Luke 12 - 15

Many parables and lessons
E arly conflicts with the religious leaders

Luk - 12 God loves you and will care for you, you must be ready
Luk - 13 Sin and death, fig tree w/o fruit, teachings
Luk - 14 Healing, those unworthy for the feast, commitment
Luk - 15 Come for the lost, the prodigal son

Luk - 12

Later, Jesus taught his disciples, "Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed; neither hid that shall not be known. 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. 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. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear; fear him which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea I say unto you, fear him.

    Jesus teaches Disciples

"Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God. But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore; ye are of more value than many sparrows.

"Also I say unto you, whosoever shall confess Me before men, him shall the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God. But he that denieth Me before men shall be denied before the angels of God.

    Jesus teaches Disciples

"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.

"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; for the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say."

    Jesus teaches Disciples

One sought judgment from Jesus between himself and his brother on the matter of inheritance, and Jesus told him, "Man, who made Me a judge or a divider over you?" To the disciples He said, "Take heed and beware of covetousness, for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.

"The ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully; and he thought within himself, saying what shall I do because I have no room where to bestow my fruits. 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. 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.'

"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?' So is he that layeth up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.

"Therefore I say unto you, take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat. Neither for the body what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat and the body is more than raiment.

"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?"

"And which of you with taking thought can add to his stature one cubit? If ye then be not able to do that thing which is least, why take ye thought for the rest?

"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. 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, O ye of little faith?

"And seek not ye what ye shall eat or what ye shall drink, neither be ye of doubtful mind. For all these things do the nations of the World seek after; and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things. But rather seek ye the Kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added unto you. Fear not little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the Kingdom."

    Jesus teaches Disciples
    About the Kingdom

"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. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

    About the Kingdom
    Other Sacrifices

"Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning. And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he commeth and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

"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. And if he shall come in the second watch or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.

"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. Be ye therefore ready also, for the Son of Man cometh at an hour when ye think not."

Peter asked Him if this was a parable for the disciples only or for everyone, and Jesus told him, "Who then is that faithful and wise steward whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season. Blessed is that servant whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.

"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; 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.

"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. 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.

"I am come to send fire on the Earth; and what will I if it be already kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how am I straitened till it be accomplished. Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on Earth? I tell you nay; but rather division. For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two and two against three. 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.

"When ye see a cloud rise out of the West, straightway ye say there cometh a shower, and so it is. And when ye see the South wind blow ye say there will be heat; and it cometh to pass. 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. Yea and why even of your selves judge ye not what is right.

"When thou goest with thine adversary to the magistrate, as thou art in the way, give diligence that thou mayest be delivered from him. Lest he hale thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and the officer cast thee into prison. I tell thee, thou shalt not depart thence till thou hast paid the very last mite.

    Jesus teaches Disciples

LUK - 13

And some told Jesus that Pilate had mingled Galilaeans' blood with heathen sacrifices. Jesus said, "Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galileans because they suffered such things? I tell you nay, but except ye repent, ye shall likewise perish.

"Or those eighteen upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them; think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you nay, but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

    Jesus teaches Disciples

"A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and came and sought fruit thereon and found none. Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, 'Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree and find none; cut it down. Why cumbereth it the ground.' And he answering said unto him, 'Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it and dung it. And if it bear fruit, well; and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.'"

    Jesus teaches Disciples

When Jesus was teaching in a synagogue, there was a woman with a spirit of infirmity eighteen years and she was bent in body and could not straighten. Jesus said to her, "Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity." And He laid hands on her and she was made straight.

When the ruler of the synagogue was indignant because Jesus healed on the sabbath, Jesus challenged him in return, "Thou hypocrite. Doth not each of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall and lead him away to watering. And ought not this woman being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound lo these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day."

    Jesus attacks or Defends

And He taught saying, "Unto what is the Kingdom of God like, and whereunto shall I resemble it. It is like a grain of mustard seed which a man took and cast into his garden; and it grew and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

"Whereunto shall I liken the Kingdom of God. It is like leaven which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till the whole was leavened."

    About the Kingdom

Later, one asked Jesus if only a few would be saved; He answered, "Strive to enter in at the strait gate; for many I say unto you will seek to enter in and shall not be able. When once the master of the house is risen up and hath shut the door; and ye begin to stand without and to knock at the door saying, 'Lord, lord, open unto us.' And he shall answer and say unto you, 'I know you not whence ye are.' Then shall ye begin to say, 'We have eaten and drunk in Thy presence and Thou hast taught in our streets.' But He shall say, I tell you, 'I know you not whence ye are. Depart from Me all ye workers of iniquity.'

"There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth when ye shall see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the Kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out. And they shall come from the East, and from the West, and from the North, and from the South, and shall sit down in the Kingdom of God. And behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last."

    About the Kingdom

Then there were those Pharisees which came to warn Jesus that Herod was looking for Him, and He should flee. He told them, "Go ye and tell that fox, behold, I cast out devils and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. Nevertheless I must walk today and to morrow, and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

    Other Prophesy

"O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings; and ye would not. Behold your house is left unto you desolate. And verily I say unto you, ye shall not see Me until the time come when ye shall say, 'Blessed is He that cometh in the name of the Lord.'"

    About Jerusalem

LUK - 14

On the sabbath, Jesus went into the house of the chief Pharisee to eat bread; and a man with dropsy was before Him. Jesus spoke to those present, "Is it lawful to heal on the sabbath day?" When they did not answer, He healed the man. And He said to them, "Which of you shall have an ass or an ox fallen into a pit and will not straightway pull him out on the sabbath day?"

    Jesus attacks or Defends

"When thou art bidden of any man to a wedding, sit not down in the highest room lest a more honourable man than thou be bidden of him. And he that bade thee and him come and say to thee, give this man place, and thou begin with shame to take the lowest room. But when thou art bidden, go and sit down in the lowest room, that when he bade thee cometh, he may say unto thee, friend, go up higher. Then shalt thou have worship in the presence of them that sit at meat with thee. For whosoever exalteth himself shall be abashed; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

    Jesus teaches Disciples

"When thou makest a dinner or a supper, call not thy friends nor thy brethren neither thy kinsmen nor thy rich neighbors, lest they also bid thee again and a recompence be made thee. But when thou makest a feast, call the poor, the maimed, the lame, the blind, and thou shalt be blessed. For they cannot recompense thee, for thou shall be recompensed at the resurrection of the just.

"A certain man made a great supper, and bade many, and sent his servant at supper time to say to them that were bidden, 'Come for all things are now ready.' And they all with one consent began to make excuse. The first said unto him, 'I have bought a piece of ground, and I must needs go and see it; I pray thee have me excused.' And another said, 'I have bought five yoke of oxen, and I go to prove them; I pray thee have me excused.' And another said, 'I have married a wife, and therefore I cannot come.' So that servant came, and shewed his lord these things.

"Then the master of the house being angry said to his servant, go out quickly into the streets and lanes of the city and bring in hither the poor, and the maimed, and the halt, and the blind. And the servant said, lord it is done as thou hast commanded, and yet there is room.

"And the lord said unto the servant, 'Go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled; for I say unto you that none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper."

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When many followed Jesus in the way, He told them, "If any man come to Me, and hate not his father and mother and wife and children and brethren and sisters, yea and his own life also; he cannot be my disciple. And whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you intending to build a tower sitteth not down first and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it. Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it; all that behold it begin to mock him saying, 'This man began to build and was not able to finish.'

"Or what king going to war against another king sitteth not down first and consulteth whether he be able with ten thousand to meet him that cometh against him with twenty thousand. Or else, while the other is yet a great way off, he sendeth an ambassage and desireth conditions of peace. So likewise whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple.

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"Salt is good. But if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? It is neither fit for the land nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out.

"He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."

LUK - 15

When the Pharisees murmured against Jesus because He received and ate with sinners, He told them, "What man of you, having an hundred sheep; if he lose one of them doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness and go after that which is lost until he find it. And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders rejoicing. And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbours, saying unto them, 'Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.' I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in Heaven over one sinner that repenteth more than over ninety and nine just persons which need no repentance.

"Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle and sweep the house and seek diligently till she find it. And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together saying, 'Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost.' Likewise, I say unto you there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.

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"A certain man had two sons. And the younger of them said to his father, 'Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me,' and he divided unto them his living. And not many days after, the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country; and there wasted his substance with riotous living. And when he had spent all, there arose a mighty famine in that land, and he began to be in want. And he went and joined himself to a citizen of that country; and he sent him into his fields to feed swine. And he would fain have filled his belly with the husks that the swine did eat; and no man gave unto him.

"And when he came to himself, he said, how many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger. I will arise and go to my father, and will say unto him, 'Father, I have sinned against Heaven and before thee. And am no more worthy to be called thy son. Make me as one of thy hired servants.'

"And he arose and came to his father. But when he was yet a great way off, his father saw him, and had compassion; and ran and fell on his neck and kissed him. And the son said unto him, 'Father, I have sinned against Heaven and in thy sight, and am no more worthy to be called thy son.'

"But the father said to his servants, 'Bring forth the best robe, and put it on him; and put a ring on his hand and shoes on his feet. And bring hither the fatted calf and kill it; and let us eat and be merry. For this my son was dead, and is alive again; He was lost, and is found.' And they began to be merry.

"Now his elder son was in the field; and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing. And he called one of the servants and asked what these things meant. And he said unto him, 'Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf because he hath received him safe and sound.'

"And he was angry, and would not go in. Therefore came his father out and intreated him. And he, answering, said to his father, 'Lo these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment; and yet thou never gavest me a kid that I might make merry with my friends. But as soon as this thy son was come, which hath devoured thy living with harlots, thou hast killed for him the fatted calf.'

"And he said unto him, 'Son, thou art ever with me, and all that I have is thine. It was meet that we should make merry and be glad, for this thy brother was dead, and is alive again; was lost, and is found.'"

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