Luke 14:22

ESV And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’
NIV " ‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’
NASB And later the slave said, ‘Master, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’
CSB "‘Master,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, and there’s still room.’
NLT After the servant had done this, he reported, ‘There is still room for more.’
KJV And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.
NKJV And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’

What does Luke 14:22 mean?

This is a beautiful verse when understood in context. For several chapters, Jesus has been describing the characteristics of the kingdom of God. In this chapter, He's the guest of a Pharisee who is throwing a banquet (Luke 14:1). He is showing that in God's kingdom healing is welcome on the Sabbath, grasping for honor leads to shame, and when you bless those who can't reciprocate, God will reward you (Luke 14:5, 11, 14). Now, He tells a parable about a man who has planned a great feast and eagerly anticipated the arrival of his guests. To his consternation, all of them make excuses and refuse to come (Luke 14:16–20). The feast is ready, but he has no one to eat it. So, the man sends his servant throughout the city to find the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind: people that culture assumed were cursed by God (Luke 14:21).

The parable is a story about the kingdom of God. God invited the civil and religious leaders of the Jews to eternity with Him in heaven. They promised they would come. But they got distracted by the blessings of the world. These leaders were supposed to bring the people with them to God's kingdom. Instead, God went directly to the people and invited them. Yet even these grateful guests do not fill the room. The banquet's host needs more guests.

Mercifully, there is still room in the kingdom of God. In fact, there is always room for more to come to faith. Luke 13:23–30 explains that the kingdom of God is limited only because a limited number of people will follow Christ. In that teaching, when the Jews do not respond, Jesus invites the Gentiles (Luke 13:29). In this parable, He invites people who live and beg in the hedges that line the road outside of town (Luke 14:23).
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