In the following article you will find a brief commentary on Luke 14 that goes along with our Riverside Church Two Year Bible Reading Plan (Volume 1 & Volume 2). This plan will allow you to read the New Testament and Psalms once every year and the Old Testament once every two years.
The Words of Jesus
Luke 14 is full of direct quotations from our Lord. As you read, are you able to hear your Lord speaking to you? Take a minute and think over the following excerpts. Meditate on them and hear Jesus speaking directly to you. Of course you will want to do so without violating the original meaning and context, but it is still an extremely helpful practice.
Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?
Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?
… do not sit down in a place of honor
… sit in the lowest place
For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.
… do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid.
… invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,
Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in the poor and crippled and blind and lame.
Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled.
If anyone comes to me and does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. Whoever does not bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple.
For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it?
So therefore, any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.