[Linux4christians] Sunday – Read Luke 12:13-13:34
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Sat May 9 23:47:52 EDT 2009
Integrated Study of The Gospels
Matthew-Mark-Luke-John: Parallel In Chronological Order
*Bible Study & Devotional: The Gospels – Section 9*
*Context for the Section Nine of The Gospels*
Section nine covers Matthew 19-20, Mark 10, and Luke
12:13-19, including Jesus on divorce, the
third prediction of Jesus' sacrifice, and several parables.
*Bible Study & Devotional*
*Sunday – Read Luke 12:13-13:34*
A man worried that he was not getting enough from the
estate of his father challenged
Jesus to intervene. Jesus rebuked him with a warning and a
parable that ones priorities
must be with the things of God and not the things of man.
The disciples are worried about clothing and food and other
worldly things and Jesus
reminds them if they will only focus on the Kingdom that
their Father in Heaven will
meet all of those lesser needs.
Jesus utilizes a “pugnacious parable” in His teaching about
faithful stewardship. His
challenge is that we should be always “dressed for
service”, not in fancy and fine clothes
but ready to fight or to work at the call of the Master.
His disciples ask to whom He is
speaking and He says, essentially, all believers. His
parable describes severe consequences
for deliberately neglectful and rebellious “servants”.
Two additional notes: Jesus reminds them that they must be
constantly ready and that
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be
required, and from the one
who has been entrusted with much, even more will be asked.”
Jesus reminds us that the consequence of His ministry would
be a refining fire and when
some accepted Him there would be conflict in families and
neighborhoods. While He did
not look forward to what He would suffer to provide for our
salvation He longed for the
day when His work would kindle that fire.
He challenges them because their discernment of physical
things, such as the weather, was
good but that they lacked the discernment of spiritual things.
He challenges them to be cautious about dragging a fellow
believer before an unsaved
magistrate lest they be accused of something as well. His
counsel was to work it out.
When Jesus is questioned again about a superstitious
tradition related to sacrifices, this
time the blood of Galileans mixed by Pilate with their
sacrifices, He reminds them that
everyone is doomed - despite sacrifices - unless they
repent and accept His gift of salvation.
Jesus uses the parable of a fig tree to illustrate His
expectation that Israel must bear fruit
else be abandoned by God – He has offered them the
“fertilizer” of His ministry and
teaching but if they refused to accept their Messiah they
would no longer have hope.
Jesus heals a woman on the Sabbath, creating a teachable
moment where the arrogant and
legalistic religious leaders condemn Him for violating
their no-work rules. He noted that
they watered their donkeys on the Sabbath yet condemn
freedom from the bondage of
infirmity of the woman – imposed rhetorically by Satan -
being lifted on the Sabbath as
Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to a mustard seed where
the growing plant becomes
attractive to many, and to yeast where a small amount of
faith-established Kingdom leads
to huge growth.
Jesus warns the Jews to make a decision for Him before
their opportunity is missed, He
noted that it was also made to non-Jews, and there is a
deadline for everyone. He closes
with a plea to Jerusalem [rhetorically Israel] that in the
OT God lamented that He “... longed
to gather your children together … but you would have none
of it!” Thus they condemned
themselves via rebellion.
*Discussion & Reflection - Keeping it Real*
Do we entrust the resolution of matters-in-conflict among
believers to unbelievers?
Consider the things about which you worry – are they
sometimes more important in your
mind than the things of God?
How is the ministry of our day-to-day life attractive to
the unsaved so that the Holy Spirit
may use us to draw, save, and disciple many to grow His
*Truth in Action*
Today I will identify at least one circumstance, need,
relationship, or want about which I
worry unnecessarily and surrender that in trust to the
Lord. I will ask a fellow believer to
pray in agreement with me for the strength to not return to
that worry and that in so
doing I will be more attractive as a non-worrisome
Christian ... and more free to serve.
Have an http://Ultrafidian.com Day! Pastor David
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