This week we looked at the Parable of the Great Feast. Jesus used parables when he was teaching. A parable is a story about something that you already know about, which helps you to understand something about God and his kingdom. Some of the things we might read in the Bible aren’t part of our lives today, but we can still learn about God from the stories that Jesus told.
Ask your children to turn in their Bibles to Luke 14:12 –
Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”
When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”
Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’
“But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
“Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and 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 and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’
“‘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 and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”
Ask the students to retell the story from what they remember. If you hear them make a claim that isn’t part of the story, ask them to show you where they see that in the Bible. Re-read verses as necessary to help them remember.
Ask & Discuss:
• Who did the king invite to the party first?
• Why did the guests make excuses not to come? (something else was more important)
• How did the king respond?
• Who do you think the king is in the story? Who are the people he invited?
o When God invites us to spend time with him, he is like the king.
o What things do you sometimes make more important than God? (share your examples too).
• Invite the kids to share observations about why Jesus might have told this story.
• How can we be ready to say yes to God? (How can we know when God is speaking to us?, Can we read the bible? Pray? What else?)