Luke Chapter 14
10 But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room; that when he that bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, Friend, go up higher: then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee.
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.
21 So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things. 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.
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Luke Chapter 14 Bible commentary...
Christ heals a man on the sabbath. (1-6) He teaches humility. (7-14) Parable of the great supper. (15-24) The necessity of consideration and self-denial. (25-35)1-6 This Pharisee, as well as others, seems to have had an ill design in entertaining Jesus at his house. But our Lord would not be hindered from healing a man, though he knew a clamour would be raised at his doing it on the sabbath. It requires care to understand the proper connexion between piety and charity in observing the sabbath, and the distinction between works of real necessity and habits of self-indulgence. Wisdom from above, teaches patient perseverance in well-doing.
7-14 Even in the common actions of life, Christ marks what we do, not only in our religious assemblies, but at our tables. We see in many cases, that a man's pride will bring him low, and before honour is humility. Our Saviour here teaches, that works of charity are better than works of show. But our Lord did not mean that a proud and unbelieving liberality should be rewarded, but that his precept of doing good to the poor and afflicted should be observed from love to him.
15-24 In this parable observe the free grace and mercy of God shining in the gospel of Christ, which will be food and a feast for the soul of a man that knows its own wants and miseries. All found some pretence to put off their attendance. This reproves the Jewish nation for their neglect of the offers of Christ's grace. It shows also the backwardness there is to close with the gospel call. The want of gratitude in those who slight gospel offers, and the contempt put upon the God of heaven thereby, justly provoke him. The apostles were to turn to the Gentiles, when the Jews refused the offer; and with them the church was filled. The provision made for precious souls in the gospel of Christ, has not been made in vain; for if some reject, others will thankfully accept the offer. The very poor and low in the world, shall be as welcome to Christ as the rich and great; and many times the gospel has the greatest success among those that labour under worldly disadvantages and bodily infirmities. Christ's house shall at last be filled; it will be so when the number of the elect is completed.
25-35 Though the disciples of Christ are not all crucified, yet they all bear their cross, and must bear it in the way of duty. Jesus bids them count upon it, and then consider of it. Our Saviour explains this by two similitudes; the former showing that we must consider the expenses of our religion; the latter, that we must consider the perils of it. Sit down and count the cost; consider it will cost the mortifying of sin, even the most beloved lusts. The proudest and most daring sinner cannot stand against God, for who knows the power of his anger? It is our interest to seek peace with him, and we need not send to ask conditions of peace, they are offered to us, and are highly to our advantage. In some way a disciple of Christ will be put to the trial. May we seek to be disciples indeed, and be careful not to grow slack in our profession, or afraid of the cross; that we may be the good salt of the earth, to season those around us with the savour of Christ.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Bozki's Luke Chapter 14 comment on 4/12/2015, 11:10pm...
Being a Follower and disciple of Jesus Christ, We must possess the character that Jesus has. And it is not hard to do that if we really know who we are. God created us in His IMAGE and LIKENESS..it is built in to us that we POSSESS the CHARACTER that Jesus also had.....just READ the Bible and Have Faith and Pray to God..and no doubt He will Give us Understanding and Wisdom.,,,God Bless
Insight 777's Luke Chapter 14 comment on 3/31/2015, 3:47pm...
verse 27, the cross that the followers of Jesus bear is the prayer that connects with the spirit of God. Prayer enables people to continue with faith in Jesus. Our earthy bodies are composed of elements that age and eventually die crumbling into dust. Our physical bodies contain our thoughts, our life energy, that is our life being. But this life being dies with the mortal body as there is no longer a vessel to contain it. This life being, symbolically wine, will be put in a new vessel that will never perish. The mortal body will be given an immortal body. Through prayer and connection with Jesus this fragile, expendable life energy becomes powerful spiritual energy sustained by God. Gods will and plan for man to have eternal life in love, peace and joy is a spiritual energy that is the power of the Holy Spirit. When we pray opening our mind to the divine guidance, including baptism, of Jesus then we are granted the Divine life from God which is the source of all life. Jesus died on the cross, causing it to become symbolically our tree of eternal life. Man must bear his cross realizing there is no life after the death of the body except with the resurrection of Jesus. Sharing this knowledge is building the church. Harmony in this thought and prayer builds goodwill with others and a solid foundation of love for all mankind to receive the grace of God. "According to the grace of God given to me, like a skilled master builder I laid a foundation. " - 1 Corinthians 3.10
Motdaugrnds's Luke Chapter 14 comment on 3/26/2015, 8:51pm...
The way I understand verse 26 connects with the way I understand verse 27, i.e. Jesus is talking of the sinful nature of man. He has already told us to "honor " our parents so verse 26 cannot contradict this and I do know the "cross " we are to carry is our sinful nature. Thus, it only makes sense He is talking about that part of man, i.e. the carnal minded one, that is out of harmony with a spiritual life.
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