Scripture Saturday - November 14, 2015

As a new believer, this verse from Luke 14:33 was hard to grasp and understand...

In the same way, those of you do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.

Especially in tandem with Luke 14:26 just a few verses before...

If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters--yes, even their own life--such a person cannot be my disciple.

Gil's Exposition of the Entire Bible shares the following insights about Luke 14:26:

"If any man come to me, and hate not his father and mother, and wife and children, and brethren and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple: not that proper hatred of any, or all of these, is enjoined by Christ; for this would be contrary to the laws of God, to the first principles of nature, to all humanity, to the light of nature, to reason and divine revelation: but that these are not to be preferred to Christ, or loved more than He, as it is explained in Matthew 10:37 yea, these are to be neglected and forsaken, and turned from with indignation and resentment, when they stand in the way of the honour and interest of Christ, and dissuade from his service: such who would be accounted the disciples of Christ, should be ready to part with their dearest relations and friends, with the greatest enjoyment of life, and with life itself, when Christ calls for it; or otherwise they are not worthy to be called his disciples."

The Pulpit Commentary shares the following:

"If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. The Lord's teaching throughout, in parable and in direct saying, pressed home to his followers that no home love, no earthly affection, must ever come into competition with the love of God. If home and his cause came ever into collision, home and all belonging to it must gently be put aside, and everything must be sacrificed to the cause."

May we surrender all to Jesus...

To help encourage your walk of obedience in surrendering all to Jesus, head on over to my weekly feature, Wednesday Worship, where you can learn the story behind the writing of I Surrender All, listen to a beautiful rendition of the hymn, and meditate on the beautiful lyrics.

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  1. Oh, dear Karen! I am in tears as I ponder your post! Jesus is asking some things of me that I am finding most difficult, and I would so appreciate your prayers at this time. Jesus words, your words, and the words of the commentators hit nerve after nerve...God help me be willing to do all He asks. Sending you much love and appreciation for your consistent faithfulness here.

    1. Awe Cheryl. I have lifted you and your situation to the Lord several times today and will continue to do so. Praying you find peace as you discern the will of God.

      Thank you for always encouraging me even in the midst of your own struggles.

      Blessings dear one.


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