Bible Study Notes on Luke 12:1-21 – 20180701

WritingIIILuke 12:1  “In the meantime…so that they trampled one another…”
Odd.  Doesn’t seem to have anything to do with what He began to teach.  Commentary suggests Luke was calling attention to the fact that Jesus’s fight with the Pharisees and lawyers had gathered a large crowd.  Perhaps He was calling out the people’s motives for gathering.  Did they want to truly hear from God or did they seek only a show?

1  “…Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees…”
Their hypocrisy in saying one thing and living another.  It infested every aspect of their lives.

5-7  “…I will show you whom you should fear…Do not fear therefore…”
Not a contradiction.  He tells them God is the only one with any power that would warrant fear.  But then He reminds them God cares so much for them, there is no reason to fear Him.

8  “…whoever confesses Me before men, him the Son of Man also will confess before the angels of God”
Why we have people make a public profession of faith in Christ and follow up with Baptism.  If they are truly sincere in their decision, they should want to do so.

11  “…do not worry about how or what you should answer…”
Faith in the Holy Spirit to guide and lead.  Doesn’t mean to not study or be well informed.  The more information you have, the more the Spirit can bring to your remembrance.  Sharp axe will cut better than a dull one.

14-15  “…who made Me a judge…Take heed and beware of covetousness…”
Why was the man asking Him to be a judge?  Did he think he didn’t have a true case and was just asking Jesus to step in with His authority?  From Jesus’s answer, He may have looked into the man’s heart and rendered a partial judgment.  The man’s problem wasn’t an inheritance, it was wanting what wasn’t his.

19  “…take your ease; eat, drink, and be merry”
No thought about how God’s blessings could increase his generosity to others.  Only thought about himself.

21  “…is not rich toward God”
True treasure is what we accumulate with Christ.  Works we do for Him because of what He has done for us.  Paul reminds us our actions will be judged by their content.  May be gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, or stubble.  Only what is done for Christ will survive.  Everything we accumulate down here stays here.  Only value it really has is to allow us to do good for others.

I hope you enjoy reading and studying His word.  May it accomplish what He desires.  Please feel free to comment or post questions.  Thanks for reading!

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

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