Devotional Readings

Luke 14 – What is our excuse?

In this chapter Jesus draws us into a very tough realm of reality.

What is our excuse?

Luk 14:15  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.


Luk 14:16  Then said he unto him, A certain man made a great supper, and bade many:

Luk 14:17  And sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, Come; for all things are now ready.


Luk 14:18  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.

Luk 14:19  And another said, I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them: I pray thee have me excused.

Luk 14:20  And another said, I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.


This seems to be a bit different from the prior text…


Luk 13:24  Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.


Or


Mat 7:21  Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

Mat 7:22  Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

Mat 7:23  And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.


Getting back to Luke 4 the text gets worse…


Luk 14:25  And there went great multitudes with him: and he turned, and said unto them,

Luk 14:26  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.

Luk 14:27  And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.


Gill makes clear this is not a worldly hatred, but a willingness to place Christ first, let’s not abuse the text, but take it seriously.


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: not that proper hatred of any, or all of these, is enjoined by Christ; for this would be contrary to the laws of God, to the first principles of nature, to all humanity, to the light of nature, to reason and divine revelation: 

but that these are not to be preferred to Christ, or loved more than he, as it is explained in Mat 10:37 


Jesus concludes his dinner speech this way…


Luk 14:34  Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?

Luk 14:35  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.


The KJV use of the word dung has a powerful ring to it.


Are we those who are true believers showing forth God’s grace by our fruit, or are we in the process of being dunged, or being cast on the dunghill?


Btw fruit has many forms and shapes, hopefully even writing this blog and focusing on scripture is one of them.

Though we must always use caution.

Luk 14:11  For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.


As for direct teaching on fruit we can begin with.


Gal 5:22  But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith,

Gal 5:23  Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.


Eph 5:8  For ye were sometimes darkness, but now are ye light in the Lord: walk as children of light:

Eph 5:9  (For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth;)

Eph 5:10  Proving what is acceptable unto the Lord.


I love the way the KJV doesn’t infer that we make disciples…..God does that Himself. We are called to be light and to teach.


Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.


Mat 28:18  And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Mat 28:19  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Mat 28:20  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.

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