I am sure you see the pattern that either Jesus is healing predominately on the Sabbath to make a point or they are setting Jesus up. I think this man was placed in the house to test Jesus. Hostility continues to build between the Pharisees and Jesus.
Two banquettes are discussed: The one refers to recognizing Jesus now and the Great Banquet will be His 2nd coming. God will exalt those who genuinely humble themselves before him. All this is being said IN the Pharisee’s house. YIKES.
Many will refuse the “invitation” to the banquet: Jesus. They will choose the “world”.
18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’
19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’
20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’
The cost of being a disciple. The cost should be weighed. To be truly invested in Him, everything else must come second. Jesus speaks in exaggeration to make his point. We MUST be prepared to put Him first at all costs. Furthermore, if you are not willing to be “salty”, you really aren’t worth it. These are hard precepts to mull over…especially for the people pleasers of the world.
Chapter 15- Could this be the BEST chapter in the Bible?? Three parables, all escalating in value. Read these NOT from a human perspective but through the heart of God. If you are a parent then you KNOW you would do ANYTHING for your child. We look around and see the “lost acting lost” and forget that God loves that person the SAME as He loves you.
- The Lost Sheep
- The Lost Coin
- The lost Son
Read them like you have never read them before and I am certain a new detail will stand out to you. ❤️