14 Siku moja ya sabato Yesu alipokuwa amekwenda kula chakula kwa mmoja wa viongozi wa Mafarisayo, watu walikuwa wakimtazama kwa makini. Mtu mmoja mwenye ugonjwa wa kuvimba miguu na mikono akaja mbele yake. Yesu akawauliza walimu wa sheria na Mafari sayo, “Je, sheria inaruhusu kumponya mtu siku ya sabato au hairuhusu?” Wakakaa kimya. Basi Yesu akamshika yule mgonjwa akamponya, akamruhusu aende zake. Kisha akawauliza, “Kama mmoja wenu angekuwa na mtoto au ng’ombe wake ambaye ametumbukia katika kisima siku ya sabato, hamtamvuta mara moja na kumtoa?” Hawakuwa na la kujibu.

Alipoona jinsi wageni walioalikwa walivyokuwa wakichagua viti vya wageni wa heshima, akawaambia mfano huu: “Mtu akiku alika harusini, usikae kwenye kiti cha mgeni wa heshima. Inaweze kana kuwa amealika mheshimiwa akuzidiye, na yule aliyewaalika ninyi wawili akaja kukuambia, ‘Tafadhali mpishe huyu bwana.’ Ndipo kwa aibu utalazimika kwenda kukaa katika kiti cha nyuma kabisa. 10 Badala yake, unapoalikwa, chagua kiti cha nyuma; na mwenyeji wako akikuona atakuja akuambie, ‘Rafiki yangu, njoo kwe nye nafasi ya mbele zaidi.’ Kwa jinsi hii utakuwa umepewa heshima mbele ya wageni wote. 11 Kwa maana kila mtu anayejitukuza atash ushwa naye ajishushaye atatukuzwa.”

12 Kisha Yesu akamwambia yule aliyewaalika, “Uandaapo kar amu ya chakula cha mchana au jioni, usialike rafiki zako au ndugu zako au jamaa zako au majirani zako tajiri; ukifanya hivyo wao nao watakualika kwao na hivyo utakuwa umelipwa kwa kuwaalika. 13 Bali ufanyapo karamu, waalike maskini, vilema na vipofu; 14 nawe utapata baraka kwa sababu hawa hawana uwezo wa kukulipa.

Mfano Wa Karamu Ya Ufalme Wa Mbinguni

15 Mmoja wa wale waliokuwa mezani pamoja naye aliposikia maneno haya akamwambia, “Ana heri mtu atakayepata nafasi ya kula katika karamu ya Ufalme wa Mbinguni!” 16 Yesu akamjibu, ‘ ‘Mtu mmoja alikuwa anaandaa karamu kubwa, akaalika watu wengi. 17 Wakati wa sherehe ulipofika, akamtuma mtumishi wake akawaam bie walioalikwa, ‘Karibuni, kila kitu ni tayari sasa.’ 18 Lakini wote, mmoja mmoja, wakaanza kutoa udhuru. Wa kwanza akasema, ‘ Nimenunua shamba, lazima niende kuliona. Tafadhali niwie radhi.’ 19 Mwingine akasema, ‘Nimenunua ng’ombe wa kulimia, jozi tano; nimo njiani kwenda kuwajaribu, tafadhali niwie radhi.’ 20 Na mwingine akasema, ‘Nimeoa mke, kwa hiyo siwezi kuja.’

21 “Yule mtumishi akarudi, akampa bwana wake taarifa. Ndipo yule mwenye nyumba akakasirika, akamwambia mtumishi wake, ‘Nenda upesi kwenye mitaa na vichochoro vya mjini uwalete maskini, vilema, vipofu na viwete.’

22 “Baadaye yule mtumishi akamwambia ‘Bwana, yale uliyon iagiza nimefanya, lakini bado ipo nafasi.’ 23 Ndipo yule bwana akamwambia mtumishi wake, ‘Nenda kwenye barabara na njia zilizoko nje ya mji uwalazimishe watu waje mpaka nafasi zote zijae. 24 Ninawaambia, hakuna hata mmoja wa wale niliowapelekea mwaliko rasmi atakayeionja karamu yangu.”

Gharama Ya Kuwa Mfuasi Wa Yesu

25 Wakati mmoja umati mkubwa wa watu ulipokuwa ukifuatana na Yesu, yeye aligeuka, akawaambia, 26 “Mtu ye yote anayekuja kwangu hawezi kuwa mfuasi wangu kama hatanipenda mimi zaidi ya baba yake na mama yake, mke wake na watoto, kaka zake na dada zake; naam, hata maisha yake mwenyewe. 27 Na ye yote asiyebeba msalaba wake na kunifuata hawezi kuwa mfuasi wangu.

28 “Ni nani kati yenu ambaye kama anataka kujenga, hatakaa kwanza na kufanya makisio ya gharama aone kama ana fedha za kutosha kukamilisha ujenzi? 29 Kwa maana ikiwa atajenga msingi halafu ashindwe kuendelea, wote watakaouona watamcheka 30 wakisema, ‘Mtu huyu alianza kujenga lakini ameshindwa kumal iza!’

31 “Au tuseme mfalme mmoja anataka kwenda vitani kupigana na mfalme mwingine: si atakaa kwanza ajishauri kama yeye na jeshi lake lenye watu elfu kumi ataweza kupigana na yule anayekuja na watu elfu ishirini? 32 Kama hawezi, basi itambidi apeleke wajumbe wakati yule mfalme mwingine bado yuko mbali na kuomba masharti ya amani. 33 Hali kadhalika, hakuna mtu atakayeweza kuwa mfuasi wangu kama hataacha vyote alivyo navyo.”

Chumvi Isiyofaa

34 “Chumvi ni kitu kizuri. Lakini chumvi ikiwa imepoteza ladha yake, haiwezi kuwa chumvi tena. 35 Haifai kuwa udongo wala kuwa mbolea; watu huitupa nje. Mwenye nia ya kusikia na asikie!” Mfano Wa Kondoo Aliyepotea

Neno: Bibilia Takatifu (SNT)

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Jesus at a Pharisee’s House(A)

14 One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee,(B) he was being carefully watched.(C) There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law,(D) “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?”(E) But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child[a] or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?”(F) And they had nothing to say.

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table,(G) he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”(H)

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind,(I) 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”(J)

The Parable of the Great Banquet(K)

15 When one of those at the table with him heard this, he said to Jesus, “Blessed is the one who will eat at the feast(L) in the kingdom of God.”(M)

16 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. 17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

18 “But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, ‘I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.’

19 “Another said, ‘I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I’m on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.’

20 “Still another said, ‘I just got married, so I can’t come.’

21 “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’(N)

22 “‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

23 “Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. 24 I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste of my banquet.’”(O)

The Cost of Being a Disciple

25 Large crowds were traveling with Jesus, and turning to them he said: 26 “If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.(P) 27 And whoever does not carry their cross and follow me cannot be my disciple.(Q)

28 “Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? 29 For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, 30 saying, ‘This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.’

31 “Or suppose a king is about to go to war against another king. Won’t he first sit down and consider whether he is able with ten thousand men to oppose the one coming against him with twenty thousand? 32 If he is not able, he will send a delegation while the other is still a long way off and will ask for terms of peace. 33 In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples.(R)

34 “Salt is good, but if it loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again?(S) 35 It is fit neither for the soil nor for the manure pile; it is thrown out.(T)

“Whoever has ears to hear, let them hear.”(U)

Footnotes

  1. Luke 14:5 Some manuscripts donkey
New International Version (NIV)

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