Week 81 | Sections 93, 94, 95
The journey to one’s destiny calls for unfeigned courage, humility, and encouragement where it might be found, for the road is not often easy. In our reading today Jesus makes his journey onward and upward, traveling southward from Capernaum to Jerusalem.
Section 93 | Complete Commitment Required of Followers
19 A scribe came,1 and said to him, “Teacher, I will follow you wherever you go.” 20 Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.”2 21 Another of his disciples said to him, “Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.” 22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow me, and leave the dead to bury their own dead.”
57 As they went on the way, a certain man said to him, “I want to follow you wherever you go, Lord.” 58 Jesus said to him, “The foxes have holes, and the birds of the sky have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.” 59 He said to another, “Follow me!” But he said, “Lord, allow me first to go and bury my father.” 60 But Jesus said to him, “Leave the dead to bury their own dead, but you go and announce God’s Kingdom.” 61 Another also said, “I want to follow you, Lord, but first allow me to say good-bye to those who are at my house.” 62 But Jesus said to him, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for God’s Kingdom.”
Section 94 | Ridicule by Jesus’ Half Brothers
2 Now the feast of the Jews, the Feast of Booths, was at hand. 3 His brothers therefore said to him, “Depart from here and go into Judea, that your disciples also may see your works which you do. 4 For no one does anything in secret while he seeks to be known openly. If you do these things, reveal yourself to the world.” 5 For even his brothers didn’t believe in him. 6 Jesus therefore said to them, “My time has not yet come, but your time is always ready. 7 The world can’t hate you, but it hates me, because I testify about it, that its works are evil. 8 You go up to the feast. I am not yet going up to this feast, because my time is not yet fulfilled.” 9 Having said these things to them, he stayed in Galilee.
Section 95 | Journey through Samaria
51 It came to pass, when the days were near that he should be taken up, he intently set his face to go to Jerusalem.3 52 and sent messengers before his face. They went and entered into a village of the Samaritans, so as to prepare for him. 53 They didn’t receive him, because he was traveling with his face set towards Jerusalem. 54 When his disciples, James and John, saw this, they said, “Lord, do you want us to command fire to come down from the sky, and destroy them, just as Elijah did?” 55 But he turned and rebuked them, “You don’t know of what kind of spirit you are. 56 For the Son of Man didn’t come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.” They went to another village.
10 But when his brothers had gone up to the feast,
then he also went up, not publicly, but as it were in secret.
Small Group Dialog:
- What has it meant, taken, and cost you to find and follow Jesus?
- In this, the first of three vignettes, Jesus makes clear his mission and what that each individual must make certain sacrifices.
- CR Luke 14:26-33; Matthew 4:19-22, 6:33, 16:24; 2Cor 8:9
- The trail from Capernaum to Jerusalem was approximately 106 miles. Capernaum lies at an elevation of -720′ and Jerusalem south of Samaria is 2,582′ above sea level.