Scripture: Luke 14:1-35

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Heals A Man With Dropsy

Luke 14:1-6 (KJV) And it came to pass, as Jesus 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 it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?  And they held their peace. And He took him, and healed him, and let him go; And answered them, saying, Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit, and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?  And they could not answer Him again to these things.

Questions:

1. On what day did Jesus go to one of the chief Pharisees’ house (Luke 14:1)?

2. What was wrong with a certain man Jesus encountered (Luke 14:2)?

3. What did Jesus ask the lawyers and Pharisees (Luke 14:3)?

4. How did the lawyers and Pharisees respond (Luke 14:4a)?

5. What did Jesus do (Luke 14:4b)?

6. Why do you believe Jesus asked the lawyers and Pharisees a question about an ass or an ox (Luke 14:5)?

7. How did the lawyers and Pharisees respond (Luke 14:6)?

Answers:

1. Jesus went to one of the chief Pharisees’ house on the sabbath day.

2. Jesus encountered a certain man who had the dropsy.

3. Jesus asked, “Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?”

4. The lawyers and Pharisees held their peace.

5. Jesus healed the man with dropsy.

6. I believe Jesus was pointing out that healing the man on the sabbath day was similar to rescuing an animal in distress on the sabbath day.

7. The lawyers and Pharisees again didn’t answer Him.

Jesus Teaches About Seeking Honor

Luke 14:7-14 (KJV) 7 And Jesus put forth a parable to those which were bidden (invited), when He marked (noticed) how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them.  When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room; lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him; And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, Give this man place; and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room.  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.  11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.  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.  13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

Questions:

1. What did Jesus suggest to those invited to a wedding (Luke 14:8)?

2. Why did Jesus suggest this (Luke 14:9)?

3. What did Jesus say might happen to those who chose to sit in a lower place (Luke 14:10)?

4. What did Jesus say about those who exalt themselves and those who humble themselves (Luke 14:11)?

5. Who did Jesus suggest not be invited to a dinner or supper (Luke 14:12)?

6. Who did Jesus suggest be invited to a dinner or supper (Luke 14:13)?

7. What was Jesus’ reason for His suggestion (Luke 14:14)?

Answers:

1. Jesus suggested that invited guest not sit down in the highest (most important) place.

2. Jesus said to sit down in the lower (less important) place so that they wouldn’t be embarrassed if someone more important was suppose to get the seat they had taken.

3. Those who chose to sit in a lower place might be invited to move into a higher place.

4. Jesus said those who exalt themselves will be abased (humbled) and those who humbled themselves would be exalted.

5. Jesus suggested invitations not be given to friends, family or neighbors.

6. Jesus suggested invitations be given to the poor, the maimed, the lame and the blind.

7. Jesus believed the first group could afford to reciprocate but the other group couldn’t.  Giving without expecting anything in return would bring a blessing, repayment at the resurrection of the righteous.

Jesus Tells The Parable Of The Great Supper

Luke 14:15-24 (KJV) 15 And when one of them that sat at meat with Jesus heard these things, he said unto Him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.  16 Then said He unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17 And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.  18 And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it: I pray thee have me excused.  19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.  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.  22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 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.  24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

Questions:

1. About whose “great supper” do you believe Jesus is speaking (Luke 14:15)?

2. Are you giving excuses or do you plan to attend?

Answers:

1. I believe Jesus is speaking of the eating of bread (the feast) in the kingdom of God.

2. I plan to attend.

F.Y.I. In Israel’s history, God’s first invitation to His feast (see Luke 14:16) came from Moses and the prophets; the second invitation came from His Son (see Luke 14:17). The religious leaders accepted the first invitation from God, but then refused to accept His Son, Jesus. So just as the servant in this story is sent into the streets to invite the needy to the great supper, so God sent His Son to the whole world of needy people to tell them that God’s kingdom had arrived and was ready for them. One day God and His beloved church will be joined forever. 

Jesus Teaches About The Cost Of Being A Disciple

Luke 14:25-35 (KJV) 25 And there went great multitudes with Jesus: and He turned, and said unto them, 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.  27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after Me, cannot be My disciple.  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? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.  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?  32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.  33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be My disciple.  34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?  35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

Questions:

1.What does Jesus say in Luke 14:27 about being His disciple?

2.Before building a tower what should we do (Luke 14:28)?

3.Before going to war what should a king do (Luke 14:31)?

4.What does one have to forsake to be Jesus’ disciple (Luke 14:33)?

Answers:

1.Whosoever does not bear his cross and come after Jesus cannot be His disciple.

2. Before building a tower we should sit down and determine what it will cost and if we have enough money to finish the project.

3.The king should first sit down and consult whether he has enough men to win the war.

4. To be Jesus’ disciple we must forsake all that we have.

HEAR the WORD

Luke 14:26 “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.”

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above verse.  What do you understand it to mean?

My thoughts: Since the Bible tells us to love one another I believe Luke 14:26 means for us to love God more than anyone else not instead of anyone else.

John 13:34-35 (NIV) 34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

Matthew 10:27 (NIV) says “Anyone who loves his father and mother more than Me is not worthy of Me …”

MEMORIZE the WORD

Luke 14:27 (NIV) “And anyone who does not carry his cross and follow Me (Jesus) cannot be My disciple.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

Do we really love Jesus enough to die for Him? 

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We need to either be sold out for Jesus and follow Him or turn back.  To be a superficial Christian is neither good for us nor those who may be watching us.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, I pray we will look for the place You want us to serve. Lord, I pray we will humbly follow You (Luke 14:7-11).  Lord, I pray we will respond to Your invitation (Luke 14:15). Lord, I pray we will love You above everyone else (Luke 14:25-27).  Lord, I pray we will understand and do what we’re told by You (Luke 14:33).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I serve, follow, respond to and love the Lord.” <>< Dona