Luke 1 focuses on the advent and mission of John Baptist as the Elijah preparing the way for the coming of the physical Messiah, by calling all to sincere repentance. John Baptist had the attitude, zeal, dedication and courage of Elijah, and prepared the way for the coming of Christ in the flesh to teach and provide the way of salvation for humanity as the Passover Lamb of God.
The ministry of John Baptist is a type of another Elijah ministry at the end time, which will also call all to sincere repentance and prepare the way for the return of Christ in power and authority as the ruler of the whole earth.
The two who stand by the Lord of the whole earth are Moses and Elijah (Zec 4, Mat 17); and two persons will be sent by God in the fullness of faith, obedience and zeal for God, like the original Moses and Elijah.
It is therefore very important to understand what John was called to preach, in order to recognize the end time two prophets. Any study of the two witnesses (Rev 11) and their mission, should include a study of Moses and Elijah as well as of John Baptist.
Luke was not one of the 12 original disciples nor was he a witness to the things he describes.
While the other Gospel writers wrote of those things that they had seen, Luke was called out later: and wrote a comprehensive account for the Gentiles not familiar with the customs of the Jews; Luke did a thorough investigation, questioning many witnesses.
Luke’s account is therefore the most complete of all the Gospel accounts.
Luke adds much not included by the other Gospel writers, as for example mentioning TWO cups of wine at the Passover [As we shall see there were actually FOUR cups of wine in the temple period Passover service].
Many people have not accepted that all that Luke wrote is Holy Scripture and routinely overlook the writings of Luke, rejecting the Word of God; to remain in their false view regarding the order of the last Passover of Christ.
The early church ascribed to Luke authorship of both the Gospel according to Luke and the book of The Acts of the Apostles, which originally formed a single literary work. Luke was Greek and was writing to the Greek converts about the life of Jesus. Luke would therefore have written in Greek.
Luke is referred to as a doctor in Colossians 4:14, thus He is thought to have been both a physician and a disciple of Paul. Luke is also mentioned in Paul’s Epistle to Philemon, verse 24 and 2 Timothy 4:11.
Luke’s presence in Rome with the Apostle Paul near the end of Paul’s life was attested to in 2 Timothy 4:11: “Only Luke is with me”.
In the last chapter of the Book of Acts, widely attributed to Luke, we find several accounts in the first person also affirming Luke’s presence in Rome including Acts 28:16.
Wiki: “Based on Luke’s accurate description of towns, cities and islands, as well as correctly naming various official titles, archaeologist Sir William Ramsay wrote that “Luke is a historian of the first rank; not merely are his statements of fact trustworthy…[he] should be placed along with the very greatest of historians.” It should be noted, however, that Ramsay makes no claims about the events described by Luke and is remarking solely on the details of Luke’s descriptions. Professor of classics at Auckland University, E.M. Blaiklock, wrote: “For accuracy of detail, and for evocation of atmosphere, Luke stands, in fact, with Thucydides. The Acts of the Apostles is not shoddy product of pious imagining, but a trustworthy record”.
Most of today’s Ekklesia choose to reject the scriptures written by Luke in studies of the last Passover of Christ and so came up with the WRONG sequence of events. When men abandon the Word of God for their own suppositions they go astray and cannot be correct.
They do this to the point of saying that because Luke spoke of TWO cups of wine, he is not reliable; they then claim that Luke was not an eyewitness and only a Gentile, to try to discredit his account!
The Book of Luke is Holy Scripture!!!
Those who reject Luke do not love the truth, but love their own false traditions!
Luke in the KJV is the most complete presentation of the events of Christ’s last Passover, and because of its completeness produces the most accurate comprehensive understanding.
ALL scripture is Holy Writ and NONE of it is to be ignored!
We are to put together ALL the scriptures on a subject to come to a complete and proper understanding. To leave out Luke regarding Passover is to reject the Holy Scriptures.
Isaiah 28:13 But the word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken.
Please study this article on the subject of the last Passover of Christ. Harmonizing the Gospels Concerning The Last Passover of Christ
Luke 1:1 Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us, 1:2 Even as they delivered them unto us, which from the beginning were eyewitnesses, and ministers of the word;
Luke has thoroughly investigated and received his knowledge from multiple eye witnesses of the things he writes about.
1:3 It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, 1:4 That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.
The Book of Acts is also addressed to Theophilus and it appears that Luke wrote both Luke and Acts.
Acts 1:1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,
Zacharias, the priest is to be the father of John called Baptist.
Luke 1:5 There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.
Both Zacharias and his wife Elisabeth were perfect [righteous] before God as was Noah
1:6 And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless. 1:7 And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, and they both were now well stricken in years.
The ascending smoke of the incense is a type of the prayers of God’s people ascending to Heaven.
The pagans also believe that the smoke of their sacred fires ascend to their gods; the birthday candle comes from paganism where the day of birth is considered auspicious for making a wish which will ascend to the sun god [Satan] in the smoke of the smoke of the birthday candle.
1:8 And it came to pass, that while he executed the priest’s office before God in the order of his course, 1:9 According to the custom of the priest’s office, his lot was to burn incense when he went into the temple of the Lord. 1:10 And the whole multitude of the people were praying without at the time of incense.
Gabriel gives a message from God.
1:11 And there appeared unto him an angel of the Lord standing on the right side of the altar of incense.
The announcement of the coming of John Baptist.
1:12 And when Zacharias saw him, he was troubled, and fear fell upon him. 1:13 But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John. 1:14 And thou shalt have joy and gladness; and many shall rejoice at his birth.
John was given the Holy Spirit from birth and he came to prepare the way before Messiah teh Christ! This proves without question that some were spiritually “called out” and that the Holy Spirit was given to many in faith; BEFORE that day of Pentecost in 31 AD (Hebrews 11)! God the Father has been calling out and giving his Spirit to people for the past six thousand years; since righteous Abel!
1:15 For he shall be great in the sight of the Lord, and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink; and he shall be filled with the Holy Ghost, even from his mother’s womb.
John would preach the Gospel of sincere repentance and turn many to God in sincere repentance.
1:16 And many of the children of Israel shall he turn to the Lord their God.
John would be a kind of Elijah; and his mission will be the same mission as Elijah: to turn people to God! To turn the disobedient to the wisdom of God’s commandments; to turn the heart of God the Father to his children; through the sincere repentance of the people [children].
1:17 And he shall go before him [Messiah] in the spirit and power of Elias [Elijah], to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children (Malachi 4:6), and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
Zacharias asks for a sign and is given one.
1:18 And Zacharias said unto the angel, Whereby shall I know this? for I am an old man, and my wife well stricken in years. 1:19 And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings. 1:20 And, behold, thou shalt be dumb, and not able to speak, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
Zacharias had been long delayed with burning the incense and the people began to notice.
1:21 And the people waited for Zacharias, and marvelled that he tarried so long in the temple.
Zacharias was speechless according to Gabriel’s word.
1:22 And when he came out, he could not speak unto them: and they perceived that he had seen a vision in the temple: for he beckoned unto them, and remained speechless.
The courses were of two weeks service and every course of priests was present at the Festivals.
1:23 And it came to pass, that, as soon as the days of his ministration were accomplished, he departed to his own house.
Elisabeth kept her pregnancy secret for five months.
1:24 And after those days his wife Elisabeth conceived, and hid herself five months, saying, 1:25 Thus hath the Lord dealt with me in the days wherein he looked on me, to take away my reproach among men.
In the sixth month of Elisabeth; Gabriel came to Mary to announce that she was pregnant with Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua] the Messiah.
1:26 And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, 1:27 To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was [Miriam] Mary.
Gabriel greeted Mary, and Mary was confused by such a greeting.
1:28 And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. 1:29 And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be.
Gabriel then announces his message that the child would grow up to rule over all Israel! Now we know that David shall rule all Israel, so what does this message mean? It refers to Spiritual Israel, and the coming Kingdom of God; into which ALL humanity will be grafted!
David will be king over all physical Israel; and will be under Jesus Christ who will be King of kings over all the earth!
Immanuel or Jesus?
Mary was told to call the child Jesus meaning “Saviour;” while the son of Isaiah was called Immanuel meaning “God is with us.” Isaiah’s son Immanuel (Is 7:14-17) was a fore type of the birth of Jesus.
Isaiah 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin [young girl in the fore-type as the mother of Isaiah’s son Immanuel; and a true virgin in the main fulfillment of the birth of Jesus the son of Mary] shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.
The son of Isaiah was named Immanuel [God is with us; ie with Isaiah and his family], as a type that a virgin, Mary [Hebrew: Miriam] shall bear Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua; meaning Salvation]. We know that Immanuel and Jesus were two different persons, Immanuel being a fore-type of the later Jesus; because the Assyrians were to besiege Jerusalem after the birth of Immanuel (Is 7:16-17)
Isaiah 7:16 For before the child shall know to refuse the evil, and choose the good, the land that thou [Judah] abhorrest [Syria and the ten tribes] shall be forsaken of both her kings [conquered by the Assyrians]. 7:17 The LORD shall bring upon thee, and upon thy people, and upon thy father’s house, days that have not come, from the day that Ephraim departed from Judah; even the king of Assyria
Luke 1:30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. 1:31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. 1:32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: 1:33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.
Here an indication of the existence of God the Father is given; for The Highest is God the heavenly Father, who transformed Jesus [who was God with the Father (God being a family of two members) before giving up his God-ship to be made flesh] into flesh and placed him the womb of Mary as the tiniest human being.
1:34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
The Unitarians argue that the prophecy (Isaiah 7:14) really meant a young woman and not a virgin. This is true for that prophecy was about Immanuel the son of Isaiah as a fore-type of Jesus; but the virgin birth of Jesus was also true because Mary herself proclaims she is a true virgin and this is Holy Scripture.
1:35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
1:36 And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. 1:37 For with God nothing shall be impossible.
Mary then willingly agrees
1:38 And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
Mary then went to help her cousin Elisabeth in or near Bethlehem, who was now large with child.
1:39 And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda; 1:40 And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.
Elisabeth and the unborn child immediately recognize Mary and the child Mary is carrying.
1:41 And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost: 1:42 And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. 1:43 And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 1:44 For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. 1:45 And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.
Mary also praises God in response.
1:46 And Mary said, My soul doth magnify the Lord, 1:47 And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour. 1:48 For he hath regarded the low estate of his handmaiden: for, behold, from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. 1:49 For he that is mighty hath done to me great things; and holy is his name.
The mercy and salvation of Christ is upon the sincerely repentant who fear him and DO as he commands!
1:50 And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation.
The unrepentant, and the proud and haughty, who reject scripture and zeal to learn and keep God’s Word shall be crushed into contrition by the Mighty One of Abraham, Elijah and Moses!
The humble and lowly before God will be exalted!
1:51 He hath shewed strength with his arm; he hath scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts. 1:52 He hath put down the mighty from their seats, and exalted them of low degree.
Christ shall fill those who hunger and thirst after the righteousness of his Word; while those who think they are spiritually rich and have need of nothing will be rejected.
1:53 He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath sent empty away.
Those who think they are spiritually rich and have need of nothing, rejecting living by EVERY WORD of God will be rejected by Christ.
The tribulation will humble the people and Elijah will proclaim the Word of the LORD, preparing Israel and all humanity for the Kingdom of God! All physical Israel [and the Gentiles also] shall be saved by sincere repentance and the application of the sacrifice of Christ, being grafted into Spiritual Israel along with all nations.
Galatians 3:7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. 3:8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
Luke 1:54 He hath holpen his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy; 1:55 As he spake to our fathers, to Abraham, and to his seed for ever.
Mary stayed with Elisabeth until John was born and then returned home in her own third month.
1:56 And Mary abode with her about three months, and returned to her own house. 1:57 Now Elisabeth’s full time came that she should be delivered; and she brought forth a son. 1:58 And her neighbours and her cousins heard how the Lord had shewed great mercy upon her; and they rejoiced with her.
John means “God is a Gracious Giver”.
Luke 1:59 And it came to pass, that on the eighth day they came to circumcise the child; and they called him Zacharias, after the name of his father. 1:60 And his mother answered and said, Not so; but he shall be called John. 1:61 And they said unto her, There is none of thy kindred that is called by this name. 1:62 And they made signs to his father, how he would have him called. 1:63 And he asked for a writing table, and wrote, saying, His name is John. And they marvelled all.
With the fulfillment of the prophecy of Gabriel, the tongue of Zacharias was loosed, and filled with God’s Spirit he prophesied of the mission of his son John and of the mission of the latter day type of Elijah as well.
John began his mission at his very birth, for the events of his birth to an elderly woman generated much excitement throughout all Judea.
Then Zacharias praised God and prophesied of the mission of his son John the Elijah of that day.
1:64 And his mouth was opened immediately, and his tongue loosed, and he spake, and praised God. 1:65 And fear came on all that dwelt round about them: and all these sayings were noised abroad throughout all the hill country of Judaea. 1:66 And all they that heard them laid them up in their hearts, saying, What manner of child shall this be! And the hand of the Lord was with him.
The mission of John Baptist was the same as the mission of Elijah.
1:67 And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
1:68 Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people, 1:69 And hath raised up an horn of salvation [Jesus Christ] for us in the house of his servant David; 1:70 As he spake by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began: 1:71 That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us; 1:72 To perform the mercy promised to our fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; 1:73 The oath which he sware to our father Abraham,
To serve means to obey, and through Jesus Christ we are to serve and obey the heavenly Father
1:74 That he would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, 1:75 In holiness and righteousness before him, all the days of our life.
Now speaking of John and the latter day Elijah as well: Elijah will go before and prepare the way for the coming of Christ, by teaching sincere repentance and obedience to God the Father and to Christ.
1:76 And thou, child, shalt be called the prophet of the Highest: for thou shalt go before the face of the Lord to prepare his ways;
The latter day Elijah and Moses will teach the way to salvation: teaching sincere repentance from breaking and compromising with the commandments of God, so that the sacrifice of Christ can be applied to the sincerely repentant who commit themselves to never again reject scripture or sin against the teachings and commandments of God.
1:77 To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins, 1:78 Through the tender mercy of our God; whereby the dayspring [of the Fountain of Living Water (the Holy Spirit) might come through Christ] from on high hath visited us,
To proclaim the light of truth to those in spiritual darkness, and to lead men into the peace that comes from obedience to God.
1:79 To give light to them that sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.
John did not begin to preach until he was 30 years of age and kept himself hidden until he was fully prepared to carry out his mission.
1:80 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts till the day of his shewing unto Israel.
The birth of Jesus the Christ [Hebrew: Yeshua; Salvation].
Luke 2:1 And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus that all the world should be taxed. 2:2 (And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.) 2:3 And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
Since most people went up to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles [which was at the end of the main harvest], that would have been the most convenient time for the taxing.
2:4 And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth, into Judaea, unto the city of David, which is called Bethlehem; (because he was of the house and lineage of David:) 2:5 To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child. 2:6 And so it was, that, while they were there, the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
Jesus is born
2:7 And she brought forth her firstborn son, and wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.
The angelic announcement to the shepherds in the fields
2:8 And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night. 2:9 And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them, and the glory of the Lord shone round about them: and they were sore afraid.
2:10 And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. 2:11 For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. 2:12 And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. 2:13 And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, 2:14 Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men.
The shepherds then sought out the child in haste.
2:15 And it came to pass, as the angels were gone away from them into heaven, the shepherds said one to another, Let us now go even unto Bethlehem, and see this thing which is come to pass, which the Lord hath made known unto us.
The shepherds finding the child, began to tell everyone of what they had seen.
2:16 And they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. 2:17 And when they had seen it, they made known abroad the saying which was told them concerning this child.
The people wondered what these things could mean as did Mary herself.
2:18 And all they that heard it wondered at those things which were told them by the shepherds. 2:19 But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart. 2:20 And the shepherds returned, glorifying and praising God for all the things that they had heard and seen, as it was told unto them.
Jesus [Hebrew: Yeshua; Salvation] was circumcised on the eighth day; which commandment and example we should follow by circumcising our male children on the eighth day. [Paul was speaking only of adult converts as being already circumcised in heart, and was NOT speaking of new born males.]
2:21 And when eight days were accomplished for the circumcising of the child, his name was called JESUS [Luke is writing in Greek for the Greeks. In his own Hebrew language the child was called Yeshua, meaning “Our Salvation”], which was so named of the angel before he was conceived in the womb.
2:22 And when the days of her purification according to the law of Moses were accomplished, they brought him to Jerusalem, to present him to the Lord; 2:23 (As it is written in the law of the LORD, Every male that openeth the womb shall be called holy to the Lord;) 2:24 And to offer a sacrifice according to that which is said in the law of the Lord, A pair of turtledoves, or two young pigeons.
Leviticus 12 is about things associated with childbirth
Leviticus 12:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 12:2 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, If a woman have conceived seed, and born a man child: then she shall be unclean seven days; according to the days of the separation for her infirmity shall she be unclean.
We are commanded to circumcise our sons on the eighth day of their life. The eighth day represents a new beginning.
Circumcision removes a piece of skin covering a most sensitive area and is an allegory of the removal of the sin that separates people from God, making people sensitive to the whole Word of God.
Physical circumcision is an allegory of the spiritual circumcision of the heart which is sincere repentance
Jeremiah 4:4 Circumcise yourselves to the Lord [sincerely repent], and take away the foreskins of your heart [remove the sin which separates us from God], ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.
Isaiah 59:1 Behold, the Lord‘s hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.
Circumcision of the flesh is an allegory of circumcision of the heart which is the sincere repentance which truly reconciles all humanity to God the Father.
Circumcision pictures the Eighth Day Feast [after Tabernacles] representing all humanity being harvested and changed to spirit, going forward into eternity with God the Father, sensitive to and living by every Word of God.
12:3 And in the eighth day the flesh of his foreskin shall be circumcised.
Paul tells us that adult converts need not be circumcised for they are already circumcised in heart; that in no way obviates the command to circumcise our male children on the eighth day; as they are not circumcised in heart. We are to circumcise all of our male children on their eighth ay of life.
Seclusion of mother and child
After the first seven days the mother must remain in seclusion for another 33 days making the total of 40 days. The forty days being the period of purifying before entering the presence of God [the tabernacle, temple or any holy place].
Let me also say that such a seclusion is of great benefit to the mother and child; giving them time in a close family home environment to bond and to recover from the birth and develop immunity to disease. Breast feeding is highly important for this bonding and natural immunization process.
One should never allow the child to be artificially immunized by physicians since this is known to cause autism and a variety of other issues like SIDS; and baby formulas should be avoided unless the mother cannot nurse; then the first choice should be a converted wet nurse [with a biblical diet] and not formula.
Commercial prepared baby foods which are high in starch and preservatives [a ticking time bomb for future diabetes] should also be avoided.
12:4 And she shall then continue in the blood of her purifying three and thirty days; she shall touch no hallowed thing, nor come into the sanctuary, until the days of her purifying be fulfilled.
If the child is female the mother’s separation shall be double that of a male child
12:5 But if she bear a maid child, then she shall be unclean two weeks, as in her separation: and she shall continue in the blood of her purifying threescore and six  days.
66 days plus two weeks is 80 days. My wife and I practiced this by mutual consent for our three sons and one daughter.
We make these specified sacrificial offerings today, by going to God the Father in prayer and asking that the sacrifice of Christ be applied to us and to the child, setting apart the child through our faithfulness, and asking for an understanding of these things.
A sin offering for the shed blood; which goes back to Eden where sin and bloodshed entered the world and a burden was placed on women for that sin, as a perpetual reminder of sin (Gen 3:16); the sin offering for the mother, being the application of Christ’s sacrifice for the repentant obedient woman. And a burnt offering to demonstrate the wholehearted faithful service to God the Father and Jesus Christ and those of like-mind.
For the woman is commanded to reproduce, and childbearing is a great service to God the Father, for a woman gave birth to Messiah the Christ, the Deliverer of humanity.
12:6 And when the days of her purifying are fulfilled, for a son, or for a daughter, she shall bring a lamb of the first year for a burnt offering, and a young pigeon, or a turtledove, for a sin offering, unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, unto the priest: 12:7 Who shall offer it before the LORD, and make an atonement for her; and she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood. This is the law for her that hath born a male or a female.
Today the new mother and child are to be separated from public exposure for the required number of days; besides the spiritual meaning, this protects the health of mother and child, facilitates bonding and allows the mother recovery time from her pregnancy. This law is a law of mercy for women and newborns.
No sacrifice can be made today, because there is no longer a physical Temple; we therefore go to the heavenly Father in prayer, asking to be purified by the application of the sacrifice of Jesus Christ.
The spiritual meaning of the period of exclusion is this. The forty days of uncleanness represents the period of testing, preparation and cleansing for entering the physical Temple.
As it rained for forty days in the days of Noah, to cleanse the earth of sin; Moses fasted forty days to enter the presence of the Creator, and Jesus fasted and was tried for forty days before entering his ministry.
Because by woman sin entered the world, the purification for a female child is double the male.
This law is to emphasize to us that we must become pure from all uncleanness and sin to enter the spiritual Temple of God.
Simeon received his promise from God that he would see the Messiah in his lifetime.
Luke 2:25 And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. 2:26 And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord’s Christ.
Simeon the aged, inspired by God’s Spirit blessed the child.
2:27 And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law,2:28 Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, 2:29 Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: 2:30 For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, 2:31 Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; 2:32 A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
Joseph and Mary again marveled at all the wondrous things surrounding the child.
2:33 And Joseph and his mother marvelled at those things which were spoken of him.
2:34 And Simeon blessed them, and said unto Mary his mother, Behold, this child is set for the fall and rising again of many in Israel; and for a sign which shall be spoken against; 2:35 (Yea, a sword shall pierce through thy own soul also,) that the thoughts of many hearts may be revealed.
Anna also prophesied of the child. Anna having been married [the average age of marriage then was about 14 for a female]. Let us say as a supposition that Anna married at 16 and was married for seven years, or until age 23; after which she was a widow for 84 years, to total about 107 years old. While 16 may be wrong, it would be close to the minimum age of her marriage.
2:36 And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Aser: she was of a great age, and had lived with an husband seven years from her virginity; 2:37 And she was a widow of about fourscore and four years, which departed not from the temple, but served God with fastings and prayers night and day. 2:38 And she coming in that instant gave thanks likewise unto the Lord, and spake of him to all them that looked for redemption in Jerusalem.
They kept every word of the whole law. Those who say that God’s Word cannot be kept are ignorant knowing nothing; for the scripture speaks of many who DID live by every Word of God and were faithful to God.
At this point Luke skips over and leaves out the flight into Egypt which is found in Matthew. Luke was the last Gospel written and Luke was probably trying to add what the others neglected to write; so that the four Gospels together would present a comprehensive account when studied TOGETHER.
2:39 And when they had performed all things according to the law of the Lord, they returned into Galilee, to their own city Nazareth. 2:40 And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, filled with wisdom: and the grace of God was upon him.
Every year they went to Jerusalem for the Passover and would have remained for the Passover and kept the full seven days of Unleavened Bread as God commands; and which the Ekklesia turned away from in the late 60’s.
I have personally taught to keep the Feast of ULB for the full seven days plus Passover, as Almighty God has commanded; for many years.
The late Richard Nickels compared Roderick Meredith’s festival reports of 1962 and 2002 in Days of Zeal Gone By,
‘‘The Church of 1962 was dedicated, inspired to identify sin, to overcome sin, and to put out sin, through the power of the Spirit of God made possible by the sacrifice of the Messiah. The focus was Christ’s sacrifice and love. God’s people demonstrated love, dedication, and zeal. There were outstanding, unusual, miracles of healing.
On the other hand, in 2002, there was no mention of a Festival, the Feast of Unleavened Bread; instead, Meredith referred to the First Day of Unleavened Bread and the Last Day of Unleavened Bread. There were no daily inspiring sermons during the Festival, no miraculous healings. Instead, there were meals, site-seeing tours, and fellowship, mainly minister to minister, instead of the whole Church together for the entire eight days of scintillating spiritual feasting. The intervening days between the first and last holy days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread were filled with business, meals and entertainment, touring, and traveling.”
Herbert Armstrong declared, on returning from Gladewater, Texas, in 1952, after observing Passover and the Festival of Unleavened Bread :
“God has made it plain we MUST HAVE an adequate place, the most centrally located possible, so that the largest number can attend, for the Festival of Unleavened Bread, and for those able or close enough, even the Day of Pentecost…”
This location proved too small in 1953 for the numbers wishing to attend.
The 1954 Festival was therefore celebrated at several regional sites in the USA — for the full seven days, with services both in the morning and afternoon.
The festival continued to be celebrated for seven days, with increasing attendances and extra venues. Evening Bible Studies replaced daytime services in some locations, for the benefit of those who could not get time off work to attend both annual seven day festivals, or were not paid if they could do so.
The 1967 Festival (report begins on p.5) was the final seven day festival. This was the year of the death of Herbert Armstrong’s wife, Loma, after which Stanley Rader, who was given control of the church’s finances, became his main advisor.
2:41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover [and for the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread] . 2:42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast.
2:43 And when they had fulfilled the days [days plural, the Passover and the seven days of the Feast of Unleavened Bread (Deu 16:16)], as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 2:44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a day’s journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 2:45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him.
The child of twelve, who would have had the six year basic education in the local synagogue school, surprised the Doctors of the Word in Jerusalem, at his level of learning and understanding. Doubtless they thought that here was a future rabbi in their midst. Later Jesus would have continued to study with the best of the doctors of the scriptures as be prepared for his ministry. See All About the Education of Jesus Christ
2:46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 2:47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers.
2:48 And when they saw [found] him, they were amazed [surprised]: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 2:49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Father’s business? 2:50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them.
2:51 And he [obeyed them and] went down with them, and came to Nazareth, and was subject unto them: but his mother kept all these sayings in her heart. 2:52 And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favour with God and man.
Pontius Pilate was the fifth Prefect of the Roman province of Judaea, from AD 26–36. Tiberius was co emperor with Augustus from 12 ad to 37 A.D., his fifteenth year being 27 A.D.
John Baptist began his ministry in spring 27 A.D.
Luke 3:1 Now in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate being governor of Judaea, and Herod being tetrarch of Galilee, and his brother Philip tetrarch of Ituraea and of the region of Trachonitis, and Lysanias the tetrarch of Abilene, 3:2 Annas and Caiaphas being the high priests, the word of God came unto John the son of Zacharias in the wilderness.
John taught REPENTANCE and washing [baptism] away of past sin; to prepare the people for the ministry of Messiah the Christ. Immersion in water, baptism; is symbolic of washing away all sin and immersing ourselves in the water of the whole Word of God.
Brethren, sincere repentance, our baptismal commitment and the application of the sacrifice of Christ atones for PAST sin is only the beginning!
When we first repent of the sins that we are aware of, there are still many blemishes of sin that we are ignorant of. We must go forward from sincere repentance to grow and overcome by learning and keeping the whole Word of God; which is the washing away of sin through a zeal to learn and to keep the whole Word of God. .
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; 5:26 That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, 5:27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.
Luke 3:3 And he came into all the country about Jordan, preaching the baptism of repentance for the remission of sins; 3:4 As it is written in the book of the words of Esaias the prophet, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
This is a partly fulfilled prophecy which shall yet be fulfilled in its fullness in this latter day. This is speaking of literal mountains and valleys, and is also a poetic way of saying that all obstacles will be removed.
3:5 Every valley shall be filled, and every mountain and hill shall be brought low; and the crooked shall be made straight, and the rough ways shall be made smooth; 3:6 And all flesh shall see the salvation of God.
John demanded of the scribes and pharisees who wanted to be baptized in a show for the people, to PROVE the sincerity of their repentance.
People are NOT to trust in lying words, falsely claiming that they are the children of Abraham; without the works and faith of Abraham!
Today the brethren trust in the lie, that as long as they are baptized and attend some organization, they are the temple of the Lord and the tribulation will not come near them.
Jeremiah 7:4 Trust ye not in lying words, saying, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, The temple of the Lord, are these.
Luke 3:7 Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
John 15:4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me. 15:5 I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. 15:6 If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned.
15:7 If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you. 15:8 Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples. 15:9 As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.
15:10 If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.
Luke 3:9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
John taught all people to sincerely repent of commandment breaking and to; go and sin NO MORE!
3:10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?
3:11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise. 3:12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do? 3:13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you. 3:14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
John teaches that God’s Spirit will be given to the sincerely repentant. through the work of the Messiah the Deliverer of humanity.
3:15 And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; 3:16 John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:
John teaches that Christ will NOT overlook compromise and rebellion against the commandments of God; and will utterly destroy the unrepentant wicked. Jesus Christ will winnow his grain as a man tosses his grain into the air and fans it so that the chaff is blown away and only the wheat remains.
Do NOT believe the ABSOLUTE LIE, that Jesus understands and will overlook and forgive our unrepented efforts to make our lives easy by compromising with his commandments!
Jesus Christ will NOT overlook continued and unrepentant sin! He will cast such people OUT of his Father’s Temple and into the fire of affliction.
Jude 1:3 Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.
1:4 For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the [teachings to keep the commandments of the Father as Christ did] only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.
1:5 I will therefore put you in remembrance, though ye once knew this, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, afterward destroyed them that believed not.
Luke 3:17 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and will gather the wheat into his garner; but the chaff he will burn with fire unquenchable. 3:18 And many other things in his exhortation preached he unto the people.
Herodias was the niece of Herod and wife of Herod’s brother Philip, and for this cause she was engaged in an incestuous marriage first to Philip and then to Herod, Philip’s brother. It appears that Herodias was a Jezebel who used her charms to seek position at the side of the greatest ruler she could. The weakness of Herod to fall to her tempting makes him a poor king indeed.
3:19 But Herod the tetrarch, being reproved by him for Herodias his brother Philip’s wife, and for all the evils which Herod had done, 3:20 Added yet this above all, that he shut up John in prison.
John began to baptize in spring 27 A.D. when the waters of Jordan ran high, and Jesus went to be baptized of John before his trials in the wilderness, after which Jesus went home to rest and then began his ministry close to the fall Feast time.
3:21 Now when all the people were baptized, it came to pass, that Jesus also being baptized, and praying, the heaven was opened, 3:22 And the Holy Ghost descended in a bodily shape like a dove upon him, and a voice came from heaven, which said, Thou art my beloved Son; in thee I am well pleased.
Joseph was the father of Jesus by adoption, being his legal father through whom Jesus could rightfully claim descent from David.
Jesus was the son of Mary in the sense that the Creator gave up his God-hood to be reduced to the smallest human form, and Mary carried the child to term and gave birth to Yeshua [Jesus] as a surrogate mother of Messiah. Surrogacy is an arrangement in which a woman carries and delivers a child for another; the woman may be genetically unrelated to the child.
With God all things are possible!
There are differences between Matthew’s genealogy of Joseph, and Luke’s.
In some cases the real issue may simply be in using forenames or surnames.
Another issue is the writing of the names in Aramaic or Greek; Matthew was a Jew who was writing to the Jews and probably write in Aramaic, which Aramaic form may have been retained in the translation into Koine Greek. Luke on the other hand was a Greek writing a history of Jesus physical life for the Greeks, and undoubtedly wrote Luke and Acts in Greek; as Paul’s epistles which were written to the Greeks and in Greek. Luke would have employed Greek versions of the genealogies while Matthew would have used Aramaic [or even Hebrew] versions which may have been retained by the translators into Greek.
The genealogy of Joseph the supposed father of Yeshua [Jesus]
Luke 3:23 And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli, 3:24 Which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Janna, which was the son of Joseph,
3:25 Which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Amos, which was the son of Naum, which was the son of Esli, which was the son of Nagge, 3:26 Which was the son of Maath, which was the son of Mattathias, which was the son of Semei, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Juda,
3:27 Which was the son of Joanna [Strong’s 2490, Hebrew proper name masculine Jehohanan, Johanan.], which was the son of Rhesa, which was the son of Zorobabel, which was the son of Salathiel, which was the son of Neri, 3:28 Which was the son of Melchi, which was the son of Addi, which was the son of Cosam, which was the son of Elmodam, which was the son of Er,
3:29 Which was the son of Jose, which was the son of Eliezer, which was the son of Jorim, which was the son of Matthat, which was the son of Levi, 3:30 Which was the son of Simeon, which was the son of Juda, which was the son of Joseph, which was the son of Jonan, which was the son of Eliakim,
3:31 Which was the son of Melea, which was the son of Menan, which was the son of Mattatha, which was the son of Nathan, which was the son of David, 3:32 Which was the son of Jesse, which was the son of Obed, which was the son of Booz, which was the son of Salmon, which was the son of Naasson,
3:33 Which was the son of Aminadab, which was the son of Aram, which was the son of Esrom, which was the son of Phares, which was the son of Juda, 3:34 Which was the son of Jacob, which was the son of Isaac, which was the son of Abraham, which was the son of Thara, which was the son of Nachor,
3:35 Which was the son of Saruch, which was the son of Ragau, which was the son of Phalec, which was the son of Heber, which was the son of Sala, 3:36 Which was the son of Cainan, which was the son of Arphaxad, which was the son of Sem, which was the son of Noe, which was the son of Lamech, 3:37 Which was the son of Mathusala, which was the son of Enoch, which was the son of Jared, which was the son of Maleleel, which was the son of Cainan, 3:38 Which was the son of Enos, which was the son of Seth, which was the son of Adam, which was the son of God.
The temptation of Christ
Luke 4:1 And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, 4:2 Being forty days tempted of the devil. And in those days he did eat nothing: and when they were ended, he afterward hungered.
With God all things are possible; and as Moses fasted for forty days on the Mount, Jesus fasted for forty days in the desert.
4:3 And the devil said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, command this stone that it be made bread. 4:4 And Jesus answered him, saying, It is written, That man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word of God.
Today WE have forgotten this scripture which admonishes us to hunger and thirst after the whole Word of God; to KEEP it and LIVE BY IT in all things. Instead we reject the scripture for our idols of men and false traditions.
4:5 And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. 4:6 And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. 4:7 If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine.
4:8 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
Today, false and wicked men, exalt themselves as the ultimate moral authorities of humanity; instead of teaching a whole hearted obedience and service, to live by every Word of God.
4:9 And he brought him to Jerusalem, and set him on a pinnacle of the temple, and said unto him, If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down from hence: 4:10 For it is written, He shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee: 4:11 And in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone.
4:12 And Jesus answering said unto him, It is said, Thou shalt not tempt the Lord thy God.
Jesus then departed and took a rest, proceeding to Galilee.
4:13 And when the devil had ended all the temptation, he departed from him for a season. 4:14 And Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about.
Jesus began to teach in the synagogues in Galilee beginning at Capernaum.
4:15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified of all.
Jesus then came to his home town of Nazareth.
4:16 And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up: and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and stood up for to read.
4:17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,
Jesus then reveals his own mission, the physical mission and the spiritual. To give salvation to the poor in spirit, to heal the contrite of spirit [sincerely repentant] with salvation, To deliver those held captive by sin, to give the light of spiritual things to the blind, to heal those suffering under the bondage of sin and to set them free, to preach of the coming “year” of the Kingdom of God.
4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 4:19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
4:20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
Jesus then declared that he would fulfill that mission of preaching and doing these things.
4:21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
4:22 And all bare him witness [heard his words], and wondered at the gracious words which proceeded out of his mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son? 4:23 And he said unto them, Ye will surely say unto me this proverb, Physician, heal thyself: whatsoever we have heard done in Capernaum, do also here in thy country.
Jesus then said that because of familiarity no prophet is accepted by his own neighbours.
4:24 And he said, Verily I say unto you, No prophet is accepted in his own country.
Jesus then said that because of their unbelief and unwillingness to repent and obey the scriptures they were worse than the heathen.
Is this not also true today, that those who should know better and claim to be converted, reject many scriptures and have no zeal for the practical application of the Word of God?
We call ourselves God’s people and we do have much right; yet we reject many scriptures and fall into condemnation because we have no zeal to live by every Word of God. We are a half-way people; doing what we decide and not whole heartedly keeping ALL of God’s Word.
4:25 But I tell you of a truth, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elias, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, when great famine was throughout all the land; 4:26 But unto none of them was Elias sent, save unto Sarepta, a city of Sidon, unto a woman that was a widow. 4:27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Eliseus the prophet; and none of them was cleansed, saving Naaman the Syrian.
The people were angered when they heard this condemnation of Jesus Christ, even as they are angry when they hear these truths today. For the warning is come to the earth and is rejected at this time.
4:28 And all they in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 4:29 And rose up, and thrust him out of the city, and led him unto the brow of the hill whereon their city was built, that they might cast him down headlong. 4:30 But he passing through the midst of them went his way,
Jesus then goes back to Capernaum, where he taught with authority.
4:31 And came down to Capernaum, a city of Galilee, and taught them on the sabbath days. 4:32 And they were astonished at his doctrine: for his word was with power.
Jesus then began to show that he had power over even the unclean spirits.
4:33 And in the synagogue there was a man, which had a spirit of an unclean devil, and cried out with a loud voice, 4:34 Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art; the Holy One of God.
4:35 And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him. and when the devil had thrown him in the midst, he came out of him, and hurt him not. 4:36 And they were all amazed, and spake among themselves, saying, What a word is this! for with authority and power he commandeth the unclean spirits, and they come out.
Jesus then went on a Sabbath afternoon into Peter’s house. (See also Mat 8:14).
4:37 And the fame of him went out into every place of the country round about. 4:38 And he arose out of the synagogue, and entered into Simon’s house. And Simon’s wife’s mother was taken with a great fever; and they besought him for her. 4:39 And he stood over her, and rebuked the fever; and it left her: and immediately she arose and ministered unto them.
After the Sabbath the sick began to gather around the house to request healing.
4:40 Now when the sun was setting, all they that had any sick with divers diseases brought them unto him; and he laid his hands on every one of them, and healed them. 4:41 And devils also came out of many, crying out, and saying, Thou art Christ the Son of God. And he rebuking them suffered them not to speak: for they knew that he was Christ.
In the morning when he would have departed the people were insistent that he remain with them at Capernaum, but he said that he must go to preach to others as well.
4:42 And when it was day, he departed and went into a desert place: and the people sought him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them. 4:43 And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. 4:44 And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.
Thronged by the multitudes, Jesus went out to a boat to teach from a few meters offshore.
Luke 5:1 And it came to pass, that, as the people pressed upon him to hear the word of God, he stood by the lake of Gennesaret [Sea of Galilee], 5:2 And saw two ships standing by the lake: but the fishermen were gone out of them, and were washing their nets. 5:3 And he entered into one of the ships, which was Simon’s [Peter’s], and prayed him that he would thrust out a little from the land. And he sat down, and taught the people out of the ship.
When Jesus had finished his lesson to the people he told Peter to go out into deep water and drop nets for fish. Even though he had fished all night with no success, Peter obeyed his Master.
This is a lesson for us, that if we are diligently obedient to Christ and fearlessly proclaim the Gospel of WARNING and REPENTANCE even though there is no response and the situation seems hopeless; in the end much fruit shall be reaped. Yet, if we try to do things our own way and teach our own words we are failures.
We are to sow the whole Word of God now, so that in the future the reaping will be plenteous.
5:4 Now when he had left speaking, he said unto Simon, Launch out into the deep, and let down your nets for a draught. 5:5 And Simon answering said unto him, Master, we have toiled all the night, and have taken nothing: nevertheless at thy word I will let down the net. 5:6 And when they had this done, they inclosed a great multitude of fishes: and their net brake. 5:7 And they beckoned unto their partners, which were in the other ship, that they should come and help them. And they came, and filled both the ships, so that they began to sink.
Peter, James, and John was astonished at the catch and acknowledged their sins, but Jesus said “fear not” to the repentant men, and called them to teach men the way to salvation.
5:8 When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees, saying, Depart from me; for I am a sinful man, O Lord. 5:9 For he was astonished, and all that were with him, at the draught of the fishes which they had taken: 5:10 And so was also James, and John, the sons of Zebedee, which were partners with Simon. And Jesus said unto Simon, Fear not; from henceforth thou shalt catch men.
All those who respond to God the Father’s call to come to Christ, are to forsake ALL worldliness and follow the full teachings and commandments of Jesus Christ.
5:11 And when they had brought their ships to land, they forsook all, and followed him.
The leper healed.
5:12 And it came to pass, when he was in a certain city, behold a man full of leprosy: who seeing Jesus fell on his face, and besought him, saying, Lord, if thou wilt, thou canst make me clean. 5:13 And he put forth his hand, and touched him, saying, I will: be thou clean. And immediately the leprosy departed from him.
The fame of Jesus grew as the healed leper told the priests at the Temple in Jerusalem what had become of him. Now his fame began to spread far beyond Galilee.
5:14 And he charged him to tell no man: but go, and shew thyself to the priest, and offer for thy cleansing, according as Moses commanded, for a testimony unto them. 5:15 But so much the more went there a fame abroad of him: and great multitudes came together to hear, and to be healed by him of their infirmities.
Jesus sought solitude to pray
5:16 And he withdrew himself into the wilderness, and prayed.
Then the ministry of Jesus began to attract the attention of the religious establishment.
5:17 And it came to pass on a certain day, as he was teaching, that there were Pharisees and doctors of the law sitting by, which were come out of every town of Galilee, and Judaea, and Jerusalem: and the power of the Lord was present to heal them.
Jesus seeing the priests and doctors of the law present, forgave sins; that he might reveal his calling to heal not only physically, but spiritually as well.
5:18 And, behold, men brought in a bed a man which was taken with a palsy: and they sought means to bring him in, and to lay him before him. 5:19 And when they could not find by what way they might bring him in because of the multitude, they went upon the housetop, and let him down through the tiling with his couch into the midst before Jesus.
5:20 And when he saw their faith, he said unto him, Man, thy sins are forgiven thee.
The scribes were confused by an apparent blasphemy.
5:21 And the scribes and the Pharisees began to reason, saying, Who is this which speaketh blasphemies? Who can forgive sins, but God alone?
Jesus proceeds to teach the doctors of the scriptures about his healing of the physical as only an example of his ultimate mission of healing the spirit through forgiving sin.
5:22 But when Jesus perceived their thoughts, he answering said unto them, What reason ye in your hearts? 5:23 Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk? 5:24 But that ye may know that the Son of man hath power upon earth to forgive sins, (he said unto the sick of the palsy,) I say unto thee, Arise, and take up thy couch, and go into thine house.
5:25 And immediately he rose up before them, and took up that whereon he lay, and departed to his own house, glorifying God. 5:26 And they were all amazed, and they glorified God, and were filled with fear, saying, We have seen strange things to day.
Levi is called as a disciple of Christ.
5:27 And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. 5:28 And he left all, rose up, and followed him.
Levi, apparently a well off man, made a feast for Jesus and invited many of his friends and fellow publicans [tax collectors]
5:29 And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.
The religious establishment complained of this, asking why they feasted with sinners and not with the religious establishment.
5:30 But their scribes and Pharisees murmured against his disciples, saying, Why do ye eat and drink with publicans and sinners? 5:31 And Jesus answering said unto them, They that are whole need not a physician; but they that are sick. 5:32 I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.
They then asked Jesus about fasting.
5:33 And they said unto him, Why do the disciples of John fast often, and make prayers, and likewise the disciples of the Pharisees; but thine eat and drink? 5:34 And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? 5:35 But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days.
Our article on Fasting: Atonement: All About Fasting
Jesus then spoke a parable about the need to become totally new persons through sincere repentance and an unshakable commitment to “Go and sin no more.”
5:36 And he spake also a parable unto them; No man putteth a piece of a new garment upon an old; if otherwise, then both the new maketh a rent, and the piece that was taken out of the new agreeth not with the old. 5:37 And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish. 5:38 But new wine must be put into new bottles; and both are preserved.
By this Jesus was teaching that those who desire salvation; must become new people through sincere repentance and a firm commitment to “Go an sin no more.” The old sinful person being unable to receive the Holy Spirit which requires a new deeply repentant being to dwell in.
5:39 No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, The old is better.
Corn was unknown in the Middle East during the first century, and in Britain in the 15th century as well. The translators used the word “corn” as we use the word “grain” today; that is where corned beef comes from, not maize but from the corns of salt used to cure it.
The second Sabbath after the first merely means the second Sabbath in the location where he had forgiven sin, beginning in Luke 5:17.
Luke 6:1 And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn [grain] fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn [grain, barley or wheat ], and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.
The Pharisees asked about their tradition of hand washing before eating. The question was about their traditions and not about not about the commandments of God. Contrary to today’s popular opinion the Pharisees cared much more for their own traditions than they did for the Word of God. They had added so many traditions that those traditions very often resulted in making God’s Word of no effect.
This same attitude is common among professing Christians today; as for example, they pollute the Biblical Sabbath and by their own traditions observe Sunday instead, making the Word of God of no effect.
6:2 And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?
Their question was about eating without hand washing first. The disciples simply gleaned a handful of grain as they walked along which was lawful, and ate without paying or cooking! The Pharisees knew that this was NOT breaking the Sabbath; the issue was eating without washing one’s hands first, which was a rule of the Pharisees and not a commandment or law of God.
Jesus responded teaching the great law of mercy.
6:3 And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him; 6:4 How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone? 6:5 And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
It is to be noted that David had been fleeing for his life without food for three days and was weak and about to be overtaken and murdered. A situation very few find themselves in today as some actually go to a restaurant on God’s Sabbath for personal pleasure, contrary to the law of God.
Jesus emphatically emphasizes that men are to obey God and not the traditions of men, he also emphasizes the great law of mercy for exceptional circumstances. Rare exceptions to the commandments for the sake of necessary acts of mercy do not justify routine and willful commandment breaking.
6:6 And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered. 6:7 And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.
Jesus used the opportunity to publicly teach these hypocrites that the Sabbath was made for all men to rest and enjoy and that healing or showing mercy to the suffering are completely compatible with God’s Sabbath Day. That said, hospitals and care homes and emergency services should go into Sabbath mode [Friday after sunset to sunset ending Saturday] and avoid mundane activities like washing floors and equipment, training classes and elective procedures that could easily be done on any other day.
6:8 But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.
Jesus puts them on the spot with a question they will not answer and then heals the man.
6:9 Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it? 6:10 And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.
It is lawful to care for sick and injured people and animals on God’s Sabbath and High Days; so that the sick and injured may be comforted on God’s Holy Days.
6:11 And they were filled with madness [Furious anger]; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.
After a night of prayer with God the Father, Jesus chooses the twelve out of his disciples to be called apostles.
6:12 And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 6:13 And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles; 6:14 Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew, 6:15 Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes, 6:16 And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.
After selecting the apostles from among his disciples, the crowds gathered around him; and he began to teach them as in Matthew 5.
These lessons are often called the Beatitudes; there is an extensive section devoted to expounding the Beatitudes in the Gospels “Matthew ~ Mark” book available at CreateSpace or your local Amazon bookstore.
6:17 And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases; 6:18 And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed. 6:19 And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.
6:20 And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor [in the spirit of human pride who are humble before God]: for yours is the kingdom of God.
6:21 Blessed are ye that hunger [after the things of God] now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now [mourn over the evils of wickedness]: for ye shall laugh [rejoice].
6:22 Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, [persecuting you for faithful Christ-like obedience to God] for the Son of man’s sake. 6:23 Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.
Woe unto those who put their trust in physical riches, and who think they are spiritually rich and have need of nothing.
6:24 But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation. 6:25 Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep. 6:26 Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.
In this dispensation we are to learn humility and obedience towards God. We are princes in training to be kings. We must learn patient obedience and absolute faithfulness to Christ, in the face of strong opposition and persecution, to qualify to be a part of the bride.
As the proper keeping of the Sabbath is a TEST that most are failing in the corporate church’s today; obedience through patiently enduring without taking revenge, for the sake of obedience to these instructions of Christ is also a TEST.
6:27 But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, 6:28 Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you. 6:29 And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.
Does Jesus command us to sue our brethren and mistreat others?
6:30 Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again [Do not ask for them to be returned]. 6:31 And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.
This is a lesson of waiting on Christ to take care of things when he comes. It is also a lesson in greater love, which is to endure much from others out of love that in due time their day will come and they will remember your example of righteousness and endurance; and repent themselves.
Many men talk of love, knowing nothing of the real [Agape] love of God, we have forgotten the example of love given by Stephen
Acts 7:59 And they stoned Stephen, calling upon God, and saying, Lord Jesus, receive my spirit. 7:60 And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.
And of Jesus Christ himself who laid done his life for his enemies.
Jesus then gives a lesson in GODLY LOVE.
Luke 6:32 For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them. 6:33 And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same. 6:34 And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.
6:35 But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is [also] kind unto the unthankful and to the evil. 6:36 Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful [to you].
We are not to judge others in the sense of condemning them; we ARE to preach the Word of God which says that certain things are wicked and those who do them shall face the judgment of God. That is the Gospel of Warning and Repentance that we are COMMANDED to preach.
We are to declare to God’s people and to the whole world that those who break or compromise with the commandments of God; WILL be judged by God. To preach that warning is not judging men: It is warning men of the judgment of God!
if men do not obey and live by every Word of God, it is God who shall judge them by every word in the books of Holy Scripture. It is God and his Word that judges to reward or condemnation.
6:37 Judge [condemn not but try to save people with warnings to sincerely repent and turn to God] not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
Jesus teaches that those who do not follow and obey God the Father, are blind and will lead their personal followers into disaster. To become perfect we must become LIKE God the Father and Christ! We must NEVER say that God will overlook any wilful and unrepented self justified sin; which falsehood is an abomination to God the Father and to Jesus Christ.
If we do what they hate; we shall also be unclean and abhorrent to them.
6:39 And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch? 6:40 The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.
Jesus then teaches that the called out must become like Christ, removing all sin and spiritual uncleanness completely, before they are fit to preach the Gospel to others, fit to be an example of righteousness to others!
Those who break or compromise with the teachings and commandments of the Word of God, are not fit to preach the word of God to others! They are NOT fit examples of godliness!
I did not say these things; they were spoken by Jesus Christ.
6:41 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 6:42 Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother’s eye.
WE are to judge who we chose to follow (Mat 7) by their fruits of obedience to God the Father and Jesus Christ; and we are NOT to follow those who will not live by every Word of God.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? 7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
Luke 6:43 For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. 6:44 For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.
A converted man will behave as God’s spirit within him leads him to do good and obey God without compromise.
6:45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.
Why do many call Christ Lord and do not follow him to live by every Word of God the Father with enthusiastic zeal?
Those who KEEP the sayings of Jesus Christ, are built on the solid ROCK of SALVATION.
6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say? 6:47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.
The compromisers who say “Jesus will wink at our sin,” stand on the shifting sands of their own imaginations, false traditions and doing what is right in their own eyes; they shall fall with a great fall.
6:49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.
The faith of the centurion
Luke 7:1 Now when he had ended all his sayings in the audience of the people, he entered into Capernaum.
7:2 And a certain centurion’s servant, who was dear unto him, was sick, and ready to die. 7:3 And when he heard of Jesus, he sent unto him the elders of the Jews, beseeching him that he would come and heal his servant. 7:4 And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this: 7:5 For he loveth our nation, and he hath built us a synagogue.
The centurion being a Roman who was familiar with the custom of the Jews in not entering a non Jewish home because of their fear of uncleanness, understood that his house was not worthy to be entered. He therefore asked that Jesus only say the word, and he had faith that his servant would be healed
7:6 Then Jesus went with them. And when he was now not far from the house, the centurion sent friends to him, saying unto him, Lord, trouble not thyself: for I am not worthy that thou shouldest enter under my roof: 7:7 Wherefore neither thought I myself worthy to come unto thee: but say in a word, and my servant shall be healed. 7:8 For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.
This is an example that salvation through Christ would be extended to the believing repentant, faithful Gentiles.
7:9 When Jesus heard these things, he marvelled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel. 7:10 And they that were sent, returning to the house, found the servant whole that had been sick.
The dead raised to life as an example that Christ is the resurrection and the life of humanity through his sacrifice and resurrection by the Father.
John 11:25 Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:
Luke 7:11 And it came to pass the day after, that he went into a city called Nain; and many of his disciples went with him, and much people. 7:12 Now when he came nigh to the gate of the city, behold, there was a dead man carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow: and much people of the city was with her.
7:13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her, and said unto her, Weep not. 7:14 And he came and touched the bier: and they that bare him stood still. And he said, Young man, I say unto thee, Arise. 7:15 And he that was dead sat up, and began to speak. And he delivered him to his mother. 7:16 And there came a fear on all: and they glorified God, saying, That a great prophet is risen up among us; and, That God hath visited his people.
7:17 And this rumour [report] of him went forth throughout all Judaea, and throughout all the region round about.
Jesus tells John’s disciples that his office is known by his fruits. This is how God judges men true or false, by their actions, their fruits.
Matthew 7:15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. 7:16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
7:17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. 7:18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
ONLY those who do the will of the Father as codified in all his commandments may enter into the resurrection to spirit.
7:21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
Luke 7:18 And the disciples of John shewed him [told John Baptist] of all these things. 7:19 And John calling unto him two of his disciples sent them to Jesus, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 7:20 When the men were come unto him, they said, John Baptist hath sent us unto thee, saying, Art thou he that should come? or look we for another? 7:21 And in that same hour he cured many of their infirmities and plagues, and of evil spirits; and unto many that were blind he gave sight.
Jesus lists his fruits for John’s disciples.
7:22 Then Jesus answering said unto them, Go your way, and tell John what things ye have seen and heard; how that the blind see, the lame walk, the lepers are cleansed, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, to the poor the gospel is preached.
Blessed are those who are filled with Christ-like zeal to live by every Word of God.
7:23 And blessed is he, whosoever shall not be offended in me.
Jesus then teaches the people that John was a true prophet of God.
7:24 And when the messengers of John were departed, he began to speak unto the people concerning John, What went ye out into the wilderness for to see? A reed shaken with the wind? 7:25 But what went ye out for to see? A man clothed in soft raiment? Behold, they which are gorgeously apparelled, and live delicately, are in kings’ courts. 7:26 But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and much more than a prophet.
Jesus identifies John Baptist as fulfilling the prophecy about Elijah.
7:27 This is he, of whom it is written, Behold, I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee.
Jesus then says that John was the greatest of physical men, but that those in the resurrection to spirit shall be greater than the physical John. Jesus was not saying that John would not be in the resurrection to spirit! He WAS saying that when John and others are changed to spirit they shall be in a higher plane of existence then the mere physical.
During our physical lives we are being judged, but when we are changed to spirit we shall have been CHOSEN as a part of the spirit bride.
7:28 For I say unto you, Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the kingdom of God is greater than he.
Those who were humble before God and knew they were sinful; repented.
7:29 And all the people that heard him, and the publicans, justified God [and not themselves, in repentance before God], being baptized with the baptism [of repentance] of John.
John refused to baptize those who were proud and unrepentant; justifying themselves and their own false traditions rather than being zealous for God.
7:30 But the Pharisees and lawyers rejected the counsel of God against themselves, being not baptized of him.
Jesus then likens the Pharisees to unresponsive children. Saying by metaphor that he had warned them and they had not listened.
7:31 And the Lord said, Whereunto then shall I liken the men of this generation? and to what are they like? 7:32 They are like unto children sitting in the marketplace, and calling one to another, and saying, We have piped unto you, and ye have not danced; we have mourned to you, and ye have not wept.
The Pharisees sought out any excuse to condemn the messengers warning them to turn from sin; and to justify themselves and their traditions, and to avoid changing their ways in repentance before God: Just like today’s church of God groups.
7:33 For John the Baptist came neither eating bread nor drinking wine; and ye say, He hath a devil. 7:34 The Son of man is come eating and drinking; and ye say, Behold a gluttonous man, and a winebibber, a friend of publicans and sinners!
Yet the wise attained their wisdom through sincere repentance and obedience to the wisdom of the Word of God.
7:35 But wisdom is justified of all her children.
The lesson of the deep love of the sincerely repentant sinner for God and for whole hearted hungering to learn and keep the whole Word of God; as opposed to the self righteous Pharisaic false tradition addicts, who reject the scriptures and revel in their own ways..
7:36 And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to meat.
A sinner demonstrates her love for her Messiah.
7:37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 7:38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the ointment.
The self righteous Pharisee thought that Christ should be as he was and despise sinners, even the repentant sinners, because of all their past wickedness for the Pharisee had never done such sins! That Pharisee knew nothing of compassion, mercy or forgiveness for sincerely repented sins. He had no understanding of the love of God and the mission of Jesus Christ.
The bearing of grudges and the despising of others is a GREAT SIN that will keep us OUT of the resurrection to spiritual life eternal!
Matthew 6:14 For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
Luke 7:39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner.
Jesus teaches a parable on forgiveness and love.
7:40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on.
7:41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 7:42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 7:43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most.
And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged.
Jesus then explains the parable.
7:44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 7:45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 7:46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment.
Those who have sinned much; know how much they have been forgiven; and they know the terrible price that was paid on their behalf to deliver them; therefore they are humble before God, and full of dedicated love for God the Father and the Son; they have enough love to be filled with gratitude and a deep unwavering dedication to please their Lord and SIN NO MORE.
7:47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 7:48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
Yet, the self righteous still found fault with the teachings of Christ, but the sincerely repentant followed Christ and found forgiveness.
7:49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 7:50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.
Brethren, we have fallen very far from the doctrine of Jesus Christ. We have ALL sinned and we are all guilty before God. We speak of love, not understanding what love is; for godly love is living by EVERY WORD of God!
Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, 8:2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, 8:3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
Jesus begins to teach the crowds in parables so that people could understand only by the revelation of God’s Spirit.
The parable of the Sower and the seed
8:4 And when much people were gathered together, and were come to him out of every city, he spake by a parable:
8:5 A sower went out to sow his seed: and as he sowed, some fell by the way side; and it was trodden down, and the fowls of the air devoured it. 8:6 And some fell upon a rock; and as soon as it was sprung up, it withered away, because it lacked moisture [Spiritually the water of God’s Word]. 8:7 And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprang up with it, and choked it. 8:8 And other fell on good ground, and sprang up, and bare fruit an hundredfold. And when he had said these things, he cried, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
It is the called out; who are faithful and filled with, and using God’s Spirit to fight the good fight against sin, by KEEPING the teachings and commandments of God the Father and Christ; who are given a proper understanding of the parables. Those who tolerate sin and compromise with the commandments of God shall not understand.
8:9 And his disciples asked him, saying, What might this parable be? 8:10 And he said, Unto you it is given to know the mysteries of the kingdom of God: but to others in parables; that seeing they might not see, and hearing they might not understand.
The explanation begins with explaining that the seed is the whole WORD OF GOD; ALL SCRIPTURE; NOT just some talk of a coming kingdom.
8:11 Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.
Some hearers immediately forget or dismiss what they have heard. These are those who turn away from the message, which is most of humanity; and refuse to repent and be baptized.
8:12 Those by the way side are they that hear; then cometh the devil, and taketh away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved.
Some who hear respond with repentance and a baptismal commitment, but later fall under trials and stress. These are baptized people who have God’s word in their hearts. But Satan brings trials and persecutions on them and they fall away.
Baptism and membership in some corporation is NO GUARANTEE of salvation. It is zeal for all the things of God, a diligent study and keeping of what is learned; and the following of Christ wherever he leads, even through serious trials and persecutions if necessary: that brings salvation.
For the sacrifice of Christ will only be applied to and justify: The KEEPERS of God’s commandments.
Romans 2:13 (For not the hearers of the law are just before God, but the doers of the law shall be justified.
Luke 8:13 They on the rock [The seed falling on the stony ground are those] are they, which, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, which for a while believe, and in time of temptation fall away.
Many who respond positively and are baptized, are later tempted back into sin by the pleasures of this society. They hedge on Sabbath to save a job or make money; or pollute the Sabbath for their own pleasures, unable to cope with trials or lusting after physical pleasures etc; instead of having unfeigned dedicated faith in God coupled with the works of faith.
8:14 And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.
It is the KEEPERS and OVERCOMERS among the called out, who endure to the end of their lives; who shall be saved!
8:15 But that [which falls] on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.
The good ground are those who wholeheartedly work to learn and to diligently keep the whole Word of God and endure all trials patiently persevering to the end of their lives. We are to let the light that God has lighted in us shine forth; and we are to live as an example of true godliness that will light the world!
8:16 No man, when he hath lighted a candle [lamp], covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick [lampstand], that they which enter in may see the light. 8:17 For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad.
All things hidden in darkness are revealed when the light shines and the darkness flees,
God sees all our deeds and he will reward the zealously faithful according to their zeal and dedicated growing in his Word. There are many who have spent a lifetime in the faith and have been lukewarm and complacent growing spiritually very little if at all. Then there are some who in a very few years of zeal learn and grow much bringing forth fruit of overcoming abundantly.
Many of those who have long been in the faith, shall lose what they have been given for their lack of zeal!
Many zealous who have been called only a short time, but who have laboured hard in overcoming and zeal for all the things of God, shall have a good reward for their love and zeal towards the commandments of God!
To serve long is not necessarily to have served well!
Matthew 19:30 But many that are first shall be last; and the last shall be first.
Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
This is the lesson of the parable of the talents. The new spiritual family of the called out, are all those who are like-mindedly dedicated to obedience to God and the complete overcoming of all sin.
8:19 Then came to him his mother and his brethren, and could not come at him for the press. 8:20 And it was told him by certain which said, Thy mother and thy brethren stand without, desiring to see thee. 8:21 And he answered and said unto them, My mother and my brethren are these which hear the word of God, and do it.
All the faithful to the whole Word of God are a part of the spiritual family of God; while compromisers and the disobedient who will not be corrected have No part in Christ.
The calming of the storm
8:22 Now it came to pass on a certain day, that he went into a ship with his disciples: and he said unto them, Let us go over unto the other side of the lake. And they launched forth.
8:23 But as they sailed he fell asleep: and there came down a storm of wind on the lake; and they were filled with water, and were in jeopardy. 8:24 And they came to him, and awoke him, saying, Master, master, we perish. Then he arose, and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water: and they ceased, and there was a calm.
A lesson in faith.
8:25 And he said unto them, Where is your faith? And they being afraid wondered, saying one to another, What manner of man is this! for he commandeth even the winds and water, and they obey him.
8:26 And they arrived at the country of the Gadarenes, which is over against Galilee.
The casting out of the Legion of demons; demonstrating that Christ has full power over Satan and the most powerful demons, and that in the coming Kingdom Christ will restrain Satan and all his spirits for a thousand years; and afterwards remove them forever.
8:27 And when he went forth to land, there met him out [outside of] of the city a certain man, which had devils long time, and ware no clothes, neither abode in any house, but in the tombs. 8:28 When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.
8:29 (For he had commanded the unclean spirit to come out of the man. For oftentimes it had caught him: and he was kept bound with chains and in fetters; and he brake the bands, and was driven of the devil into the wilderness.) 8:30 And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him.
8:31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep. 8:32 And there was there an herd of many swine feeding on the mountain: and they besought him that he would suffer them to enter into them. And he suffered them. 8:33 Then went the devils out of the man, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the lake, and were choked.
These people suffered great loss, for they sold the swine for profit; and they fearing the power of Christ, besought Jesus to leave their area; loving profit more than the hearing of the Word of God. So it is with the modern leaders and elders who fear to lose their followings by which they profit; if they turn from past false teachings to embrace the Word of God.
8:34 When they that fed them saw what was done, they fled, and went and told it in the city and in the country. 8:35 Then they went out to see what was done; and came to Jesus, and found the man, out of whom the devils were departed, sitting at the feet of Jesus, clothed, and in his right mind: and they were afraid.8:36 They also which saw it told them by what means he that was possessed of the devils was healed.
8:37 Then the whole multitude of the country of the Gadarenes round about besought him to depart from them; for they were taken with great fear: and he went up into the ship, and returned back again.
Jesus then told the healed man to be a witness to his family and the people of the region.
8:38 Now the man out of whom the devils were departed besought him that he might be with him: but Jesus sent him away, saying, 8:39 Return to thine own house, and shew how great things God hath done unto thee. And he went his way, and published throughout the whole city how great things Jesus had done unto him.
8:40 And it came to pass, that, when Jesus was returned [to Capernaum], the people gladly received him: for they were all waiting for him.
Jairus daughter raised
Notice that Jairus was a ruler of the synagogue or pastor of the church as we would say today.
8:41 And, behold, there came a man named Jairus, and he was a ruler of the synagogue: and he fell down at Jesus’ feet, and besought him that he would come into his house: 8:42 For he had one only daughter, about twelve years of age, and she lay a dying. But as he went the people thronged him.
The woman healed by the way
Notice that Jesus did not use this as an opportunity to condemn physicians.
8:43 And a woman having an issue of blood twelve years, which had spent all her living upon physicians, neither could be healed of any, 8:44 Came behind him, and touched the border of his garment: and immediately her issue of blood stanched. 8:45 And Jesus said, Who touched me? When all denied, Peter and they that were with him said, Master, the multitude throng thee and press thee, and sayest thou, Who touched me? 8:46 And Jesus said, Somebody hath touched me: for I perceive that virtue is gone out of me.
8:47 And when the woman saw that she was not hid, she came trembling, and falling down before him, she declared unto him before all the people for what cause she had touched him, and how she was healed immediately. 8:48 And he said unto her, Daughter, be of good comfort: thy faith hath made thee whole; go in peace.
A messenger arrives reporting the death of Jairus daughter.
8:49 While he yet spake, there cometh one from the ruler of the synagogue’s house, saying to him, Thy daughter is dead; trouble not the Master.
Jesus then comforts Jairus and continues on to his house.
8:50 But when Jesus heard it, he answered him, saying, Fear not: believe only, and she shall be made whole. 8:51 And when he came into the house, he suffered no man to go in save Peter, and James, and John, and the father and the mother of the maiden.
8:52 And all wept, and bewailed her: but he said, Weep not; she is not dead, but sleepeth. 8:53 And they laughed him to scorn [being without faith in spite of all the miracles that he had done for their city], knowing that she was dead.
These acts of raising the dead, are for our instruction and for the building of our faith in a future resurrection to eternal life: To teach us that Jesus Christ IS the Resurrection and the Life of all those who love him enough to repent of sin and to KEEP all of his teachings: To “Go and SIN NO MORE!”
8:54 And he put them all out, and took her by the hand, and called, saying, Maid, arise. 8:55 And her spirit came again, and she arose straightway: and he commanded to give her meat [food to eat]. 8:56 And her parents were astonished: but he charged them that they should tell no man what was done.
Jesus gave the twelve special disciples [which included Judas] power over demons and to heal the sick and instructed then NOT to build up earthly wealth but to live frugally off the Gospel.
Luke 9:1 Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. 9:2 And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick. 9:3 And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.
9:4 And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and depart [until you go to continue preaching in the next city].
The Gospel or warning, Repentance and Salvation is to be preached to all peoples and those who reject the message will have been witnessed to and their blood will be upon their own heads if they reject the warnings.
Jesus Christ has made ALL his disciples to be watchmen, as he made Ezekiel a watchman;
We are all to do our part as God gives us opportunity, to preach the Gospel as a warning and a witness to all men, and as watchmen to warn the nations; as Christ did.
Exodus 33:7 So thou, O son of man, I have set thee a watchman unto the house of Israel; therefore thou shalt hear the word at my mouth, and warn them from me. 33:8 When I say unto the wicked, O wicked man, thou shalt surely die; if thou dost not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood will I require at thine hand. 33:9 Nevertheless, if thou warn the wicked of his way to turn from it; if he do not turn from his way, he shall die in his iniquity; but thou hast delivered thy soul.
ALL disciples of Christ have a commission from him to be watchmen and proclaimers of the Gospel of warning, repentance, obedience, the way to salvation and the judgment to come.
It is so sad that we neither teach the Gospel in its fullness to others, nor do we obey the teachings of Christ ourselves.
Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Luke 9:5 And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them. 9:6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.
9:7 Now Herod the tetrarch [Ruler of a quarter; Herod Antipas became ruler of Galilee after the death of Herod the Great, when the Christ child was in Egypt.] heard of all that was done by him: and he was perplexed, because that it was said of some, that John was risen from the dead; 9:8 And of some, that Elias had appeared; and of others, that one of the old prophets was risen again. 9:9 And Herod said, John have I beheaded: but who is this, of whom I hear such things? And he desired to see him.
The twelve report back
9:10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida. 9:11 And the people, when they knew it, followed him: and he received them, and spake unto them of the kingdom of God, and healed them that had need of healing.
The feeding of the five thousand
9:12 And when the day began to wear away, then came the twelve, and said unto him, Send the multitude away, that they may go into the towns and country round about, and lodge, and get victuals: for we are here in a desert place.9:13 But he said unto them, Give ye them to eat. And they said, We have no more but five loaves and two fishes; except we should go and buy meat for all this people.
9:14 For they were about five thousand men. And he said to his disciples, Make them sit down by fifties in a company. 9:15 And they did so, and made them all sit down.
This feeding of the people with bread is a lesson that Jesus Christ is the true Bread of Life; the source of our physical lives by creation, and the source of salvation and life eternal!
9:16 Then he took the five loaves [pita rounds] and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed them, and brake, and gave to the disciples to set before the multitude. 9:17 And they did eat, and were all filled: and there was taken up of fragments that remained to them twelve baskets.
Jesus seeks to know what his disciples think of him, and if they understand who he is.
9:18 And it came to pass, as he was alone praying, his disciples were with him: and he asked them, saying, Whom say the people that I am? 9:19 They answering said, John the Baptist; but some say, Elias; and others say, that one of the old prophets is risen again. 9:20 He said unto them, But whom say ye that I am? Peter answering said, The Christ of God.
Jesus commanded his disciples NOT to say that he was the Christ [The Anointed Deliverer] until the time was right.
9:21 And he straitly charged them, and commanded them to tell no man that thing; 9:22 Saying, The Son of man must suffer many things, and be rejected of the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be slain, and be raised the third day.
If we want to follow Christ; we must make a lifelong commitment to live by every Word of God and to KEEP all of his teachings and commandments whatever the cost; forever!
9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross [burden] daily, and follow me.
Anyone that seeks to reduce persecution or trials by compromising with the Word, commandments and teachings of God the Father and Jesus Christ will lose his eternal life! Anyone who teaches tolerance for sin or compromising even a little bit with the teachings and commandments of God the Father and Jesus Christ is damned to destruction, unless he sincerely REPENTS!!!
But he who will give all he has for that pearl of great value; who will not hold back or turn aside from godliness, even in the face of losing everything physical including his physical life: SHALL be raised up and given eternal life by the Lamb of God!
So many have forgotten the teachings of Christ and have taught a FALSE CHRIST, who willingly overlooks unrepented sin!
9:24 For whosoever will save his [physical] life shall lose it [shall lose his eternal life]: but whosoever will lose [Give up his physical life] his life for my sake, the same shall save it [Shall receive eternal life as spirit] . 9:25 For what is a man advantaged, if he gain the whole world, and lose himself, or be cast away?
To lose or give up one’s life is about far more than physically dying; it is also about giving up one’s own ways to diligently keep and submit to the whole Word of God; it is about giving up our own ways and LIVING a Christ-like life!
If we do not KEEP Christ’s words; if we are ashamed to be an example of KEEPING Christ’s words: He SHALL REJECT US!
9:26 For whosoever shall be ashamed of me and of my words, of him shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he shall come in his own glory, and in his Father’s, and of the holy angels.
Jesus then speaks of the coming vision of transfiguration.
9:27 But I tell you of a truth, there be some standing here, which shall not taste of death, till they see the kingdom of God.
9:28 And it came to pass about an eight days after these sayings, he took Peter and John and James, and went up into a mountain to pray. 9:29 And as he prayed, the fashion of his countenance was altered, and his raiment was white and glistering.
Moses and Elijah are revealed as the two who stand with Christ the Lord of all the earth.
Zechariah 4:14 Then said he, These are the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
Luke 9:30 And, behold, there talked with him two men, which were Moses and Elias: 9:31 Who appeared in glory, and spake of his decease which he should accomplish at Jerusalem.
The apostles fell asleep and did not see the beginning of the vision or hear the words being discussed about the coming crucifixion. They awoke at the end of the vision to see the glory of Christ and these two men.
9:32 But Peter and they that were with him were heavy with sleep: and when they were awake, they saw his glory, and the two men that stood with him.
9:33 And it came to pass, as they [the vision departed] departed from him, Peter [confused by just awakening] said unto Jesus, Master, it is good for us to be here: and let us make three tabernacles; one for thee, and one for Moses, and one for Elias: not knowing what he said.
The existence of God the Father is again revealed from heaven as at the baptism of Jesus.
9:34 While he thus spake, there came a cloud, and overshadowed them: and they feared as they entered into the cloud. 9:35 And there came a voice out of the cloud, saying, This is my beloved Son: hear him.
9:36 And when the voice was past, Jesus was found alone [the vision ended and Moses and Elijah were gone]. And they kept it close, and told no man in those days any of those things which they had seen.
9:37 And it came to pass, that on the next day, when they were come down from the hill, much people met him.
The need for faith in God, in order to do the works of Godliness.
9:38 And, behold, a man of the company cried out, saying, Master, I beseech thee, look upon my son: for he is mine only child. 9:39 And, lo, a spirit taketh him, and he suddenly crieth out; and it teareth him that he foameth again, and bruising him hardly departeth from him. 9:40 And I besought thy disciples to cast him out; and they could not.
9:41 And Jesus answering said, O faithless and perverse generation, how long shall I be with you, and suffer you? Bring thy son hither. 9:42 And as he was yet a coming, the devil threw him down, and tare him. And Jesus rebuked the unclean spirit, and healed the child, and delivered him again to his father.
The apostles and disciples being impressed by the great power of Jesus, still did NOT understand that Jesus must be crucified
9:43 And they were all amazed at the mighty power of God. But while they wondered every one at all things which Jesus did, he said unto his disciples, 9:44 Let these sayings sink down into your ears: for the Son of man shall be delivered into the hands of men. 9:45 But they understood not this saying, and it was hid from them, that they perceived it not: and they feared to ask him of that saying.
Politics rears its ugly head as it has done down through the centuries and most viciously in today’s Ekklesia. The ambitious tares rise to the top in the organizations; while the faithful zealous for God; are side lined, marginalized and trampled over in the rise of false teachers who God allows for the purpose of TESTING his people, whether they will be faithful to HIM, or whether they will follow the traditions of men.
Deuteronomy 13:3 . . . . for the Lord your God proveth [tests] you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
Luke 9:46 Then there arose a reasoning among them, which of them should be greatest.
Jesus then taught them that to be the greatest they must be as humble, teachable and obedient as a young child before God. And whoever receives the humble and obedient to God; receives Christ and God the Father into their homes.
9:47 And Jesus, perceiving the thought of their heart, took a child, and set him by him, 9:48 And said unto them, Whosoever shall receive this child in my name receiveth me: and whosoever shall receive me receiveth him that sent me: for he that is least among you all, the same shall be great.
Christ teaches us NOT to be jealous of others, but to serve God as HE leads us.
9:49 And John answered and said, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name; and we forbad him, because he followeth not with us. 9:50 And Jesus said unto him, Forbid him not: for he that is not against us is for us.
The Samaritans [the modern Palestinians; who were brought in from Mesopotamia by the Assyrians and given the land north of Jerusalem by God (2 Kings 17)]; reject Christ because he was going up to the Jerusalem of their enemies, the Jews.
9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, 9:52 And sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. 9:53 And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem.
The ministry of Messiah was to save and not to destroy, but ultimately he will destroy all of the unrepentant wicked.
9:54 And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? 9:55 But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. 9:56 For the Son of man is not come to destroy men’s lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.
Jesus says that he has no home, because he knows that he goes to Jerusalem to be crucified.
9:57 And it came to pass, that, as they went in the way, a certain man said unto him, Lord, I will follow thee whithersoever thou goest. 9:58 And Jesus said unto him, Foxes have holes, and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head.
There is NOTHING that is so important that we should allow it to come between us and our unwavering dedication to live in Christ-like zeal to passionately keep every Word of God the Father.
9:59 And he said unto another, Follow me. But he said, Lord, suffer me first to go and bury my father. 9:60 Jesus said unto him, Let the dead bury their dead: but go thou and preach the kingdom of God.
9:61 And another also said, Lord, I will follow thee; but let me first go bid them farewell, which are at home at my house.
No one who makes a baptismal commitment to follow Christ and then compromises with Christ’s teachings and commandments and turns aside for any reason; is fit to be a part of the bride of the Lamb!
9:62 And Jesus said unto him, No man, having put his hand to the plough, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.
Jesus as the Husband of Israel (Jer 31:32) gave Moses Seventy elders [the Sanhedrin] to help him. The Great Sanhedrin of the Seventy with the leader making 71 was restored by Ezra after the Babylonian captivity and has been called the Sanhedrin [The Assembly] since that time. Since Ezra, Lesser Sanhedrin’s of twenty or so existed in all the major towns and referred matters too hard for them to the Great Sanhedrin in Jerusalem.
Seventy evangelists were chosen by Christ and sent out to prepare the way and spread the word.
Luke 10:1 After these things the LORD appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.
10:2 Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest [God the Father], that he would send forth [call out many] labourers into his harvest.
10:3 Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. 10:4 Carry neither purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. 10:5 And into whatsoever house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. 10:6 And if the son of peace [if the household be peaceable to you] be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn to you again.
If they are rejected they were to leave and go elsewhere. If possible they were to stay in one place so that they could be easily found by the people, and they are commanded to live off the contributions of the people.
10:7 And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house to house. 10:8 And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat such things as are set before you: 10:9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
Woe unto those who WILL NOT hear or accept the warning message of repentance and the way of salvation.
10:10 But into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets of the same, and say, 10:11 Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. 10:12 But I say unto you, that it shall be more tolerable in that day for Sodom, than for that city. 10:13 Woe unto thee, Chorazin! woe unto thee, Bethsaida! for if the mighty works had been done in Tyre and Sidon, which have been done in you, they had a great while ago repented, sitting in sackcloth and ashes.
10:14 But it shall be more tolerable for Tyre and Sidon at the judgment, than for you. 10:15 And thou, Capernaum, which art exalted to heaven, shalt be thrust down to hell.
Those who teach men to tolerate sin, or that Christ is love and will overlook unrepented sin; ignorantly despise Christ’s teachings and commandments!
They teach against Christ and against God the Father and despise Christ and God the Father by their rejection of loving dedicated unwavering zeal to live by every Word of God. Some are worse than the wicked who know no better, because they had once been converted and are supposed to know better!
10:16 He that heareth you [hears the true disciples] heareth me; and he that despiseth you [the faithfull followers and KEEPERS of all of Christ’s teachings and commandments] despiseth me; and he that despiseth me despiseth him that sent me.
The seventy report back
10:17 And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.
Jesus says here that he was in the beginning before the creation of man; for he declares that he beheld when Satan was cast down.
10:18 And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.
The truly faithfully obedient to Christ, who willingly and eagerly internalize the very nature of God by the KEEPING of ALL the teachings and commandments of Christ and God the Father, will be imbued with the power to do good that comes from Christ and God the Father!
10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Performing miracles and numbers of followers or great wealth is nothing.
It is the true sound doctrine of Holy Scripture, and our faithfulness and obedience to our Master which is the foundation of our faith that our names are indeed registered in heaven as a part of the bride of the Lamb.
10:20 Notwithstanding in this rejoice not, that the spirits are subject unto you; but rather rejoice, because your names are written in heaven.
God’s true wisdom is revealed to babes in worldliness. Let us cast off our worldliness and our coveting of the pleasures of this society and turn to the Mighty One who ALONE can save us!
God the Father and Christ reveal themselves to whoever they choose. It is NOT up to us to be concerned about numbers following our corporate entities. It is up to us to proclaim the warning message to ALL peoples and let God the Father call out and work with whoever HE chooses!
10:21 In that hour Jesus rejoiced in spirit, and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hid these things from the [worldly] wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes [in worldliness]: even so, Father; for so it seemed good in thy sight. 10:22 All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him.
Jesus explained the spirit and intent of the law and of the prophets regarding salvation.
10:23 And he turned him unto his disciples, and said privately, Blessed are the eyes which see the things that ye see: 10:24 For I tell you, that many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which ye see, and have not seen them; and to hear those things which ye hear, and have not heard them.
The way to eternal life.
10:25 And, behold, a certain lawyer stood up, and tempted him, saying, Master, what shall I do to inherit eternal life? 10:26 He said unto him, What is written in the law? how readest thou? 10:27 And he answering said, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy strength, and with all thy mind; and thy neighbour as thyself.
10:28 And he said unto him, Thou hast answered right: this do, and thou shalt live.
God comes FIRST; because God’s commandments reveal the true way to love God and to love our neighbor.
Self justifying sins against our neighbor is CONDEMNED by JESUS CHRIST!
10:29 But he, willing to justify himself, said unto Jesus, And who is my neighbour? 10:30 And Jesus answering said,
The Parable of the Good Samaritan [Most Samaritans were converted to Islam in the Middle Ages and are now called Palestinians].
A certain man went down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and fell among thieves, which stripped him of his raiment, and wounded him, and departed, leaving him half dead.
10:31 And by chance there came down a certain priest that way: and when he saw him, he passed by on the other side. 10:32 And likewise a Levite, when he was at the place, came and looked on him, and passed by on the other side.
10:33 But a certain Samaritan [Palestinian], as he journeyed, came where he was: and when he saw him, he had compassion on him, 10:34 And went to him, and bound up his wounds, pouring in oil and wine, and set him on his own beast, and brought him to an inn, and took care of him. 10:35 And on the morrow when he departed, he took out two pence, and gave them to the host, and said unto him, Take care of him; and whatsoever thou spendest more, when I come again, I will repay thee.
The lawyer could not say that the sinner was more righteous then the priest or Levite, so he merely said: “He that shewed mercy on him.”
We are to show kindness, even to our enemies! How is it that this doctrine of Christ has been forgotten in practice by so many?
10:36 Which now of these three, thinkest thou, was neighbour unto him that fell among the thieves? 10:37 And he said, He that shewed mercy on him. Then said Jesus unto him, Go, and do thou likewise.
To learn the things of God is the FIRST and MOST IMPORTANT PRIORITY for his elect!
Why do we work so hard to obtain the things of this world which perish; and yet we are so lax about learning and DOING the things of God?
Why do we exalt men who die, organizations that perish away; and false traditions that are meaningless false idols above any zeal for our Mighty God?
10:38 Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house. 10:39 And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word. 10:40 But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
This lesson from Martha and Mary is about priorities. We should serve God and learn the things of God as our FIRST priority and then serve in physical things second. With the very WORD of God in her parlor, Martha was more concerned about the physical things than about sitting at the feet of the Messiah to learn from him, and Jesus gently corrected her.
10:41 And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things: 10:42 But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
Christ teaches us how to pray
He teaches to pray short meaningful prayers, NOT lengthy prayers to impress others, and NOT empty “putting in time to fill up an hour or more” prayers. The prayers of men recorded in the Bible are almost all very short and very effective.
The effectiveness of prayer is related to how zealously we obey God, and to the sincerity of the petition being made directly to the Father.
1 John 3:22 And whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.
Luke 11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
We are to address the very God the Father, King of the universe; showing proper RESPECT for His holiness and authority, acknowledging that the Father’s will IS done in Heaven; and asking that the Father’s will be done in earth. and if we seek God’s will to be done, we should ourselves be doing God’s will; which is to live by every Word of God, (Mat 4:4).
What is God the Father’s will? That we become LIKE HIM! Through the diligent internalizing of his nature, through living by every Word of God!
11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.
We are to acknowledge that all things ultimately come from God the Father’s authority and we are to ask HIM for our daily needs. This is our DAILY NEEDS; not our lusts for mammon and the pleasures of worldliness.
11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread. [Firstly the SPIRITUAL Bread of Life, the gift of the Holy Spirit and a good knowledge of every Word of God, and a good understanding of the whole Word of God; and only secondarily, our physical needs.
We are to forgive others, and will only be forgiven of our own sins according to the degree that we forgive others. We are to ask the Father for the strength of the gift of God’s Holy Spirit to KEEP his Word and the power to resist and overcome all temptation to compromise into sin. We are delivered from the evil way, by the keeping of every Word of God’s.
11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.
We must diligently seek out the good things of God; which are found in his commandments and the doctrines of the Word of God. We must study, practice and internalize every Word of God which is his nature in print.
We must meditate on God’s Word day and night, for the Word of God delivers us from the ways and the end of the wicked; which is death: and we must ask-ask-ask for the gift of God’s Spirit of understanding; the gift of understanding God’s Word; the Bread of Life; and a good understanding shall be given unto us if we keep every Word of God and do his Will.
11:5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me three loaves [pita rounds]; 11:6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have nothing to set before him? 11:7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise and give thee. 11:8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because he is his friend, yet because of his importunity [persistence] he will rise and give him as many as he needeth. 11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
We are to first and foremost seek the righteousness and wisdom of God, which is contained in his Word; seeking to internalize the very nature of God, and the constitution and laws of the Kingdom of God, which rules the heavens and will shortly come to rule the earth.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
If we seek the things of God and seek to please God; and if we DO that which we learn from God: Then he will give us eternal life and a part in the collective bride of the Lamb unto us.
Is that not what the scriptures teach us?
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.
Luke 11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
We are to ask for the gift of the Holy Spirit of God which shall lead us into all things of God: and IF IF IF we follow the lead of God’s Spirit by DOING what God’s Word teaches us we shall receive it.
John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost [Spirit], whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
Luke 11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give him a serpent? 11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion? 11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
Christ is accused of performing good works by the power of the evil one.
Brethren, it saddens me to say that this attitude is still in some today. When God’s two prophets begin their mission: I tell you the truth: Some will say that the two do miracles by the power of Satan, because they prefer to cleave to their own false traditions.
11:14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people wondered. 11:15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils. 11:16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.
A house divided against itself cannot stand. That is why inter-religious marriages are not successful; for either the converted will fall away to their mate and apostate from God, or the marriage will fail.
11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided against a house falleth. 11:18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through Beelzebub.
Jesus Christ with the power of God the Father came, among the people as a representative of God the Father; the Heavenly King of the universal kingdom of God!
11:19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges. 11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.
God the Father and Jesus Christ are STRONGER than Satan and all of Satan’s house.
11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: 11:22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils.
When we are called to Christ by God the Father, we have a choice to respond positively, or to respond negatively and reject the call. Those who respond and accept the call, must then prove themselves over a lifetime of loyalty and growth through obedience to God the Father and Christ!
11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth not with me scattereth [divides people from God].
When the evil is cast out; it will return again, unless we are diligent in doing the will of the Father, diligently learning and KEEPING every Word of God.
Nature abhors a vacuum and evil will rush into any mind empty of the Spirit of God.
We must fill ourselves with God’s Spirit through diligent and ceaseless study and meditation on all the things of God, being zealous and unwavering in the KEEPING of the teachings and commandments of Christ and God the Father! If we do not, we quench God’s Spirit, and open the way for sin to bring us under subjection again.
11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out. 11:25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished. 11:26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
A woman then blesses Christ and he responds by blessing all those that live by every Word of God.
11:27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked. 11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God, and keep it.
Jesus then gives the sign of Jonah.
11:29 And when the people were gathered thick together, he began to say, This is an evil generation: they seek a sign; and there shall no sign be given it, but the sign of Jonas the prophet. 11:30 For as Jonas was a sign unto the Ninevites, so shall also the Son of man be to this generation.
Jesus calls himself greater than Solomon
11:31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
Jesus calls himself greater than Jonah
11:32 The men of Nineve shall rise up in the judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: for they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.
We are to sincerely repent of all commandment breaking and seek the Holy Spirit; and set an example of godliness and enthusiastic obedience to all the teachings and commandments of God:
Living the Gospel is the foundation of preaching the Gospel!
Our godly example is to be a LIGHT to the World.
11:33 No man, when he hath lighted a candle [lamp], putteth it in a secret [hiding] place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick [lampstand that all may see the light], that they which come in may see the light.
We are NOT to be double minded and compromising with God’s Word. We are to be single mindedly focused on shining; the Light of God and his Word; by DOING what God has said, for all the world to see!
11:34 The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single [focused on good], thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is [focused on evil] evil, thy body also is full of darkness.
Do NOT try to mix light with darkness: DO NOT compromise the righteousness of God with the breaking of God’s will and Word. For when the unclean thing touches the clean, the whole lump has become leavened with uncleanness.
The compromising of many, and the glorying of some concerning their tolerance of evil; IS NOT GOOD! It is NOT godly!
1 Corinthians 5:6 Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our passover is sacrificed for us:
It is polluting the body of Christ the temple of the Spirit of God.
1 Corinthians 3:17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
Luke 11:35 Take heed therefore that the light [God’s spirit] which is in thee be not [does not flicker out and turned to] darkness.
Be FULL of the light of God through the Keeping of the Father’s will and commandments and the strong increase of God’s indwelling spirit. Never compromise or tolerate sin and work day and night to root out all sin! That is how we let the light of God shine in us, for all the world to see!
11:36 If thy whole body therefore be full of light, [the light of God’s Spirit and God’s Word] having no part dark [no sin], the whole [person] shall be full of light [a shining example of godliness], as when the bright shining of a candle [lamp] doth give thee light.
We now come to the counterpart of Matthew 23.
11:37 And as he spake, a certain Pharisee besought him to dine with him: and he went in, and sat down to meat. 11:38 And when the Pharisee saw it, he marvelled that he had not first washed before dinner.
What an outburst from a man who had been asked as a guest to dinner! Jesus had no problem in speaking the truth to anyone!
The Pharisees like many church elders today, do many things for the sake of appearances, just like many worldly politicians. Very many of the brethren are misled by the sheep’s clothing of ravening wolves
11:39 And the Lord said unto him, Now do ye Pharisees make clean the outside of the cup and the platter; but your inward part is full of ravening and wickedness.
Christ commands such men – and there are very many in the assemblies today – to start caring for the flock instead of caring for what people think about them.
11:40 Ye fools, did not he that made that which is without make that which is within also? 11:41 But rather give alms of such things as ye have; and, behold, all things are clean unto you.
God’s people are to KEEP the whole law and Word of God, which includes:
Matthew 23:23 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cummin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Luke 11:42 But woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye tithe mint and rue and all manner of herbs, and pass over judgment and the love of God: these ought ye to have done, and not to leave the other undone.
Woe unto you elders who love to exalt yourselves above the people.
11:43 Woe unto you, Pharisees! for ye love the uppermost seats in the synagogues, and greetings in the markets.
Woe unto you elders who seek to appear righteous, but who are full of hidden sins; such as clinging to false traditions instead of KEEPING the Word of God, idolizing other men or corporations and teaching the flock of God to commit these sins.
11:44 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are as graves which appear not, and the men that walk over them are not aware of them.
Woe unto those who burden the people while feeding themselves, (Eze 34) and not feeding the flock with the pure Word of God.
11:45 Then answered one of the lawyers, and said unto him, Master, thus saying thou reproachest us also. 11:46 And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers! for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers. 11:47 Woe unto you! for ye build the sepulchres of the prophets, and your fathers killed them. 11:48 Truly ye bear witness that ye allow the deeds of your fathers: for they indeed killed them, and ye build their sepulchres.
Woe unto those who speak well of the prophets, Christ and the apostles; and then reject their teachings, refusing to KEEP what they have taught; for such men are no different in their hearts then others who also refused to repent.
11:49 Therefore also said the wisdom of God, I will send them prophets and apostles, and some of them they shall slay and persecute: 11:50 That the blood of all the prophets, which was shed from the foundation of the world, may be required of this generation; 11:51 From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, It shall be required of this generation.
The key to the Kingdom of God is the knowledge of repentance and obedience unto salvation.
Woe unto the elders who do not teach sincere repentance and obedience without any hint of compromise; zealously living by every Word of God!
11:52 Woe unto you, lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge [of the way to salvation, by teaching to compromise with the Word of God and substituting your own false traditions for the Word of God; and by reasoning ways around any zeal for God’s commandments]: ye entered not in yourselves, and them that were entering in ye hindered.
This correction brought great anger against Christ, and they reasoned how they could trap him in his words and so discredit him.
11:53 And as he said these things unto them, the scribes and the Pharisees began to urge him vehemently, and to provoke him to speak of many things: 11:54 Laying wait for him, and seeking to catch something out of his mouth, that they might accuse him.
We are to practice what we preach, living by every Word of God the Father, as Christ is.
Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.
Those who put on a false front and do not KEEP what they preach, shall be revealed for who and what they are; hypocrites.
12:2 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known.
Today this applies especially to those who feign loyalty to God’s Word, while in reality only using the word “God” to attract followers to themselves. Their wickedness shall be revealed.
12:3 Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.
Do not fear wicked men of power who can kill you, but be absolutely loyal and obedient to the Ultimate JUDGE of all humanity; who will reward or destroy according to HIS WORD.
12:4 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. 12:5 But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell [Gehenna]; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.
Matthew 10:28 And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul [pneuma, spirit]: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul [pneuma, spirit] and body in hell.
Do NOT fear physical persecution or even death, for God our Father in Heaven will remember our faithfulness and raise us up to eternal life as spirit.
Luke 12:6 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? 12:7 But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.
If we are faithful followers of Christ as he faithfully follows God the Father and if we acknowledge Him; He will acknowledge us and give us life eternal as a part of his bride; but if we compromise and break his teachings and commandments.
If we deny him by words or deeds; or if we are too ashamed to acknowledge him before men and resort to meaningless phrases like “A strong hand from someplace;” we are NOT worthy of him, we are not worthy to have a part in his collective bride, and we will be denied by Jesus Christ.
12:8 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: 12:9 But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.
To repent and seek the gift of the Spirit, and then later refuse to follow it in diligent faithfulness to live by every Word of God the Father; is to QUENCH the Holy Spirit and reject its lead; which puts those who begin to tolerate the sin they committed to abhor at baptism, in grave danger of being rejected by Christ unless they sincerely repent.
The correction of God is for the purpose of saving those who have become complacent and spiritually lazy in following God with true zeal for all of his Word.
Refusing to repent and standing on one’s own ways and false traditions, thinking that we know better, and rejecting God’s Word for our own ways; is embracing the unpardonable sin; calling evil good, and good evil; and refusing to sincerely repent and obey Christ and follow the lead of God’s spirit.
12:10 And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.
We are to prepare ourselves by following the lead of God’s Spirit in diligent study of God’s Word, by meditating on the Word of God day and night like David (Psalm 119); and by being DOERS of the commandments. We are to TEST the spirits by the standard of the whole Word of God.
1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
4:2 Hereby know ye the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesseth that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God:
A godly spirit or person will confess that the Spirit of God the Father and Jesus Christ will dwell in a person and will continue to keep and live by every Word of God the Father (Mat 4:4) in us, thereby empowering us to live by every Word of God the Father in heaven and of Jesus Christ.
4:3 And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist,
Any spirit or man who says that we need not be zealous to keep the whole Word of God, and that Jesus Christ cannot empower us to keep God’s Word fully: is the spirit of antichrist. The called out are to strive to be as blameless as Zacharias, Elizabeth, John Baptist and Noah.
God allows false prophets, false teachers and deceiving spirits; to test and prove the loyalty of his people.
Deuteronomy 13:3 Thou shalt not hearken unto the words of that prophet, or that dreamer of dreams: for the Lord your God proveth you, to know whether ye love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul.
If we do these things, praying in constant communion with God the Father; we shall be FULL of God’s Spirit.
Luke 12:11 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: 12:12 For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.
Do not covet worldly things, neither covet numbers of followers, nor wealth, for much compromise of sound doctrine has come through the coveting of a following or material wealth.
12:13 And one of the company said unto him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me. 12:14 And he said unto him, Man, who made me a judge or a divider over you? 12:15 And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.
The transitory nature of physical wealth.
12:16 And he spake a parable unto them, saying, The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully: 12:17 And he thought within himself, saying, What shall I do, because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
It is our duty to please GOD and NOT to put pleasing man above pleasing God, or to covet for ourselves, or our organizations; For our lives are always in God’s hands.
We should not deceive ourselves that we do God a service by doing what we think is right instead of doing what God wants, for he has no need of us, except that we should obey and serve him by KEEPING what he has commanded.
12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.
The Ekklesia needs to STOP worrying about physical things and START obeying God with enthusiastic zeal: we need to stop compromising with doctrine to gain followers.
God will call people according to his purpose and schedule; we are only to make an announcement; we are NOT to try and build up some grand organization by watering down doctrine so as to avoid offending folks; and thereby offending Almighty God.
Eternal life is more than the pleasures of this world, and it is worth more than even our physical bodies.
12:22 And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the body, what ye shall put on. 12:23 The life is more than meat, and the body is more than raiment.
If we obey him, we can have faith that God will keep his promise of eternal life.
12:24 Consider the ravens: for they neither sow nor reap; which neither have storehouse nor barn; and God feedeth them: how much more are ye better than the fowls? 12:25 And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? 12:26 If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest? 12:27 Consider the lilies how they grow: they toil not, they spin not; and yet I say unto you, that Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Hunger after and seek to consume [internalize] the Word of God, and thirst to keep his commandments. Do not try to pursue and focus on both physical things and spiritual things, for you will be double minded and will surely offend God who wants your undivided loyalty.
12:28 If then God so clothe the grass, which is to day in the field, and to morrow is cast into the oven; how much more will he clothe you [with life eternal], O ye of little faith? 12:29 And seek not ye what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. 12:30 For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
Seek to internalize the law and ways of the Kingdom of God, seek to become like God; and you shall be granted eternal life in a spiritual body who’s beauty we cannot now understand.
Consider the ugly caterpillar and how after it symbolically dies in its cocoon, it comes out as a beautiful butterfly!
12:31 But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you. 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give [the faithful] you the kingdom.
Do not rely on mammon, nor set your hearts on physical wealth; especially you elders and leaders who want to build big impressive monuments to your foolish extravagance.
It is the great sin of hypocrisy to speak to the brethren of such things; and then to waste their hard earned gifts on edifices for the sole purpose of impressing the world with how worldly successful you are!
12:33 Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth.
You elders and leaders; your great buildings shall come tumbling down; but your abuse of the brethren and your theft of funds from the preaching of the true Gospel, will be long remembered by the God who will judge you.
12:34 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
By always ready to meet your God for you do not know the hour of your death. Be clothed with the Word of God, and let the light of God’s Spirit shine brightly through your example of passionate godliness and unwavering obedience to all of God’s Word.
12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; 12:36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
Always be awake and watchful, spiritually prepared and ready; for you may die today and if you are not ready God will not choose you as a part of his bride.
If you are ready, having grown in understanding and the practical application of the whole Word of God; you shall be chosen and granted eternal life.
How does the bride of Christ make herself ready? By internalizing the very nature of God through sincere repentance from all sin, and with diligent prayer, study and living by every Word of God and learning to obey our espoused Husband BEFORE the wedding!
Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Those who are not prepared and are not watching, shall be caught unawares in their sins and shall not be chosen in the resurrection to spirit. Only those diligent in continually preparing themselves and watching, joyfully desiring the coming of their Lord, shall be ready for the marriage feast.
Luke 12:37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
We should be doing the will of God and living by every Word of God the Father continually, hour by hour and day by day, without any hint of compromise.
12:38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
1 Thessalonians 5:2 For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night. 5:3 For when they shall say, Peace and safety; then sudden destruction cometh upon them, as travail upon a woman with child; and they shall not escape.
The wide awake watchers who are seeking their LORD and are fully prepared to greet him; WILL NOT be taken by surprise!
5:4 But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief. 5:5 Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.
5:6 Therefore let us not sleep, as do others; but let us watch and be sober.
Be ready that you do not suffer loss.
Luke 12:39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. 12:40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye [most people will not expect him and his coming will take many by surprise] think not.
Who shall be given eternal life and ruler-ship in the Kingdom of God?
The person that will be a part of the collective bride in the resurrection to spirit and will become a king and or priest in the kingdom; is that person who is found diligently growing and overcoming, following God’s Spirit; and KEEPING all the teachings and commandments of God with passionate enthusiasm. It is the person who is found DOING God the Father’s will; that will be chosen!
12:41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all? 12:42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household [in the Kingdom], to give them their portion of [spiritual meat (the Word of God) in the Kingdom] meat in due season? 12:43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
12:44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
The person who is NOT watching and is not spiritually prepared, and is involved in worldliness; the person who is compromising with Christ’s teachings and commandments, and tolerating sin: Shall NOT be chosen! He shall be rejected from being a part of the bride!
12:45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; 12:46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
12:47 And that servant, which knew his lord’s will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
The unconverted who did not know the will of God, shall have much less correction; than the converted that grow lax, lukewarm, complacent and self willed.
12:48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Jesus then says that the attacks by Satan’s world against the faithful, will bring enough fire on us. We should not bring unnecessary trouble on ourselves from the world, by engaging in worldly wickedness.
12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
Jesus was required to fulfill his mission, and he completed his mission to live a perfect life, to die for humanity; and to be resurrected and qualified to ascend to God the Father as our ONLY Mediator and Melchesidek High Priest.
12:50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened [required to do it] till it be accomplished!
Jesus then says that God the Father’s calling to him, will bring much persecution and many trials on the faithful
12:51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division: 12:52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. 12:53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
Jesus then criticizes those who could not discern his Messiah-ship at that time; and those in our day [especially the supposedly converted] who cannot see the signs of his coming.
12:54 And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is. 12:55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass. 12:56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
We should repent and agree quickly with Christ, before he completes his judgment of us, that we may be delivered from his anger; lest we be judged of God the Father as not fit to be a part of the bride.
12:57 Yea, and why even of yourselves judge ye not what is right? 12:58 When thou goest with thine adversary [if we compromise with God’s ways we have become the adversary of Jesus Christ] to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him [repent and turn to the commandments of God with enthusiastic zeal lest you be judged and condemned by the Father]; lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison.
There is no escape from the judgment and condemnation of God the Father and the Son; except quick repentance and a passionate turning to God the father and Jesus Christ in unwavering loving obedience.
12:59 I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence, till thou hast paid the very last mite [penny].