3 And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, # Matt. Jesus then says that those who serve others “will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous” (Luke 14:14). They wanted Jesus to prove His claims with miraculous signs. If someone took up his cross, he never came back. Now great multitudes went with Him: As Jesus continued toward Jerusalem, many went with Him. “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. 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. The Bible reminds us that we should not play the self-promotion game. For exaltation comes neither from the east nor from the west nor from the south, but God is the Judge: He puts down one, and exalts another. i. Title: As with the other 3 gospels, the title is derived from the author’s name. [34] Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? c. But they all with one accord began to make excuses: Central to this parable are the excuses that were offered. d. Whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted: Jesus was the perfect One to teach on this subject, because He fulfilled it perfectly. ii. CHAPTER 14. iii. “Sabbath”: Luke shows Christ healing on the Sabbath more frequently than any of the other gospels. The general scope of it is, Not only at a marriage feast, but on every occasion, he that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that abaseth himself shall be exalted. a. Luke 14 Sabbath healing challenges lawyers and Pharisees 1 The last shall be first and first last 7 Supper in the kingdom of God 15 Leaving all to follow Christ 25 Cost to be considered in building or entering war 28 Salt without flavor 34. The servant came and showed his lord these things — So ministers ought to lay before the Lord in prayer the obedience or disobedience of their hearers. Many might have a part in it, and will not. If Jesus was not and is not God, this would be idolatry and probably madness. ii. THE OVERTURE TO LUKE-ACTS. We come to God and find that He has been ready for us. 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 1 ¶ Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! “When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place.”. In reply, Jesus tells the Parable of the Great Banquet. A Man with Dropsy Healed on the Sabbath. Click here for the following discussions ; THE GREAT SUPPER. While Luke 14 is a relatively small chapter, it is an extremely rich one. This condition of full and selfless service to God demands our hearts and minds, not just our bodies. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. Self-renunciation is an indispensable condition of following Christ, required for accurately counting the true cost of allegiance to Him. 1 It happened, when he went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees on a Sabbath to eat bread, that they were watching him….. Such compulsion, and such only, in matters of religion, was used by Christ and his apostles. (1-6) He teaches humility. “When Jesus said this he was on the road to Jerusalem. 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 _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. 3 Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not? ) But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? Luke 14:11. [11] For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted. Sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand: In the parable of the king Jesus said, “Sit down and see if you can afford to refuse My demands.”. i. We have already considered this in our study of Luke 9:23. a. [33] So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. 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!”. i. He walked to His self-death, so must those who would follow Him. What is the explanation for Luke 14:25-33? They watched Him closely: Jesus was under constant observation. We hear the setting for the story in 14:1. a. ii. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘come for everything is now ready.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. —The phrase, which meets us again in Romans 15:13, indicates a new phase of the life of the Son of Man, a change from its former tenor as striking as that which passed over the Apostles on the day of Pentecost, when new powers of thought and utterance were developed which had before been latent. a. 16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: a. ii. To better understand the context of this story, it is important to know some basic facts about weddings in Jesus’ day. NKJ Luke 14:12-14 Then He also said to him who invited [καλέω] 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 [ἀντικαλέω] you back, and you be repaid. 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. 4 And they held their peace. a. Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God! He did not parley; he did not talk; but he just said, off-hand, ‘I want no more persuading; I cannot come, and that settles it.’” (Spurgeon), “So that servant came and reported these things to his master. 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. Luke 14:15. ἀκούσας, having heard) and having been touched thereby. Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth is beautiful in its humane simplicity. The text begins with two discipleship sayings that require absolute allegiance to Jesus (14:25-27). What does this mean because i thought you had to love others as much as you love yourself. It is similar to the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14), but with some significant differences. It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill: Salt is only useful when it has the nature of salt. Often this epithet includes in its signification the idea of something that is rare and uncommon. In the Roman world, before a man died on a cross, he had to carry his cross (or at least the horizontal beam of the cross) to the place of execution. The strong call to discipleship was consistent with the love of Jesus; it was the result of His love. ii. Jesus’ critics accused Jesus of being a winebibber and a glutton (7:34). He spake a parable — The ensuing discourse is so termed, because several parts are not to be understood literally. If those originally invited made excuses, the master commanded his servants to use all persuasion (compel them to come) to fill the feast. Luke’s account of Jesus’ birth is beautiful in its humane simplicity. We don’t have the same exact customs illustrating social standing by the seating arrangements at a wedding. Commentary for Luke 14. 31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. 14. Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. By hating them all, in the sense above mentioned, cannot be my disciple - But will surely desist from building that tower, neither can he persevere in fighting the good fight of faith. Luke 14 – Feasts and Invitations A. Healing on the Sabbath. Jesus at a Pharisee’s House (). Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Luke 14:15-24 Commentary The Parable of the Great Banquet ... (Lk. 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. ii. Luke 14:16-24. Jesus here is looking at the process of daily death to selfish desires and of the willingness to bear reproach for His name’s sake. 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. Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. iii. (2). People wanted to know what He would do in different situations, and they formed their opinions about Jesus (and His God) based on what they saw. And we even learn how to do our grasping with a spiritual veneer. Our website uses cookies to store user preferences. (7-14) Parable of the great supper. [26] If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. The Father's offer of salvation is open to whosoever will come as a free gift of grace.. (1) Jesus eats in a Pharisee’s home. 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. “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. Text: Comments .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. The Gospel of Luke Chapter Fourteen Commentary by Timothy H. Burdick. Luke 14. d. I have bought a piece of ground… I have bought five yoke of oxen: The first two excuses had to do with material things, and were foolish excuses. i. If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. Previously, Jesus said that coming to God was like accepting an invitation (Luke 14:16-24). 3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? There is something wonderful in giving a gift that can never be repaid. CHAPTER 14. As Jesus spoke these words, everybody knew what He meant. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. Therefore, we sometimes may understate the demands of Jesus when we present the gospel. a. In 2 Corinthians 3:2-3, Paul explained that we are letters from Jesus, that all men read; and that the letters are not written with ink, but with the Holy Spirit, and not on paper, but on our own hearts. It is used by Luke only in this chapter (14:14) and 20:46, where it is translated as “feast” (ESV, KJV) or “banquet” (NAU, NRSV). servations suggest that some explanation isnecessary. Andrew — August 10, 2020 add comment. 14 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. 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). i. > First, we must take this verse in the context of the chapter. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. b. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. He took real-life situations familiar to all, and used them to bring forth God’s truth, especially for those open to hear His truth. What possible good can come from opposing God? The general scope of it is, Not only at a marriage feast, but on every occasion, he that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that abaseth himself shall be exalted. 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. 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. When the Romans crucified a criminal, they didn’t just hang them on a cross. ii. They would be apt to laugh in the servant’s face.”, vi. Everyone knew this. iii. The Lord Jesus grew up in Nazareth, which was a city in Galilee. Comp. Each of these are usually more costly than one thinks before beginning. i. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. Then He answered them, saying, “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?” And they could not answer Him regarding these things. 13 But when you give a feast, invite [καλέω] the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. Jesus teaches three key aspects on being a disciple. When His time came to minister to His people, the Lord Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist in the Jordan River in Judea. “To accept the invitation beforehand and then to refuse it when the day came was a grave insult.” (Barclay). 2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. Have you ever had dinner with a famous person? Luke 14:1-24.HEALING OF A DROPSICAL MAN, AND MANIFOLD TEACHINGS AT A SABBATH FEAST. c. Compel them to come in, that my house may be filled: The master of the feast was determined that some would enjoy what he had prepared. “Thus, while our Lord rebuked the wrong attitude and temper of these men, He did so by appealing to the best within them and calling them to be true to it. God in the Person of Jesus Christ came to earth and was born into His own creation so that all who believe in His finished work on Calvary's cross, for the forgiveness of sin might be forgiven - and have eternal life. It was a one-way journey. Click on the different category headings to find out more. The story unfolds in three clear episodes. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. (1-6) He teaches humility. Luke 14 records teaching that enables each of us to take the steps of discipleship and follow Jesus no matter where our starting point is. By withdrawing his affections from all the creatures; 2. And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” But they kept silent. 14 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. i. It entails the redemption of discipleship to human beings and the power of the cross. Commentary for Luke 14 . We see that Jesus responded to the man’s exclamation Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God! 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 hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. Now, extend that same common-sense kindness to needy people.”, i. At the mention of the resurrection, someone at the table with Jesus said, “Blessed is the man who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God” (verse 15). Verse 14 focuses on how the ministry of Jesus was empowered by the Holy Spirit. Answer: The Parable of the Great Banquet is found in Luke 14:15-24. They are fashioned for convenience and are clung to in desperation. We can give them the impression that coming to Jesus is only to believe some facts instead of to yield a life. 1. The two books amount to a quarter of the NT. When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends: Jesus spoke this specifically to him who invited Him. He wished to be understood as having made up his mind, and he was no longer open to argument. Our Lord leaves these offices of humanity and courtesy as they were, and teaches a higher duty. Hope doesn’t begin until excuses end. This was a remarkable miracle. One main lesson is emphasized in these scriptures: the nature and influence of true discipleship. Upon force. Luke 14:25–33 Pragmatism; Luke 14:25–33 Planning to Grow ; Luke 14:25–33 Planning to Grow; C H SPURGEON. i. Jesus said compel to indicate God’s great desire to fill His house, and because these wanderers and outcasts needed to be convinced that they were welcome, compelled by love. i. b. (25-35)1-6 This Pharisee, as well as others, seems to have had an ill design in entertaining Jesus at his house. 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. The following cookies are also needed - You can choose if you want to allow them: You can read about our cookies and privacy settings in detail on our Privacy Policy Page. This text presents two of Jesus’ short discourses, delivered at a Sabbath dinner, revolving around the theme of social position. R C SPROUL DEVOTIONALS. It was strange and offensive that so many made excuses when given such a wonderful invitation. HEALING OF A DROPSICAL MAN, AND MANIFOLD TEACHINGS AT A SABBATH FEAST. 3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? All of them perish by things in themselves lawful. Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. Luke’s second book, Acts, continues the story after Jesus went back to heaven. d. And come after Me: Jesus made it clear that the one who bore his own cross would follow the life and pattern of Jesus. In this way, Luke continues to portray Jesus as a new Moses. “The general idea that these words of Jesus about bearing the cross refer to passive submission to all kinds of afflictions, like disappointments, pain, sickness and grief that come upon man in life, is totally wrong… only a person who for the sake of His service surrenders all self-seeking and abandons all striving after his own interests can be His disciple.” (Geldenhuys). c. 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: Jesus boldly said that the true disciple comes to Him without reservation, setting Jesus first. He is responsible for a significant portion of the new Testament, among four!: `` what is the Sabbath, and Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and,! Why such a wonderful invitation e. I have bought a piece of ground, and bade many chapter! 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