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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Luke 14:1-6 Sermon Notes

[The following are some notes taken during the sermon delivered by Pastor Tray Earnhart this past Lord's Day at Kosmosdale Baptist Church. Sermons from KBC can be heard HERE.]

Scripture

1 One Sabbath, when he went to dine at the house of a ruler of the Pharisees, they were watching him carefully. 2 And behold, there was a man before him who had dropsy. 3 And Jesus responded to the lawyers and Pharisees, saying, Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath, or not? 4 But they remained silent. Then he took him and healed him and sent him away. 5 And he said to them, "Which of you, having a son or an ox that has fallen into a well on a Sabbath day, will not immediately pull him out?" 6 And they could not reply to these things. (Luke 14:1-6)

Exegesis

v. 1 Setting: In the house of a Pharisee, on the Sabbath, in an antagonistic situation. The religious leaders were watching Jesus closely to accuse Him is a theme in Luke (see, for example, Luke 6:7; 11:54).

v. 2 "Dropsy"= Painful swelling of the limbs, accompanied with an oozing discharge through the skin. It is possible that this afflicted person was invited to dinner specifically for the purpose of entrapping Jesus. A person with dropsy would have been unclean and would have made others unclean under Mosaic law (see Leviticus 15).

v. 3 "Answered." Jesus answered without being questioned, knowing the thoughts of His audience. Healing on the Sabbath was not prohibited under Mosaic law, but was forbidden according to tradition.

v. 4 Religious authorities take no part in the conversation.

v. 5 Jesus exposes the irrationality of the religious leaders' position.

v. 6 Again, the religious leaders take no part in the conversation.

Biblical Narrative

Sabbath controversies are a theme in the gospel accounts. (For example Luke 6:1-11; 13:10-17; John 5:8ff.; 9:16). In other passages, it is common to find the religious leaders questioning Jesus and responding in rage. In Luke 14:1-6, the religious leaders are silenced by Christ's authority.

Application

"God will have the last word... not His creation."
  • "In the issue of salvation" ("there is only one Savior")
  • In "everything concerning our lives"

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