Then said he to him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:…
I. THE PARTIES TO WHOM THE SERVANT WAS DIRECTED TO MAKE KNOWN HIS BENEVOLENT COMMISSION. Stripped of its figurative clothing, the passage intimates to us the calling of the Gentiles upon the rejection of the gospel by the Jews. But the compassion of the Lord was as large as His provision and the creature's necessity; therefore the servant was sent further from home — he was to "go out into the highways and hedges," to pick up the vagrants and the wanderers, to address those for whose condition no man had eared, and to invite and urge them to partake of the banquet of heavenly mercy. The parties to whom our attention is to be directed are presented to us under a twofold aspect. They are described — First, by the nearness of their residence to us. They are the miserable and the distressed in the streets and lanes of the city. Next to our own individual conversion to God, our attention is to be directed to the conversion of those around us. But the persons to whom this merciful attention is to be directed are described — Secondly, by their miserable and destitute condition. The dismal description which is given us of these wretched beings in the parable is borrowed from temporal things, and is expressed in terms which convey a lively picture of misery and wretchedness.
II. THE METHOD TO BE EMPLOYED BY THE SERVANT IN ORDER TO BRING THESE PERSONS TO THE ROYAL BANQUET. He was to "bring" them in, and "compel" them to come.
1. The servant must "compel" sinners by setting before them their guilty and perishing condition.
2. There must be, in connection with this, an exhibition of the Saviour's grace.
3. He must "compel" sinners to come in by unfolding the encouragement which is given to comply with the invitation and to believe the gospel. And these encouragements are neither few nor small.
4. The servant of the Lord must "compel" men by a solemn testimony of the guilt and danger of a refusal.
(J. E. Goode.)
Parallel VersesKJV: Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: