Luke 12- I never noticed before how big the crowd had grown:
Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Who is Jesus talking to? “I tell you, my friends,…
Yes, there are thousands listening in, hanging on to every word BUT He is talking to the ones that believe already. You can see how Jesus will talk to both at the same time. Picture the first one: (I split it by color)
4 “I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him.
I can picture Jesus talking softly to the disciples for they are on the road to be persecuted for the rest of their lives because of the Gospel. He encourages them with beautiful words ❤️. Then, I picture Him raising his head and voice higher and louder and saying for this massive crowd –5 But I will show you whom you should fear…
Listen, I am going to bite my tongue BUT if we share Truth without sharing Truth, then it is NOT Truth. (I am probably not making sense).
Your turn: Can you see Him encouraging believers, but warning unbelievers at the same time
8 “I tell you, whoever publicly acknowledges me before others, the Son of Man will also acknowledge before the angels of God. 9 But whoever disowns me before others will be disowned before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
The next section is about possessions. AGAIN, Jesus is encouraging His disciples who are going to be His missionaries and will give them words of encouragement BUT He has eavesdroppers and He provides a Word for them too. I say all that because these may be familiar scriptures…that MANY people (me) have used out of context or use it as advice to make it “fit”. I am going to let the ‘possessions’ scriptures speak to you directly. I don’t want to mess up any personal message the Lord has for you.
The next parable is so harsh to hear that even Peter says:
41 Peter asked, “Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”
This passage is about the interval between Jesus’s ascension and his return (the church age…us). While Jesus is absent all need to be ready and watching for His return, but we will not know the day. By the time you get to Verse 43, Jesus focuses on our responsibility of taking care of each other. Irresponsible behavior will be punished and responsible behavior will be rewarded.
47 “The servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants will be beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
All punishment will not be equal because those who are entrusted with more responsibility and knowledge are held to a higher standard. WE live in a country that allows us access to the scriptures. We know HIs will. We are held to a higher standard.
Sharing the Truth will offend. That is not an excuse for not sharing it with family. I am guilty of that! Knowing it will divide my family is the excuse. Jesus warns us of that.
Jesus already told us that we will know not the day of His return so we must be ready BUT that doesn’t mean we ignore the fulfillment of the prophecies.
7 “Why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you are going with your adversary to the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled on the way, or your adversary may drag you off to the judge, and the judge turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny.”
If a person were going to court, knowing he could lose his case and spend time in jail, he would definitely try to reconcile his offense on the way to court. NO DOUBT. So if someone is under the fear of judgment they should reconcile with the Lord while there is still time!
So evidently Pilate had some people killed AT the Temple (not sure why they didn’t see the problem with that if they had read the Law of Moses….AND some people died from an architectural error. They questioned, “did this happen because they were REALLY bad sinners”. Jesus is quick to say NO! But then follows with the “Turn or Burn”. “Go Right or you will be LEFT”. LOL.
“Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” Great question!
I have heard people say “We all take different roads that lead to God” meaning different “world religions”. That is TRUE! ALL roads lead to God because we will all see his face at the final judgment!
“Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to.25 Once the owner of the house gets up and closes the door, you will stand outside knocking and pleading, ‘Sir, open the door for us.’
“But he will answer, ‘I don’t know you or where you come from.’