Luke 14:7-35 Called To The Supper-Counting The Cost.

This chapter began with a meal on the Sabbath in the house of “one of the rulers of the Pharisees” (v. 1). Some wanted to test Him, whether He would break their laws of the Sabbath. In this context Jesus laid down the principle that it is right to heal on the Sabbath (vv. 2-6). Now we also are taught a lesson about humility. One should not think of oneself higher than one ought, and it is better to show hospitality to those in need, than to just fellowship with friends (vv. 7-14). Both stories, and the context itself, point to a parable of “a great supper…in the kingdom of God” (vv. 15-16). The main principle with this parable being that many will be invited to the heavenly feast, but many will not come. However, rather than acquiescing in this rejection, the servants are sent “into the highways and hedges” to compel people in, that the Master’s “house may be filled” (v. 23). It is not those who are invited who will taste the supper, but those who come (v. 24).

Luke then tells us that Jesus then left the house of the Pharisee and the meal adding that “great multitudes went with Him” (v. 25). After what Jesus had just taught it would seem that there were many who did not want to be left out. However, what they were then doing was relatively easy, what was required to follow Jesus would entail much more. Those responding to the call to the supper must put Jesus before all others, including family if necessary (v. 26). Everyone will have a cross to bear (v. 27). One must count the cost of following Jesus to the end (vv. 28-32). “So likewise, whoever does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple” (v. 33). Those who do not count the cost of persevering to the end are like salt that has lost its flavour, becomes worthless and is thrown out (Cf. Mt. 5:13). Mark also connects the seasoning effect of salt with the sweet peace of fellowship in the body of Christ (Mk. 9:50).

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