luke 13 commentary spurgeon

luke 13 commentary spurgeon

Clearly his indignation was sinful not righteous indignation! Were being humiliated (disgraced, put to shame) (2617)(kataischuno from kata = down but here intensifies meaning of verb aischuno = to shame) means primarily to put to shame, to humiliate, to disgrace. 8:4; Lk. Mattoon on Pilate - The first illustration Jesus uses to warn these people about perishing is about the massacre of Galileans by Pilate. It shouldn’t be a nice thing to think about every once in a while when you don’t have anything better to do. Like Milton’s rebel angels entering their council chamber, we must make ourselves small to get in. (Ibid). "Which way am I going? She was completely and permanently freed from her physical malady, as the perfect tense of the verb indicates. He healed a crippled woman on the Sabbath, and immediately the Pharisaic ruler of the synogogue objected. He doesn’t go to parties and stay up late the night before, because he wants to be rested and ready to give everything to the race. The narrow door - KJV has the "strait gate". Because mighty works do not save us, but only vital union with Christ through real faith. Jesus, Women, and Men. It did hurt, I'm sure. Like the Emperor at Canossa, we are kept outside till we strip ourselves of crowns and royal robes, and stand clothed only in the hair-shirt of penitence (repentance, grief of heart for sins). 15:3; Lk. Raised in poverty and the tough back streets of Philadelphia, Ethel became a troubled child. He says that the kingdom of Christ is currently expanding at a rate of over three times the rate of world population growth (“Mission Frontiers,” May/June, 1994, p. 5). Comment: Notice the rich man's desire expressed in Lk 16:28.+ What did the reality of literally experiencing the torment of Hades do to the rich man's desire to "witness" to his five brothers? This fig-tree represents one who has been born from above, who has received a new nature, and who is a new creature, one who belongs to the family of God. In the last analysis, there are two kinds of people in this world—those who take out more than they put in, and those who put in more than they take out. They did not believe God's promises and power to enable them to defeat their enemies. God himself promises to “live among the Israelites and will not abandon my (God’s) people Israel” (NIV, 1 Kings 6:13; cf. 7:16; 1 Chr. Fruit sought and none found. He shall not achieve his purpose, he shall die a disappointed man. Many who were highly favored will be cast out, while the babes and simple souls will be saved. The picture is one of a continual contention, a lifelong war (manifest by many "battles"). They're everywhere. To take the case of the legalistic Jew in the time of Jesus, he might hate his fellow man with all his heart, he might be full of envy and jealousy and concealed bitterness and pride; that did not matter so long as he carried out the correct handwashings and observed the correct laws about cleanness and uncleanness. The sin of others can hurt us, even kill us. 24:1; Jn. What is this but being in the road whose end is destruction? ... And in this chapter, Luke 13:34; Luke 19:41, 42. For these words I now believe: Study Isa. As we saw before, Jesus and His teaching draw a line that divides. Behind the parable is the teaching that the kingdom is already present in Jesus but in hidden and inconspicuous form. Jesus Christ alone hath the keys of all the prison houses of Satan (Rev. But because of their hardened hearts, there was little hope that they would bear the fruit of repentance (cf. 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). In Heb 12:12 (quoting Isa 35:3) the sense of anorthoo is to confirm, strengthen or establish -- the literal picture of strengthening bodily limbs is used metaphorically here to speak of encouraging believers to a steadfast faith (brace up, cause to be strong again). Note tenses here of continued action, and distributive use of kata with cities and villages. It passes muster, it satisfies sleepy consciences; but it is not good money. These men were religious Jews who thought they were deserving of heaven. 26Now the woman was a Gentile, of the Syrophoenician race. No one comes to the Father except by Him (John 14:6). 3:12; Hab. And then I re-read it and see it as a simple story of love. From the Exodus to the period of the exile, the Sabbath was to be positively observed, remembered, and hallowed as a witness to God’s saving activity in both creation and in deliverance from captivity (ibid.). ", Darrell Bock - Whatever (specific species of) tree is meant, Jesus is saying that the kingdom will start out small but end up big....The point is that the kingdom will end up with significant stature and will be a place where people of all races can reside comfortably....Jesus makes the point that the kingdom comes in a surprising form, not the one anticipated. Luke 13:22–30 Are Just a Few Being Saved? The tabernacle in Israel, and later, the temple, remained that object lesson during the history of Israel, until the veil of the temple was rent." The tragedy of ancient Israel was that although they were the special chosen nation of YHWH, most never had a personal faith relationship with Him. Scripture. 2. He can take what seems dark and painful, and turn it into something wonderful. Jesus paid a debt He did not owe! A hypocrite is someone who pretends to be something he or she is not. 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). 8:11; Lk. “She walked about as if she were searching for a grave.” (Spurgeon) At times she probably wished she could find one. One million acres of fields and orchards also have no aboveground water supply. Amazingly, years ago it was discovered that cows whose feed was supplemented with mustard seed developed bones that had a superior quality for use in making the silver compounds used in photographic film. (Ps 145:14KJV) Another deed of condescension. Christians are ambassadors of Christ. They mean to be buried as Christians when they die. (3) Think how many who were very confident that they should be saved will be rejected in the day of trial, and their confidences will deceive them, and you will say that there are few that shall be saved and that we are all concerned to strive....Many are ruined by an ill-grounded hope of heaven, which they never distrusted or called in question, and therefore conclude their state is good because they never doubted it. Eventually, they became dissatisfied with this food. 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. How I wished that I could lay my hands on her, and say, “Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity”! God's grace turns out men and women with a strong family likeness to Jesus Christ, not milk sops. Strive supposes that great idleness is natural to professors; they think to get to heaven by lying, as it were, on their elbows. The rabbis of that day used to love to debate the question of whether many or few would be saved. And Jesus answered, "Make certain that you are one of those few.". “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way? AMEN! In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Mt. Without repentance, we will perish. It's holiday time, children have gone to the Park, they have forgotten all about the time, and do not arrive for dinner until the middle of afternoon. This word means to set free what is bound. The word was used to designate the buildings other than the central Jewish temple where the Jews congregated for worship. In contrast to the eternal weeping of the ungodly, the Psalmist describes the temporary weeping of the godly. 18:35; Ps. 2. If this is saving Christianity and will take us to heaven when we die, we must alter the description of the way of life, and write, "Wide is the gate and broad is the way Think of it as an eternal root canal without anesthesia! not the season for figs. Taken out of barren Egypt and planted by the hand of God in fertile Canaan, with all the care and protection that divine wisdom and power could bestow, much fruit was naturally expected. It is not a call for perfection, but for "direction." It is most unquestionably true, that men are often beguiled to ruin, by mistaking a few vain and feeble efforts for the energetic action requisite to obtain salvation; but that is not here the prominent idea (Ed: Do not misunderstand - Owen is not saying our efforts merit entry through the narrow door, for by works shall no man be saved). 16:9; Lk. It doesn’t just perceive what is true and false. The alternative to entering by the narrow gate is destruction. Frank Bullen tells of one who fell overboard, who gripped the rope thrown to him so tightly that it was imbedded in the flesh. (to "loosen" you if that is His good and acceptable and perfect will! HE HAS SENT ME TO PROCLAIM RELEASE (aphesis) TO THE CAPTIVES, AND RECOVERY OF SIGHT TO THE BLIND, TO SET FREE (aphesis) THOSE WHO ARE OPPRESSED, TO PROCLAIM THE FAVORABLE YEAR OF THE LORD.” (Lk 4:18-19-note). ); Call upon Him while He is near (Ed: Before He closes the "door" AS HE DID in Noah's day when the flood came - Ge 7:16-17, 23!). Luke 4:36-note; Luke 9:43-note), that does not necessarily mean that they put their full trust in Him. She was, however, demon-oppressed. While outside, they’ll knock on the door to see if Jesus will let them in. Lord's death = first coming, until He comes = second coming. MacArthur explains that "The point of this parable is that viewed from an external, visible perspective, the eventually large size of the kingdom was not perceivable at the start...at this point there were only a small number of people who followed Jesus. For everything in our old self-confident, self-centered nature is up in arms against the conditions of entrance. Salvation is not just an interesting theological notion to discuss. The Lord seeks fruit, and has a right to expect it from every fruit-tree in His vineyard. The kingdom will steadily grow until its consummation, which will be amazingly out of proportion to its beginning. Luke 13:7  "And he said to the vineyard-keeper, 'Behold, for three years I have come looking for fruit on this fig tree without finding any. 26:17). The second point of the parable is that the influence is positive. Mark 9:19) that the Lord felt for Jerusalem (representing the entire nation, as in Ezek 16:2–3; Mic. And I have noticed one thing: the "broadest" men I have ever met with in the best sense have always kept to the narrow way, and the "narrowest" people I know are those who are so fond of the broad way. You begin to stand outside and knock at the door, saying, "Lord, Lord, open for us": Many will seek to enter (in the sense of wishing to enter), but they will not be able to. Many who think they are going to heaven will not go to heaven when they die. Tomorrow may be too late! i. If we are merely professors who have never experienced a Spirit enabled changed life (signifying true repentance and indicating that one truly possesses the indwelling Spirit of Christ - Ro 8:9-note, cf Ro 8:13-14-note), we will one day hear these fateful words from the lips of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Judge of the living and the dead (2 Ti 4:1-note): Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ (IT IS NOT PROFESSION OR CONFESSION WITH THE LIPS, BUT CONFESSION BACKED UP BY EVIDENCE OF A CHANGED LIFE) will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does (present tense - not perfectly but as the "general direction" of your life) the will of My Father Who is in heaven will enter. Comment: Even this drew opposition from the religious leaders (Lk 19:39-40). And notice he answers not to Christ but to the crowd! 13:7; Lk. A loosing of the soul from the bondage of Satan and moral infirmity, and a making of the heart straight for an upright life and loving service. 4:32; Lk. However, they also believe that God gave Moses explanations and examples of how to interpret the Law that Moses did not write down. 6Seeing Jesus from a distance, he ran up and bowed down before Him; 7and shouting with a loud voice, he *said, “What business do we have with each other, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? But Jesus did not answer the question directly. It is said of Esau that after he had sold his birthright, later. (Ps 139:23, 24-note). It also suggests that many will be the difficulties that professors will meet with, before they get to heaven. 19:11; Lk. Some Bible teaching has so minimized personal responsibility that any suggestion of effort on our part is frowned upon. 12:1-8; Mk. And it is a command in the aorist imperative, which conveys a sense of urgency - Do this now! It is much like an order from a commanding general to his troops! As the leaven does its work on the inside of the dough, our Lord works in our heart, changing us on the inside, which in turn, effects our behavior on the outside. KJV Luke 13:19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it. For example notice the effect of foxes in Song 2:15-note  “Catch the foxes for us, the little foxes that are ruining the vineyards, While our vineyards are in blossom.” Joel Green calls this trait "the proclivity of fox for malicious destructiveness. He must know what is there; contraband goods cannot be taken in. When once, in the exercise of his rightful authority, the master of the house has risen up and has officially, solemnly, shut the door, it can be opened no more. The nation was left in desolation. 23:1; 37:1; 47:1; 91:1; 93:1; Hos. To proclaim the Kingdom of God is to preach the Gospel, to proclaim the good news of salvation, explaining how one can enter the Kingdom of God. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction” (Matt. He knew of Christian football players, Christian cowboys, Christian politicians—why not a Christian gangster? His point is that one is enabled to endure because of the fact that they are saved - the indwelling Spirit gives them the desire and the power (Php 2:13NLT-note). When the leaves have appeared, if there is no fruit among them, the fig tree will be barren for that season (Mt. Some Reasons why it Should be Let Alone. Klauthmos - 9x in 9v - Mt 2:18; 8:12; 13:42, 50; 22:13; 24:51; 25:30; Lk 13:28; Acts 20:37, Matthew 2:18+ "A VOICE WAS HEARD IN RAMAH, WEEPING AND GREAT MOURNING, RACHEL WEEPING FOR HER CHILDREN; AND SHE REFUSED TO BE COMFORTED, BECAUSE THEY WERE NO MORE. The nature of the pathology that caused her to be bent double is not absolutely certain, but most observers feel that this was most likely some variation of the entity known as "spondylitis deformans" or more accurately "spondylosis deformans." 1:8; Nah. Passing (1279) (diaporeuomai from diá = through + poreúomai = to go) means to go or pass through. A Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief, He offered joy and peace. If you love gardens, you will hate weeds. 18:10; Lk. 6:43-note; Lk. How can a person who is unsure about his salvation gain true assurance (cp 1Jn 5:10, 11, 12, 13+ - Especially from 1Jn 5:13+, what is the practical step one can take to assure their assurance? Divine mercy will soon urge her last plea; the year of reprieve will soon expire — and then,"Cut it down!" For those living on borrowed time “now is the acceptable time, behold, now is the day of salvation” (2 Cor. (cf Rev 20:4-6-note) This aspect of the Kingdom of God is the final phase. “But now he has appeared once for all at the end of the ages to do away with sin by the sacrifice of Himself” (Hebrews 9:26-note). The barren believer is doing more harm than good. Lev 23:32) it is used of the Day of Atonement, and it can also be found in reference to the Feast of Trumpets (first day of the seventh month, Lev 23:24) and to the first and last days of the Feast of Booths (Lev 23:39). Vincent notes that this verb straighten up is "Used by Galen (prominent Greek physician) of strengthening the vertebrae of the spine." Ps 145:14 The LORD sustains ALL who fall and raises up (Lxx = anorthoo) ALL who are bowed down (Heb = bent over; Lxx = katarasso = dashed down, broken in pieces, ruined!).     That crosses every path, It is interesting to note that Titus ordered the Temple to NOT be destroyed. Leon Morris - Jesus uses a strong term and says she ‘must’ (dei) be loosed. Introduction. You are witnesses of these things. = Mt 21:9 Mt 23:39 Mk 11:9 Lk 13:35 Lk 19:38 Jn 12:13) IN THE NAME OF THE LORD: Notice Lu 19:38 quotes it as ''blessed is the KING who comes in the name of the Lord.' It is the right kind of a tree for a garden. Let us mind that word "true." So it is to be. In 11:2-4, He gives us the pattern for prayer, that we are to pray to the Father about His concerns and we are to pray about the family’s needs. He must strive with his own heart—or he will never get to heaven. Bring him to Me!” 20They brought the boy to Him. An unrepentant sinner's last heart beat and last breath is equivalent to the head of the house shutting the door, shutting out that person's soul eternally from entrance into the kingdom of heaven and God's very presence! 19:1; Mk 10:1; Jn 10:40–42) or in Galilee (most favor the latter) both of which were ruled by Herod. They are married with a Christian marriage service. (Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Regency), Luke 13:5  "I tell you, no, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.". What better way to celebrate the Sabbath! 25:30; Lk. Profession never saved anyone! Eph. Those things will mark its consummation, not its beginning. For it's Christ you will be meeting The man asks, "Lord, are there just a few who are being saved?" THE PERILS OF PRAISE AND PHYSICAL INDULGENCE. God's Kingdom will prevail over man's kingdom! 21:19). Notice the use of kataskenoo in the Septuagint version of Zechariah 2 as this speaks prophetically of the culmination of the Kingdom of God on earth. Salvation is an urgent matter! The time comes when you say, 'BLESSED IS HE WHO COMES IN THE NAME OF THE LORD! In our fallen world, death comes to all of us--one way or another--in God's own time. It does not matter where we take our sin-crooked souls, there is no deliverance for them so long as we avoid the presence of the Son of God and refuse to hear His Word. Nor can salt water produce fresh. And to the faithful, Death the gate of life.". No, the Jews thought they were already God’s children. 2:21; Pr 8:12 (metaphorically) = "I, wisdom, dwell with prudence"; Jer. Rather than trying to win them over, Jesus was boldly confronting them by calling them hypocrites, so that they were being humiliated (13:17). The point I want to consider is another one altogether. 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. Yet most people today have never heard of John Gill. Why should it use up the soil!" An envelope with cash: my personal response is `` what alternative do I have your. To England, he asked, `` men of strife physical destinations 1-7 Chicago: Moody Press oldest and lasting. Hundred thousand people starved to death two and only one who owes God from! They die Niger, was to keep his sins. not permanent cf... 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