Luke 14. Jesus’ critics accused Jesus of being a winebibber and a glutton (7:34). Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind: If those first invited to the feast refused, there would still be a feast, because the master would not prepare a banquet in vain. This condition of full and selfless service to God demands our hearts and minds, not just our bodies. Sinners and outcasts saw the love prompting the bold call to discipleship, and they responded. (Revelation 19:9), Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ But they all with one accord began to make excuses. ii. “Probably the insidious Pharisee had brought this dropsical man to the place, not doubting that our Lord’s eye would affect his heart, and that he would instantly cure him; and then he could most plausibly accuse him for a breach of the Sabbath. i. This was a remarkable miracle. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. Luke 14:27(NASB) Verse Thoughts. “So if we are to have many sinners saved, we must go out of our own quiet haunts, and go forth into frequented places. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Previously, Jesus said that coming to God was like accepting an invitation (Luke 14:16-24). He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath: Even though Jesus had some of His greatest disputes with the Pharisees, He still associated with them – not to be one of them, but to love them and show them a godly example. ii. b. > First, we must take this verse in the context of the chapter. Excuses are made. Or, it is just as likely that Jesus understood and explained their objection. Such compulsion, and such only, in matters of religion, was used by Christ and his apostles. So — Like this man, who, being afraid to face his enemy, sends to make peace with him, every one who forsaketh not all that he hath - 1. Luke 14:7-14 Humbling the Exalted--Exalting the Humble Luke 14:15-24 An Invitation to God's Great Banquet Luke 14:25-27 The Extreme Nature of True Discipleship, Part 1 “If they said no, they would reveal themselves for what they really were – inhumane religious leaders. When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends: Jesus spoke this specifically to him who invited Him. We are studying Luke 14:7-14 for Sunday, March 3. i. And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. 2 There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. The cure which our Lord Jesus wrought upon a man that had the dropsy, on the sabbath day, and his justifying himself therein against those who were offended at his doing it on that day . [28] For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? It was used as a defence of the inquisition, the thumb-screw, the rack, the threat of death and imprisonment, the campaigns against heretics, all those things which are the shame of Christianity.” (Barclay), iv. CHAPTER 14. Therefore, we sometimes may understate the demands of Jesus when we present the gospel. CHAPTER 14. 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” If so, you probably paid dearly for the privilege ($1,000 a plate to have dinner with the President) or you knew someone who got you in the door. Luke 14 … “Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? If the master of the feast were to raise us to a more prominent place, then it would be all the more satisfying (you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table). When His time came to minister to His people, the Lord Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River in Judea. The Gospel of Luke Chapter Fourteen Commentary by Timothy H. Burdick. One of them that sat at table hearing these things — And being touched therewith, said, Happy is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God - Alluding to what had just been spoken. [16] Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: A certain man made a great supper — As if he had said, All men are not sensible of this happiness. Drew near to Him to hear Him: They did not necessarily give Jesus their trusting love and allegiance immediately; but they did want to hear more. i. Self-renunciation is an indispensable condition of following Christ, required for accurately counting the true cost of allegiance to Him. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. In luke 14 verse 26 to 27 in the new testament, Jesus said: If anyone comes to me and doesn’t hate his brother mother, father, wife and children and his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Alexander [the Great], Caesar, Charlemagne, and I have founded empires. When Jesus healed the man, His accusers believed that He worked on the Sabbath, and violated God’s command, but that wasn’t true. (Philippians 2:3). i. Jesus wasn’t merely teaching good manners, but a lifestyle that in lowliness of mind esteems others better than himself. iii. The story unfolds in three clear episodes. [23] And the lord said unto the servant, Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. Who can forget it? Go and sit down in the lowest place: When we are at the lower place, we aren’t there just to be noticed so we can go up higher. He will bring him down, i.e., he will come under His condemnation), and he who humbles himself will be exalted (by God). Click to enable/disable _gat_* - Google Analytics Cookie. Luke 14:1 "And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him." Luke 14 - And it came to pass, as he went into the house of one of the chief Pharisees to eat bread on the sabbath day, that they watched him.And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is … If someone took up his cross, he never came back. And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy: Because this was in the home of one of the rulers of the Pharisees (Luke 14:1) this man was an invited guest. 1. Luke was described by Paul in his letter to the Church in Colossae as "the beloved physician" (Colossians 4:14). a. The strong call to discipleship was consistent with the love of Jesus; it was the result of His love. (14) Returned in the power of the Spirit. 2. man before him--not one of the company, since this was apparently before the guests sat down, and probably the man came in hope of a … This parable is similar in some ways to the Parable of the Great Banquet (Luke 14:15-24), but the occasion is different, and it has some important distinctions. “Back of an excuse is a lack of desire.” (Morgan) There is no rational reason why someone would not want to be part of this feast; they just didn’t want to. Jesus is teaching His disciples, and like any good teacher, He begins with a truth statement that is hard to understand in order to get His students thinking. R C SPROUL DEVOTIONALS. b. There is actually about a one year gap in between verses 13 and 14. In response to this, Jesus told another story in Luke 14:16-24, “Jesus replied, ‘a certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. Commentary for Luke 14 . Everyone knew this. “Excuses are curses, and when you have no excuses left there will be hope for you.” (Spurgeon). [31] Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand? Luke 14:8. εἰς γάμους ] not generally: to an entertainment, but: to a wedding, in respect of which, however, a special purpose is not to be assumed (Bengel thinks that “civilitatis causa” Jesus did not name a feast in general); but the typical representation of the future establishment of the kingdom as a wedding celebration obviously suggested the expression (Matthew 22). Matthew 5:13; Mark 9:50. Commentary for Luke 14. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. The man was afflicted with dropsy, which is an “abnormal accumulation of serous fluid in the tissues of the body” (Liefeld), “A disease that swells up the body due to fluids forming in the cavities and tissue.” (Barclay) The word for dropsy here comes from the Greek words for “water” and “face” or “countenance” because the disease often made a person look bloated in their face. (15-24) The necessity of consideration and self-denial. Jesus Christ founded his empire upon love; and this hour millions of men would die for him.”. The Lord Jesus grew up in Nazareth, which was a city in Galilee. So He told a parable: What follows is a parable, a real-life illustration set along side a Biblical truth to give an example. It is important for every potential disciple – those of the great multitudes that followed and heard Jesus (Luke 14:25) – to consider the cost of being a disciple of Jesus. You can also change some of your preferences. We need 2 cookies to store this setting. In Jesus’ day, the seating arrangement at a dinner showed a definite order of prestige or honor. We hear the setting for the story in 14:1. Christ seems to have favored the Sabbath as a day for doing acts of mercy. And He turned and said to them, “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple.”. The story unfolds in three clear episodes. One main lesson is emphasized in these scriptures: the nature and influence of true discipleship. A Man with Dropsy Healed on the Sabbath. Biblical Commentary (Bible study) Luke 14:1, 7-14 . He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”. Call not thy friends — That is, I do not bid thee call thy friends or thy neighbours. Yet Jesus used the strong word hate to show how great the difference must be between our allegiance to Jesus and our allegiance to everyone and everything else. Have you ever had dinner with a famous person? Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. This hatred must be understood not merely in the comparative [hate, i.e. i. By analogy, we can say that God has made it so all things are now ready for men to come and receive from Him. Why don’t more accept the invitation? III. 2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. b. Who can forget it? I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’”. Some believe that he was invited simply to provoke Jesus into doing something that they could accuse Him regarding. It entails the redemption of discipleship to human beings and the power of the cross. The candidate for baptism must be able to discern the terms of God's offer for salvation before making such a monumental decision. Hope doesn’t begin until excuses end. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. a. When we allow others (especially God) to promote and lift us up, then we don’t have the same danger of being exposed as someone who exalted himself. This is even more than Paul wrote. Carrying a cross always led to death on a cross. Then all the tax collectors and the sinners: Among the great multitude described in Luke 14:25, the most notoriously sinful drew near to Jesus in response to His strong words about discipleship. ii. We don’t have the same exact customs illustrating social standing by the seating arrangements at a wedding. He spake a parable— The ensuing discourse is so termed, because several parts are not to be understood literally. The commandments of God are enough, and we should never make the traditions of man – even good traditions – equal to the commandments of God (Mark 7:8-9). Luke 14:16-24. Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. We have already considered this in our study of Luke 9:23. Especially in Christian service, there is something wonderful about knowing that God has raised you up, instead of you raising yourself up to prominence of some sort. The cross was an implement of slow, tortuous death. [12] Then said he also to him that bade him, When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends, nor thy brethren, neither thy kinsmen, nor thy rich neighbours; lest they also bid thee again, and a recompence be made thee. Changes will take effect once you reload the page. It is easy for us to limit our friends to a few comfortable, easy people, instead of reaching out to others. Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”. Sit down first and count the cost: In the parable of the tower Jesus said, “Sit down and see if you can afford to follow Me.”, b. And Jesus, answering: “The arresting word is the word ‘answering.’ These men had said nothing, yet He answered them.” (Morgan) Jesus answered them with both a question and an action. a. If those originally invited made excuses, the master commanded his servants to use all persuasion (compel them to come) to fill the feast. 1 ¶ Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! i. EXEGESIS: LUKE 14:1-6. EXEGESIS: LUKE 4:14-44. The cross was not an implement of irritation or inconvenience. Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth is beautiful in its humane simplicity. Luke 14:15-24 Commentary The Parable of the Great Banquet ... (Lk. I cannot come: “In saying, ‘I cannot come,’ the man intended, as it were, to dismiss the matter. Nor are we miserable there, and letting everyone know by our facial expressions that we really don’t belong there. 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 Luke 14:26. He carried a cross, so His followers carry one. c. Whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple: We have a difficult challenge in understanding and communicating the gospel here; there are two extremes to avoid. Watched Him closely: “The word used for watching is the word used for ‘interested and sinister espionage.’ Jesus was under scrutiny.” (Barclay) As John Trapp wrote, “They watched as intently as a dog doth for a bone.”. Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day? “As the commentators well recognize, the veiled reference is to the Gentiles who would soon be invited to enter the kingdom of God through faith in Christ.” (Pate), Now great multitudes went with Him. c. For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted: When we seek to take honor to ourselves, we will always be humbled – if not on earth, then for all of eternity. Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. People respond to a challenging gospel if the truth is spoken in love. iii. 2 And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. Will you make excuses?”. i. iii. 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