Excuses are made. © Copyright - Enduring Word       |      . (i) It is possible to be a follower of Jesus without being a disciple; to be a camp-follower without being a soldier of the king; to be a hanger-on in some great work without pulling one's weight. When he noticed how the guests chose the places of honour, he told them a parable. The focus on Sabbath was to be on God alone. i. Then you will be happy, because they cannot repay you. He said, "So and so tells me that he was one of year students." Share on Twitter. b. The first hearers of Jesus didn’t need an explanation of the cross; they knew it was an unrelenting instrument of torture, death, and humiliation. This helps to explain some of the pleasure of God in giving the gift of salvation and blessing to His people. “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. We must not take his words with cold and unimaginative literalness. 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. He knew perfectly well what they were thinking; and he quoted their own law and practice to them. i. One of the wonderful merciful laws of the Old Testament laid it down, "when a man is newly married, he shall not go out with the army or be charged with any business; he shall be free at home one year, to be happy with his wife whom he has taken" (Deuteronomy 24:5). THE KING'S BANQUET AND THE KING'S GUESTS (Luke 14:15-24), 14:15-24 When one of those who were sitting at table with Jesus heard this, he said, "Happy is the man who eats bread in the kingdom of God." In this chapter we have, I. 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. Jesus confronts our sin of religious hypocrisy (14:1-6). e. Cannot be My disciple: Jesus made it clear that only cross-bearers can be His disciples. i. But on what did we rest the creations of our genius? He is the ultimate example of someone who deserved the highest place, but took the lowest place, and was granted the highest place (Philippians 2:5-11). i. Jesus never broke the commandments of God, but He often offended man’s traditions that surrounded and extended the commandments of God. 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. Luke 14: 25-33. Eastern language is always as vivid as the human mind can make it. Those gathered in from the roads and the hedges stand for the gentiles for whom there was still ample room at the feast of God. Reflection: Luke 14:15-24 Tuesday of the 31st Week of Ordinary Time: Luke 14:15-24 . Let’s talk about sin. On this occasion a Pharisee invited him to a meal on the Sabbath. Will you make excuses?”. Yet it certainly sometimes divides, and more so among non-Christian or anti-Christian cultures. And they had no answer to these things. ii. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. a. Then there are some folks who can't issue decrees. Luke 2:1-7 is an account of the birth of Jesus. These men were probably devout Jews looking for the Messiah, given the way they respond to the angel's words. At the time of the banquet he sent his servants to say to those who had been invited, 'Come, because everything is now ready.' We use cookies to let us know when you visit our websites, how you interact with us, to enrich your user experience, and to customize your relationship with our website. For I tell you that none of these men who were invited shall taste of my banquet.'". He let the claims of novelty usurp the claims of Christ. Who gets the news first, a Reflection on Luke 2:1-14 Augustus is emperor; Quirinius is govenor. There has always been a type of Christianity which has taken all the colour out of life. i. Commentary on Luke 14:15-24 (Read Luke 14:15-24) 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. W. M. Macgregor characterizes the whole set up as "nature-defying foolishness.". Jesus told him to not only ask those who could repay something to the host. Reflection: Luke 14:1, 7-11 Saturday of the 30th Week in Ordinary Time–Luke 14:1, 7-11 . If you refuse cookies we will remove all set cookies in our domain. To report dead links, typos, or html errors or suggestions about making these resources more useful use the convenient, THE KING'S BANQUET AND THE KING'S GUESTS (. ii. We do a great disservice when we appear to soften the demands of the gospel, either for others or for ourselves. He then spoke an appropriate word to these great multitudes (He turned and said to them). The Greeks used to say that salt could put a new soul into dead things. Luke 4:12-25. They could not answer Him regarding these things: One reason they could not answer was that in using this analogy Jesus appealed to something good in His accusers. His purpose is not that of shaming men, but that of saving them.” (Morgan). Why don’t more accept the invitation? (iii) The third man said, with even more finality than the others, "I have married a wife, and I cannot come." Date: July 27, 2018 Author: HAT 0 Comments. 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 am talking about that Pharisee who stands and declares how great he is in his prayer. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. We already meditated on the parallel text in Mark (Mk 3:22-27) during January. The Christianity which acts like a shadow of gloom and a wet blanket is no true Christianity. Ed Morrissey Posted at 11:31 am on August 28, 2016. Today I'm going to reflect on the Gospel for the 26th Sunday of Ordinary Time.This is taken from Luke 16. I remember someone saying as she began her path toward ordination, "If they want humble, I can be the most humble." Here lightning refers to the great … It is so with the Christian way. They become irritable; and while there may be greater sins than irritability there is none that causes more pain and heartbreak. 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. 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. By analogy, we can say that God has made it so all things are now ready for men to come and receive from Him. But, when you have been invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that, when the man who has invited you comes, he will say to you, 'Friend, come up higher.' This is following Jesus at its simplest. The Mindset That Ultimately Wins Series. Jesus was careful to add that there is more to being His follower than simply accepting an invitation. 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. Luke 2:8-20 is an account of the shepherds who first heard the good news of Jesus’ birth.The second section can be broken into two smaller parts as follows: 2:8-14 (the angels’ announcement) and 2:15-20 (the shepherds’ response). 14:1-6 On the Sabbath day Jesus had gone into the house of one of the rulers who belonged to the Pharisees to eat bread; and they were watching him. iii. A man and woman must count the cost. Isidore Clarke. But they kept silent: Notably, Jesus’ accusers had no answer for this question. They first hung a cross on him. Lectio: Luke 14,15-24 "Lectio divina is an authentic source of Christian spirituality recommended by our Rule. So, therefore, everyone of you who does not bid farewell to all his possessions cannot be my disciple.". W. M. Macgregor, in his Warrack Lectures, speaks with the scorn of which he was such a master, about one of John Wesley's few mistakes. But this will always prompt you to accept/refuse cookies when revisiting our site. This morning’s Gospel reading is Luke 18:9–14: Jesus addressed this parable to those who were convinced of their own righteousness and despised everyone else. The symbol of the kingdom was the happiest thing that human life could know. And you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”. So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.”, a. c. And then you begin with shame to take the lowest place: Jesus reminded them of the shame that often comes with self-exaltation. So He told a parable: What follows is a parable, a real-life illustration set along side a Biblical truth to give an example. Many a preacher has been humbled almost to despair when he has heard a real saint of God speak. The church must fearlessly speak against all evils and support all good causes. d. Forsake all that he has: This ancient Greek phrase had the idea, “To say goodbye to.” Jesus told us to say goodbye to everything we have, entrusting it to Jesus. We must preach in the street, or at the market-place, or on the village green.” (Spurgeon), iii. Ed Morrissey Posted at 11:31 am on August 28, 2016. It is by no means impossible that the Pharisees "planted" the man with the dropsy in this house to see what Jesus would do. Reflection for November 4, Wednesday Saint Charles Borromeo, bishop (M): Luke 14:25-33 Gospel: Luke 14:25-33. b. 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. Consciously or unconsciously he may regard his giving as an investment. It was a one-way journey. “Friend, go up higher.”Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you: Instead, we joyfully embrace the lower place; we aren’t filled with such a high opinion of ourselves that we think we don’t belong there. Stairwell in L’Eglise de Saint Sulpice, Paris, France. Without salt a thing putrefied and went bad; with it its freshness was preserved. Reflections on Luke 14:7-24 Yesterday as I sat in church, a giant of a man, mentally handicapped, sat behind me breathing so loudly, if I closed my eyes, it was easy to picture myself in a hospial with a respitory machine at my left shoulder... or maybe Darth Vader. (ii) Salt was used as a flavouring. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”. The little things can bulk so large that they can fill the whole horizon. When we get our own position, either through outward or subtle pride, we can even say, “It was the Lord, it was the Lord” – but in our heart of hearts we know it was us, our own calculation, our own schemes, our own grasping. If they said yes, they would be breaking their own laws governing the Sabbath.” (Pate), b. In the parable the master stands for God. iii. Jesus once again was on the road with his disciples and great crowds were following him. Luke does not say and so we can’t be sure, but there is some reason to believe that the Pharisees planted this man with dropsy there in front of Jesus to see whether He would violate their rules against healing on the Sabbath. In Palestine it had three characteristic uses. Thursday, November 2, 2017. 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. All food had to be cooked on the Friday; and, if it was necessary to keep it hot, it must be kept hot in such a way that it was not cooked any more! 1Reflection for Tuesday November 7, Thirty-first Week in Ordinary Time: Luke 14:15-24 Gospel: Luke 14:15-24. The Christian must be such that in his presence no doubtful language will be used, no questionable stories told, no dishonourable action suggested. There are many stories and legends of the humility of Principal Cairns. “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. As always, the Pharisees were carefully observing Jesus. ii. a. We should remember the words of George MacDonald: In whatever man does without God, he must fail miserably – or succeed more miserably. The greatest threat to the best often comes from second best. i. When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends: Jesus spoke this specifically to him who invited Him. To the end he never abandoned hope of men. Note that blocking some types of cookies may impact your experience on our websites and the services we are able to offer. We come to God and find that He has been ready for us. In Jesus’ day, the seating arrangement at a dinner showed a definite order of prestige or honor. 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. Stairwell in L’Eglise de Saint Sulpice, Paris, France. Now when one of those who sat at the table: Still at the dinner given by one of the rulers of the Pharisees (Luke 14:1), Jesus had just spoken strongly, warning them against traditionalism, pride, and exclusivity. Many a man has decided to burn his clubs after a day at golf s Open Championship. We should do our work hard and unto the Lord, and let God raise us up. Jesus had expelled a devil which was mute. 4 September 2016. I ask you to have me excused.’ Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’”. “You aren’t brutal and cruel men. September 19, 2019. Jesus uses salt as a symbol of the Christian life. The Christian must be such that he makes it easier for people to be good and harder to be bad. Sunday of week 24 of Ordinary Time (Cycle C) … Continue reading "Commentary on Luke 2:1-14 [15-20]" i. For he who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.". Then you will gain honour in front of all who sit at table with you. The excuses are different, but really all the same – they all with one accord began to make excuses. It is similar to the Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14), but with some significant differences. Is this important? Reflection on Luke 14:25-33 Am I a “hearer” or am I a “follower?” Do I simply listen to Christ's words, or do I allow them to enter my very being, and allow them to send me into action. Before we leave this passage we must note that Luke 14:1-24 have all to do with feasts and banquets. Share on Twitter. It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill: Salt is only useful when it has the nature of salt. 13:33. “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. There are two suggestive truths within this passage. But after that comes an event which belongs to a later period of our Lord’s ministry. That is self-centered living; we are called to follow Jesus, and He showed others-centered living. He may even with the gift throw in a short and smug lecture. He would never enter a room first. In Jewish culture the custom on the Sabbath was to refrain from most every activity on that holy day. ii. If, on the other hand, a man deliberately slipped into the bottom place, and was then asked to occupy a more distinguished place, his humility gained him all the more honour. I ask you to have me excused.’ And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. The Rabbis had a saying that the best kind of giving was when the giver did not know to whom he was giving, and when the receiver did not know from whom he was receiving. And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. But though this parable spoke with a threat to the Jews who had refused God's invitation, and with an undreamed of glory to the sinners and the outcasts and the gentiles who had never dreamed of receiving it, there are in it truths which are forever permanent and as new as today. b. Preoccupation with material things and experiences is a common excuse for not following Jesus. The emperor decrees that all persons be registered; that is, the emperor is going to make sure that he gets taxes from everybody under his control. They would go to endless trouble to formulate and to obey their petty rules and regulations; and yet they counted it a sin to ease a sufferer's pain on the Sabbath day. b. The law of the kingdom is this--that if a man gives to gain reward he will receive no reward; but if a man gives with no thought of reward his reward is certain. Counting the cost of the tower. When we buy something new, we are almost always preoccupied by it. Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:1, Luke 4:14-18, Acts 1:8) God thinks it is important, because God records it three times. If this were the case, and it is likely, how deep must have been the perfidy and malice of the Pharisee!” (Clarke). b. None of the prophets or apostles asked for such personal commitment and devotion. Many a man has decided never to appear in public again after hearing a master musician perform. One of these was the picture of the Messianic banquet. And if we set our lives beside the life of the Lord of all good life, if we see our unworthiness in comparison with the radiance of his stainless purity, pride will die and self-satisfaction will be shrivelled up. Luke says, “they were watching Him closely.” These cookies are strictly necessary to provide you with services available through our website and to use some of its features. Our passage is found in Luke 14:1-11. ", Ruskin, who was brought up in a rigid and a narrow home, tells how he was given a jumping-jack as a present and a pious aunt took it away from him, saying that toys were no things for a Christian child. Whoever does not carry his cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. He who has an ear to hear, let him hear. i. Even John Trapp (1601-1669) agreed with this idea: “This may be meant (saith Mr Perkins) of the Christian magistrate; for that is the magistrate’s duty in respect of the outward profession.”, v. Bruce on compel: “Reflects in the first place the urgent desire of the master to have an absolutely full house, in the second the feeling that pressure will be needed to overcome the incredulity of country people as to the invitation to them being meant seriously. 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. Only a fool buys ten oxen and is only interested in testing them after the purchase.

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