Yeshua the Boat Rocker!

Yeshua definitely didn’t suffer from the disease of non-rock-the-boatitis!

Luke 14:1, House of one of the rulers. Yeshua was invited to a Sabbath meal at the home of a Pharisee who was a ruler (likely a wealthy member of the Sanhedrin). Had Yeshua been a typical man, he would have engaged in the customary small talk of a polite and gracious dinner guest not wanting to offend his host. Yet Yeshua was not there to schmooze—to curry anyone’s favor in an effort to gain personal influence. As he required his own disciples to maintain a salty or spicy demeanor at all times (Matt 5:13; Luke 14:34–35), he was definitely up to the task to lead his disciples by example. The following discussion that Yeshua initiates is what some may consider to be a prime example of how to insult one’s host and the other guests. First Yeshua confronts a controversial issue head on by asking a question, and then by healing one of the other invited guests on the Sabbath, which was a Pharisaical taboo, though not contrary to the Scriptures (Luke 14:2–6). Next, Yeshua takes some of the guests to task who were prideful social climbers and religious status-seekers. He challenges them to humbles themselves and let Elohim exalt them in the eyes of men (Luke 14:7–14). Yeshua raises the discussion around the table to a higher level when he tells the Parable of the Great Supper (Luke 14:15–24). Doubtless, a few of the guests were made to feel awkward, since they likely resembled some of the characters in Yeshua’s story. There was no small talk of sports, the weather, one’s job or tidbits of gossip going on around the table at this dinner party. Yeshua was showing us how to be salt and light wherever we go, even at the risk of offending one’s hosts, but all for the greater good of expanding the kingdom of Elohim in the lives of men.

Luke 14:18–24, Make excuses. This passage is a continuation of Yeshua’s previous discussion and must be seen in that context. Buying a piece of property and a yoke of oxen and getting married is equivalent today to buy a new home, a new car and getting married. These are among the three most notable, expensive and life-changing events to happen in a person’s life. In the eyes of a secular-minded man, to put one’s religion ahead of these things seems weirdly strange. Such a person will likely be viewed as a religious fanatic, extremist, a Bible thumper or Jesus freak. Yet such a reordering of priorities in one’s life is required of a person who desires to enter YHVH’s everlasting kingdom (Luke 14:15). The path to this lofty goal is narrow and sadly few will choose it.

Luke 14:26–33, If any man comes to me. This discourse is a continuation of Yeshua’s previous thoughts, both of which were part of a larger discussion relating to the kingdom of Elohim that Yeshua initiated while at the dinner party of a rich, Pharisee who was a ruler (likely a member or the Sanhedrin, Luke 14:1). In this passage, Yeshua continues the line of thought on what is required to enter the kingdom of Elohim. First, one must count the costs to enter the kingdom, which in the world’s eyes is high. Next Yeshua sets himself squarely in the position of being the door to entering the kingdom, and then demonstrates in the most graphic terms that one must love him above all else including close family members and even one’s own life if he wants to be part of YHVH’s kingdom. Such a man, for certain, would be viewed by his secular contemporaries as a religious fanatic! Yet this is what Yeshua requires of his disciple (Luke 14:33).

Luke 14:34–35, Salt is good. Yeshua then ends his discussion with a pithy analogy involving salt. What is the hidden message in this? Elsewhere, Yeshua states that his disciples are to be salt and light in this world (Matt 5:13–14). In this passage, Yeshua implies the same thing and concludes that salt that has lost its saltiness is useless. Salt is a necessary ingredient to the body’s survival. It also stands out in the food it seasons and acts as a food preservative in that it prevents spoilage by killing pathogens. Yet Yeshua warns against salt losing its saltiness. How is this possible? This occurs through dilution. If Yeshua’s disciples are to be like spiritual salt to the world, then they can lose the quality as a seasoning, life preservative, killer of spiritual pathogens if they allow their priorities and spiritual focus to become watered down if the cares of this life take precedence over the service and obedience to Yeshua as he outlines in the previous verses. This is a how a disciple of Yeshua loses his saltiness and becomes useless to the kingdom of Elohim.


3 thoughts on “Yeshua the Boat Rocker!

  1. Shalom Natan

    This is truly more than ouch or Oh….. Every day I find myself challenged to be that salt and more often than not I end up silenced because of past experience in a one sided conversation with no recognition light going on. I don’t challenge people’s status quo that often after a few initial sorties into the realm of faith & the spirit and God’s Kingdom.

    Somewhere I think Paul says to be prepared in & out of season to give a good answer about the faith we have. Are some of us as a part of the body more answerers and others are more inclined to be like you and gifted to evangelise and challenge or is that what we are all meant to be like because it seems more like Messiah.

    How do you figure the pearls and swine in with this? I care for a lot of people that I work for as a cleaner amongst many other folk and it all goes well until I talk about Yeshua, Jesus, God, the festivals, church fathers and then it is like the shutters come down in a friendly way.

    It seems it is quite OK for the cleaner to have faith but everyone else is a bit beyond that or the Christian ones don’t want to discuss the bible at all…. that is what the Pastor is for if I have queries or comments on things I have come across.

    I have been told I don’t have the Spirit of God when I talked about the wise and foolish virgins & the oil being the Word of God & put ads in the local paper about Mat 5:17-22 and a few other verses….

    This dilution is so easy to partake of personally. Just a few minutes watching TV and doing my own thing takes me away into all the possibilities the world has waiting to snare us away from expending our energy as servants of the Most High.

    May we guard our hearts above ALL things that they will be pure vessels purposed on being poured out for our Master.

    Shalom and encouragement to all to grow and overcome.

    • Just be a seed planter. A seed is a very small thing. We don’t have to say much. One word, or one sentence of the truth in love can rock a person’s boat more than we realize. When surrounded by a world in total darkness, even a small candle flame will seem bright to those who are only used to darkness.

      Most of the time, I only speak a word or two, maybe a sentence into people’s lives. If they want more, then I give more. If not, I stay silent beyond that. If I say more than they are able to receive, then I’m casting my pearls before swine by wasting my words.

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