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EXCUSES

August 26, 2014

Tuesday

 

Luke 9:59-62

 

And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury the dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God. And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house. And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.

 

LESSON

 

The first man came to Jesus requesting permission to follow Him. The second one received a command from Jesus to follow Him, in exactly the same words as Jesus used to call the Twelve.

“The expression ‘to follow’ a Teacher would, in those days, be universally understood as implying discipleship. The dead” whom Jesus said should “bury the dead” probably were the spiritually dead who did not believe in Jesus. The mission of believers was even more important than discharging customary family obligations, when these conflicted with discipleship responsibilities. It is hard to imagine how Jesus could have set forth more forcefully the importance of immediate and wholehearted participation in God’s program.

These “hard sayings” clarify the demands of discipleship. Jesus’ followers must be willing to share His homelessness, to place participation in God’s program above the claims that family and duty impose, and to persevere in their calling. Luke probably recorded the responses of these three individuals, so the reader would see himself or herself in the story, and realize the importance of making the proper response personally.

 

Memory Verse: Genesis 3:12

 

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