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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Matthew Henry's 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.
Steve green's Luke Chapter 14 comment on 8/29/2014, 12:29pm...
The Letter killeth the Spirit keepeth alive. The word is not enough alone. The Holy Spirit will guide you. common sense ALMOST every time. Common sense says God does NOT want me to hate my parents. However for some it is a knee jerk reaction to reject any association of the word Hate with GOD. As if He couldn 't or wouldn 't. He can He does. God Hates just as passionately as He loves. i.e.Romans Chap.1 He is a God capable of eternal love forgivness He is a God capable of Wrath Judgment. To leave out this attribute is a dangerous mistake that can lead to destruction. He is not a one dimensional God.
Anna's Luke Chapter 14 comment about verse 26 on 7/05/2014, 10:55am...
God doesnt want us to " hate " anyone as we understand hate. The word " hate "in biblical form means to love less. Why would God say honor your father and mother then tell you to hate them? That wouldnt make any sense. God wants to be first and He is supposed to be as the Creator full of love mercy and grace none of which we deserved. Love your neighbor as yourself but put God first! Blessins!!!
Molly Kisa kya Mukama's Luke Chapter 14 comment about verse 27 on 5/07/2014, 9:44am...
To carry my cross and follow Jesus means, All troubles and tribulations in life dont distract me from doing whats right in Gods sight whatsoever life throws at me, i just trust God to see me through and continue doing God 's will amidst the troubles.
Anna's Luke Chapter 14 comment on 4/10/2014, 12:38pm...
After we are told to surrender all we have to Jesus, we still have something to give, our very lives verse 26 27 . Being a disciple of Christ is not easy. The cost is very great. If we want to be truly found in him, we have to pay the price. We have to be willing to lay our lives and all we have on the altar. Whatever it takes, Lord let me be ready to give. Anything just to be found in you. "I surrender all I surrender all All to thee My blessed saviour I surrender all. " Amen.
Jon's Luke Chapter 14 comment on 4/02/2014, 9:43pm...
I have seen many places where there are comments on How God can say to hate . Over the years many words used in Biblical times meanings are different than those we believe them to be in now "modern times ". God says to hate those in your family in verse 26.From what I have learned and studied God is most likely saying is to "love those less than you love God , If God is not the 1st love in your heart you can not be a disciple and follower of God. God should be 1st in everyone 's hearts, then family such as spouse , children, friends etc. When God is 1st in our lives he will guide us along the path he has chosen for us, he knows what our days are before they happen, he knows who we will care for and he tells us let him guide us believe fully on him and we will be part of his kingdom. He chapter 12 verse 30 he says seek ye 1st the kingdom of God and these things will be added onto you and in verse 34 of that chapter , it says where your treasure is, that is where your heart is. God will give us all the treasures he feels we deserve if he is our 1st love.. Thank you
Sharon's Luke Chapter 14 comment on 3/24/2014, 5:10pm...
even when u r being used lies on talk about hated for no reason we have to take every thing to god in prayer .and know that he will fix it .amen
Rich's Luke Chapter 14 comment about verse 18 on 2/09/2014, 7:50pm...
To the western mind these are feeble excuses but to the eastern mind they are justifiable reasons for declining the invitation Eastern religious custom very strictly adhered to dictated that the first two dedicate their property and animals before putting them to use The third man by marriage customs was not allowed to accept a meal invitation from anyone but his parents or in laws for the first year of marriage The lesson here is not so simple as just not giving lame excuses It is that even apparently righteous excuses are less than sufficient reason for declining an invitation to dine with the Master Note that the audience of this parable includes Pharisees a group so convinced of their own righteousness that they did not even recognize the Messiah standing before them
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