and honour and obey our parents. The word “hate”is used for emphasis. To be a disciple means that Jesus comes first and above all. Jesus is making sure that we understand this.
The Gospel is written in time of persecution. Things are tough. We need to plan ( the parable of the Tower) . We need to count the cost (Parable of the army). Rest assured it could cost us everything. Jesus is emphatic. “None of you can be my disciples unless he gives up all his
possessions”. But the other side of the coin is : Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things will be added unto you”.