Bible Study Notes on Luke 17:11-37 – 20180806

WritingIIILuke 17:11  “…He passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee”
Jesus didn’t follow the practice of avoiding Samaria as some Jews did in order to get to Jerusalem.

14  “…so it was that as they went, they were cleansed”
Act of faith.  They did what Jesus told them to do.  Still had leprosy as they started off to see the priests, but Jesus had told them to go so they went.

16  “…he was a Samaritan”
Luke makes note that the only one to come back and thank Jesus for his healing was a Samaritan.  May have been other Samaritans in the group as well as Jews.

18  “Were there not any found who returned to give glory to God except this foreigner?”
This is why I think there might have been Jews in the bunch.  Over and over Jesus expresses surprise and disappointment over the lack of response among the Jewish people.  They were the ones chosen of God to share Him with the world, and they repeatedly seem the least interested.

19  “…Your faith has made you well”
It’s not just that the man had faith, but that he had faith in Jesus.  For some reason people want to ignore that fact.  The power doesn’t come from us, our faith, but from the one in whom we have that faith.  By expressing faith we show that we want a relationship with Him.  And He provides based on that relationship.

20-21  “…kingdom of God does not come with observation…kingdom of God is within you”
The kingdom of God Jesus brought was not the earthly kingdom the Pharisees sought.  Not one you can observe with your eyes.  Jesus brought the basis for the kingdom, a way of changing hearts.  We who believe on Jesus have our hearts changed and become new creations.  As citizens of the kingdom, we will one day be able to see the kingdom come to earth that is visible.  His statement regarding the kingdom being in them hearkens to Romans 10:8.  But what does it say? “The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart” (that is, the word of faith which we preach).

22  “…you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man…”
He’s warning them of the time after He ascends when they’ll remember the days they walked and talked with Him.  The time would come when they could no longer see Him physically, but He would be with them through the Holy Spirit.  And one day they would be able to see Him again physically as He would return.

23  “…they will say to you…”
Some will come trying to deceive saying Christ has returned.  Don’t follow them.  Their claims won’t match what we know about Christ’s return.

25  “…first He must suffer many things and be rejected…”
The realization of the visible, physical kingdom of God would not be until after Jesus suffered and died on the cross, was resurrected, ascended, and returned.  They wanted that kingdom now, but He tells them it is not for now, but later.

27  “They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage…”
Everyday business.  Covers everyone, men and women.  Men were marrying wives, women were being given in marriage.  They had no clue something was about to happen.  Actually, Noah preached to them as a warning, but they didn’t pay any attention.  One commentary also made a side note observation.  The account of Noah and the flood has been denied as truth by some and treated as a myth or metaphor, a parable of the scripture.  Here, Jesus refers to it as fact.  You can debate time and methods and science and belief, but you can’t argue that the Son of God said it happened.

30  “Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”
Usually look at this verse as an indication of how the world condition will be when Christ returns.  But He says Noah entered the ark and the flood destroyed them all, then Lot went out of Sodom and fire and brimstone destroyed them all.  Both times He mentions the fact someone was saved from the destruction.  I think the point is subtle, but it is there.  The coming of the Son of Man will also have the God appointed righteous being saved out of the destruction.  A picture of the Rapture.  I’ve heard this mentioned before as a principle, but here we have it in the text.

31  “…let him not come down to take them away…let him not turn back”
Just dawned on me what this may be a reference to.  Those Jews who witness the rapture, but aren’t believers, will have to go through the Tribulation.  They will need to get out of Jerusalem for a while as the antichrist will seek to destroy them.  I’ve always thought Jesus was referring to His followers here, but it sounds like He’s speaking to those who are left.  We know there are no guarantees a person will make it through the Tribulation, but we also know some do.  He may be telling them what they’ll need to do to survive until He returns bodily to set up His kingdom here.  One commentary made the parallel to the Romans coming in to besiege Jerusalem in 70 AD, which is a parallel to the Tribulation and coming of the antichrist.  But they view it as Jesus warning His disciples about the coming destruction.  I can see that as part of the parallelism, but He gives it as part of His discourse on His return, and Jesus didn’t return in 70 AD.

33  “…seeks to save his life will lose it…”
Usually used to refer to devotion to Christ rather than trying to save oneself.  But that idea didn’t make sense in the context.  One commentary suggests He was talking about getting out of Jerusalem where one might think he was safe, but would instead be in great danger.  And to flee to some other location would seem to put his life in danger, but it would actually be safety.  That matches the text.

36  “…the one will be taken and the other left”
Three examples of people disappearing or being taken.  Some might suggest it refers to some will be caught by the Romans and others not, but He uses two people sleeping as an example.  Why would the Romans grab one and not the other?  Appears to be an obvious reference to the Rapture.  Some will disappear while the others are left.  Those who are left should flee Jerusalem as bad times are coming.  From the suggestions of the commentaries, I can see some parallelism.  Perhaps the examples are just to show that some will escape the invasion of the Romans while others won’t.  But I don’t think the parallel to His return should be dismissed, especially given the context of all He was telling them.

37  “…Where, Lord…Wherever the body is…”
Not sure about this one.  Unclear as to the direction of the question.  Where will this happen, where will the people be taken, where should the people left flee.  Commentaries are all over the place with different opinions.  And they are based on their interpretation of what Jesus has just said, whether it’s His second coming or the Roman invasion.  There are also suggestions that His second coming is the final one at the end of the Tribulation rather than the Rapture.  It stands out to me, but I don’t have a clear indication at the moment.  Jesus’s response should hold the answer, but I’m not seeing it yet.  Which is why we keep reading His word.

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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