27 But as for these enemies of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, bring them here and slaughter them before me.’”
Jesus ends the parable of minas with these stark words. He wasn't just a nice fellow, a good teacher and a good man. He is the Son of God and the King of Kings. Yes He is kind and gentle, but He is the sword of God's justice.
1 He entered Jericho and was passing through. 2 And there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich. 3 And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small of stature.
Though big in worldly position, when it came to seeing Jesus being rich offered no advantage. Jesus said it was impossible for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven. Then He said all things were possible for God.
We are all too small to see God unless we climb on the tree of life.
20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst
The kingdom now comes from the inside and is visible in the fruit of the Spirit. Just as God came in the humble form of a man, in His Son Jesus, so the kingdom comes through His Spirit dwelling in the hearts of His children. It is here and it is coming!
15 Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; 16 and he fell on his face at Jesus'feet, giving him thanks. Now he was a Samaritan. 17 Then Jesus answered, “Were not ten cleansed? Where are the nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner? ” 19 And he said to him, “Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well. ”
Jesus had healed the ten, but one came back giving thanks and praise. This one understood and was made whole, his spirit healed as well. He waits for the others.
33 He shall make atonement for the holy sanctuary, and he shall make atonement for the tent of meeting and for the altar, and he shall make atonement for the priests and for all the people of the assembly.
34 And this shall be a statute forever for you, that atonement may be made for the people of Israel once in the year because of all their sins.” And Moses did as the Lord commanded him.
The Holy place was defiled with the sins of the people that came to meet and worship God. The high priest would make atonement to cleanse that place and the people.
This prepares the way for understanding of what Jesus did and does. He is the one sacrifice for all that cleanses the temple, which is the heart of man. This allows the Spirit to dwell in you and me.
He took upon Himself our sins, and like the scapegoat led into the wilderness, removed sin as far as East is from West from the children of God, for His righteousness has become ours.
26 And besides all this, between us and you a great chasm has been fixed, in order that those who would pass from here to you may not be able, and none may cross from there to us.’
30 And he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ 31 He said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses and the Prophets, neither will they be convinced if someone should rise from the dead.’”
Abraham speaks of the distance between man and God.
Only faith can bridge that chasm. That faith is in the man God raised from the dead. It is enough and the only way.
There is nothing hidden from God. Only He can restore a heart, but He does so after that heart is turned and given to Him. David acknowledges it is the work of God's Holy Spirit that creates a heart and spirit acceptable to God. It is that same Spirit which guards and protects, that brings us into His presence and allows us to walk with Him.
18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches. ”
20 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened. ”
47 And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating.
48 But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more.
We will be judged on what we know and what we did with that knowledge. Thinking we know doesn't always match up with knowing. It is just what we think.
God is merciful and just. He demonstrated this when He gave His Son in His mercy to satisfy His justice.
17 “If anyone sins, doing any of the things that by the Lord's commandments ought not to be done, though he did not know it, then realizes his guilt, he shall bear his iniquity.
Upon knowing, we are held accountable. When we realize our guilt, sin materializes and is held against us. Only when we know sin and its meaning are we able to begin to see the need for Jesus. Choosing Him, we no longer bear our iniquity.
This is the book of the generations of Adam. When God created man, he made him in the likeness of God. 2 Male and female he created them, and he blessed them and named them Man when they were created. 3 When Adam had lived 130 years, he fathered a son in his own likeness, after his image, and named him Seth.
God created Adam in His likeness. After disobeying God, Adam passed on a different likeness to his son.
33 And as the men were parting from him, Peter said to Jesus, “Master, it is good that we are here. Let us make three tents, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah”— not knowing what he said. 34 As he was saying these things, a cloud came and overshadowed them, and they were afraid as they entered the cloud. 35 And a voice came out of the cloud, saying, “This is my Son, my Chosen One; listen to him! ”
Usually it is better to listen rather than to speak when in the presence of the Lord.
30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elijah: 31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease[ art,nn G1841 ἔξοδος * exodos * ex'-od-os * From G1537 and G3598; an exit, that is, (figuratively) death: - decease, departing. [LEX] [Find] ] which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
Another exodus(Greek word- exodos) is about to happen. Just as Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt, Jesus is about to lead the way out of death to the life of God. This is why He came. This is what He accomplished through His own death. It was and is the only way out.
18 Take care then how you hear, for to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he thinks that he has will be taken away.”
How we hear is what we do with the word. Just thinking about it, or talking about it is not enough. It is taking it to heart and living from that reality that is meant by one having the word, a hearer of the word.
More is given, for the word is living and grows in the receptive heart, taking root to receive the riches of the Father.
Take care. The measure you use will be given to you. This is what is meant by you working out your own salvation with reverence and trembling.
Consider how easy it is to say grass grows. Though there is unimaginable complexity contained in those two words, most people would say they know what it means, and they do. But the best and brightest mind this planet can produce would not be able to entertain the full extent of the time, space, or facts these words imply and encompass. As vast as the universe is, we are always finding it to be bigger and different than we thought. We define its boundaries by our vision and perception, which change.
It is with that same vision and perception we attempt to explain God. A changing God only reflects our collective and individual journey, for He says He is changeless and eternal.
In the same way we know grass grows, we can say we know God. We may not be able to explain or understand everything there is to know about either subject, but it is still possible to say we know, and we do. His Spirit confirms this to be so.
22 and while my glory passes by I will put you in a cleft of the rock, and I will cover you with my hand until I have passed by. 23 Then I will take away my hand, and you shall see my back, but my face shall not be seen.”
Seeing God's face means coming into His presence. It is too much for us to behold in our mortal state. We would be consumed by His light. But He would send His Son, the light of the world, to enable us to walk in that light and see God. Jesus is that rock in which we are hidden, the hand that covers us with His righteousness.
19 All that open the womb are mine, all your male livestock, the firstborn of cow and sheep.
20 The firstborn of a donkey you shall redeem with a lamb, or if you will not redeem it you shall break its neck. All the firstborn of your sons you shall redeem. And none shall appear before me empty-handed.
Jesus is the firstborn, and those placing their faith in Him are reborn, redeemed by the blood of the Lamb.
The unredeemed fall headlong and break their neck as they trip on the stone of stumbling.
12 While he was in one of the cities, there came a man full of leprosy. And when he saw Jesus, he fell on his face and begged him, “Lord, if you will, you can make me clean. ” 13 And Jesus stretched out his hand and touched him, saying, “I will; be clean. ” And immediately the leprosy left him.
17 On one of those days, as he was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there, who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem. And the power of the Lord was with him to heal.
Interesting to learn that Pharisee means "separated from". Though they claimed to have and know the truth, they did not. They were close enough to see the glory of the Lord with their eyes, but too far in their hearts.
36 He also told them a parable: “No one tears a piece from a new garment and puts it on an old garment. If he does, he will tear the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. 37 And no one puts new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. 38 But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. 39 And no one after drinking old wine desires new, for he says, ‘The old is good. ’”
The cup lifted by Jesus contains new wine, the grace and truth of God. The Pharisees were sipping on the old wine, though it was no longer good and had turned bitter. They had grown accustomed to its taste.
9 And he led Him to Jerusalem and had Him stand on the pinnacle of the temple, and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, throw Yourself down from here;
10 for it is written,
‘ HE will command His angels concerning You to guard You,’
‘ ON their hands they will bear You up,
SO that You will not strike Your foot against A stone.’”
12 And Jesus answered and said to him, “It is said, ‘ You shall not put the Lord your God to the test.’”
The devil tempts Jesus in the wilderness. They both quote from Scripture, but for different ends. From the mouth of one Scripture can be misused and lead another astray. In the garden story the serpent asks if God really said that. That question rings out today.
Jesus refused to do what the devil had done, to test the Lord. The devil had done just that.
38 the son of Enos, the son of Seth, the son of Adam, the son of God.
Luke traces the lineage of Jesus back to Adam. Adam is the son of God, the first man. Later, the only begotten Son of God would call Himself Son of Man.
The Son of Man entered creation through the union of the Holy Spirit with a woman. In Genesis, God used the body of man to create woman. Likewise, God uses the body of man united with his Spirit to bear the children of God, causing them to be born again. As such, we enter heaven, the presence of our Father as sons of God.
The bride of Christ is foreshadowed by the creation of woman Eve, for out of man she came.
10 And the angel said to them, “Fear not, for behold, I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. 12 And this will be a sign for you: you will find a baby wrapped in swaddling cloths and lying in a manger. ” 13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying,
14 “Glory to God in the highest,
and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased! ”
The good news is for all the people. For those who accept and receive Christ will find rest in His peace. This is pleasing to God.
29 And you shall make its plates and dishes for incense, and its flagons and bowls with which to pour drink offerings; you shall make them of pure gold.
Part of the specifications given to Moses for those things to be placed on the table of the Presence before the Lord. The word translated dishes comes from the word meaning the hollow or flat part of the hand. This incense would be burned, signifying prayer. It is beside the bread and cup of the covenant. We offer the sacrifice of prayer as we receive the bread and drink from the cup.
28 After this, Jesus, knowing that all was now finished, said( to fulfill the Scripture), “I thirst. ” 29 A jar full of sour wine stood there, so they put a sponge full of the sour wine on a hyssop branch and held it to his mouth. 30 When Jesus had received the sour wine, he said, “It is finished,” and he bowed his head and gave up his spirit.
He drank the cup His Father had placed before Him.
61 But he remained silent and made no answer. Again the high priest asked him, “Are you the Christ, the Son of the Blessed? ” 62 And Jesus said, “I am, and you will see the Son of Man seated at the right hand of Power, and coming with the clouds of heaven. ” 63 And the high priest tore his garments and said, “What further witnesses do we need?
Jesus answered, "I Am".
"What further witnesses do we need?", asked the high priest.
What do we need, and what will we do with that information?
13 and Joshua weakeneth Amalek and his people by the mouth of the sword.
I find it interesting this literal translation reveals the phrase "mouth of the sword". In other places, the word of Jesus is likened to a sword brought to earth, that penetrates to the very marrow of our bones, between spirit and flesh. With the sword of His mouth He makes all things new.
41 And he sat down opposite the treasury and watched the people putting money into the offering box. Many rich people put in large sums. 42 And a poor widow came and put in two small copper coins, which make a penny. 43 And he called his disciples to him and said to them, “Truly, I say to you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the offering box. 44 For they all contributed out of their abundance, but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on. ”
She trusted God with abandon, while they offered out of abundance. Jesus took note of both.
15 For when Pharaoh stubbornly refused to let us go, the Lord killed all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both the firstborn of man and the firstborn of animals. Therefore I sacrifice to the Lord all the males that first open the womb, but all the firstborn of my sons I redeem. ’ 16 It shall be as a mark on your hand or frontlets between your eyes, for by a strong hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt. ”
Their observance of the Lord's commands would mark Israel as His people. Compare this with the mark of the beast.
47 And when he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to cry out and say, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me! ” 48 And many rebuked him, telling him to be silent. But he cried out all the more, “Son of David, have mercy on me! ” 49 And Jesus stopped and said, “Call him. ” And they called the blind man, saying to him, “Take heart. Get up; he is calling you. ”
The blind man cried out for mercy and Jesus stopped. Take heart, for He stops for all that would cry out. He answers through His disciples.
22 Having purified your souls by your obedience to the truth for a sincere brotherly love, love one another earnestly from a pure heart, 23 since you have been born again, not of perishable seed but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God;
We are born again by the truth revealed in the word of God. Purified by love to love and be love. Our obedience is the mark its abiding presence.
God does not command us to love Him with warm fuzzy feelings, but by following His commandments. Not with dreamy eyes, but by hearing His word. Hearing means understanding, accepting, trusting, and acting on that word. We give ear with our life, and thereby gain life.
God told Abraham what He was about to do to Sodom. Abraham pleaded for the good men whom might be found in that city, that they would be spared. When it came to pass, he saw smoke in the distance. God tells us what is coming. Let's not be found in the city.