#972 June 6, 1993 - 9:40 a.m.
(transcribed from tape)
WHO IS NUMBER ONE?
We're studying the parables and I hope you have your Bible open this morning to our
scripture passage that's listed there. It's Luke, chapter number 14, begin reading with
Verse 16, followingQ Luke 14:16, followinq. If you did not bring a Bible, look in the
pew rack in front there and you'll find one disguised as a hymnal. And open your
Bibles there and follow along as I read. Luke 14:16, following;
"But Jesus said to him, A certain manr was givIng- a big dinner and he invited
many. And at the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been
invited, Come, for everything is ready now. But they- a-l alike began to -ake
excuses. The first one said to him, I have bought a piece of land and I need to
go out and look at it. Please consider me excused. And another one said, I
have bought five yoke of oxen and I'm going to try them out. Please consider
me excused. And another one said, I have married a wife and for that reason
I cannot come. And the slave came back and reported this to his master. Then
the head of the household became angry and said to the slave, Go out at once
into the streets and the lanes of the city and bring in here the poor and crippled
and blind and lame. And the slave said, Master, what you commanded has
been done and still there is room. And the Master said to the slave, Go out into
the highways and along the hedges and compel them to come in that my house
may be filled. Jesus said, But I tell you none of those men who were invited
shall taste of my dinner."
"Now a great multitudes were going along with him and he turned and said to
them, If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and
wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, even his own life, he cannot be
my disciple. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot
be my disciple."
Let's pray together.
Father, Your ...
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