· 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
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.
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.
Posted on Fri, January 16, 2015
by Tawney Davis