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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Luke Chapter 14 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Luke
Date Penned: (60 AD)
Overview: Luke Presents the Life of Christ  (c 1-24)
Theme:  The Message & Ministry of Jesus, the Savior (c 4-21)
Message: Jesus Teaches About Being a Disciple (v 1-35)

Luke 14 Commentary

(14:1-6) Jesus Heals a Man with Swollen Limbs - To illustrate how Israel rejected Jesus (13:31-35), Luke recorded another example of the Pharisees’ opposition to Jesus. In the face of repeated miracles, the Pharisees stood stone-faced. They did not rejoice with the healed man; instead, they accused and condemned Jesus, for having compassion and doing good.

(14:7-14) Jesus Teaches About Seeking Honor - Jesus wasn’t one to mince words; he didn’t wait for a discreet time to teach and preach. In the midst of his enemies (the Pharisees were carefully watching him to see if they could trap him in any way), Jesus admonished them for their arrogance.

(14:15-24) Jesus Tells the Parable of the Great Festival - The tie between this parable and the previous one is the resurrection. The host who invites the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind will be rewarded at the resurrection. Jesus went on to explain that God himself, the heavenly host of the messianic banquet, would offer the same invitation.

(14:25-35) Jesus Teaches About the Cost of Being a Disciple - This collection of Jesus’ teachings about discipleship suggests a turning point in Luke’s narrative of the journey to Jerusalem begun at 9:51. From this point to the end of this “Jerusalem section” around chapter 18, the Gospel contains materials that focus on discipleship.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Are You a Disciple?

 Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Luke with Chapter 14. In our text today we see Jesus healing a man, teaching on honor, and teaches about being a disciple or follower of Christ. What catches my eye is how we are all invited to be Saved and be Disciples but few respond to the call. In making application we see that Jesus says that following Him will come with opposition but when we do we will be as salt and light influencing the World with the Gospel. How about you? Have you been Saved? If so are you following Jesus as a disciple? Let us learn from our text today to see that the Lord invites us all to be saved and be a disciple but sadly few will respond to His call but those who respond will be like salt and light changing the World with the Gospel?


Luke 14

Luke 14

 1And 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.

 2And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy.

 3And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?

 4And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go;

 5And 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?

 6And they could not answer him again to these things.

 7And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them.

 8When 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;

 9And 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.

 10But 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.

 11For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

 12Then 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.

 13But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind:

 14And thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompense thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

 15And when one of them that sat at meat with him heard these things, he said unto him, Blessed is he that shall eat bread in the kingdom of God.

 16Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

 17And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.

 18And 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.

 19And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

 20And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.

 21So 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.

 22And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

 23And 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.

 24For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.

 25And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,

 26If 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.

 27And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

 28For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it?

 29Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him,

 30Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.

 31Or 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?

 32Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace.

 33So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

 34Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

 35It 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.