16 Then said he - Continuing the allusion. A certain man made
a great supper - As if he had said, All men are not sensible of this happiness.
Many might have a part in it, and will not.
18 They all began to make excuse - One of them pleads only his own will,
I go: another, a pretended necessity, I must needs go: the third, impossibility,
I cannot come: all of them want the holy hatred mentioned Lu 14:26. All
of them perish by things in themselves lawful. I must needs go - The most
urgent worldly affairs frequently fall out just at the time when God makes
the freest offers of salvation.
21 The servant came and showed his lord these things - So ministers
ought to lay before the Lord in prayer the obedience or disobedience of
23 Compel them to come in - With all the violence of love, and the force
of God's word. Such compulsion, and such only, in matters of religion,
was used by Christ and his apostles.
24 For refers to Go out, Lu 14:23.