“The slave said.
What you have ordered
Has been done.
But there is still room.’”
καὶ εἶπεν ὁ δοῦλος Κύριε, γέγονεν ὃ ἐπέταξας, καὶ ἔτι τόπος ἐστίν.
Only Luke had Jesus remark that this slave said (καὶ εἶπεν ὁ δοῦλος) to his master, calling him lord (Κύριε), that he had done what he had asked or commanded (γέγονεν ὃ ἐπέταξας). He had invited the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame, but there was still room (καὶ ἔτι τόπος ἐστίν). There is nothing like this in Matthew. Have you ever gone to an event that was not full?
“You will be blessed!
Because they cannot
You will be repaid
At the resurrection
Of the righteous!”
καὶ μακάριος ἔσῃ, ὅτι οὐκ ἔχουσιν ἀνταποδοῦναί σοι· ἀνταποδοθήσεται γάρ σοι ἐν τῇ ἀναστάσει τῶν δικαίων.
Luke uniquely has Jesus explain why inviting the poor, the lame, the crippled, and the blind was a good thing to do. Jesus said that they would be blessed, happy, and fortunate (καὶ μακάριος ἔσῃ). These unfortunate people would not be able to repay them with another reciprocal dinner party, (ὅτι οὐκ ἔχουσιν ἀνταποδοῦναί σοι). However, they would be repaid (ἀνταποδοθήσεται γάρ σοι) at the resurrection of the righteous (ἐν τῇ ἀναστάσει τῶν δικαίων). In other words, they would receive a heavenly reward at the end times. They should not be that concerned about getting an earthly reward of another dinner invitation, when an eternal reward was available. Will you be blessed now or at the resurrection of the righteous?
“I will remove disaster
So that you will not bear
Reproach for it.
I will deal
With all your oppressors
At that time.
I will save the lame.
I will gather the outcast.
I will change their shame
I will make them
Renown in all the earth.”
Yahweh, via Zephaniah, would remove all the disasters from the Israelites. They would not have to bear any reproach. Yahweh was going to deal with all their oppressors. He was going to save the lame and gather the outcasts, so that their shame would be turned to praise. The Israelites would be known throughout the whole world.
“Thus says Yahweh.
‘Sing aloud with gladness
For the chief of the nations!
The remnant of Israel!’
I am going to bring them
From the north country.
I am going to gather them
From the farthest parts of the earth.
Among them will be
Those with child,
Those in labor,
A great company.
They shall return here.’”
Yahweh, via Jeremiah, wants everyone to sing out loud and be glad for Jacob. They should shout out with joy as they proclaim and praise Yahweh. The people should ask Yahweh to save the remnant of its people. Yahweh was going to return all his people from the lands of the north, as well as from all over the earth, wherever they were. This would include the blind and the lame, women with children and those expecting. Everyone would come together in a great gathering of people as they returned home.
“Your riggings hangs loose.
It cannot hold the mast firm in its place.
It cannot keep the sail spread out.
Then prey in abundance will be divided.
Spoil in abundance will be divided.
Even the lame will fall to plundering.
No inhabitant will say.
‘I am sick.’
The people who live there
Will be forgiven their iniquity.”
Isaiah remarks that despite the fact that the ship is not in good shape since the riggings are loose, the mast is not firm, and the sail is not spread out, you will not have to worry. There will be enough prey to be divided up. There will be so much spoil that even the lame will be able to plunder the area. No one will be sick in this utopian time. In fact, all their iniquity will be forgiven so that they do not have to be anxious or troubled.
“When the ear heard it,
It commended me.
When the eye saw,
I delivered the poor who cried.
I helped the orphan who had no helper.
The blessing of the wretched came upon me.
I caused the widow’s heart to sing for joy.
I put on righteousness.
It clothed me.
My justice was like a robe and a turban.
I was eyes to the blind.
I was feet to the lame.
I was a father to the needy.
I championed the cause of the stranger.
I broke the fangs of the unrighteous.
I made them drop their prey from their teeth.”
Job becomes self-righteous as he listed off all his good works. Both ears and eyes approved what he had done. He answered the cry of the poor and the orphan. He blessed the wretched. He brought joy to the widows. He dressed as if he were righteous with a robe and a turban. He was the eyes for the blind and the feet for the lame. He was the father to the needy. He championed the causes of strangers. He made the unrighteous drop their prey. What a great guy! He was almost perfect in all that he did for others.