Commands from Jesus, Part 3-Luke

Welcome to our third day in our look at commands from Jesus, as written in the Gospels of the New Testament.  Today we will be looking at the book of Luke.  If you had a chance to read our Commands from Jesus in Matthew and Mark, you will probably notice many similarities.  I have noticed the book of Luke to be more parallel to Matthew, which makes sense considering it’s the second longest of the gospels following Matthew.  Even though I found the first and third books of the New Testament to be so similar, I still found certain details unique to the book of Luke.  But when it comes to the commands of Jesus for living our Christian lives, I see the same words appearing again and again, indicating that these have great significance.

Following in the footsteps of Jesus means obeying his commands.

Food For Thought-Commands from Jesus from the book of Luke  The list of commands I found in Luke is greater in length than those of Mark, but this would make sense since the book of Luke is longer by eight chapters.  I see that Jesus begins giving his commands in chapter six, although John the Baptist voiced some commands to the people in chapter three. I also noticed that rather than having most of the commands concentrated in a few chapters, they appear to be spread more evenly throughout the book.  Here is the list of commands I found.  Pay close attention to the words and phrases that have appeared in all three gospels we’ve addressed.  The more I read the same commands, the more likely I am to remember them, and ideally, apply them to my life.

Love your enemies; do good to those who hate you (6:27)

Bless those who curse you; pray for those who mistreat you (6:28)

Give to everyone who asks (6:30)

Do to others as you would have them do to you (6:31)

Love your enemies; do good to them; lend without expectation (6:35)

Show mercy (6:36)

Do not judge; forgive (6:37)

Give to others (6:38)

Forgive (7:47)

Consider how you listen (8:18)

“The Greatest Commandment”–“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind” and “Love your neighbor as yourself” (10:27)

Have mercy (10:37)

Pray (11:21)

Ask, seek, knock (11:9,10)

Give to the poor (11:41)

Be alert to greed (12:15)

Give generously (12:21)

Do not worry (12:22, 29)

Seek God first (12:31)

Do not be afraid (12:32)

Give to the poor (12:33)

Be ready for service (12:35)

Repent (13:5)

Be humble (14:11)

Give, expecting nothing in return (14:14)

Follow Jesus (14:27)

Hear; listen (14:35)

Repent (15:7, 10)

Be honest and trustworthy (16:10)

Serve God, not money (16:15)

Forgive (17: 3, 4)

Pray and don’t give up (18:1)

Be humble (18:14)

The “commandments”-Do not commit adultery, do not murder, do not steal, do not give false testimony, honor your father and mother (18:20)

Do not worry (21:14)

Stand firm (21:19)

Be on watch and pray (21:36)

Pray (22:40, 46)

From “Commands of Jesus, Part 3-Luke”

“The Greatest Command” and “The Commandments” have been mentioned in all three Gospels so far.  I notice in Luke, chapter 6, I am given several commands regarding my enemies and those who “wrong” me.  I am made keenly aware of my shortcomings in this area.  I know in my (recent) past, I have been guilty of withholding good from those who I felt had treated me with disrespect, hatred, or ill-will.  I know this is wrong and this is not how Jesus would have me live my life.  Jesus truly loved and forgave his enemies.  It is brought to my attention through these commands from Jesus, as retold by Luke, that I need to repent of these behaviors and begin to get back on track in this area of my life.  I have no doubt I will be tested in this area again and again.  I hope to have these lessons fresh in my mind so I may use them to strengthen my resolve to stand firm in my desire to do good for others and live my life as Jesus has commanded.

Other common themes in Jesus commands have been: give generously, forgive, be humble, do not worry, and pray.  Of course, as the “greatest command” implies, all of these things must be done in love.

Today’s Scripture  I am encouraging everyone this week to spend some time in the Gospels, reading these commands in context of Jesus’ words.  I want to share one more passage from Luke 18:29-30.  This is our promise that following Jesus’ commands will be worth it and we will receive our reward.

“I tell you the truth,’ Jesus said to them, ‘no one who has left home or wife or brothers or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age and, in the age to come, eternal life.”

Today’s Recipe  I have not shared a Wellness Wednesday or Two-for-Tuesday in a while, so we are going to have two recipes today that are decently healthy.  We have a main dish recipe for Lemon Dijon Tuna Cakes and a side dish of Roasted Parmesan Cauliflower and Carrots.  Additionally, these dishes have “Frugal Friday” potential as all of these ingredients were on sale at my local supermarket this week, making it a healthy and economical dinner to serve my family.

lemon Dijon tuna cakes

Lemon Dijon Tuna Cakes (makes 4 servings)

  • 2 5-oz cans chunk white tuna
  • 1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
  • 1 TBS Dijon mustard
  • 2 TBS finely diced red onion
  • 1 egg
  • 2 TBS milk
  • 1 “big squeeze” of half a lemon
  • salt and pepper (a couple dashes of each)
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 1 bag spring mix salad blend (optional)
  • lemon wedges, for serving (optional)
Place all ingredients in bowl, except for butter, salad mix, and lemon wedges. Mix with fork until well combined.
Melt butter in large skillet. Shape tuna mixture into four patties. Cook over medium heat.
Turn patties after 4 minutes. Cook an additional 4 minutes or until a golden crust has formed on the patties.
Serve patties with spring mix salad and lemon wedges, if desired.
Crispy and savory…Roast Parmesan Cauliflower and Carrots

Roast Parmesan Cauliflower and Carrots (makes 4-6 servings)

  • 1 head of cauliflower, cut into pieces
  • 1 lb baby carrots
  • 1/2 large onion, sliced
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 TBS garlic powder
  • 1/2 TBS black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup Kraft grated parmesan cheese
Place all ingredients, except parmesan cheese in large bowl and mix until vegetables are completely coated with oil and seasonings.
Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil. Spread vegetables evenly on pan. Roast for 35 minutes.
Sprinkle the parmesan cheese evenly over vegetables and continue to roast another 10 minutes. Serve warm.