Full text of Derek Prince’s sermon titled “The Two Banquets”.
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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
The subject that I want to speak to you about this evening, I have given the title: ‘The Two Banquets’.
I’m going to be speaking about two banquets that are described in parables in the New Testament. In the parables of Jesus.
I’m going to base my message on three parables of Jesus. I think I should say at the beginning that this message is a warning. It’s a warning against presumption. It’s a warning that comes initially from Jesus Himself.
It’s a warning against presuming on a relationship with God that you don’t actually have.
It also raises two questions. The first is what kind of people receive God’s provision?
And the second is what kind of people miss God’s provision?
So I want you to be listening with those thoughts in mind.
Now I’m going to read the first parable, which is found in Matthew chapter 21, verses 33 through 46. It’s usually called ‘The Parable of the Vineyard’. It speaks about a landowner who rented out a vineyard to workers, vinedressers, but expected them to bring some of the fruit as payment for the vineyard. They refused to do that, and this describes how the landowner dealt with them.
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‘There was a certain landowner who planted a vineyard and set a hedge around it, dug a winepress in it and built a tower. And he leased it to vinedressers and went into a far country. Now, when the vintage-time drew near, he sent his servants to the vinedressers that they might receive its fruit. And the vinedressers took his servants, beat one, killed one, and stoned another. Again he sent other servants more than the first, and they did likewise to them. Then last of all, he sent his son to them, saying, ‘They will respect my son’.
But when the vinedressers saw the son, they said among themselves, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize the inheritance.’ And they caught him and cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore, when the owner of the vineyard comes, what will he do to those vinedressers?’
Now we get the response of the people who were listening to Jesus.
‘They said to Him, “He will destroy those wicked men miserably and lease his vineyard to other vinedressers who will render to him the fruits in their seasons.”
‘Then Jesus said to them, ‘Did you never read in the Scriptures: ‘The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone? This was the Lord’s doing, and it is marvellous in our eyes’? Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you (Jewish people) and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. And whoever falls on this stone will be broken, but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.’
Now, when the chief priests and Pharisees heard His parables, they perceived that He was speaking of them.’ They saw that it was directed to them, the leaders of the Jewish people at that time. ‘But when they sought to lay hands on Jesus, they feared the multitudes because they took Him for a prophet.’