Today’s Reading: Luke 14:15-24
In the parable of the Great Banquet, Jesus says in Luke 14:18 Jesus said, “but they all alike began to make excuses.” Remember, the invitation giving the day of the banquet had already been extended and accepted weeks earlier. But these people began to make lame excuses at the last minute. In the Middle East, to decline an invitation from a great man was like a slap in the face, a massive insult.
An excuse is actually like gift-wrapping for a lie. Our culture has refined the art of making excuses. There is a multitude of websites suggesting hundreds of excuses you can give for any situation. Some, even have them divided into categories. For instance, if you are caught sleeping at work, you could say “They told me at the blood bank that this might happen.”
There were three excuses given in Jesus’ parable. They are the same excuses people are giving to God today. On the surface, they may appear to be legitimate reasons, but when you examine them, you’ll discover they are empty excuses they gave simply because they didn’t want to attend the party. Take some time today to see if you can identify the three excuses in Luke 14. Tomorrow we will look at these in detail.