Lesson 226 (Luke Chapter 14)

"Whosoever Doth Not Bear His Cross..."

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Jesus heals a man with dropsy

1 And 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. 2 And, behold, there was a certain man before him which had the dropsy. 3 And Jesus answering spake unto the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day? 4 And they held their peace. And he took him, and healed him, and let him go; 5 and 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? 6 And they could not answer him again to these things.Jesus teaches about seeking honor7 And he put forth a parable to those which were bidden, when he marked how they chose out the chief rooms; saying unto them, 8  When 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; 9 and 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.10 But 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. 11 For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.12 Then 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 recompense be made thee. 13 But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind: 14 and thou shalt be blessed; for they cannot recompence thee: for thou shalt be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.Jesus tells the parable of the great feast15 And 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.16 Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many: 17 and sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready. 18 And 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. 19 And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused. 20 And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.21 So 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. 22 And the servant said, Lord, it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room. 23 And 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. 24 For I say unto you, That none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper.Jesus teaches about the cost of being a disciple25 And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them, 26 If 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. 27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.28 For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? 29 Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, 30 saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.31 Or 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? 32 Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth conditions of peace. 33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It 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.

Lesson No. 226            “Whosoever Doth Not Bear His Cross...”

Luke Chapter 14                                                           11/2/2014

1) Jesus heals on the Sabbath (v 1-5).  What is the perceived problem, what did Jesus say, how did the Pharisees respond?  (Hint: verse 5)

2) While at the dinner, Jesus comments on taking seats of honor in verses 7-11.  But what was the lesson really about?  (Hint: verse 11)

3) He then teaches about showing Christ's love to the 'unlovely' rather than those that return our love and involvement.  What is the lesson here?  (Hint: verses 12-14)  Do we practice this?  New commandment anyone?

4) Jesus then teaches about God's plan for salvation, first the Jews, then the Gentiles in verses 15-24 through a parable.   So what does this have to do with verse 15?  Those invited refused law refused; why?

5) After these lessons about the kingdom and salvation, Jesus drops the bomb in verses 25-27.  What is Jesus saying?  Do we have to hate our families in order to be saved, and what is MY cross? (Note- Jesus didn't say His cross, He said our crosses!)

6) The demonstrations then turns to counting the cost.  Verses 28 through 30 talk about not counting the cost of completing a construction project.  What is the penalty for not finishing?  (Hint- verse 30)  Is God mocking this person or is man?  Does this refer to salvation or something else?

7) The second example has to do with a king going to war against an army twice the size of his in verses 31-32.  The assessment of the situation forces a surrender rather than a fight.  What does this mean?  Salvation if free, but serving as a Christian costs time, talent and treasure- all of your heart whether or not you give up everything in the flesh.

8) Verse 33 challenges every born-again Christian.  We all want to be a disciple of Jesus, but do we ...does anyone...forsaketh all that he hath?

9) Verses 34 and 35 describe salt (Christians) that is no longer salty- it of no use to man.  Meaning what?  Do Christians that lose their benefit to the kingdom lose their salvation?  Who is doing the casting out in verse 34?