Luke 14:26, 27 and 33
A short Bible Study.
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The above words of Jesus are a teaching to us, His children, about how we are to relate to earthly things as a result of our relationship to Him. Jesus is teaching us about how important it is to love Him above everything else, a reference to the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20 (in particular versus 3-6.)
Hate (versus 26 and 27)
In Luke 14:26 and 27, Jesus uses the word "hate" to show us that in comparison to our love for God, our love for everything else should be almost as if it were hate. The key words here are "in comparison to."
Look at how different versions of the Bible translate these words:
1. Amplified version = The sense of indifference to or relative disregard for them in comparison with his attitude towards God.
2. Living Bible - Anyone who wants to be my follower must love me more than he does his own family or his life, otherwise he cannot be my disciple. So no one can become my disciple unless he first sits down and counts his blessing - and then renounces them all for me
The New Bible Dictionary defines "hate" in this passage as: implies choice or preference.
A related passage of scripture is Matthew 10:37. This idea here is that we must love our relatives less than the Lord.
Forsake (verse 33)
Does not refer to the abandonment of one's belongings, but to the proper prioritization of them.
The word forsake in Greek is a compound word made up of:
- apo = from
- tasso = to properly arrange.
It refers to believers who are worthy of Christ and who know how to properly arrange their lives so that Christ is given the preeminence.
Disciple (verse 33)
In Greek, the word disciple is translated as Mathetes = An adherent who accepts the instruction given to him by his instructo ...
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