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Daily Bible Reading (Monday, March 19th)

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Luke 12 (ESV)

 

Beware of the Leaven of the Pharisees

In the meantime, when so many thousands of the people had gathered together that they were trampling one another, he began to say to his disciples first, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. Nothing is covered up that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. Therefore whatever you have said in the dark shall be heard in the light, and what you have whispered in private rooms shall be proclaimed on the housetops.

Have No Fear

“I tell you, my friends, do not fear those who kill the body, and after that have nothing more that they can do. But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into hell.[a] Yes, I tell you, fear him! Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies?[b] And not one of them is forgotten before God.Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows.

Acknowledge Christ Before Men

“And I tell you, everyone who acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man also will acknowledge before the angels of God, but the one who denies me before men will be denied before the angels of God. 10 And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but the one who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers and the authorities, do not be anxious about how you should defend yourself or what you should say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.”

The Parable of the Rich Fool

13 Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.” 14 But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?” 15 And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” 16 And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, 17 and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18 And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ 20 But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ 21 So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”

Do Not Be Anxious

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?[c] 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin,[d] yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his[e] kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

You Must Be Ready

35 “Stay dressed for action[f] and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those servants[g] whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he[h] would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”

41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42 And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that servant[i] whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 48 But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.

Not Peace, but Division

49 “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50 I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished! 51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather division. 52 For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Interpreting the Time

54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

Settle with Your Accuser

57 “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you go with your accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put you in prison. 59 I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last penny.”[j]

Footnotes:

  1. Luke 12:5 Greek Gehenna
  2. Luke 12:6 Greek two assaria; an assarion was a Roman copper coin worth about 1/16 of a denarius (which was a day's wage for a laborer)
  3. Luke 12:25 Or a single cubit to his stature; a cubit was about 18 inches or 45 centimeters
  4. Luke 12:27 Some manuscripts Consider the lilies; they neither spin nor weave
  5. Luke 12:31 Some manuscripts God's
  6. Luke 12:35 Greek Let your loins stay girded; compare Exodus 12:11
  7. Luke 12:37 Or bondservants
  8. Luke 12:39 Some manuscripts add would have stayed awake and
  9. Luke 12:43 Or bondservant; also verses 454647
  10. Luke 12:59 Greek lepton, a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius(which was a day's wage for a laborer)

13 Comments

I was struck by how the stark contrast between what God calls us to and the message of our culture. Jesus points out that nothing can be hidden from God (2-3), but our world values privacy and secrecy. In 4-7 and 22-31 we are told not to fear or ne anxious, yet our culture is given to worry and anxiety and spend millions of dollars every year on anti-anxiety medications. In verse 15 Jesus tells us to be on guard against covetousness, and then tells the story of the man given to accumulating, but out world is constantly bombarding us that we need more, need the latest, need this, need that. In 35-40 Jesus tells us to be watchful and alert, but our culture is given to entertainment, alcohol, and drugs. Jesus warns in 51-53 that following Him will cause division, but out culture preaches tolerance and peace at all cost. In v 57-59 Jesus calls us to settle differences, yet we live in a world given to litigation. Oh may we be on guard against the worldly influences all around us, and give ourselves to following the Lord will all our hearts and minds.

"O you of little faith!" Why be fearful or anxious when my Father promises to take care of me and provide for me. Everything in this passage encourages me to focus on the Lord, faithfully serve the Lord and to be looking for His return. Maranatha!

Just have to pick one today, there's a lot here. But I think that the specific teachings are well motivated in this passage:

35 “Stay dressed for action[f] and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks."

All this nominal belief that we struggle with, as addressed last night; there is coming a day when all the years of nominal prayer, weaksauce evangelism, lackluster bible study, stingy giving and foolish anxiety is going to suddenly and powerfully be exposed as foolishness. When our Lord comes riding on the clouds, we want to rejoice and beam with joy. Will we be joyful, like an expectant bride? Or surprised like a sleeping one, suddenly regretful over years of doubting? I don't want myself to fall into the latter so I pray for all of us to put away remaining doubt and live, pray, speak in light of a glorious kingdom come.

Verses 22 - 32 are so very convicting to me. This semester has been especially hard and stressful...but I have a loving heavenly Father! I should be taking my weakness to God in prayer rather than worrying about everything! Thank you Lord for this reminder! Help me to come to you in faith and bring my burdens and my cares before you in such a way that honors and glorifies you. Help me to deal with this stress in a way that lets those around me see your awesome power! Amen!

I love the comprehensiveness of the teaching in this chapter:
Follow Me - 1-3
Fear not - 4-7
Proclaim Me - 8-12
Treasure Me - 13-21
Trust Me - 22-34
Obey Me - 35-48
No matter what 49-53

Lord, help me to learn from your teaching and to root out those areas of my life where my actions indicate unbelief.

Jesus reminds us that wherever our treasure is, there will our hearts be also. It's like Bruce preached from Philippians -- its Christ plus nothing -- Christ alone. He is our treasure, our desire, our satisfaction. We aren't to desire the riches and comforts of the world, but seek Christ and His kingdom.

My heart is encouraged by ya'lls faithfulness to be both hearers and doers of the Word!
vv. 1 Convicts me, and reminds me of God's faithfulness to sanctify. For a long time in my Christian walk my words did not align with my actions, and I was in the hypocrisy of letting people believe I was stronger or more faithful than I was actually living. Lord keep me from such hypocrisy.
vv. 31 Oh that we would have such singular focus on the work of the Kingdom! What a sweet reminder these verses are. The Lord knows what provisions we need on our temporary sojourn through this life. He sends us as emissaries and constantly provides all that we need to keep our primary focus on the mission of making disciples and expanding His kingdom! May we be a people that seek the heavenly rewards that He provides, and keep material blessings in their proper place.

v4-7: Do not fear man; fear God. There is a man where I work who despises me and would love to see me and my squadron fall flat on its face. Next month, he’s being placed in a position where he will frequently inspect my squadron. Failing these inspections would ruin the squadron. If it were not for passages like these I would fear men like this, but instead, my fear of God and faith in Christ is strengthened. What others intend for evil against me, God intends for good in order to bring about this present result. Praise be to God! v8: I cling to this promise from Christ while-heartedly! Just acknowledge Him and His gospel before men, and He’ll take care of the rest.

I pray the Lord will raise up many more mature Christians like Colin and Lorraine in Believers Fellowship. You two are rock solid in Him!

I am texting on my phone, and it's difficult for me to text without making errors. I meant verses 11-12.

Colin, I'll be praying verses 11-22 for you. I praise God that you are living out verse 31 and advancing His kingdom. Verse 31 is reminiscent of Matt. 6:33, which was my promise verse when I quit my job at USC and chose to tithe my life up until that point (10% of my age back then) as a full-time missionary. There were many things to be worried about during that time of my life, but it was also a time of resting and trusting in God's provision as well. I knew He would give me all that I needed as I sought His kingdom and His
righteousness with the best years of my life after college.

As I sit in the airport this morning pondering the the truth of this chapter I am praying for bold courage to acknowledge Christ before men. I am thankful for my helper, the Holy Spirit, who will speak through me as I take the steps to engage the brokenness in my own life and in the lives of those around me. This is not easy, but we are commanded to fear not! Holy God, help me and the members of Believers Fellowship to rest in the truth of your word today.

After someone in the crowd told Jesus to order his family member to divide material wealth with him, Jesus responded by saying that He would divide the family itself (v. 13, 51-53). I personally know what it's like to have a family divided by Christ because my brother and I believe, but my parents don't - and God has been putting it on my heart through the movie "I Can Only Imagine" and message during the evening service to start praying in faith for my parents again.

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