Monday, January 30, 2012


57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said to Him, "Lord, I will follow You wherever You go."
58 And Jesus said to him, "Foxes have holes and the birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head."
59 Then He said to another, "Follow Me." But he said, "Lord, let me first go and bury my father."
60 Jesus said to him, "Let the dead bury their own dead, but go you and preach the kingdom of God."
61 And another also said, "Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and bid them farewell who are at my house."
62 But Jesus said to him, "No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God." (LUKE 9:57-62).

9:57, 58 I will follow you: This man volunteered to follow Jesus without reservation. His problem was that he had not realistically counted the cost of discipleship. His enthusiasm, based on his feelings of the moment, would not be strong enough to sustain him during the trials that lay ahead. Jesus warned the would-be disciple that He, the Son of Man, did not have even the ordinary comforts of home.

9:59 let me first go and bury my father: This aspiring disciple placed family responsibilities ahead of following Jesus. The concerns of home were this man's stumbling block. Unlike the previous volunteer (v. 57), this man was slow, meditative, and contemplative. He was counting the cost of discipleship. Cultic purity was viewed as very important in Jewish circles, so a quick burial of the dead was required (7:11-17).

9:60 Jesus emphasized that a disciple must have clear priorities. The call of God should receive priority over everything else.

9:62 Jesus' remark about being fit for the kingdom of God demonstrates the seriousness of commitment to Him. Putting a hand to the plow means engaging in a task. Here the task is serving the kingdom. Looking back makes it difficult to plow straight furrows.
[THE NKJV STUDY BIBLE Second Edition].



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