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FRAMEWORKS: Luke's Gospel

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FRAMEWORKS: Luke's Gospel, Chapter 14


v.1-14 Jesus at a Pharisee's House

v.15-24 The Parable of the Great Banquet

v.25-35 The Cost of Being a Disciple



v.1-14 Jesus at a Pharisee's House


v.1 (on a Sabbath he's invited to eat at a Pharisees house) One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched.

v.2 (but there was a sick man there with a growth) There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body.

v.3 (Jesus asks the Pharisees about healing on the Sabbath) Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?”

v.4 (they said nothing so he healed the man) But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

v.5 (again he asks them about caring for their family or animals on the Sabbath) Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?”

v.6 (still they said nothing ) And they had nothing to say.

v.7 (he observed them taking places of honour at the table) When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honour at the table, he told them this parable:

v.8 (be careful at a wedding he says) “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honour, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited.

v.9 (you may be asked to move down the table) If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.' Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place.

v.10 (instead take the lowest place and trust the host to move you up) But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.' Then you will be honoured in the presence of all the other guests.

v.11 (the proud will be humbled, the humble will be exalted) For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

v.12 (don't invite people on the basis of them inviting you back) Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbours; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid.

v.13,14 (instead invite the poor and needy and let God reward you) But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”


v.15-24 The Parable of the Great Banquet


v.15 (one refers to feasting with God in the eternal kingdom) When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast in the kingdom of God.”

v.16 (Jesus tells of a man preparing a great banquet) Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.

v.17 (at the right time he calls the guests to come) At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.'

v.18-20 (but they all make excuses) “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.') “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.' “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can't come.'

v.21 (the master sends his servants to bring in the poor instead) “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.'

v.22 (but there are still spaces) “‘Sir,' the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'

v.23 (just bring in whoever you can find) “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.

v. 24 (those invited won't get a second chance) I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.'”



v.25-35 The Cost of Being a Disciple


v.25 (as he travelled to Jerusalem, large crowds accompanied him) Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said:

v.26 (he taught, a disciple needs to put me first, even above his family) “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.

v.27 (if you don't take the path of death you can't be my disciple) And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.

v.28 (You need to think about this. If you were building a tower, wouldn't you work out the cost before you started) “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won't you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

v.29,30 (if you start the foundations but them give up you will be ridiculed) For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn't able to finish.'

v.31 (or a king going to battle, won't he weigh up the odds first) “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won't he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand?

v.32 (if he's outnumbered he'll sue for peace first) If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace.

v.33 (similarly my followers need to let go everything to be my disciples) In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

v.34 (if you want to be salt, you've got to remain salty) “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?

v.35 (if you don't then only expect to be thrown out) It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out. “Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”



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