Friday, September 30, 2005

Luke - Betrayed but blessed

Luke 21:16 And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death.

Why are they betrayed? Because they believe in Jesus as Lord.

Luke 21:17 And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake.

To be hated by all, is wonderful, if for the name of Jesus.

Mat 5:11 Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake.
Mat 5:12 Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you.

Luke 21:18 But there shall not an hair of your head perish.

Wait? "some of you shall they cause to be put to death?" Jesus speaks of eternal life in your new resurrected body -- with hair.

Luke 21:19 In your patience possess ye your souls.

Do not give up or despair, Jesus is Lord, your sorrow will be turned into eternal joy and your adversaries will be sorry, too late.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Luke - Troubled Times

Luke 21:9 But when ye shall hear of wars and commotions, be not terrified: for these things must first come to pass; but the end is not by and by.

These things will come prior to the return of Jesus as king.

Luke 21:10 Then said he unto them, Nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom:

Nations will fight and kingdoms will war. In the Spiritual realm kingdoms will war, the angels will fight the fallen angels of satan. War will be in the minds of people. There will be many false religions to choose from, and the way of God will not be preached by many churches who give in to pleasing the people.

Luke 21:11 And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.

We see these things happening now.

Luke 21:12 But before all these, they shall lay their hands on you, and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues, and into prisons, being brought before kings and rulers for my name's sake.

He is speaking to Jewish people, some who were his followers. Persecution is a promise. Even in these times people are not liking Christians. They get in the way and point fingers at sin. Homosexuality is sin, abortion is murder, living together before marriage is fornication. Even the courts are given over to exalting flesh above God. Only God is the way of truth and there are many seeking to remove him from our public life.

Luke 21:13 And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
Luke 21:14 Settle it therefore in your hearts, not to meditate before what ye shall answer:
Luke 21:15 For I will give you a mouth and wisdom, which all your adversaries shall not be able to gainsay nor resist.

Jesus will give you wisdom to testify, through the Holy Spirit.

Mat 10:18 And ye shall be brought before governors and kings for my sake, for a testimony against them and the Gentiles.
Mat 10:19 But when they deliver you up, take no thought how or what ye shall speak: for it shall be given you in that same hour what ye shall speak.
Mat 10:20 For it is not ye that speak, but the Spirit of your Father which speaketh in you.

TheSpirit of truth in you, as a believer in Jesus Christ will speak for you. What an awesome promise. God in us speaking from us, giving us wisdom and truth that no man will be able to turn against you nor resist. God speaking is the word that accomplishes it's purpose.

Isa 55:10 For as the rain cometh down, and the snow from heaven, and returneth not thither, but watereth the earth, and maketh it bring forth and bud, that it may give seed to the sower, and bread to the eater:
Isa 55:11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

Fear not man nor devil, God is greater. He is life abundant, now and forever. His word is true and eternal. He is God Almighty. A loving God to those who come to him and a terror to those who turn from him and do evil. He wants all to be loved through His Son, Jesus.

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

Luke - Temple destroyed

Luke 21:5  And as some spake of the temple, how it was adorned with goodly stones and gifts, he said,                                                                   Luke 21:6  As for these things which ye behold, the days will come, in the which there shall not be left one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.  

This was the temple built by Herod's order. It was 400 yards wide and 500 yards long. The outside was plated with gold, so that it glistened in the sunlight. Other parts of the temple were made of white marble.
Later in the century, Rome came against the rebels in Jerusalem. Many fled to the temple. A drunken soldier set fire to the temple. The gold leaf melted and went into the cracks of the temple stones. The Romans tore the temple apart, stone by stone to get the gold in the cracks.  

Luke 21:7  And they asked him, saying, Master, but when shall these things be? and what sign will there be when these things shall come to pass?    Luke 21:8  And he said, Take heed that ye be not deceived: for many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and the time draweth near: go ye not therefore after them.  

Beware of false Christs, it shows the time is near: do not follow them. False Christs and false teachers are a sign of the end times. When Jesus comes it will not be by hearsay.  

Rev 1:7  Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him. Even so, Amen.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Luke - Widows mite

Luke 21:1  And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury.
Luke 21:2  And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.
Luke 21:3  And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:
Luke 21:4  For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.

Jesus watches when we give our offerings. Do we give sacrificially as the poor widow? Jesus isn't interested in our big money gifts so much as he is in the heart when we give.  

2 Cor 9:6  But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.
2 Cor 9:7  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver.

Notice that we are to give as we decide in our heart.

2 Cor 9:8  And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:


Luke - Beware of the Scribes

Luke 20:45 Then in the audience of all the people he said unto his disciples,

Jesus was not afraid to speak the truth in front of his accusers. The Jewish leaders were more interested in not upsetting public opinion. They wanted the praise of men. Jesus speaks the mind of God to his disciples in front of all the people assembled.

Luke 20:46 Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;

Beware of the scribes. who were supposed to keep the law, but who sought the praises of men, and positions of power over them, rather than to obey God.

Luke 20:47 Which devour widows' houses, and for a show make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.

They had a false religious spirit before men, they were covetous and their deeds were evil. They did not expect the words of Jesus when he said; they will receive greater damnation. Those entrusted with the word, must give account to what they say and do. If they are false they will be judged more severely.

James 3:1 My brethren, be not many masters (teachers), knowing that we shall receive the greater condemnation.

If a greater condemnation is by leading others astray, there is also a greater reward for leading many to God.

Dan 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

We serve God for his glory, not for our own glory or gain from men.

Saturday, September 24, 2005

Luke - Lord Jesus

Luke 20:39  Then certain of the scribes answering said, Master, thou hast well said.  

Those who tried to make Jesus fall, call him master? He was indeed, Master.

Luke 20:40  And after that they durst not ask him any question at all.
Luke 20:41  And he said unto them, How say they that Christ is David's son?

They could not make him stumble, so now Jesus will try to make them understand. Jesus referred to himself as the son of man. He was in the flesh identifying himself as the flesh descendant of king David. But we know that he was more than flesh. All the miracles and his words were the fruit of God's son.

Luke 20:42  And David himself saith in the book of Psalms, The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou on my right hand,
Luke 20:43  Till I make thine enemies thy footstool.
Luke 20:44  David therefore calleth him Lord, how is he then his son?

David's son was Lord, Jesus is Lord. Something for the hypocritical leaders to think on, but most would not hear. I hear and see, do you? Jesus is Lord, the Son of God. He did not say it, for this is what they accused him of later, blasphemy claiming that he was equal with God. He is God the Son, the only begotten of the Father.

Hitting the Mark

Phil 3:13  Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
Phil 3:14  I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
Phil 3:15  Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in any thing ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

If we are in Christ, we should be seeking his things and leaving sin behind.

Sin is to miss the mark of God's will. Sin is transgression of the law. Satan is the evil one who works in the children of disobedience, such as Cain.

1 John 3:4  Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.
1 John 3:5  And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

Satan we know by his fruit.  

John 10:10  The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy:..  

Jesus said to the Pharisees who doubted him:  

John 8:44  Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.
John 8:45  And because I tell you the truth, ye believe me not.


 The devil is a liar, a thief, a murderer and a destroyer. Do we want these things in our life?  If you say no, then the way to forgiveness, truth, completeness in love and eternal life is in the Lord Jesus Christ.
  Just what is it to be saved from sin, how does this happen? It happens by believing in the shedding of blood of our Lord Jesus on the cross and by his resurrection to eternal life.   So many religions today. So many spiritual directions, but what spirit directs you? You may say all roads lead to God? No, Jesus is the way, the only way to God.  

John 14:6  Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.  

Lets hit the bulls eye, the target of God's perfect will for us. We have missed the mark all of our lives.  

Rom 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.

 The will of God  is through faith in Jesus Christ and his blood.  

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Rom 5:9 Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him.

justified: to declare, pronounce, one to be just, righteous, or such as he ought to be

Declared righteous, by his blood. What can take away my sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus. We are saved from God's wrath.

Wrath: orge, the word in human terms can be referred to violent passion. In reference to Gods Justice, it is punishment:--anger, indignation, vengeance, wrath.

The blood saves us from our own violent sinning of the flesh and the wrath of God. Sin brings with it God's wrath. The blood covers us and cleanses us from all unrighteousness. Weare justified by faith in Jesus whose blood was shed for our sins.

Rom 4:7  Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.
Rom 4:8  Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.

Rom 8:29  For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.
Rom 8:30  Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
Rom 8:31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

predestinate: determine before

glorified: honoured by God

Heb 9:14 How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?

Jesus' blood gives complete forgiveness to the child of God, we are no longer trying to earn Gods favor by works. Now we joyfully serve him as obedient children of God. If we serve him, that means we put off the works of the devil and put on Christ and his way of love, truth, grace and Spiritual fruit.

1 John 3:6  Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.

Big arguments from unbelievers about this. They love to point out the sins in a Christian, trying to justify themselves. Because of this we must be faithful in departing from a sinful lifestyle. We should not continue to sin. Habits of the past can be broken by submitting all to God, through Jesus.

1 John 3:7  Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.  

Jesus in us is our righteousness. We are to conform outwardly to what has happened within us. To do this, He must be master of our life, not us. Give all up to Him.  

1 Pet 1:15  But as he which hath called you is holy,so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1 Pet 1:16  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

1 John 3:8  He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.  

Jesus on the cross, destroyed the work and power of satan in the lives of those we are born-again by faith.

1 John 3:9  Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.  

What remains in us is the earnest of the Holy Ghost. We are sealed by God with his Spirit. The power of God to resist sin is in His Spirit.

1 John 3:10  In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother.  

The evidence of a new life in Christ is righteous behavior and love towards our brothers. The absence of goodness and love for others is evidence that we are still under satan's dominion. Works are important. Works cannot save us, faith in Jesus Christ is the way to salvation. The evidence of a new life is good works and love for others.

1 John 3:11  For this is the message that ye heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.
1 John 3:12  Not as Cain, who was of that wicked one, and slew his brother. And wherefore slew he him? Because his own works were evil, and his brother's righteous.
1 John 3:13  Marvel not, my brethren, if the world hate you.
1 John 3:14  We know that we have passed from death unto life, because we love the brethren. He that loveth not his brother abideth in death.

The evidence of the new life is love. Love without Christ is false. There is no love apart from Jesus. Jesus brought God's love to the world.

1 John 3:15  Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.
1 John 3:16  Hereby perceive we the love of God, because he laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren.
1 John 3:17  But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up hisbowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?

 A practical application of our love, is to help those in need.

1 John 3:18  My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.  

Love with good works in truth.

1 John 3:19  And hereby we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before him.
1 John 3:20  For if our heart condemn us, God is greater than our heart, and knoweth all things.
1 John 3:21  Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.

We know in our hearts if we are right with God. Our heart wants to please God. There is no longer a desire to sin. Our desire should be from love to know and to serve God.

Rom 6:12  Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
Rom 6:13  Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.

Rom 6:22  But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.
Rom 6:23  For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

  When we come to Jesus by faith we receive a new nature, we are become Spiritual children of God. We leave behind the old things withthe sins and seek those things which are above. Instead of sin we are know for our love, truth and good works. Is this so hard to understand? If we know these things, then we ought to do them.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Luke - God of the Living

Luke 20:27  Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him,  

They denied the resurrection unto eternal life with God. They were (sad you see).

Luke 20:28  Saying, Master, Moses wrote unto us, If any man's brother die, having a wife, and he die without children, that his brother should take his wife, and raise up seed unto his brother.  

This was the law to Israel. So that the inheritance of land would stay in the family. Each of the twelve tribes were given an inheritance of land.

Luke 20:29  There were therefore seven brethren: and the first took a wife, and died without children.  

Now it is the Saducees who make up a story to trick Jesus.

Luke 20:30  And the second took her to wife, and he died childless.
Luke 20:31  And the third took her; and in like manner the seven also: and they left no children, and died.
Luke 20:32  Last of all the woman died also.
Luke 20:33  Therefore in the resurrection whose wife of them is she? for seven had her to wife.
Luke 20:34  And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage:
Luke 20:35  But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:

No marriage in heaven. Jesus is the bridegroom of the church.

Luke 20:36  Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection.  

Like the angels they are spiritual beings. But we shall be greater than the angels.  

1 Cor 6:3  Know ye not that we shalljudge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life?

Luke 20:37  Now that the dead are raised, even Moses showed at the bush, when he calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.
Luke 20:38  For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living: for all live unto him.

Not a God of the dead, but of the living. The Saducees could not see the living God and eternal life. They were dead in their sins.    

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Luke - God and Caesar

Luke 20:21  And they asked him, saying, Master, we know that thou sayest and teachest rightly, neither acceptest thou the person of any, but teachest the way of God truly:  

 A little flattery before the sharp tongue of deceit.

Luke 20:22  Is it lawful for us to give tribute unto Caesar, or no?
Luke 20:23  But he perceived their craftiness, and said unto them, Why tempt ye me?

Questions to tempt. Carnal minds used of the devil come against the Son of God to tempt him to say something to where he may be accused of them. These workers of satan often think they serve God. One said to me, I love God with all my heart. But immediately opposed Jesus. The two will never go together. To say we serve God and to tempt a brother in the Lord, or the Lord Jesus, is to show a wicked heart, a heart controlled by false beliefs and another spirit. To deny and tempt the Christ is to block our own way to God. Be not deceived.

Luke 20:24  Show me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it? They answered and said, Caesar's.
Luke 20:25  And he said unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's.

Excellent answer. Who is able to debate the mind of God? Who is able to out smart the Lord of Glory? He is Lord of Lords and King of Kings, do we think that our thinking is greater than God?  Our words more clever than God's word?  

 2 Cor 13:5  Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?  

Reprobate:  not standing the test, not approved  

2 Tim 2:15  Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
2 Tim 2:16  But shun profane and vain babblings: for they will increase unto more ungodliness.

 Luke 20:26  And they could not take hold of his words before the people: and they marvelled at his answer, and held their peace.  

Once again, they were more concerned about the opinions of the people, more than the truth of God. They held there peace, but like so many who have their own stubborn will, they have not changed their mind. To be loved by the people and to go to hell, or to obey and love God? A simple choice for an unclouded mind. What will they be singing in hell? I had it my may? Wake up and sing the glory of God! I will praise my Redeemer!

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Luke - Beyond Evil

Luke 20:17  And he beheld them, and said, What is this then that is written, The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner?  

Psa 118:22  The stone which the builders refused is become the head stone of the corner.
Psa 118:23  This is the LORD'S doing; it is marvellous in our eyes.
They were rejecting him and they probably knew this scripture.

Luke 20:18  Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder.  

That should have frightened them, what a strong warning. But, like Cain they proceeded to sin.

Luke 20:19  And the chief priests and the scribes the same hour sought to lay hands on him; and they feared the people: for they perceived that he had spoken this parable against them.  

Politicians, they feared the people, but not God. They pretended to serve God, but it was only their desire for power that they served.  

 Luke 20:20  And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.  

Wow, sneaky foolish hypocrites. Sounds like many of our own politicians, devoid of truth and character.

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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Luke - Unfruitful Vineyard

Luke 20:9  Then began he to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time.  

Israel is the picture of the vineyard.  

Isa 5:3  And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, betwixt me and my vineyard.
Isa 5:4  What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?

Luke 20:10  And at the season he sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat him, and sent him away empty.  

The man hired to take care of the vineyard beat up the owners servant who was sent to collect the grapes. Who was the man sent? Probably a prophet sent to the religious leaders.

Luke 20:11  And again he sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty.
Luke 20:12  And again he sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out.

All the men sent to collect the spiritual harvest were mistreated.  

Mat 23:34  Wherefore, behold, I send unto you prophets, and wise men, and scribes: and some of them ye shall kill and crucify; and some of them shall ye scourge in your synagogues, and persecute them from city to city:
Mat 23:35  That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar.
Mat 23:36  Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.
Mat 23:37  O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, thou that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!

Luke 20:13  Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him.
Luke 20:14  But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.

Jesus knew he would be killed by the jealous religious leaders, who would not repent and who wanted to be rulers of the people, even killing their deliverer.

Luke 20:15  So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?
Luke 20:16  He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid.

Jerusalem would be destroyed, the Jewish nation would be dispersed until the end times. The end times would see Israel once again as a nation. These are the end times, Israel was rebirthed as a nation in 1948. Jerusalem became under Jewish rule since 1967. All that is needed for the final days is the building of a temple, to be ruled by the antichrist.  

2 Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2 Th 2:9  Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2 Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Saturday, September 17, 2005

Luke - Questioning authority

  Luke 20:1  And it came to pass, that on one of those days, as he taught the people in the temple, and preached the gospel, the chief priests and the scribes came upon him with the elders,
Luke 20:2  And spake unto him, saying, Tell us, by what authority doest thou these things? or who is he that gave thee this authority?

The antichrist spirit in them asks the question, which was actually an accusation. Who made you worthy to speak, by what authority? They only saw themselves as holding power over the people. They did not see God's Son as he was.

Luke 20:3  And he answered and said unto them, I will also ask you one thing; and answer me:
Luke 20:4  The baptism of John, was it from heaven, or of men?

If they knew the Spirit and authority in John, they would know the Spirit of God in Jesus

Luke 20:5  And they reasoned with themselves, saying, If we shall say, From heaven; he will say, Why then believed ye him not?
Luke 20:6  But and if we say, Of men; all the people will stone us: for they be persuaded that John was a prophet.

As politicians, they reasoned, seeking to bend words to their advantage. They wanted to say the politically correct thing, without agreeing with Jesus.

Luke 20:7  And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was.
Luke 20:8  And Jesus said unto them, Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things.

They could not acknowledge the source of authority that John had. Jesus caught them at their game. They would not receive truth, so he did not answer them.   So many come into our Christian Chats like these blind leaders. They seek to discredit and undermine those speaking the gospel. The truth of God is interrupted with foolish words. Like Jesus, we do not answer them and we continue to speak the word of life.


The first mention of the word sin:  

Gen 4:4  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:  

His offering included the shedding of blood.  

Heb 9:22  And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.  

Rev 12:11  And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. 

Abel's offering was necessary to point to the coming Lord Jesus, a sacrifice that would remove sins and restore people back to God.  

Heb 11:4  By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.

Gen 4:5  But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.                                                            Gen 4:6  And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?  

Wroth: hot anger  

Countenance: face, expessions, you can tell by looking when a person is upset.

Gen 4:7  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thoushalt rule over him.  

God told Cain that he had the rule over sin, it was a choice. We are told the same thing in the New Testament, we can escape temptation to sin.  

1 Cor 10:13  There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

sin, chatta'ah {khat-taw-aw'} or chatta'th {khat-tawth'} Given over to wickedness  

I see sin coming in the door of Cains heart as a demon taking residence and control.  Cain needed to obey God and deny himself.  

Rom 2:7  To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life:
Rom 2:8  But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,
Rom 2:9  Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile;
Rom 2:10  But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile:

God will give us over to our choices. Disobeying God and willfully turning from his authority opens the door for the devil and his demons.   This is seen in the sins of Sodom and Gomorrah. The people were demonic and the laws of the land were not according to righteousness.  

Gen 18:20  And the LORD said, Because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous;
Gen 18:21  I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know.

This sin had no remedy but to be destroyed.

Gen 4:8  And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain roseup against Abel his brother, and slew him.  

Anger was used by satan to kill. Abel became a type of Christ, a righteous person killed because of anger and jealousy.  

Gen 4:9  And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother's keeper?  

We are to love our brother as ourself. Cain made him a victim of his selfish anger and then lied to God. How many think evil and are angry and then deny it? Face it, to be angry at a brother is as to kill him.  

Mat 5:22  But I say unto you, That whosoever is angry with his brother without a cause shall be in danger of the judgment: and whosoever shall say to his brother, Raca, shall be in danger of the council: but whosoever shall say, Thou fool, shall be in danger of hell fire.   God expects us to love and care for another.                     Mat 5:44  But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;
Mat 5:45  That ye may be the children of your Father which is in heaven: for he maketh his sun to rise on the evil and on the good, and sendeth rain on the just and on the unjust.

Gen 4:10  And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother's blood crieth unto me from the ground.

Life is in the blood. Abel's soul cried out to God from the ground.   God cares about his own, just as Jesus cared when he was with us. The example is of Mary and Martha who grieved for their dead brother, Lazarus.  

John 11:33  When Jesus therefore saw her weeping, and the Jews also weeping which came with her, he groaned inthe spirit, and was troubled,
John 11:34  And said, Where have ye laid him? They said unto him, Lord, come and see.
John 11:35  Jesus wept.

Gen 4:11  And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother's blood from thy hand;
Gen 4:12  When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.

The earth that absorbed the blood of Abel was then cursed, again, as God cursed the earth when Adam, his father, had sinned.  

Gen 3:17  And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life;
Gen 3:18  Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field;
Gen 3:19  In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.


Cain himself, also received a curse. He would be a fugitive, a lawless person always running, never finding peace. Think of what his occupation was, a farmer. Farmers are usually in one place, planting the seeds, cultivating and reaping their crops. God cursed the ground, he would not have good crops and would live a life as a wanderer. 

Gen 4:13  And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.  

He showed no remorse nor repentance. He was only sorry for himself. This is the way of the lawless, self absorbed, not accountable, but blaming others for their misfortunes.

Gen 4:14  Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.  

Cainfeared that others would kill him, as he killed his brother. No remorse. only fear.

Gen 4:15  And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.  

Cain was marked and allowed to live out his life. This sounds like the people of sin in the last days who were given a mark. It is a mark of demon control, and those with the mark shall not enter heaven, they are cursed but allowed to live in the flesh for a time.     Cain was the father of a cursed demonic people.  

Gen 4:25  And Adam knew his wife again; and she bare a son, and called his name Seth: For God, said she, hath appointed me another seed instead of Abel, whom Cain slew.   Seth became the godly line,  perhaps described later as the sons of God.                                                                                                                  Gen 6:4  There were giants in the earth in those days; and also after that, when the sons of God came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare children to them, the same became mighty men which were of old, men of renown.   Sons of God could be the angels, but godly angels do not mate. They are spirits, not people.

I see two kinds of sinners, those cursed, self willed, caring only for their own desires and not remorseful over their sin. This is a cursed non responsive people, as Paul said, vessels fit for destruction.

Rom 9:22  What if God, willing to show his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction:
Rom 9:23  And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory,
Rom 9:24  Even us, whom he hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles?

We are not to judge anyone to condemn them. We are not to curse anyone. God knows who are his and we are to witness to all people the saving grave of the Lord Jesus Christ.  

John 3:16  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
John 3:17  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Ezek 18:4  Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.

Let's go to the New Testament word for sin. The first verse again that mentions sin in Matthew.  

 Mat 12:31  Wherefore I say unto you, All manner of sin and blasphemy shall be forgiven unto men: but the blasphemy against the Holy Ghost shall not be forgiven unto men.  

sin; hamartia {ham-ar-tee'-ah}      

    1a)to be without a share in
    1b) to miss the mark
    1c) to err, be mistaken  

I see two conditions of sin here. Sin that can be forgiven and sin that cannot be forgiven. Blasphemy against the Holy Ghost cannot be forgiven. This is not a casual mistake, or missing the mark. It is a willful disobedience and utter lack of concern for the sin one has. It is attributing the works of God to be of satan. This again is the self absorbed sinner, proud, caring only for his own desires, with no regard for God. He may be a blamer and an accuser, showing the fruit of the demon within. Those who cover their sins are the first to blame someone else. They try to uncover your sins instead of their own.. Jesus said this:  

Mat 7:2  For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
Mat 7:3  And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
Mat 7:4  Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
Mat 7:5  Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.


 He will not repent and repeatedly ignores the Holy Spirit. He will not respond to God, will not listen to his words or the conviction of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit draws you to Jesus. He ignores this and so is not seeking God's grace.   We are not to judge anyone before the time, but through love and God's word witness to all people. God knows who his own are.     Sometimes these evil unrepentant people do much harm to others. They abuse and rape their own children telling them they are bad and going to hell. These children carry the weight of sin. They are remorseful. When given the gospel message they are more ready to receive. They want the burden lifted from them. They come with tears of joy receiving a new life.
 God says no one has an excuse for sinning willfully. If so, then he does not want any to perish.  

2 Pet 3:9  The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.  

A man falls into sin.

A saint confesses his sins.

A devil boasts of his sins.  

A sinner that is sorry for their sin can more easily find Jesus. Remember these three "x'es" concerning sin.  

1. Sin most be exposed to the light. Jesus is the light of truth. His word is light overcoming the darkness.  

2. Sin must be expressed. Confession and repentance is required or the sinner is right back into sin.  

3. Sin must be expelled. It must be removed by the blood of Jesus.(Rogers)

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Luke - Destroyers

Luke 19:47  And he taught daily in the temple. But the chief priests and the scribes and the chief of the people sought to destroy him,
Luke 19:48  And could not find what they might do: for all the people were very attentive to hear him.

Jesus knew they were seeking to kill him. The people who had the responsibility to teach the laws of God were in their hearts evil. Sin had entered in their hearts and satan controlled them, using him to eventually kill God's only begotten son. Jesus boldly went to the temple and shared the word of God, even in the midst of opposition. He served his Father, not the religious leaders. He spoke the true word of God, not to please the crowd nor to agree with the thoughts of the minds of men. He continued to be faithful to his calling.   We will face opposition too, yet in the presence of the enemies of God we are to continue in our callings. We serve God, he tells us what to say and to whom. Judge not before the time, but be faithful to your Lord.  

 Jer 1:8  Be not afraid of their faces: for I am with thee to deliver thee, saith the LORD.
Jer 1:9  Then the LORD put forth his hand, and touched my mouth. And the LORD said unto me, Behold, I have put my words in thy mouth.
Jer 1:10  See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Luke - Merchandise

  Luke 19:45  And he went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold therein, and them that bought;
Luke 19:46  Saying unto them, It is written, My house is the house of prayer: but ye have made it a den of thieves.

The court of the Gentiles, were the outer courts where Gentiles came seeking to worship God. In this place were animals, sold for sacrifices and money changers who cheated, giving an unfair rate of exchange for money from other places to be converted into the temple money. It was made into a den of thieves, making merchandise and gain from those seeking God.  

Any ministry that sells their work must pray about this. Are they serving God or are they keeping the Gentiles from God, those seeking God, making merchandise of them? Are we helping others find Jesus or are we in the way? What is our motive? Will Jesus say, well done good and faithful servant? or depart from me, ye worker of iniquity?

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Luke - The Visitation

Luke 19:41  And when he was come near, he beheld the city, and wept over it,  

The loud Hosannas to the king, faded in the distance, the clothes and palm branches are still behind him as he looks forward to accomplishing his final work on the cross. He must go to Jerusalem and he was now there. He looked over the city with tears falling from his eyes.  

Luke 19:42  Saying, If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace! but now they are hid from thine eyes.  

Jesus was their peace, the peace of Jerusalem, but they would not come to him, for they could not really see who the Messiah was or what he had come to do.

Luke 19:43  For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side,
Luke 19:44  And shall lay thee even with the ground, and thy children within thee; and they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another; because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation.

He looked to the near future, the destruction of Jerusalem and her people, why?  Because they had missed the visitation of their savior. They would reject God's best, their salvation and had chosen unbelief, following blindly the power of satan, rather than the power of God. Who do we follow? Are there sorrows in our life? Is it because we have listened to another voice and followed the power of satan?  Listen with spiritual ears to the voice of Jesus, calling you back to his peace and a sound mind.  

John 14:27  Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.

Saturday, September 10, 2005


The study of Esther is completed. Esther 1

Thursday, September 8, 2005

Luke - Blessed be the King

Luke 19:35  And they brought him to Jesus: and they cast their garments upon the colt, and they set Jesus thereon.                                                           Luke 19:36  And as he went, they spread their clothes in the way.  

Their garments were offered in praise to the king. Also palm leaves were used.  

Mat 21:8  And a very great multitude spread their garments in the way; others cut down branches from the trees, and strowed them in the way.  

John 12:13  Took branches of palm trees, and went forth to meet him, and cried, Hosanna: Blessed is the King of Israel that cometh in the name of the Lord.   Branches were used in praise, during the feast of tabernacles, as they were used here for praise to the king of Israel.  

Lev 23:40  And ye shall take you on the first day the boughs of goodly trees, branches of palm trees, and the boughs of thick trees, and willows of the brook; and ye shall rejoice before the LORD your God seven days.

Luke 19:37  And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;

They had seen Lazarus raised from the dead, blind man were made to see, lepers, all manner of diseases healed as well as great miracles; water turned to wine, loaves and fishes increased, the wind and sea calmed. Praise him for his words.

Luke 19:38  Saying, Blessed be the King that cometh in the name of the Lord: peace in heaven, and glory in the highest.  

Blessed be the King, Jesus was born to be King of the Jews, but his kingdom was not yet on earth. Peace in heaven, but also peace in our hearts shed by the Holy Ghost. Glory in the highest, glory in heaven, glory on earth.  

Mat 6:10  Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.
They praised Jesus with their thoughts. How do we praise him. Do we think of hisworks, his moving in our lives, or what he will do?  However we worship him, it should be in truth.  

John 4:23  But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.
John 4:24  God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
  The Pharisees were watching, they did not glorify Jesus, they were upset with this great crowd praising him.

Luke 19:39  And some of the Pharisees from among the multitude said unto him, Master, rebuke thy disciples.
Luke 19:40  And he answered and said unto them, I tell you that, if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out.

What an answer, if they do not praise him, the stones will cry out. If we do not praise him? The earth praises him.  

Isa 55:11  So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.
Isa 55:12  For ye shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing, and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.

Hosanna to the king, blessed is the king that shall reign in Jerusalem, glory to his name!

Wednesday, September 7, 2005

Luke - Prepare the Colt

Luke 19:28  And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.  

The city of Jerusalem is always up. He went knowing that their was hostility waiting; he would be killed by the jealous religious leaders. Yet he would enter Jerusalem so that all would see him, as a king riding a colt. We are not to fear our enemies. Jesus said we may also be singled out to be killed as his disciples at the end time.  

Mat 24:9  Then shall they deliver you up to be afflicted, and shall kill you: and ye shall be hated of all nations for my name's sake.                                                  Mat 24:13  But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Luke 19:29  And it came to pass, when he was come nigh to Bethphage and Bethany, at the mount called the mount of Olives, he sent two of his disciples,

Bethany was where his friends, Mary, Martha and Lazarus lived.

Luke 19:30  Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.  

The colt was not a horse, to ride a horse symbolized war. The colt was not set on by any other, it was set aside for the masters use. It was an ass, or donkey. The symbol of peace.    "The ass was the mount of a man of peace, a merchant or a priest. A king might ride an ass on occasion, but he would be more likely to appear on a mighty war-horse. Zechariah's prophecy saw Messiah as the Prince of peace." (Morris)  

Luke 19:31  And if any man ask you, Why do ye loose him? thus shall ye say unto him, Because the Lord hath need of him.
Luke 19:32  And they that weresent went their way, and found even as he had said unto them.
Luke 19:33  And as they were loosing the colt, the owners thereof said unto them, Why loose ye the colt?
Luke 19:34  And they said, The Lord hath need of him.

They did something for the Lord. How often do we ask for things for ourselves? It is good to ask, but what can we do for you Jesus? He had told them what he wanted, has he told you what he wants from you? It was time for Jesus to receive glory, for a very brief time, for he must go to the cross.

Monday, September 5, 2005

Luke - Parable of the Ten Servants

Luke 19:12  He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom, and to return.  

The parable has a spiritual interpretation. Jesus came from heaven to a far country, Israel and to return to the Father.

Luke 19:13  And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.  

Ten servants, ten disciples were given equal money, or gifts and were to occupy until he returns. We have been given spiritual gifts and resources from Jesus to use until he returns and we are to give an account for what we have done with these.

Luke 19:14  But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.  

The ten disciples were in a hostile world that did not want Jesus to be their Lord.  

John 1:11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
John 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

His disciples were to use his resources to increase the kingdom of God. As Jesus said to them:  

Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

Luke 19:15  And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.  

After the kingdom was established, the disciples were to give an account of what they did with the gifts given unto them.  

Luke 19:16  Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.  

His gift had increased ten times. If we use what God has given to us, it will be increased.

Luke 19:17  And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.  

He was given authority over ten cities in the Millennial kingdom, because of faithfulness.    

1 Pet 2:9  But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:

Rev 1:6  And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 19:18  And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
Luke 19:19  And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.  
Luke 19:20  And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin:
Luke 19:21  For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down, and reapest that thou didst not sow.

One disciple had hidden his talent, keeping it covered because he feared the master. Because of fear he did nothing with what was given to him.

Luke 19:22  And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow:
Luke 19:23  Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?

He could have invested his gift somewhere, even if it was limited, it would have blessed another. He hid the light that was given to him.  

Mat 5:14  Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid.
Mat 5:15  Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
Mat 5:16  Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Luke 19:24  And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
Luke 19:25  (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)

The Lord would have someone else serve where he had failed. They would receive the increase for doing the others required service. His anointing would be increased.

Luke 19:26  For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.  

If we use what gifts God has given to us, they will increase. If we are fearful and unworthy, your gift will be given to another, Fear is one of the things that can condemn a person.  

Rev 21:8  But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.   Was the unprofitable servant destroyed?

Luke 19:27  But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.  

Who were his enemies? All those who would not receive him. Remember the ten disciples were in a land that for the most part hated the Lord. Was the unprofitable servant destroyed? I do not think so, but he did not receive rewards in the kingdom. He had no nations to rule over and he was not a priest, because he did not use the gift Jesus gave to him. We are given grace by faith, unto good works.  

Eph 2:8  For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:
Eph 2:9  Not of works, lest any man should boast.
Eph 2:10  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

Praise God for the gift of grace and the Spiritual gifts we receive. Let's not be unprofitable servants saying being saved is enough, because we are to use what God has given to us as we have the opportunity.

Sunday, September 4, 2005

Luke-Name it and claim it?

Luke 19:11  And as they heard these things, he added and spake a parable, because he was nigh to Jerusalem, and because they thought that the kingdom should immediately appear.

 They were nearing Jerusalem as Jesus was about to tell them a parable. Notice that they had already visualized what would happen in Jerusalem. They thought that Jesus would use his powers to bring the kingdom of God to Jerusalem. Bring us a magic kingdom, of our own imagination; a Disneyland?  Perhaps this is why they could not hear him earlier.  

Luke 9:22  Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.  

They were of the name it and claim it people. We want the kingdom now, so God you do what we want. No, God does not have to do what we think. We must learn to hear him and what he says and thinks. Then we can claim his promises as our own, if we trust in him. Never are we to believe and act from our own will. This is something we learn with time. Be still, listen, and be patient. He will do as he said, not as we imagine. It was not yet the time for his kingdom, but it is coming. First he must go to the cross. Look up he is coming again.

Saturday, September 3, 2005

Luke - Curiosity Rewarded

Luke 19:1  And Jesus entered and passed through Jericho.  

Jesus passed through Jericho, the destroyed city that Joshua cursed.  

Josh 6:26  And Joshua adjured them at that time, saying, Cursed be the man before the LORD, that riseth up and buildeth this city Jericho: he shall lay the foundation thereof in his firstborn, and in his youngest son shall he set up the gates of it.

Luke 19:2  And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.  

A rich young man, a tax collector who was rich.

Luke 19:3  And he sought to see Jesus who he was; and could not for the press, because he was little of stature.
Luke 19:4  And he ran before, and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him: for he was to pass that way.

He was determined to see Jesus, even climbing high into a Sycamore tree.

Luke 19:5  And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up, and saw him, and said unto him, Zacchaeus, make haste, and come down; for to day I must abide at thy house.  

If we look for Jesus we will find him and he will come into your house, in a spiritual sense, he now comes to us in the Holy Spirit, within our innermost being.

Luke 19:6  And he made haste, and came down, and received him joyfully.  

He was so happy to be received by Jesus, just as we were when we received him.

Luke 19:7  And when they saw it, they all murmured, saying, That he was gone to be guest with a man that is a sinner.  

Well, we were all sinners when Jesus came to us, so why judge?

Luke 19:8  And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.  

Zacchaeus was moved to repentance, so wanting to be accepted by Jesus. How hard it is for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven, but here is one. He gave away half of his wealth to the poor and was willing to restore fourfold to any one he had lied to. Tax collectors made their wages by adding a fee to the taxes.

Luke 19:9  And Jesus said unto him, This day is salvation come to this house, forsomuch as he also is a son of Abraham.  

Jesus honored this repentant Jew with salvation, he received the one who was promised to the Jews and entered the kingdom of God. There was another rich young man who wanted to enter the kingdom. He came to Jesus saying he kept all the laws, but he was covetous.  

Mat 19:21  Jesus said unto him, If thou wilt be perfect, go and sell that thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come and follow me.
Mat 19:22  But when the young man heard that saying, he went away sorrowful: for he had great possessions.

Two rich young men, both wanted etermal life, one was repentant giving up wealth, he was received with joy. The other left in sadness, not wanting to give up his earthly treasures. 

Luke 19:10  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

We should never judge sinners, but we should show them Jesus. The kingdom of God is at hand, all who are willing to leave all behind may enter in, through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.  

Mark 10:29  And Jesus answered and said, Verily I say unto you, There is no man that hath left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife, or children, or lands, for my sake, and the gospel's,
Mark 10:30  But he shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses,and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life.
Mark 10:31  But many that are first shall be last; and the last first.

Friday, September 2, 2005

Luke - Blind man hears

Luke 18:35  And it came to pass, that as he was come nigh unto Jericho, a certain blind man sat by the way side begging:  

Jesus was coming near Jericho where a certain blind man was begging. This was the Jericho where Joshua heard from God, marched around the high walls of the city and with a shout, the walls came tumbling down. The enemy fortress was delivered to Israel by faith and obedience to God.  

 Josh 6:16  And it came to pass at the seventh time, when the priests blew with the trumpets, Joshua said unto the people, Shout; for the LORD hath given you the city.

Luke 18:36  And hearing the multitude pass by, he asked what it meant.
Luke 18:37  And they told him, that Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.
Luke 18:38  And he cried, saying, Jesus, thou son of David, have mercy on me.

The blind man heard, asked questions and then cried out to Jesus as a fellow Jew trusting in the savior. Jesus, son of man, son of David and Son of God came to his own people first, fulfilling the prophecies.  

 John 1:9  That was the true Light, which lighteth every man that cometh into the world.
John 1:10  He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him not.
John 1:11  He came unto his own, and his own received him not.
John 1:12  But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:

Luke 18:39  And they which went before rebuked him, that he should hold his peace: but he cried so much the more, Thou son of David, have mercy on me.

The blind man called out in faith, thou son of David, have mercy on me. He had faith in spite of the unbelief around him that tried to silence him. Do not let the unbelief of others keep you from your life of faith.

Luke 18:40  And Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, he asked him,
Luke 18:41  Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight.

He stopped, called to him and asked what he wanted him to do for him? The blind man wanted to be able to see with his eyes.

Luke 18:42  And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee.
Luke 18:43  And immediately he received his sight, and followed him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it, gave praise unto God.

The blind man had eyes and ears of faith. He trusted in the savior, he asked and received from him.  

 John 14:13  And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.
John 14:14  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.
John 14:15  If ye love me, keep my commandments.

When Jesus is near, call to him in faith and he will hear you. Ask him your need and he will do for you as he did for the blind man who called out in faith.