- Centering prayer— Pray for illumination, “Lord, open my heart and mind by the power of the Holy Spirit,” and remain in silence.
- Read slowly, keeping any words or phrase that come to your mind, and mark on them.
- Close eyes and meditate on what you read.
- Take a note if you have question, inspiration.
Read Luke 14
“Table Talk,” is the context for chapter 14, in which Jesus taught four units of teaching. For Judaism, for Jesus, and for the early church, table fellowship was an important social, religious occasion.
On the healing on the Sabbath day (1-6) — Jesus pushed the question of the obligation to meet the needs of a fellow human being over the duty of Sabbath observance, two good things to do. Jesus’ act of healing a man from dropsy pointed to the higher vision of God; life saving, life healing.
On humility and hospitality (7-14) — Humility and hospitality that Jesus taught in the second table talk was not about cultural table manner. Humility and hospitality is the Kingdom principle, liberating from the contests of power and esteem to create human community in the security of God’s grace.
On Great banquet (15-24) —- The third table talk was a parable of extended invitation and hospitality to the messianic banquet in God’s kingdom. Only those who put aside their excuses can ever know the joy of banquet. Excuses are deadly things.
On the cost of discipleship (25-35) —– “If anyone does not hate…..” (26). the word “hate” is difficult saying. Two factors put it into contextual understanding. First it is a Semitic hyperbole that exaggerates a contrast so that it can be seen more clearly. Hate in Greek, miseo, did not mean anger or hostility, nor intense feeling of loathing or revulsion as modern Western concept of hate does. “To hate” something meant to place it in a lower position than something else. Miseo indicates that if there is a conflict, ones response to the demands of discipleship must take precedence over even the most sacred of human relationship.
After Reading —- Reflection and prayer…
- Ask yourself, “What does God speak to me today in this chapter?
- Pray that God’s word today be the way, the life, and the truth to you.
- Live it out through the day.