COUNTING THE COST
We discussed the parables of counting the cost of “Building a tower” recognizing that the Lord is calling us to become as lights set upon a hill (Matthew 5:14).
We continue with the second part of the parable – “Waging war against another king”
Parables set 3:
Parables of Jesus – a King waging war against another king)
- Or what king, going to make war against another king, sitteth not down first, and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand?
- Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage, and desireth condition of peace.
- So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.
Parables of a King waging war against another king
- Describe the reasons and the objective of making war – with “another king” – NATURAL AND SPIRITUAL
(e.g. liberation of citizens; Recovery of stolen Assets; boundary Disputes; Kingdom Expansion; Avenging a wrongful act; declaring superiority; Bringing the king’s rule to an end etc.)
- Discuss the statement that a king goes to make war with another king. Who is the “king” … and who is “another king”? (John 18:33-37a; 1 Peter 2:9; Rev 1:5-6; Rev 19:11-16; 1 Peter 5:8; James 4:1 etc.)
2b. What is the spiritual significance of this? Discuss these in relation to the fact that these two kings MUST represent conflicting interests and goals. (Genesis 3:15; Psalm 110:1; Luke 11:21-23 etc.)
- What costs are we required to pay for successful warfare against “another king”. Why is this parable of the Lord Jesus saying beyond question, that without counting the cost we CANNOT FINISH the battle against “another king” successful? (Luke 14:26-27; 1 Corinthians 9:27; Hebrew 12:1; 2Timothy 2:3-5; etc.)
- What promises do we have for the war against “another king”? (Jeremiah 1:10, 18-19; Matthew 16:18b; 28:18; Luke 10:19; John 16:33; 1Corithians 6:19b-20; 1John 4:4. Etc.)