Is Christ reigning as King in your heart beloved?. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. A "cumberer." In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Mt. - Ro 15:26,28. At the Promised Land, Israel would not enter because they focused on the size of their enemies instead of the power of God and His promises. What benefit resulted from it to the hearers? BUT IT WILL BE WHEN CHRIST RETURNS! We must remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in this passage: The gate is narrow. The prophets only saw a faithful remnant (she'ar - 07605) returning from Assyrian and Babylonian exile. 13:6; Lk. Galileans were notable among the Jews as a problem to their Roman masters. Passing (1279) (diaporeuomai from diá = through + poreúomai = to go) means to go or pass through. KJV Luke 13:32 And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. When the Pharisees tried to frighten our Lord with a threat from Herod our Lord gave an amazing answer, found only in Luke. In our fallen world, death comes to all of us--one way or another--in God's own time. How far can one go on in sin? So too the is the Kingdom of God. There are 11 uses of basanos in the Septuagint (1Sa 6:3 4, 8, 17 Ezek 3:20; 7:19; 12:18; 16:52, 54; 32:24, 30) and some 45 uses of basanos in the Apocryphal writings - 1 Macc 9:56; 2 Macc 7:8; 9:5; 3 Macc 3:27; 4 Macc 4:26; 5:6; 6:27, 30; 7:2, 10, 16; 8:9, 19; 9:5f, 9, 16, 18; 10:11, 16; 11:1, 6, 23; 12:12; 13:15; 14:5, 8, 11; 15:11, 18ff, 32; 16:1f, 17; 17:3, 7, 10, 23; 18:20f; Wis 2:19; 3:1; 17:12; 19:4; Sir 33:27. Realizing that the cause of evil would be weakened if this man would be converted, those conducting the meeting witnessed to him about Christ. For you build the tombs of the prophets, and it was your fathers who killed them. We must be up and doing. #3 - Some commentators say the birds are "representatives of Satan" (#3 above) (Ironside) based on Mk 4:15+, but places great weight on interpreting the figure of birds in the same way it was interpreted in the parable of the soils. 24:20; Matt. All those who struggle—in obedience to the command, “Strive to enter”—will enter. In the 97 NT uses of didasko the meaning is virtually always to teach or instruct, although the purpose and content of the teaching must be determined from the context. - Josepehus Antiquities of the Jews 18.3.3). Rod Mattoon adds that "In this portion of Luke, we find the Lord Jesus Christ trying to wake up His listeners about judgment to come. In the spiritual realm workers are good (Mt 9:37, 38, 1 Ti 5:18, 2 Ti 2:15) and evil ( deceitful workers in 2 Cor 11:13, evil workers - Php 3:2, workers of evil literally in Lk 13:27) In other words the individuals Jesus addresses work at their sin! If the normal rules of biblical interpretation do not apply to prophecy, who is to say what the spiritual meaning of the passages regarding Israel’s future is? Determination to Live Life One's Own Way and Not be Disrupted. No uses in the Septuagint. (Hebrews 4:11-note). the eye of a needle. Jesus went on in His story to talk about whom to invite to such dinners. The teacher teaches and the disciple hears and processes what is heard so that this truth affects his or her innermost being. Earlier Jesus had said, For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute, (Lk 11:49-note), Joel Green on stoning the prophets - Stoning is the most common form of execution found in the OT, used in such cases as those involving blasphemy (Lev 24:14, 16, 23) and apostasy (Lev 20:2; Deut 13:11). They ended up "sleeping" which is a term for death. James assured the council that God's program for Israel had not been abandoned by the coming of Gentiles into the church. So let me ask you again, what is the evidence that identifies you as genuine believer. III. There was certainly no statement by Luke that a demon was cast out when her infirmity was corrected. i âFather, j hallowed be k your name.. l Your kingdom come.. 3 m Give us n each day our daily bread, 2. 22 The STONE (MESSIAH - cf the same "STONE" in Da 2:34-35-note, Da 2:44-45-note) which the builders rejected (THE JEWISH LEADERS "would not", Lk 13:34) Has become the CHIEF CORNER STONE. (Rev 1:7-note), Garland comments: The OT Scriptures predicted a “coming one” (Dy 18:15-18; Ps 2; 22; 118:26; Isa. Spurgeon - You get a little grace tonight; let that Divine Man take but a grain of the mustard seed of his grace, and drop it into your heart, which he will have prepared like a garden, and there is no telling what will come of it. Hallelujah! What is some of the fruit a believer might look for in their life? When dealing with God's plan, it means to see that plan in a new way and to orient oneself to it. 13:19; Lk. (Lk 21:34-35). 7:1), but most of this early fruit falls off before it is perfected (Rev. After it was at the first spoken through the Lord, it was confirmed to us by those who heard, Hebert Lockyer gives us an example of one who entered the small gate and tread the dangerous way of a disciple in his fascinating book entitled Last Words of Saints and Sinners writing that, John Bradford, Chaplain to Edward VI in 1552, was one of the most popular preachers of his day in England. (Note: Questions modified including addition of Scripture references - Luke 13:22-30 The Narrow Door). Wuest notes parable "is an illustration thrown in alongside of a truth to make the latter easier to understand… The Greek word means “that which is thrown alongside of something else” to explain it. Wiersbe on the parables of the Kingdom - Some see in them a picture of the visible outward growth of the kingdom (the mustard seed) and the invisible inward influence of the kingdom (the leaven). What had just transpired? 19:30; 20:16; Mark 10:31). - What is he saying with this question? So he asked, “I see that you are reading the Bible. Warren Wiersbe addresses the question of why they waited so long to seek entrance... (1) Salvation is not easy. 9:16; Jn. Paul echoes Jesus' warning (Lk 13:22-30) that the acceptable time...the day of salvation will not last forever. He was talking to the “church” crowd, most of whom assumed that they would go to heaven because they were good Jews. If we are willing to repent, God will empower us. Oh, how blest it is to know: These are his never–dying foes. As such, she is a picture of the millions who attend religious services every week for years, but they live in spiritual bondage to sin and to the prince of darkness. Shall we sin that grace may abound? The emotional and volitional aspects of the act of repentance follow, and are the result of this intellectual process of a change of mind with respect to it. Then he lifted his left hand, as though pointing to something, and dropped it and died. It makes their mind begin to think. Israel regarded them as pay from her lovers. (Luke 13:24 The Strait Gate). Her strange malady was partly physical and partly mental....Beloved, Satan had oppressed this woman and caused her to be upset to the extent that her body malfunctioned and produced a severe case of the curvature of the spine. The fundamental question is, how is a man's heart towards God and towards his fellow-men? As to the use or omission of the article the omission does not always require the rendering "a sabbath;" it is absent, e.g., in Matthew 12:2 . Their combined effect describes a hell that is worse than death, darker than darkness, and deeper than any abyss. Further, if those prophecies are not to be taken literally, what meaning did they have for those to whom they were addressed? Acts 20:37 And they began to weep aloud and embraced Paul, and repeatedly kissed him. 2:8-11; 6:12-15; etc.). 2:23; Mk. The dozens of paralyzing restrictions and regulations associated with it had turned the Sabbath from a day of rest into the most burdensome day of the week. Recall that in Lk 13:1-3ff we saw that they Jews frequently associated suffering and/or tragedy with sins (cf John 9:1-3). These will pay the penalty (dike - judgment) of eternal destruction (olethros, root word of apollumi), away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power,(2 Th 1:7-9). Gerizim and recited the curses for disobedience (Dt 27:13–26). ", Lk. The second use of this “gate” is solemnly illustrated at the close of the parable of the virgins. (Sermon), Steven Cole comments that "Salvation requires our urgent attention because there is a great difference between casual acquaintance with Jesus and a personal relationship with Him. Picture her pitiful plight pacing, peering at pavement! He died before I answered his letter, which he sent me five years ago!” (Wiersbe, W: Bible Exposition Commentary - Old Testament. 8:12; Matt. 6:1-note; Lk. This may be your last. Have you personally entered through the narrow door? It is so needful that you should get the bread of heaven, so needful that you should get the blessing of Christ, that on this day you may come and be healed. We are to preach the whole counsel of God's Word, whether it is convenient or not and in so doing we are to reprove, rebuke, and comfort with great patience and instruction (2Ti 4:2-note). But he must never give way to them. 4:24; 12:10; Mark 1:34; Luke 6:7; 10:9), to recover health, to restore. (BECNT-Luke). And how often we spread forth our barren branches over others, hindering the bright sunshine, and so affect their fruit-bearing. As thou—of what the world thinks fit, John 5:43 “I have come in My Father’s name, and you do not receive Me; if another comes in his own name, you will receive him. This Jesus, who has been taken up from you into heaven, will come in just the same way as you have watched Him go into heaven.". The unfruitful Christian has often been perplexed and amazed at the unusual digging about the roots of his being, which looked very much like a removal at the time. This was the first time scientists had detected visible gold particles in an active volcano. The growth- rate of this seed illustrates the growth of God's kingdom, and even the spiritual growth in your own personal life, if you are spiritually nourished. There is a use of anakupto in the papyri in which a person speaks of the impossibility of ever looking up again in a certain place, for very shame. Have You come to destroy us? Words like these could have led some to interpret tragedies like lives lost in a collapsed tower (13:4) as God’s judgment. Robert Frost wrote a secular poem that closely parallels Jesus' words: Wiersbe observes that in regard to one's eternal destiny... the greatest danger is self-deception (cp He 3:13-note; Pr 28:26, Is 44:20, Obad 1:3, Ro 7:11-note; Ep 4:22-note; Jas 1:14-note). MacArthur makes the excellent point that "The synagogue ruler’s continued unbelief despite the undeniable miracle he had seen confirms the reality that miracles do not produce faith (Matt. Romans 2:4, 2 Peter 3:9. Saying to Him - In Luke's last record of a direct encounter with the Pharisees Jesus had issued several scathing "Woes" (Lk 11:42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 52-note) and as a result "the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile and to question Him closely on many subjects." The Romans surrounded the city so that no one could get out at all. You won’t be basically in heaven because you’re a basically good person. AND WHO'S NOT! 2 Sa 7:16, 1 Chr. By Sheridan Voysey. Notice Jesus' uses an interesting technique here -- the parable ends in such a way that Jesus' listeners had to supply their own conclusion. 68:24; Prov. 9:27). Let me share some thoughts. You and I too often hear the news of what is happening, but we learn nothing from it; our Saviour’s gracious mind turned everything to good account; he was like the bee that gathers honey from every flower. It should read will not be able when once the Master of the house has risen up and shut the door. James 3:12 Can a fig tree, my brethren, produce olives, or a vine produce figs? But he held back. And this the apostle confirms when he says stand "firm in one spirit, with one mind striving (sunathleo) together for the faith of the gospel." This is known only to themselves, the owner and the dresser. So at the gate of mercy—which is Christ—no man can be saved if he desire to keep his sins. The call for vigilance is all-embracing. How often I wanted to gather your children together, just as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you would not have it! "Faith alone is the master-key (Gene Brooks). 14:7; Lk. 2. 16:9). Hendriksen on caused by a spirit - “having a spirit of infirmity” would seem to favor the suggestion that she was—at the very least, she was demon-influenced. It was against this absurd perversion of the commandment that the Lord Jesus protested. David Turner adds that "Both church history and Christian experience testify to the prevalence of imaginative interpretations of Jesus’s parables. God will not force us to repent, but He does provide us with the gift of repentance (2 Ti 2:25-note, Acts 5:31, Acts 11:18, cf Ro 2:4-note) that enables us to make the choice to repent. He must daily watch and stand on his guard, like a soldier on enemy’s ground. Plant seeds. 1 It happened, that when he finished praying in a certain place, one of his disciples said to him, âLord, teach us to pray, just as John also taught his disciples.â âIt happened, that when he finished praying in a certain placeâ (v. 1a). First, Epiphany was actually on a Sunday this year. Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, âLord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.â a. Luke 13:31 Just at that time Leaven throughout Scripture was used figuratively to describe permeating power or influence, usually the influence of evil, but also of good as here in Lk 13:21 referring to the growth or expansion of the Kingdom of God. Not here. Teaching was also a primary activity of the leaders of the early church (see Acts 4:2, 18, 5:21, 25, 28, 42, etc). Hughes adds that "in the wider context of Luke, this was a cryptic reference to Jesus' death and resurrection being under divine control. A Gracious Purpose. Note the striking resemblance in form to the similarly double question found in Isa. Therefore many will seek to enter and will not be able. 10:13; Lk. There is another Sabbath miracle recorded in the next chapter. Yet the compassionate Saviour interceded, crying, "Father, forgive them" (Luke 23:34). We must never follow a multitude to do evil. Luke Chapter 13. Jesus sinners doth receive. 728 â Good Cheer for the New Year â¦ His miracles would continue to attest to His power and authority over both the supernatural (casting out demons) and the natural world (healing) and were evidence that the Kingdom of God had come upon them (Lk 11:20-note, Mt 12:28). The world’s illusions will only lead you astray. In other words in James apoteleo personifies SIN as "running its course" and of reaching its goal (the final stage). Don't delay! That was precisely its sin. It is happy with outward conformity, even though relationships are shattered. In John 5 Jesus used the same verb teleioo declaring, “But the testimony which I have is greater than the testimony of John; for the works which the Father has given Me to accomplish (teleioo)–the very works that I do–testify about Me, that the Father has sent Me. And enter in at the strait gate! This was the expectation of those among whom Jesus ministered (John 1:21; 1:45; 6:14; 7:40). Can the same passage be interpreted both literally and non-literally? True Christianity is "a fight. Christ will not endure their company, but will say to them, “Depart from me.”, Matthew Henry minces no words noting that "This is their ruin, that, under a pretence of piety, they kept up secret haunts of sin, and did the devil’s drudgery in Christ’s livery (Ed: identifying uniform, distinctive dress, outward appearance - cp 2Ti 3:5-note).". If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!” In other words, if the eye is good (literally, “single”), the whole body will be full of light. 13:35 Spurgeon - Observe the word “Behold” here. One day, the Jewish nation will recognize and receive Jesus as their Messiah and Savior. 23:51;Acts 1:3; Acts 8:12; Acts 14:22; Acts 19:8; Acts 28:23; Acts 28:31; And to what shall I compare it - In other words He is basically repeating the question, "What is it like?" 3:4; Mk. They were Jews, not "filthy" Gentiles. 4:20; 2 Ki. Acts 1:11 They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? 13:11; Lk. Lord Kelvin once suspended a large piece of metal from a cord in his laboratory. In James poreia means conduct, way of life, one's course or manner of life (Of the ‘way’ that one should take). 20:1; Jn. In fact, if we study Judaism, whether it is conservative, reformed, or orthodox, we will notice that there is no conception of salvation based on genuine repentance and faith. In the realm of salvation “there is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free man, there is neither male nor female; for [the redeemed] are all one in Christ Jesus” (Gal. NET Note - This is an event that otherwise is unattested, though several events similar to it are noted in Josephus (see excerpt below). And all with me be well, 6:43-note; Lk. 9:42; Lk. C. Egner. (NAC-Mark). Are you sinking in the waters of conviction? (Spurgeon, C. H. The Interpreter: Spurgeon's Devotional Bible). Is. The Fruit of the Holy Spirit – What is goodness? When Christ removed the demons and sent them into the pigs, He disrupted the58 lives of the people, who in turn, rejected Him and commanded Him to leave. Thank God He does give us difficult things to do! Along the same lines, in the Septuagint (Lxx) episunago is used by the prophet Zechariah (Zech 12:3, 14:2) as he describes the future end times gathering of the Gentile nations against God's holy city Jerusalem, an event which occurs toward the end of the Great Tribulation, just preceding the establishment of Messiah's Millennial Kingdom on earth. (Ibid) Woe! The Fruit of the Holy Spirit – What is peace? Remember that pain, and realize that is how Jesus feels when you reject Him. The issue turns on the line of making the effort, and not upon the earnestness or the energy of the endeavor. In the meantime the "seed" of the Gospel would spread throughout the world regenerating hearts in which the King would reign (each heart being a representation of the "Kingdom of God") until He returns to take His rightful throne in Jerusalem. Kingdom of Heaven - 32x in 31v in NAS - Mt 3:2; 4:17; 5:3, 10, 19 20; 7:21; 8:11; 10:7; 11:11 12; 13:11, 24, 31, 33, 44 45, 47, 52; 16:19; 18:1, 3 4, 23; 19:12, 14, 23; 20:1; 22:2; 23:13; 25:1. There is time for you to know Him today, but tomorrow may be too late. Is not the Sabbath the very day when more than ever one should exert himself to the utmost to destroy the works of the devil?" It is Christ who must do it all; and blessed be his name, he is always great at a pinch! When he heard that a friend had died, the composer said, “What a pity! but now they are hid from thine eyes. THE SABBATH While we cannot be dogmatic, the fact that Herod was wicked (poneros = determined, aggressive, fervent evil that actively opposes good) (Lk 3:19-note) and had already murdered one prophet (Lk 9:9-note), indicates that he was certainly "capable" of following through and murdering a second Prophet. In that future day when they confess Jesus as their Messiah, Israel will recognize who He truly is. You can either enter through the narrow door, which is Christ alone, or you can invent a broad door that includes many ways to God, and thus contradict what Jesus Himself said. Hughes on Jesus' reply to the official - This was an unanswerable indictment using the canons of Jewish logic qal wā hōmer, arguing from the light to the heavy. 18:35; Ps. Make every effort. We cry aloud, and the only answer is the echo of our wailings.". The Fruit of Surrender and Supplying Others Needs. Jesus is trying to find a secluded place from the crowds, but He cannot be hid. (MacArthur, J: Matthew 1-7 Chicago: Moody Press), Lawrence Richards - This was why repentance and faith in Jesus are such urgent matters. As long as a man thinks himself a fine fellow, how can he think well of Jesus? It did not work. When you become independent of God and intolerant of others, you forfeit the kingdom. Reversing the policy of the earlier governors, Pilate marched his troops into Jerusalem carrying standards bearing images that the Jews viewed as idolatrous. The form of the verb shows that he is always doing this; he is Jehovah upholding. The parable of the barren fig tree (vv. Strait is the gate to all that come, 3:16; Isa. = NAB)! 1 Timothy 2:5-6: For there is one God, and ONE mediator also between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, Who gave Himself as a ransom for all, the testimony borne at the proper time. Wiersbe - The nation not only rejected God’s loving invitation to His feast, but they even killed the servants who brought them the invitation! to them, for without Christ they are lost and bound for the lake of fire (Re 20:11-15-see notes, cp Mt 25:41, 2Th 1:9, Rev 14:11-note, Rev 19:20, 20:10 - see chart on Births, Deaths, and Resurrections). 40 "But as it is, you are seeking to kill Me, a man who has told you the truth, which I heard from God; this Abraham did not do. In the interpretation of the birds as nations or Gentiles, the birds would represent believers who by grace through faith come into the Kingdom of God. The only thing they forbade themselves was the doing of anything. 20:12-13,16,20-21,24; 22:8,26; 23:38; 44:24; 45:17; 46:1,3-4,12. When I reply, I usually ask them about their prayer life, their witnessing, and their work in the local church. How does the seriousness of watchfulness fit with the sweetness of Jesus’ care? The door is sealed shut. (MacArthur - Revelation). It drains the ground of its nourishment, for no good purpose. (2) Think of the distinguishing day that is coming and the decisions of that day, and you will say there are a few that shall be saved and that we are concerned to strive. 17:14; 1 Chr. KJV Luke 13:12 And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity. Walter Leifeld writes that "Birds are specifically mentioned in each version of the parable (Mt 13:32; Mk 4:32, Lk 13:19) and may therefore be significant in symbolizing Gentile nations. We need to hear and heed His clarion call in Luke 13:3 and Luke 13:5 regarding the necessity of personal repentance! Wilful Resistance "But ye would not." Spurgeon said, "Repentance is an inseparable companion of faith." Cp. Instead, He directed the question away from abstract theological speculation and toward specific application for each person in the crowd. 39“For I say to you, from now on you will not see Me until you say, ‘BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD!’” (Mt 23:37-39), Behold (2400) idou - This interjection is second person singular aorist imperative, middle voice. They knew Jesus in a casual way, but they had not taken the Gospel to heart. 9:12; Lk. There is no unembattled place in this life. He reminded them that obedience would bring blessing and disobedience cursing, and they promised to obey (Dt. How many times through your life have you observed people griping and criticizing others who are trying to meet needs, solve problems, and serve the Lord Jesus Christ? King Jesus had addressed Herod, the petty monarch, with regal contempt and kingly confidence. We don’t know why God waited that long. Beware of following any "miracle" worker whose lifestyle does not produce the good fruit of godliness!) I favor #1 as most obvious but can see how #2 is a reasonable interpretation. (Sanhedrin 10.1) ( Luke Commentary), Warren Wiersbe comments on the question noting that "As with the question about Pilate, Jesus immediately made the matter personal. Comment: In Luke 13:35 Jesus gives at least one answer to Zechariah's ancient prayer in the form of a prophecy regarding the city that kills the prophets and stones those sent to her! Text Commentaries by C. H. 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