the day of the dinner arrived. He sent his servant to those who had been invited. The servant told them, ’Come. Everything is ready now’

“But they all had the same idea. They began to make excuses. The first one said ‘I have just bought a field, I have to go and see it. Please excuse me.’

“Another said, ‘I have just bought five pairs of oxen. I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me’

“Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

“The servant came back and reported this to his master. “Then the owner of the house became angry. He ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the town. Bring in those who are poor. Also bring those who can’t walk, the blind, and the disabled.’

“’Sir’, the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done. but there is still room.’

“Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads. Go out to the country lanes. Make the people come in. I want my house to be full. I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will get a taste of my dinner.’”

Discussion Question:

1.  Why did the master became angry when those invitees didn’t want to come?

2.  Were the excuses provided by the invitees reasonable? Why?

3.  Why did Jesus told the host not to invite the friends, brothers or sisters, or relatives, or rich neighbors?

4.  Have you ever had a case that your invited guest did not show up? If so, what did you do?

5.  Have you ever invited any of those who are poor, also those who can’t walk, the blind, and the disabled to a dinner?