Thursday, August 12, 2021
“And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest” (Luke 9:57 KJV).
Does today’s Scripture and its context have any modern counterparts? (Indeed, they do!)
In the latter half of Christ’s earthly ministry, at the close of Luke chapter 9, we see three men entering the record of Scripture. Let us read of them now: “ And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest.  And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.  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 their 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.”
The first man is in verses 57 and 58: like a Jewish student would follow a rabbi, he is so enthusiastic and willing to follow Jesus Christ wherever necessary. We find the second man in verses 59 and 60: this individual will follow Christ, but he has an additional obligation that he must first fulfill. He intends to bury his father and then return to be Jesus’ disciple. The last man is in verses 61 and 62: before he will follow Christ, he wishes to go home and say goodbye to all his family members and friends. In all three cases, the Lord issues some wise spiritual counsel. Each man does not grasp the weight of his own words. Have they fully thought through their promises to Him? Are they really as spiritual as they believe they are? Can we gain any edification from these passages? Let us study the Scriptures and see….
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