· What is wrong of looking back?
Does it mean that whoever want
to serve in the
· teaching on the road (Lk 9:57-60; Mt 8:19-22)
· Jesus’ response to the third of 3 would-be disciples
· “I’ll follow you, Lord,” said the man, “but....”
· Response of the second would-be disciple: the father was not dead but he would follow Jesus after his father’s death.
· Proverbial saying in an agricultural society — the ploughman who looks back will not drive a straight furrow.
· Jesus requires the immediate action from the third would-be disciple to follow him. Apparent counter example is given by Elisha: Elijah allows Elisha to go back and say good-bye and allows Elisha to make a farewell feast (1Ki 19:19-21).
The business of the
Some refers the subject to Lot’s wife looking
back (Gen 19:26), and Jesus on another occasion said “Remember Lot’s wife” (Lk
17:32), but in that passage Jesus was warning His hearers to flee from a future
destruction comparable with the destruction of
Christians should always remind themselves of
the whole-heartedness that Jesus is demanding us and
one should always serve in the
· Does it contradict the law of loving one’s neighbour which Jesus emphasized and radicalized?
· saying to large crowds travelling with Jesus
· about cost of being a disciple
· parallel found in Mt 10:37 (when Jesus sends out the 12 disciples)
· “Hate” means loving less (see passages in Mt 10:37 with the phrase “more than” and Dt 21:15): loving less does not mean positive hatred.
· Mk 10:29-30 seems to indicate the abandonment of natural responsibilities which contradicts 1Ti 5:8. However, Jesus actually emphasizes family responsibilities in Mk 7:10-13.
It is natural for men and women to make what
provision they can for their nearest and dearest. Jesus’ emphasis lays on the
necessity of treating the
Because of the resistance of His hearers to
accept this necessity with seriousness, Jesus insists on it in a most arresting
and challenging language. The intent is to shock the hearers into a sense of
the urgency of the
Just as material wealth can come between us and
To expand and extend the
Mt 10:37 is followed by Mt 10:38 which talks
about taking up the cross. Putting one’s family behind the