Luke 12

Scripture:

Luke 12:1-59

Observations:

· Amidst a crowd of many thousands Jesus first spoke to his disciples and provided clear warning/guidance
· Jesus warns his disciples to be on guard against “The yeast of the Pharisees”. Matthew 16:12 tells of the disciples finally coming to the realization that Jesus was not telling them to guard against the yeast used in bread but against the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees (The false doctrine of the religious leaders).
· Jesus states a similar message to what he told the Pharisee at supper - “That there is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed”. In previous Chapter 11 of Luke Jesus rhetorically asks the Pharisee, “Did not the one who made the outside make the inside also?”
· Jesus foreshadows how the Gospel will be proclaimed from the roofs. He tells that it will be boldly professed by the disciples.
· Jesus encourages the disciples to no longer fear man but fear the one who can cast them into the fire of Hell.
· Jesus declares an unpardonable sin - Blasphemy against the Holy Spirit (Knowledgeably attributing the Spirit’s work to the devil)
· Luke 12:12 Jesus transitions to a message of reliance on the Holy Spirit’s working in them and God’s provisions for his people
· The Parable of the Rich Fool - Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions, in fact, material possessions often distract us from the true richness of God’s provisions.
· The theme of trusting in the Lord and not in ones work someday paying off is strong
· To align your heart with God’s heart for his people, will result in a kingdom focus - Making the things of this world grow dim
· Jesus tells us to be ready for his return. In Luke 12:35 being dressed signifies a readiness for action
· Jesus uses a parable of a servant and master to demonstrate the responsibility those in leadership roles or with authority will be held accountable for stewarding wisely.
· During Luke 12:58 Jesus speaks in parable and tells those who are unrepented to turn from their ways and ask for forgiveness

Application:

There is a quite a bit here for application. Thankfully it is all entwined in Luke 12:32 when Jesus tells his disciples, “Do not be afraid little flock, for your father has been pleased to give you the kingdom”. He is intentionally redeeming the flock that went astray in the Old Testament. Even more than just redemption - It tells of God’s love for us. This encouragement from Jesus soothes my soul. It tells me that there is not one thing I could do to separate myself from the love and care my Father desires for me. It tells me that when I don’t know how to begin guarding myself against false doctrines it is not a time to worry, because the Holy Spirit was a gift given to us to lead and guide our movements. It tells me that when I am fearful of the next steps our earthly life will take that the joy of the Lord will be with me as I rest in the Spirit. It reminds me that He is the Good Shepherd. I am to abide in Him and be a member of his flock and he will shepherd my heart, my mind, and my soul to a place of submission and richness in God. After all “In his fullness we have received grace upon grace” (John 1:16). God met us at our point of need in the person of Jesus Christ, providing all his provision and power. We could never by our own effort always be on guard, always ready for his return, always have no worry. However, in his provision and power we can rest assured that his spirit will meet us in our weakness but there it will not leave us.

Prayer:

Father, though uncomfortable I ask you to open my eyes to the ways that complacency or routine has caused me to have a guard against the Spirit’s direction rather than the enemy. Help me to stay disciplined in my time spent with you in the morning. Help me to focus on your strength when mine is dwindling. Grow me in your patience when mine is shot. Holy Spirit increase in me as I renew my mind on the word of the Lord and not the banter of my earthly mind. Let me fall down so that I can see more clearly who holds me up.

 

8 comments (Add your own)

1. Becky Pannunzio wrote:
Thank you, Tawney. As I am reading through Luke, I am encouraged (and challenged) to view life as "Kingdom Kids".

Fri, January 16, 2015 @ 7:09 AM

2. Rob Schulze wrote:
Amen... Spirit, fill me today vs. "the banter of my earthly mind" too!

As I read this chapter I thought back to Luke 9:23 - “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross daily and follow me." Jesus intensifies the cost of following him from "do not be afraid of those who can kill the body" to warning them "when you're brought before rulers & authorities do not worry" to "everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded"

Father, help us to deny ourselves, take up our crosses daily in 2015 and follow you wherever you'll lead Trinity

Sat, January 17, 2015 @ 8:52 AM

3. Ernie Morales wrote:
Jesus tells us to be ready sticks out to me because that's different than waiting. Many are waiting for His return while being ready is a different posture and a different heart. Being ready denotes action and that I am doing what He is asking of me until he returns. Help me with this Jesus!

Sun, January 18, 2015 @ 8:05 AM

4. Jan Ramirez wrote:
Although verses 2 & 3 refers to the Pharisees' hypocrisy, I cannot help but ask myself..."What do I do, or say (about others), in secret, that I hide?"
God will reveal everything...NOTHING is hidden from Him.
Father, expose those areas I unknowingly hide, that I may glorify you in ALL of me. Amen.

Tue, January 20, 2015 @ 10:37 AM

5. Phil Payne wrote:
I'm a little behind in the write-ups, now posting on Feb 2, but will try to more current. Stay tuned ..

Luke 12: [vs 1-12]Reputation before God and man
a) In first illustration, Jesus compares hypocrisy (of Pharisees) to the rapid growth of leaven (i.e., yeast) that quickly puffs up the dough. In Greek language hypocrisy is an actor’s mask – a cover up. People want to look good, and enjoy the affection and praise that sustains a proud, puffed up spirit. Jesus says that such hypocrisy shall be unmasked. The deeds and darkness, and thoughts and intentions of the heart shall be revealed.

Apply: Do I confess my spiritual weakness of failures to others who will keep me honest, and encourage, and pray for me? [See James 5, Eph 4]

Prayer: (Psalm 51) – Purify my heart, and help me discern & correct the secret faults by which I deceive myself. Help me practice a transparent life. Help me to love others well, so that they will have trust to put down their masks. Jesus, help your people know they are your beloved, so they will have strength and courage to cast off their masks.

b) In second illustration, Jesus contrasts fear of man with fear of God. The Pharisees did have power to kill the body, as sinners and blasphemers were often condemned to stoning (i.e., the woman caught in adultery story). But Jesus says we are to heed the judgment of God rather than be constrained by fear for our reputation with men.
It’s important to note that the “fear” God begins with knowledge of his love. We are of more value than the sparrows. God knows even the number of hairs on my head. What does that mean? The statement itself is metaphor, or parable. Could the “hairs” be all the nerves in my brain? Psalms says God knows my thoughts intimately, even before I know them myself. Yet He loves me … and Jesus says in vs (7) Fear not! There is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. But final judgment and sentence to hell await those who reject this love.

In the age to come Jesus will treat us as we treat Him now. Thus, (VS 8), He will acknowledge (or deny) us before the heavenly authorities if we embrace (or reject) Him in our social contexts. Moreover, if I am brought to trial in present life because of my faith in Him, the Holy Spirit will strengthen me and power my witness. (VS 12). This assurance is illustrated in the subsequent trial – and deliverance - of Peter and John (Acts 4) in front of the same council that condemned Jesus to the cross.

Application: Do I protect my social reputation by hiding my faith in Jesus, constraining my witness, or refusal to expose the darkness? There ARE times when the Holy Spirit may counsel silence, but that silence should be obedience to Him rather than something driven by my cowardice?

Prayer: Forgive me Jesus for covering the light you have given, and for wanting social comfort more than your approval. Strengthen me with courage and boldness, providing the words to say, when I see opportunities to point others to You as the only Way, Truth, and Life.

Sun, February 1, 2015 @ 7:26 PM

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