21: The Way of God’s Kingdom (2) (Lk 14:1-35)
The setting of the first part of
this chapter was the house of a prominent Pharisee who invited Jesus for a meal
on the Sabbath. The Lord made use of the occasion and the theme of
banquets to teach the people truths of
God’s kingdom. In the second half of the chapter, which took place while the
multitudes traveled with Jesus, the Lord turned His attention to those who
wanted to be followers of Christ and taught them what true discipleship
“So likewise, whoever of you does not forsake all
that he has cannot be My disciple” (14:33).
Did You Know…?
Dropsy (14:2): Abnormal accumulation of serous
fluid in the tissues of the body.
Eat bread in the kingdom of God (14:15):
Association of the future kingdom with a feast was common (13:29; Isa 25:6; Mt
8:11; 25:1-10; 26:29; Rev 19:9).
1. Did Jesus heal the man in
order to incite His adversaries?
2. How did the Lord silence His
3a. What were the people’s view
of how to receive honor?
3b. According to Jesus, what is
4. How should we humble ourselves
in terms of the way we view ourselves?
5. Think of occasions in life
where you can apply the teaching of this parable.
6. How is the teaching in this
paragraph closely related to the previous paragraph?
7. Compare the two different
kinds of rewards mentioned here.
8. Who are “the poor, the maimed,
the lame, and the blind” in your life? How can you apply the Lord’s teaching to
9. What led the man to say those
words in verse 15?
10. How is the gospel message
like the invitation to a great banquet?
11a. Comparing the three excuses
in the parable with common excuses people use today, what are some reasons
people turn down the invitation to God’s kingdom?
11b. Do you sometimes also use
these excuses to turn down God’s invitation to receive His blessings?
12. Why did the host become
13. How does the man’s order to
the servant in 21 and 23 apply to preaching to gospel?
14. Who finally came to the
banquet? What does this teach us about who will enter God’s kingdom?
15. List the things in this
passage that are required of Jesus’ disciples.
16. Explain the meaning of “hate”
in verse 26.
16b. Why is it necessary to
“hate” our families and our lives to be a disciple?
17. How should we bear our cross?
18. How should we count the cost
of being a disciple? Have you counted the cost?
19. What does it mean to forsake
all? Have you forsaken all that you have for Christ?
20. What kind of disciples are like
salt that has lost its flavor?