And when Jesus saw great multitudes about Him, He gave a command to depart to the other side. 19 Then a certain scribe came and said to Him, “Teacher, I will follow You wherever You go.”
20 And Jesus said to him, “Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests, but the Son of Man has nowhere to lay His head.”
21 Then another of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, let me first go and bury my father.”
22 But Jesus said to him, “Follow Me, and let the dead bury their own dead.” ~ Matthew 8:18-22.
The two events (verses 18-22) show the radical commitment Jesus demands of disciples. Those who identify with Jesus will be “sojourners and exiles” in the world (1 Peter 2:11). Honoring one’s parents by providing a proper burial was a strict obligation in Jewish society, but Jesus demands a greater allegiance to Himself.