Jesus Heals a Man with Dropsy
1 One Sabbath, Jesus went to eat in the home of a leading Pharisee, and those in attendance were watching Him closely.
2 Right there before Him was a man with dropsy.
3 So Jesus asked the experts in the law and the Pharisees,
4 But they remained silent.
6 And they were unable to answer these questions.
The Parable of the Guests
7 When Jesus noticed how the guests chose the places of honor, He told them a parable:
10 But when you are invited, go and sit in the last place, so that your host will come and tell you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ b Then you will be honored in front of everyone at the table with you. 11 For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and the one who humbles himself will be exalted.”
12 Then Jesus said to the man who had invited Him,
The Parable of the Banquet
16 But Jesus replied,
18 But one after another they all began to make excuses. The first one said, ‘I have bought a field, and I need to go see it. Please excuse me.’
19 Another said, ‘I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out. Please excuse me.’
20 Still another said, ‘I have married a wife, so I cannot come.’
21 The servant returned and reported all this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and said to his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the city, and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.’
22 ‘Sir,’ the servant replied, ‘what you ordered has been done, and there is still room.’
23 So the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 For I tell you, not one of those men who were invited will taste my banquet.’ ”
The Cost of Discipleship
(Matthew 8:18–22; Luke 9:57–62; John 6:59–66)
25 Large crowds were now traveling with Jesus, and He turned and said to them,
28 Which of you, wishing to build a tower, does not first sit down and count the cost to see if he has the resources to complete it? 29 Otherwise, if he lays the foundation and is unable to finish the work, everyone who sees it will ridicule him, 30 saying, ‘This man could not finish what he started to build.’
31 Or what king on his way to war with another king will not first sit down and consider whether he can engage with ten thousand men the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 And if he is unable, he will send a delegation while the other king is still far off, to ask for terms of peace.
33 In the same way, any one of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be My disciple.
(Matthew 5:13–16; Mark 9:49–50)
He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”