A Man with Dropsy Healed on the Sabbath
1Now it happened, as He went into the house of one of the rulers of the Pharisees to eat bread on the Sabbath, that they watched Him closely. 2And behold, there was a certain man before Him who had dropsy. 3And Jesus, answering, spoke to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, #Matt. 12:10“Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?”
4But they kept silent. And He took him and healed him, and let him go. 5Then He answered them, saying, #(Ex. 23:5; Deut. 22:4); Luke 13:15“Which of you, having a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a pit, will not immediately pull him out on the Sabbath day?” 6And they could not answer Him regarding these things.
Take the Lowly Place
7So He told a parable to those who were invited, when He noted how they chose the best places, saying to them: 8“When you are invited by anyone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in the best place, lest one more honorable than you be invited by him; 9and he who invited you and him come and say to you, ‘Give place to this man,’ and then you begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10#Prov. 25:6, 7But when you are invited, go and sit down in the lowest place, so that when he who invited you comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, go up higher.’ Then you will have glory in the presence of those who sit at the table with you. 11#Job 22:29; Ps. 18:27; Prov. 29:23; Matt. 23:12; Luke 18:14; James 4:6; (1 Pet. 5:5)For whoever exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
12Then He also said to him who invited Him, “When you give a dinner or a supper, do not ask your friends, your brothers, your relatives, nor rich neighbors, lest they also invite you back, and you be repaid. 13But when you give a feast, invite #Neh. 8:10, 12the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind. 14And you will be #(Matt. 25:34–40)blessed, because they cannot repay you; for you shall be repaid at the resurrection of the just.”
The Parable of the Great Supper
15Now when one of those who sat at the table with Him heard these things, he said to Him, #Rev. 19:9“Blessed is he who shall eat bread in the kingdom of God!”
16#Matt. 22:2–14Then He said to him, “A certain man gave a great supper and invited many, 17and #Prov. 9:2, 5sent his servant at supper time to say to those who were invited, ‘Come, for all things are now ready.’ 18But they all with one accord began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a piece of ground, and I must go and see it. I ask you to have me excused.’ 19And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to test them. I ask you to have me excused.’ 20Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21So that servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house, being angry, said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in here the poor and the maimed and the lame and the blind.’ 22And the servant said, ‘Master, it is done as you commanded, and still there is room.’ 23Then the master said to the servant, ‘Go out into the highways and hedges, and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled. 24For I say to you #(Matt. 21:43; 22:8; Acts 13:46)that none of those men who were invited shall taste my supper.’ ”
Leaving All to Follow Christ
25Now great multitudes went with Him. And He turned and said to them, 26#Deut. 13:6; 33:9; Matt. 10:37“If anyone comes to Me #Rom. 9:13and does not hate his father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters, #Rev. 12:11yes, and his own life also, he cannot be My disciple. 27And #Matt. 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; (2 Tim. 3:12)whoever does not bear his cross and come after Me cannot be My disciple. 28For #Prov. 24:27which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it— 29lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him, 30saying, ‘This man began to build and was not able to finish’? 31Or what king, going to make war against another king, does not sit down first and consider whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32Or else, while the other is still a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks conditions of peace. 33So likewise, whoever of you #Matt. 19:27does not forsake all that he has cannot be My disciple.
Tasteless Salt Is Worthless
34#Matt. 5:13; (Mark 9:50)“Salt is good; but if the salt has lost its flavor, how shall it be seasoned? 35It is neither fit for the land nor for the dunghill, but men throw it out. He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”