Luke 14 Outline
– Jesus healed a man that suffered from dropsy (Luke 14:1-14)
– Jesus used the parable of the great banquet to describe the kingdom of God (Luke 14:15-24)
– Carrying your cross to follow Jesus (Luke 14:25-30)
– Jesus used the parable of a king who is about to go into war to tells us to sit down and think if we can afford to be Jesus disciples (Luke 14:31-33)
– Jesus used the parable of salt to tells us to shine our light to others (Luke 14:34-35)
Luke 14 Bible Study
In Luke 14:1-14, Jesus went to have a meal at a Pharisee’s house. There was a man that suffered from dropsy. The Pharisees and teachers of the law were watching if Jesus would heal the man for it is the Sabbath day. Jesus ignored them and healed the man. Then, Jesus rebuked them by saying that they would also help a son or ox that fall into the well. Jesus used the parable of the places of honor at the wedding feast to teach the people about humbling themselves. Christians should always be humble before God. Pride can cause you to sin. There are two types of prides including good pride and bad pride. Example of good pride is to be proud of someone who has changed their evil ways and turn back to God. Example of bad pride is to be proud of your own achievement and look down on others. Jesus said that those who are humble will be exalted while those who are haughty will be brought down.
In Luke 14:15-24, Jesus tells the parable of the great banquet to describe the kingdom of God. In the parable of the great banquet, the the son of man is getting married so he decided to launch a feast. The master sent his servant to ask those who are invited to come to the feast but they gave many excuses. One person said that he just bought a field and he needs to see it. Another person said he just bought five yokes of oxen and he wants to try them out. There is also another person who said that he just married and he couldn’t come. When the master learned about this, he was angry and he ordered his servant to go into the streets and alleys of the town and invite the poor, crippled and blind. The servant did as the master ordered him but there are still rooms. Then, the master ordered the servant to go to the country lane and road and invite those people. Often, it is the poor and others that need help that accept Jesus as their Lord and savior. The people that don’t have any need usually won’t accept Jesus because they have all they need. Therefore, the gospel is preached to many people but not all will receive the gift of eternal life.
In Luke 14:25-30, Jesus said that only those who carry his cross daily are worthy to be his disciples. A disciple is a learner. We must be imitator of Christ and grow into more and more of his likeness. Jesus said only those who are willing to sacrifice themselves including their family, possessions, and their lives are fit to be his disciples.
In Luke 14:31-33, Jesus used the parable of a king who is about to fight with another king. In this parable, Jesus questioned the sensibility of the king to sit down to think if he is able to win the other king if he has 10,000 soldiers and the enemy king has 20,000 soldiers. Then, Jesus said that is it sensible that the king will send messenger to the enemy king and ask for terms of peace. Jesus is using the parable to tell us that we should sit down and think if we can afford to be the disciple of Jesus. You must get rid of all our bad habits after you have accepted Christ.
In Luke 14:34-35, Jesus used the parable of salt to tell us that we must always shine our light through others. We must preach the gospel to the non believers and evangelize others. We must be warm Christians that spread the love of Christ to everywhere we go.