Healing of a Man on the Sabbath
1One Sabbath, #ch. 7:36; 11:37 when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were #ch. 20:20; Mark 3:2watching him carefully. 2And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3And Jesus responded to #See ch. 7:30 the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, #ch. 13:14; Matt. 12:10“Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not?” 4But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5And he said to them, #ch. 13:15; [Deut. 22:4; Matt. 12:11]“Which of you, having a son#14:5 Some manuscripts a donkey or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?” 6#[Matt. 22:46]And they could not reply to these things.
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
7Now he told a parable to those who were invited, when he noticed #See ch. 11:43how they chose the places of honor, saying to them, 8“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, 9and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. 10But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, #Prov. 25:6, 7so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. 11For #ch. 18:14; [Prov. 29:23; Ezek. 21:26; Matt. 18:4; James 4:6, 10; 1 Pet. 5:5, 6]everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
The Parable of the Great Banquet
12He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give #John 21:12 (Gk.) a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers#14:12 Or your brothers and sisters or your relatives or rich neighbors, #[ch. 6:34]lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. 13But when you give a feast, #[Neh. 8:10, 12; Esth. 9:22] invite #ver. 21the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid #1 Cor. 15:23; 1 Thess. 4:16; [John 11:24; Rev. 20:4, 5] at #Acts 24:15the resurrection of the just.”
15When one of those who reclined at table with him heard these things, he said to him, #Rev. 19:9 “Blessed is everyone who will #[ch. 13:29; 22:16, 30]eat bread in the kingdom of God!” 16But he said to him, #For ver. 16-24, [Matt. 22:2-14] “A man once #[Isa. 25:6]gave a great banquet and invited many. 17And at the time for the banquet he #[Esth. 6:14; Prov. 9:3, 5]sent his servant#14:17 Or bondservant; also verses 21 (twice), 22, 23 to say to those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’ 18But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, ‘I have bought a field, and I must go out and see it. Please have me excused.’ 19And another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to examine them. Please have me excused.’ 20And another said, #Deut. 24:5‘I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.’ 21So the servant came and reported these things to his master. Then the master of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the city, and bring in #ver. 13the poor and crippled and blind and lame.’ 22And the servant said, ‘Sir, what you commanded has been done, and still there is room.’ 23And the master said to the servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel people to come in, that my house may be filled. 24For I tell you,#14:24 The Greek word for you here is plural#Matt. 21:43; Acts 13:46none of those men who were invited shall taste my banquet.’”
The Cost of Discipleship
25Now great crowds accompanied him, and he turned and said to them, 26#ver. 33; Matt. 10:37; [Deut. 33:9] “If anyone comes to me and #ch. 16:13 does not hate his own father and mother and wife and children and brothers and sisters, #John 12:25; Acts 20:24; Rev. 12:11yes, and even his own life, he cannot be my disciple. 27#ch. 9:23; Matt. 10:38; 16:24; Mark 8:34 Whoever does not #John 19:17bear his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. 28For which of you, desiring to build a tower, does not #[Prov. 24:27]first sit down and count the cost, whether he has enough to complete it? 29Otherwise, when he has laid a 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 out to encounter another king in war, will not #ver. 28sit down first and deliberate whether he is able with ten thousand to meet him who comes against him with twenty thousand? 32And if not, while the other is yet a great way off, he sends a delegation and asks for terms of peace. 33#[Phil. 3:7] So therefore, any one of you who #[ver. 26; ch. 18:28]does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple.
Salt Without Taste Is Worthless
Mark 9:50 “Salt is good, #
but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? 35It is of no use either for the soil or for the manure pile. It is thrown away. #See Matt. 11:15He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”