Morning Bible Study
Luke was a doctor and a travelling companion of the apostle Paul.
He wrote this book while Paul was in prison.
In writing this book about Jesus, Luke made use of other older documents
like the Gospel of Mark, as well as extensive eyewitness accounts.
Jesus’ ministry is well under way, and the people have been amazed not just
at the things He’s been teaching, but the things He’s been doing.
Jesus is on the road to Jerusalem.
As He is traveling, there are people who want to join His band of
9:57-62 Full Discipleship
:57 Now it happened as they journeyed on the road, that someone said
to Him, “Lord, I will follow You wherever You go.”
:57 as they journeyed on the road
For 3 ½ years, Jesus was basically an itinerant preacher.
He moved from place to place.
This conversation doesn’t take place in His living room, but on the road.
:57 someone said to Him
Matthew calls him a “scribe” (Mat. 8:19)
:57 Lord, I will follow You wherever You go
This man has stepped forward and asked to join with Jesus’ group of
This man seems to have no conditions to his statement.
But not really. Jesus will challenge
the man’s heart.
:58 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have
nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
:58 Foxes … birds
Even animals have places they call home.
:58 but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head
The title “Son of Man” does refer to the humanity of Jesus.
But it also has a Messianic significance.
Daniel the prophet described the Son of Man as a glorious individual who
would one day rule the nations with the authority of God (Dan. 7:13-14)
NKJV) —13 “I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son
of Man, Coming with
the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they brought Him near before
Him. 14 Then to Him
was given dominion and glory and a kingdom, That all peoples, nations, and
languages should serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion, Which shall
not pass away, And His
kingdom the one Which shall not be destroyed.
This person has no home.
Ok with uncomfortable
I imagine that when people seeing something going well, they would like to
go along for the ride.
Big crowds have been following Jesus.
Yet for the 33 years that He was on the earth, the glorious Son of Man did not
live a “glorious” life.
A child is born in an obscure village. He is brought up in another obscure
village. He works in a carpenter shop until he is thirty, and then for three
brief years is an itinerant preacher, proclaiming a message and living a life.
He never writes a book. He never holds an office. He never raises an army. He
never has a family of his own. He never owns a home. He never goes to college.
He never travels two hundred miles from the place where he was born. He gathers
a little group of friends about him and teaches them his way of life. While
still a young man, the tide of popular feeling turns against him. One denies
him; another betrays him. He is turned over to his enemies. He goes through the
mockery of a trial; he is nailed to a cross between two thieves, and when dead
is laid in a borrowed grave by the kindness of a friend. Those are the facts of
his human life. He rises from the dead. Today we look back across nineteen
hundred years and ask, What kind of trail has he left across the centuries?
When we try to sum up his influence, all the armies that ever marched, all the
parliaments that ever sat, all the kings that ever reigned are absolutely
picayune in their influence on mankind compared with that of this one solitary
It is thought that
this is the original essay by Dr James Allan Francis in "The Real Jesus
and Other Sermons" C 1926 by the Judson Press of Philadelphia (pp 123-124
titled "Arise Sir Knight!"). Graham Pockett
Here is one of the problems I have with these “prosperity” teachers on TBN.
They make it sound as if you come to Jesus you will become healthy and
This message appeals to people who would rather “get more”, than give to
others. Like last Friday …
Here’s a guy working with his friends to surprise others by paying for
their groceries. He’s giving rather than
Living the Christian life is not about your comfort.
There are no immediate perks to following Jesus.
He isn’t offering a 401k plan or medical insurance.
Don’t get me wrong.
There is great reward in following after Jesus.
But the real rewards come when we get to heaven.
:59 Then He said to another, “Follow Me.” But he said, “Lord, let me first
go and bury my father.”
:59 He said to another, “Follow Me.”
This man is a “casual disciple”. He’s around Jesus, but has not yet made
the commitment to actually seriously “follow” Jesus.
When Jesus challenges him to get serious about following, he offers up an
:59 let me first go and bury my father
let me – epitrepo – to
Burying your parents is a sacred duty.
When Abraham died,
(Genesis 25:9 NKJV)
his sons Isaac and Ishmael buried him in the cave of Machpelah, which is
before Mamre, in the field of Ephron the son of Zohar the Hittite,
The people of Jesus’ day would have been familiar with the book of Tobit, which
is part of the Apocrypha.
We don’t look at the Apocrypha as inspired Scripture (like the Catholic
church does), but it has interesting things that give us insight into ancient
Tobit is the story of a righteous man named Tobit, who lived in Nineveh
after the fall of the northern kingdom. He had a son named Tobias who would
travel to Media to marry a girl named Sarah. Before he leaves on his journey,
his dad has some instructions:
4:3 NRSV) Then he called his son Tobias, and when he came to him he said, “My
son, when I die, give me a proper burial. Honor your mother and do not abandon
her all the days of her life. Do whatever pleases her, and do not grieve her in
Tobias would marry his wife, go back home, and eventually
bury his father and mother before returning to Media with his wife.
Some Jews took this as an obligation of a son to be there
to bury his parents.
This fellow with Jesus has not recently lost his father.
Even today, when a Jew dies, they are buried immediately.
If the dad was already dead, the fellow would have buried him before
It is more likely that the fellow is talking about what he feels his
obligations are to his parents.
He feels that he shouldn’t go and preach until his parents die.
That means I wouldn’t have started my ministry until this year.
:60 Jesus said to him, “Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and
preach the kingdom of God.”
:60 Let the dead bury their own dead
A better way to understand this is …
Let those who are spiritually dead take care of burying those who are
Sounds kind of callous, doesn’t it?
A spiritually alive father would allow his son to follow Jesus.
This man is using his spiritually dead father as an excuse for not getting
serious about Jesus.
:60 Let the dead
Let – aphiemi – to permit,
This may be a different word translated “let” than in vs. 59, but the
concept is the same.
The fellow wanted Jesus to give him “permission” to wait to first bury his
father. Jesus told the man to give the “dead” permission to bury their own
This is about learning to take responsibility for your own decisions.
A game hunter went on safari with his wife
and mother-in-law. One morning, while deep in the forest, the wife awoke to
find her mother gone. Rushing to her husband, she insisted on them both trying
to find her mother. The hunter picked up his rifle and started to look for her.
In a clearing not far from the camp, they came upon a chilling sight: the
mother-in-law was backed up against a big rock, a large lion stood right in
front of her. The wife cried, “What are we going to do?” “Nothing,” said the
hunter husband. “How can you just do nothing?” the wife screamed at him. “The
lion got himself into this mess, let him get himself out of it.”
Just like the lion, it’s
important to learn to take responsibility for your own life.
Sometimes we are wanting to use Jesus as an excuse for doing or not doing
I have heard people over the years use all sorts of Scripture to justify
their reason for not taking a step of obedience to follow Jesus.
In reality, we need to realize that we have the authority to make decisions
in our lives.
This man wants Jesus to make up his mind for him. He wants Jesus to say
it’s okay for him to stay home.
Instead, Jesus is telling the man that he has the authority to give
He gives him the authority to give permission to the dead
to bury their own dead.
Learn to take responsibility over your own life.
Don’t blame Jesus for the things that you decide.
:60 but you go and preach the kingdom of God
There is a single command (imperative) here, the word “preach”
“But you, while going, preach…”
Family and priorities
God is concerned that you have a healthy family life.
Our marriages are supposed to be a picture to the world of what Christ’s
love is all about.
5:25 NKJV) Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and
gave Himself for her,
Moms and Dads have a responsibility to love their kids and teach them about
6:4 NKJV) And you, fathers, do not provoke your children to wrath, but bring
them up in the training and admonition of the Lord.
Of course raising kids is not difficult at all…
Video: When We Have Kids
Paul taught that kids ought to be taking care of their parents in their old
Timothy 5:8 NKJV) But if anyone does not provide for his own, and especially for
those of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an
Yet as important as family is to God, sometimes family can stand in the way
of what God is wanting to do in your life.
God wants to be your first priority in life. He wants the right to out
“vote” what others say you should be doing with your life.
10:37 NKJV) He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And
he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me.
This all takes great balance.
Some people make the mistake of using God as their excuse to ignore their
They sacrifice their family on the altar of the church.
They spend every waking moment at church and neglect their
That’s not God’s heart.
I don’t come to everything we do at church. There’s too much.
On the other hand, other people allow their family to have such sway on
them, that they never obey the call of God on their life.
They are more concerned about disappointing their parents
or their spouse than they are with pleasing God.
Even though God must take first priority, we need to bring a healthy
balance in our priorities.
:61 And another also said, “Lord, I will follow You, but let me first go and
bid them farewell who are at my house.”
:61 Lord, I will follow You
This fellow is like the first one. He has come to declare he wants to
:61 but let me first go
This fellow wants Jesus to meet some conditions before he decides to
completely follow Jesus.
Remember, Jesus is on the road. If this fellow is talking with Jesus, then
he’s already left those at home to be on the road with Jesus.
: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.”
:62 having put his hand to the plow
This isn’t someone who is meeting Jesus for the first time.
This is a man who has already decided to follow Jesus, but is having second
He’s already put his hand to the plow.
This is an ancient agricultural proverb that goes back at least 750 BC (the
Greek poet Hesiod used it).
From the most ancient of times, the man guiding the plow made it his aim to
plow a straight furrow.
Plowing a straight furrow requires that you keep looking forward.
The Roman author Pliny (AD 23-79) wrote that the ploughman who does not
bend attentively to his work goes crooked (Robertson)
:62 No one…looking back, is fit
fit – euthetos – well placed; useful
To plough straight furrows, you need to be looking forward. To be useful, you need to be moving forward.
Sometimes it’s not so easy to stay on your feet.
Even when you’re on your feet, it’s not always easy to move forward…
I think there is value to recognizing where you have come from, what’s
I think there can be value in realizing that some of your past has made you
what you are today, and you need to deal with it.
Sometimes a person struggling with addiction will find that unresolved
issues in their past continue to haunt them and trigger them to relapse again
Until you learn to deal with the past, it’s hard to move
Yet there can be such a thing as a person who is simply stuck in the past.
All through your life you rehash the same issues, replaying that same thing
that hurt you over and over again.
Your life is like a farmer trying to plough a straight furrow, but you’re
driving the tractor looking over your shoulder.
Some things in life don’t work so well when you’re moving backwards.
Video: Backwards Bicycle Fail
How well would you do if you decided to drive backwards on the freeway?
Video: Chinese Woman Backwards on
There comes a point in life where you have to learn to deal with certain
things in your past and move forward.
Sometimes there are people who have hurt you that you simply
have to learn to let it go. Learn go forgive.
Holding that grudge may come in handy when that person
continues to disappoint you. You can always pull it out of its “grudge case”
and use it against that other person. But you have to learn to let it go
because it is hurting you more than its hurting the other person.
There are some things in life where you are not going to
be able to do anything about it. It was a tragedy. No one was to blame. And you
have to learn to move on.
Paul is talking about becoming a mature believer when he writes,
3:12–14 NKJV) —12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I
press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold
of me. 13 Brethren, I
do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting
those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are
ahead, 14 I press
toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Are you ready to let go of the past and move forward?