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Luke Chapter 14

  • Bible Study on Luke 

    Luke Chapter 14


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    Luke 14 Outline:
    14:01-06 Jesus heals a man with dropsy.
    14:07-14 How to act when invited to a banquet.
    14:15-24 People invited began to make excuses.
    14:25-33 The cost of discipleship.
    14:34-35 The salt of the earth.


    Fun Facts:
    — Salt in ancient Palestine was far from pure what was left may not taste like salt at all.

    Study Notes:
    Luke 14:1-6 Dropsy is fluid retention and swelling, usually the symptoms of a disease in the vital organs where excess fluid collects in various parts of the body. Having a dinner on the sabbath required preparing the meal the day before so this was a planned event with guests. The enemies of Jesus were there and watching Him closely. It is possible that the man was with dropsy was a trap set by Jesus’ enemies who hoped that He would break the law on the sabbath.

    Jesus asked them “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” but they were silent. To the Pharisees it was an awkward question because there was nothing in the law of Moses that prevented healing on the Sabbath day, but their rabbinic regulations they cultivated forbid healing on the Sabbath unless there was danger to life. Approving the healing would show them soft on the law, but disapproving would show them indifferent to suffering, so they remained silent. Jesus healed the man. Even the law of Moses permitted healing the Sabbath, but the tradition of man did not. It is man that tries to put God into a box of rules, but they only succeed in putting themselves in there. Don’t go beyond the word of God into legalism, it is easier to do than you think.

    Luke 14:7-14 Jesus watched how the people came in and chose the best seats for themselves and gave a lesson humility. It would be better to choose the lowest place first because the only way that he can go is up. If you choose the top, the only place that you can go is down. If we follow the advice of Jesus, we can only be promoted. He went onto tell the host that his guest list should not only include friends, as there was no reward in that. Jesus encouraged him to invite those that could not pay him back, could not afford the meal, and God would pay him back.

    Luke 14:15-24 Jesus tells a story about a man that made a great supper and invited many people. But when he told them it was ready, they all began to make excuses. One had to look after a field, another had bought some oxen, the last had gotten married. The field would still be there, the oxen would still be there, and the marriage excluded a man from serving in the military for the first year, but was not an excuse to miss the dinner that he had agreed to attend. The invitation had went out earlier, this message was that it was now ready. When the people would not come, the master of the feast became angry and sent his servant to invite the poor, the maimed, the blind and the lame, but there was still room. Then they went into the highways and the hedges to fill the banquet.

    This is a reference to the church. Jesus was sent to the Jews first, but the religious elite refused Him. Therefore God would bring in others, both those inside the city (Jews) and those outside of the city (Gentiles). Also the servant did not complete inviting the highways and hedges (Gentiles) as this happened after Jesus ascended. Bringing in the gentiles was still in the future when Jesus spoke the parable. God invites us, man can choose to attend or not. A day is coming when the door will be shut and it will be too late to change your mind. Those originally invited would not come, but God will fill His heaven with others that will.

    Luke 14:25-33 Discipleship means giving one’s first loyalty. Jesus never taught hate. We are to even love our enemies (6:27) and pray for them. To me this verse means “Love them less than Jesus.” He is to be first and foremost in our life. We love our families but our loyalty is to God and His word. If we have to make a choice between them, we choose God. We have to keep our priorities in order.

    Jesus wants disciples who have counted the cost beforehand and willingly pay the price, not just an emotional reaction that fades the following day. He said clearly that whoever will not bear their own cross and come after Him, cannot be His disciple (Luke 14:27). He will not allow them to. They can call Him “Lord Lord” but He does not know them. There is no half-hearted effort allowed.

    Luke 14:34-35 Jesus said that salt is good, but salt that has lost its flavor is worthless and thrown out. He told this parable while speaking about counting the cost of being His disciple. A disciple of Jesus that has lost their saltiness, is useless as a disciple and will be thrown out. There is no room for being lukewarm in the Kingdom of God.

    Study Questions: (if your answers are very long, you may want to type them first in something like Word or Notepad, which doesn't require an Internet connection, then copy and paste (Ctrl-A to select, Ctrl-V to copy, Ctrl-V to paste), to prevent mishaps. Also, there is a 3K character limit, so if they are super long, feel free to post more than once, and just answer a couple of questions at a time. Also, you are welcome to post any questions you may have. We look forward to your thoughts!)

    1. As in the last chapter (Luke 13:10-17), Jesus once again addressed the question, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” (Luke 14:3). What does Jesus’ answer tell you about the quality of His mercy?

    2. Jesus said in Luke 14:11, “For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled and whoever humbles himself will be exalted.” In what ways can we remember to keep this mindset, which is contrary to what many in the world wish to glorify?

    3. In the parable in which guests were invited to a “great supper” and made excuses when it was time to attend, the “master of the house became angry”. How can we better stay in tune with God’s callings on our life?

    4. In Luke 14:33, Jesus declared, “So therefore whoever of you who doesn’t renounce all that he has, he can’t be my disciple.” Clearly, He is talking about a great price. What does this verse mean to you?


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Kathy Banfield
Kathy Banfield #1 Jesus didn't even give the dumb rule (about healing on a Sabbath) a second thought--He simply did what He knew to be right! He acted from compassion and LOVE! That speaks volumes about His great love for us! #2 A simple way to exibit this is not to get upset and angry when someone pushes ahead of me in line at Shop Rite. And that happens on a daily basis! And I recall the "Inservices" I attended as an RN--all my co-workers tried to be the first to get the best seats, where the doughnuts and coffee were situated! In retrospect, it seems funny, but it also reminds me of a line from Bob Dylan, "The first will be last and the last will be first" #3 This could pertain to Heaven! We make excuses not to attend a certain event, but what if we are really inadvertently turning our back on something greater than we imagined?  #4 I never realized the extent I'd be mocked for my faith and belief. Even a Jewish man who was once a devout believer made fun of me at the pharmacy recently. He said "Surely you don't believe all that stuff in the Old Testament!"   And he laughed at me and shook his head! My ex husband feels the Bible is mere fantasy, with a few poetic verses thrown in.So many of my friends have left the Church, and I couldn't believe it when I heard the local high school has a club for atheists! (And then people wonder why God turns His back when we turn to Him in a crisis!)
July 13, 2015
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Patty Martin
Patty Martin Jesus questioned the Pharisees once again, knowing that their man-made law refused permission to heal on the Sabbath, and they remained silent because they knew this was their own law, not God's law as given to Moses.  They knew they were vain hypocrites but tried to hide their flaws to onlookers.  Jesus showed compassion and mercy to the sick man as he does to all of us.  He would rather be punished by man for doing God's work than to allow the man to suffer or die. These miracles were just the beginning, as Jesus would soon go to the cross and take our sins upon himself rather than see us suffer a life apart from the Father.  
July 13, 2015
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Patty Martin
Patty Martin (2) I believe that Jesus wants us to live a life void of feeling superior and righteous over others.  We can be charitable to others by giving not only money, but of our time to those in need.  We can volunteer to serve cheerfully in ministry, and serve or donate to charitable organizations.  We can count our blessings and bless others, with our smiles and our kind acts; something as small as letting someone in front of us as we wait in the grocery store line.  Rather than have a yard sale, I can donate household goods and clothing to the needy.  I can help my students become involved in food drives, or in family and animal shelters.  I can pay it forward by giving to the homeless on the street, even if it's just handing them a fast-food meal or $10 so they can buy a meal.  There are so many ways to serve God by serving others.  Being humble reveals the goodness of God and allows Him to be glorified.
July 13, 2015
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Kay Rushin
Kay Rushin Q1- His compassion for us is deep and he does what is right, honorable. Q2- Put others needs in front of our own Q3 Prayer - Our calling is for us, even when people don't understand. I must listen (hear) do it, Q4-It is no longer about me,  I have to suffer it all in his name.       “dying to self.”  absolute surrender
July 13, 2015
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Patty Martin
Patty Martin (3) I believe that reading scripture and praying is the key.  When we read God's word and pray to our Father, He directs our footsteps.  He must come first in our lives and we must listen carefully and often.  Spending time with Him every day is how we learn to obey and follow. We must reach inside ourselves, reach up for God's directions, and reach out to others.  Even when some people don't seem reachable, we must continue to reach out.  Jesus wants us to find the lost sheep.  Nothing is impossible for God and we can be the instrument He uses to do His work.
July 13, 2015
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Patty Martin
Patty Martin (4) I believe that Jesus is telling us to abandon our old ways and bad habits, stop focusing on ourselves and the things of this world; rather, die to self and focus on things from above.  There is much we have to give up when following Jesus, or at least it seems that way in the beginning.  Old habits are hard to break, but we have to be willing to put what is important to God BEFORE the people and things that are important to us.  God never wanted to be somewhere in the middle or at the end. He has always required to be first in our lives. When we invite him in, we have to be willing to die to our flesh every day and grow in spirit.  For me, it has become easier as I've allowed Jesus to change me from the inside out, and it sure has been worth it! 
July 13, 2015
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Patty Martin
Patty Martin (1) Jesus addressed the Pharisees once again as a law abiding citizen, even though he knew that healing on the Sabbath was not forbidden in the law of Moses, which is God's law. They were silent because they understood this, but to go against the laws they created would make them look like hypocrites.  Jesus healed the man because he is compassionate and doesn't like anyone to suffer.  He was willing to be punished by man's law but did not worry about that because he was doing God's work.   
July 13, 2015
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Patty Martin
Patty Martin Pastor Dion, Thank you, thank you, thank you for your Daily word and Bible study!  They are such blessings!!!
July 13, 2015
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Latonia  Boudreau
Latonia Boudreau What I got out this scripture today is that sometimes rules are made to be broken.
July 14, 2015
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Carol Pady
Carol Pady 1. God's mercy holds no bounds. It is always available. 2. We are to be humble and never to boast for we can do nothing apart from God. 3. When need to pray for wisdom and guidance so all our actions are within God's will. 4. We must put God first and let go of our worldly possessions. Live in His Spirit and not in the flesh.
July 14, 2015
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Belinda Cooke
Belinda Cooke Q1 ---- traditions will sometimes cause you to fall --- they must align with God's word --- as stated, the law of Moses permitted healing on the Sabbath --- mankind adds traditions and corrupts the Word --- this lesson taught me to keep to God's Word Q2 ---- This verse teaches that if we are to follow the example of Jesus - then we will be servants ---- humbling ourselves so that GOD is glorified --- giving all GLORY to GOD --- in that way, God rewards us ---- if we exalt ourselves, we have rewarded ourselves ---- follow Christ and HE exalts us Q3 ---- This is hard for me because I am a terrible time manager --- and also somewhat lazy when it's time to do something ---- too tired when I get off work --- but I am learning to "press my way through" in order to serve --- I still have a long way to go but I hope to reach the goal!  If I remember Christ first, then everything falls in order. Q4 ---- This verse means I cannot consider myself, but think about what Christ would do --- and has done for me already!  I have to be willing to give up all that I have and all that I am and trust GOD --- trust that HE is who HE says HE is and will do what He says HE will do  --- learning to trust GOD ---- I have been hurt in this world, and trust is one of the things I have lost along the way ---- I must learn to put all of my trust in GOD so that I can reap the benefits of HIS promises ........ My life has to now be for CHRIST ---- for HE first died for me!  I think this verse is key to trusting and believing, then serving ---- all about GOD, not about ourselves  --- a grateful heart!
July 14, 2015
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Anna Norris
Anna Norris 1.      His mercy is never ending and He does not take a rest from showering mercy on those in need. 2.      We can keep this mindset by always being in an attitude of prayer, being open to growth by the Holy Spirit and confessing all sin before God and asking Him to reveal areas where we need to make a change. We are never the greatest, God is always above us. 3.      Keeping an open line of prayer always and taking time to listen for response. 4.      I think renouncing all that you have means that you are willing to do whatever the Lord gives you to complete, even if it means leaving your family to do what He asks you to do.   If you are not willing to lay down all that you have for the work Jesus has for you then He cannot teach you and you cannot follow Him.
July 14, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles 1) Jesus loves us all, he has great compasion for us & his mercies are unmeasured... even beyond understanding sometimes...probably most times. 2)We should be humble, putting others before ourselves and not acting superior to anyone 3) By Prayer and worship, keeping close to God and his word at all times, seeking him first in all things and by praising him through both the sunshine and the rain. After all, rain happens and it can be cold ,wet and no fun ...but the rewards after the rain...things grow.. sometimes it grows something beautiful, sometimes it grows weeds, we get to choose which we will grow.
July 15, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles 4) I believe it means you must be comitted whole-heartedly to God.You can't sit on the fence and watch.. you must be zealously seeking him, which in my opinion means moved to action to show the world what a loving and merciful God we have by way of our example to the world>> always be kind, show love and mercy to others, FORGIVE easy (that one was a tuff one for me), pray for others, always act in a humble and Godly manner, be uplifting to others and non- judgmental.
July 15, 2015
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles What a nice way to start my day... thank you Pastor for a wonderful bible study, you gave me much to think & pray on... Thank you Lord for you word today and for Pastor Dion. He listens so well to your promptings he touches my heart with every post and study. Thank you for bringing me to such a wonderful community of people. Please forgive me where I fall short and help me to always show your love to others ~Amen~  Happy hump day everyone, Stay Blessed
July 15, 2015
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Deleted Member I love this story about the healing that Jesus done, it didn't matter where he was at or when it was if there was someone that needed healing, He would do it because His love was so great for mankind.
July 15, 2015- Edit- Delete
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Deleted Member Happy Hump Day to you too, Dianna, you are a blessing. Love, Tamara
July 15, 2015- Edit- Delete
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Deleted Member 1)- Jesus will heal no matter what day or time it is, if its His will and we know that He is the Great Healer, it didn't matter that it was the sabbath, what mattered was that this man needed healing, so Jesus healed him, because His mercy endures forever. His mercy is filled with love and compassion for all that will come to Him and follow Him and even those that don't come to Him, He still gives them mercy and a chance to change their minds and accept Him, what greater mercy could we ever ask for. Jesus waits with arms opened wide, looking for the lost to come home.
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David and Dianna Wyles
David and Dianna Wyles Thank  you, you and this community are a big blessing to me too.
July 16, 2015
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Maerilu Wooley
Maerilu Wooley His mercies are new every morning.......
July 17, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Q1 JESUS CHRIST mercy and love are to the  fullest. Always there for all of us  Anytime, anywhere and everywhere. For GOD is loving and compassionate to all HIS people 
July 17, 2015
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza Q4. Here I am LORD GOD ready to serve you For everything we have comes from GOD. Whenever and wherever GOD decides for me to serve HIM I am so ready
July 17, 2015
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Jeanne Majors
Jeanne Majors Those who gave excuses for not coming to the dinner probably just did not want to be bothered. As a people we should try to be more aware of those less fortunate then ourselves
July 18, 2015
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Tina G
Tina G I had to giggle when I read your post about "Jesus can't be put in a box"  He sure enough thought outside the box way before it was popular! What I got out of the reading - Come to Jesus as a child. Curious and excited about His teaching! Jesus loves the least of us. How cool is that? Stay humble+
July 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Haha, that's true, Tina, He was anything but conventional for the time :). I always tend to think when we try to put Him in  a box, it's really us that are crawling into one :).
July 19, 2015
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd Amen, Jeanne!
July 19, 2015
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Jeanne Majors
Jeanne Majors Reminds me of the woman who told Jesus I have no husband and his answer was yes I know that but you had 5 husbands and the one you are living with now is not your husband. I don't know the bible verse but what I am saying is similar. so Jesus knew what the deal was and is that is why I laugh when people lie, cheat and steal from others and think they get away with it not even realizing that God sees and knows all and that he is still on the throne" Duh!!!!!
July 19, 2015
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse Hi Tina- I love that Jesus loves outside the box! What wonderful new for us!!!
July 20, 2015
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Melissa-Peter Busse
Melissa-Peter Busse I often find myself putting God in a box with my life. I am so grateful that He never leaves us where he finds us and is constantly refining us!!!  Praise God! He can't be put in a box!
July 20, 2015
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Trish Hicks
Trish Hicks number 1 I would say that the Mercy Jesus has is truly awesme,nothing like you could get anywhere else,nor from anybody else, 2. We can keep this mindset by realizing that we can do absolutely nothing without Jesus Christ.,3 we cn stay in tune with God's calling on our lives by staying in his word,and getting intimate with Jesus Christ.and number 4 That if we don't pick up our cross and follow him,we are none of his.
July 20, 2015
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Julie Schneider
Julie Schneider 1.Jesus is the Great Healer and he will heal and help us anytime and anywhere! He loves us so much that He only wants the best for us and isnt confined to any rules or regulations! 2. I think it is easy in todays world to think you are a "super" Christian because you uphold all the legalistic things that man created, NOT God!  I hear people "brag" about praying so many times a day, quoting scripture, attending all church services, etc. While these things are not bad in and of themselves, it is wrong to believe they somehow make you superior. Stay humble and work hard to please our God but realize that we are NOthing without Him!
July 22, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Q#1 to me this means it does not matter what day or time of the week it is Jesus has mercy on us and heals us.  
August 7, 2015
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Deborah Alexander
Deborah Alexander Q#2 we have to remember not to think of our cells more highly then we aren't and to follow the example of Jesus. Let's treat & greet the CEO the same way we would treat the janitor. For God has no respecter of persons
August 7, 2015
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Lissy Verghese
Lissy Verghese Thank you Pastor!
August 26, 2015