The Teaching of Jesus: Radical Inclusion and Table Fellowship

These were the notes for this evening’s topic.

1.1 The Nazareth Manifesto Luke 4:16-30
1.1.1 The Anointed Deliverer Isaiah 61:1-3 but with a difference!
1.1.2 The widow of Zaraphath (1 Kings 17:7-25); Naaman the Syrian (2 Kings 5:1-19)

1.2 Jesus Eating with Sinners Luke 5:27- 32
1.2.1 Calling Levi/Matthew
1.2.2 The significance of Table Fellowship in the time of Jesus – reconciliation
1.2.3 Luke 7:34 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and you say, “Here is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners.”

1.3 Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman Luke 7:36-50
1.3.1 The scandal of the anointing
1.3.2 The parable of the two debtors
1.3.3 Jesus forgives the woman’s sins

1.4 The Parable of the Great Banquet Luke 14:15-22; Matthew 22:1-14 – see ESSAY E

1.5 Parables of the Lost Luke 15:1-32
1.5.1 The Parable of the Lost Sheep (vv1-7)
1.5.2 The Parable of the Lost Coin (vv8-10)
1.5.3 The Parable of the Prodigal Son and the Older Brother (vv11-32)

1.6 Jesus and Zacchaeus Luke 19:1-10
1.6.2 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’ (Luke 19:10)

1.7 The Significance of Table Fellowship in Jesus’s Ministry
1.7.1 Old Testament prophecies of God’s inclusive Kingdom Isaiah 2:2-3; 56:3-7; 42:6-7; 49:6-7; 60:1-6; Psalm 86:8-10 – See also ESSAY A and the Nunc Dimittis.
1.7.2 Anticipation of the Messianic Banquet Isaiah 25:6–8; Isaiah 55:1-6; Luke 13:29; Matthew 8:10-12; Luke 14:15.
1.7.3 Jesus is intentionally creating a new inclusive community.
1.7.4 Jesus declared all foods clean Mark 7:18-23

1.8 Are there conditions for inclusion? Accepting the invitation.
1.8.1 The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax-Collector Luke 18:9-14
1.8.2 The call to repentance Luke 5:32, 15:7, 15:10
1.8.3 The need for faith – see UNIT 6 Responding to the Kingdom.
1.8.4 The call to discipleship “Follow me” (16x); “take up the cross” Luke 9:23; 14:27; “become a servant” Mark 10:43-45; “enter through the narrow gate” Luke 13:22-30. See also ESSAY D and UNIT 6.
1.8.5 Then neither do I condemn you.’ ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.’ (John 8:11)

Luke 5:32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance
Luke 15:7 I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who do not need to repent.
Luke 15:10 In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.
Luke 19:10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.’

Bartchy, S. S. (1992). Table Fellowship. In J. B. Green & S. McKnight (Eds.), Dictionary of Jesus and the Gospels (pp. 796–800). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
K.E. Bailey Poet and Peasant & Through Peasant Eyes Sections on the relevant parables.
Commentaries especially on Luke.

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