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Sections of the Apostolic Writings
The Gospels and Acts • The “Pauline” Letters • General Letters • End Times

Introduction to the Gospels (Good News of the Kingdom) and Acts
Mattityahu (Matthew)  •  Mordichai (Mark)  •  Lukas (Luke)  • Yochanan (John)
Crucifixion Week Chronology3-Year Harmony of the Gospels1-Year Harmony of the Gospels  
Hitgalut (Revelation)  •  P’yilut HaShliyakim (Acts of the Emissaries)  •  The Chosen (Video Series)

The Good News of the Kingdom
According to Lukas:
Yeshua, the Son of Man

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21. Dinner and healing at home of a ParushPharisee (Lk 14:1-6) (Mt 12:9-13)

1On Shabbat Yeshua went to eat at the home of one of the leaders of the ParushimPharisee, and they were watching him closely. 2And right there in front of him was a man who had dropsy.[2] 3[Knowing that they were trying to trap Him,] Yeshua spoke up to the Torah scholars and ParushimPharisee, “Does the Torah allow healing on Shabbat, or not?4But they refused to answer Him.

So He took the man, healed him, and sent him away. 5Then He asked them, “Which of you, if your son or even your ox[5] fell into a well on Shabbat, wouldn’t immediately pull him out?

6They wouldn’t answer Him about these things.

a. Parables of impolite guests (Lk 14:7-14)

Reclining around the table7When He noticed how the guests were choosing the best seats at the table, He told them this parable. 8When someone invites you to a wedding reception, don’t sit down in the best seat. Maybe someone more important than you has been invited, 9and the host who invited both of you would have to come and tell you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then you would be humiliated and have to take the least important seat. 10But when you are invited, go and sit in the least important seat, so when the host comes in, he may tell you, ‘Friend, move up to this better seat.’ Then you will be honored in front of everyone siting at the table with you. 11For everyone who gives himself a high place will be put down, but he who takes a low place will be lifted up.

12He also said to His host, “When you throw a lunch or dinner, don’t invite your friends, your brothers, your relatives, or your rich neighbors, or maybe they will return the favor, and pay you back. 13But when you host a banquet, invite the poor, the maimed, the lame, or the blind; 14and then you will be blessed, because they don’t have the resources to pay you back. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.

b. Parable of the great supper (Lk 14:15-24) (Mt 22:1-14)

15When one of those who was reclining at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, “Blessed is the one who will feast in the Kingdom of God!”

16But He said to him, “A man held a great banquet and he invited many people. 17He sent out his servant at supper time to tell those who were invited, ‘Come, everything is ready!’ 18One after another, they all began to make excuses.

“The first said to him, ‘I’ve just bought a field, and I have to go and see it. Please extend my apologies.’

19Another said, ‘I’ve just bought five yoke of oxen, and I have togo try them out. Please extend my apologies.’

20Another said, ‘I’ve just gotten married so I can’t come.’

21That servant came and told his master 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 the poor, maimed, blind, and lame.’

22The servant said, ‘Sir, I have done as you orderd, yet there is still more room.’

23The master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, so that my house may be filled. 24I’m telling you, none of those men who were invited will taste of my supper.’

22. Discipleship tested (Lk 14:25-27) (Mt 10:37-39)

25Large crowds were traveling with him now. He turned and said to them, 26If anyone comes to Me and doesn’t hate his own father, mother, wife, children, brothers, and sisters, yes, and his own life also, he can’t be my disciple.[26] 27Whoever doesn’t bear his own stauros[GN], and come after me, can’t be my disciple.

23. Three parables about the cost of discipleship (Lk 14:28-35)

a. Building a tower (Lk 14:28-30)

28Which of you who wants to build a tower doesn’t first sit down and calculate the total cost, to see if he has enough money to complete it? 29Maybe, if he has laid the foundation and is not able to finish the project, everyone who sees it will mock him, 30saying, ‘This man began to build, and wasn’t able to finish.’

b. A king planning warfare (Lk 14:31-33)

31Or what king who is preparing to engage another king in war won’t sit down first and consider whether with ten thousand soldiers he is able to meet his oponent who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32If not, while the other king is still a long way away, he sends an envoy and asks for conditions of peace. 33So whoever of you who doesn’t renounce all that he has, he can’t be my disciple.

c. Salt that loses its savor (Lk 14:34-35)

34Salt is good, but if the salt becomes flat and tasteless, what can you season it with? 35It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile. It is thrown out. Whoever has ears to hear, let him hear.

Chapter 15


  2. Certainly one wants to ask how this man, the woman who washed His feet with her tears (Lk 7:38), and other “undesirables” keep showing up in the home of these Pharisees who invite Yeshua to dinner. [RETURN]

  5. T.R. reads “ox or donkey.” [RETURN]

26. Renowned Greek scholar Kenneth Wuest in his New Testament: An Expanded Translation translates verse 26 like this: “If anyone comes to Me and does not hate his father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters in the event that they become hinderances to his supreme love for Me, yet moreover his own life in the same manner, he is not able to be My disciple.” That is, if there is any person or thing that is more important to you than Yeshua, you are not able to let go of them to become His disciple. [RETURN]

Originally posted on Tuesday, 30 June 2020

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