Compiled & Edited by BST & Crosswalk Staff, Compiled & Edited by BibleStudyTools Staff, California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. He cannot serve God and mammon, his own interest, and the interest of Christ; he cannot rightly perform the work of the ministry, whilst his thoughts and time are taken up in the affairs of the world. Do you know what it means to put your hand on the plow and look back? Read commentary on this popular Bible verse and understand the real meaning behind God's Word using John Gill's Exposition of the Bible. Proud member is not fit for the kingdom of God: that is, to preach the kingdom of God, as in ( Luke 9:60 ) . Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. κέτι παπταίνων μεθʼ ὁμήλικας, ἀλλʼ ἐπὶ ἔργῳ Θυμὸν ἔχων, εἰς τὴν βασιλείαν τοῦ Θεοῦ, is demented, misses the right Gospel track, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers. We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. And Jesus said unto him The copulative "and", is left out in the Vulgate Latin, Syriac, Arabic, and Persic versions: no man having put his hand to the plough; or "ploughshare", as reads the Syriac version; or "plough handle", as the Persic; referring, as Beza thinks, to the business of Elisha, in ( 1 Kings 19:19 ). Luke 9:62 The point of view from which the Lord regards nature is often novel and unlooked for, producing all the effects—moral as well as intellectual—of surprise or discovery. Salem Media Group. The answer to this question is vital because it can affect your salvation. And looking back; behind him; for the ploughman ought to look before him, on his plough, and the ground he is ploughing, or he is not fit to be a ploughman; nor will he make proper furrows, or do his work well; and so he that enters upon the ministerial work, and looks back, and engages himself in the affairs of the world, sets his heart on them, and spends his time in them. of 9:57-62 Here is one that is forward to follow Christ, but seems to have been hasty and rash, and not to have counted the cost. All rights reserved. Copyright © 2020, Bible Study Tools. Read on to learn more. The saying of the text is a condensed parable suggestive of— If we mean to follow Christ, we must lay aside the thoughts of great things in the world. Instead, it is like Lot’s wife when she looked back; she became a pillar of salt. What does Luke 9:62 mean? Christ has a stern and strong warning to those people who put their hands on the plow and look back. Jesus replied, “No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.” – Luke 9:62 “Looking back” does not mean we are only evaluating the progress we made since deciding to leave the world. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. Let us not try to join the profession of Christianity, with seeking after worldly advantages.