Luke 16 - 20


Teaching and preparing the disciples
Entrance, and Conflicts in Jerusalem

Luk - 16 The unjust servant, teachings, rich man and lazarus
Luk - 17 The way to behave toward men, the power of faith, the place of the servant, healing, Kingdom lessons
Luk - 18 The unjust judge, right with God, children & the Kingdom, keeping the commandments, toward Jerusalem
Luk - 19 Salvation of Zacchaeus, parable of the absent lord, into Jerusalem and cleansing of the temple
Luk - 20 Conflict with and parables against the religious leaders


LUK - 16

Jesus taught his disciples, "There was a certain rich man which had a steward; and the same was accused unto him that he had wasted his goods. And he called him and said unto him, 'How is it that I hear this of thee? Give an account of thy stewardship for thou mayest be no longer a steward.'

"Then the steward said within himself, what shall I do; for my lord taketh away from me the stewardship. I cannot dig, to beg I am ashamed. I am resolved what to do, that when I am put out of the stewardship they may receive me into their houses.

"So he called every one of his lord's debtors unto him and said unto the first, 'How much owest thou unto my lord?' And he said, 'An hundred measures of oil.' And he said unto him, 'Take thy bill, and sit down quickly and write fifty.' Then said he to another, 'And how much owest thou?' And he said, 'An hundred measures of wheat.' And he said unto him, 'Take thy bill and write fourscore.'

"And the lord commended the unjust steward because he had done wisely; for the children of this world are in their generation wiser than the children of light.

"And I say unto you, make to yourselves friends of the mammon of unrighteousness; that when ye fail, they may receive you into everlasting habitations. He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much. If therefore ye have not been faithful in the unrighteous mammon, who will commit to your trust the true riches? And if ye have not been faithful in that which is another man's, who shall give you that which is your own?

"No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other; or else he will hold to the one and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon."

    Christ & Judgment

When the Pharisees derided this teaching, Jesus said to them, "Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts. For that which is esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.

"The law and the prophets were until John; since that time the Kingdom of God is preached and every man presseth into it. And it is easier for Heaven and Earth to pass than one tittle of the law to fail.

"Whosoever putteth away his wife and marrieth another committeth adultery. And whosoever marrieth her that is put away from her husband committeth adultery.

    Changes to older teachings

"There was a certain rich man which was clothed in purple and fine linin and fared sumptuously every day. And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus which was laid at his gate full of sores and desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man's table. Moreover, the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass that the beggar dies and was carried by the angels into Abraham's bosom. The rich man also died and was buried; and in hell he lift up his eyes being in torments and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

"And he cried and said, 'Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus that he may dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue, for I am tormented in this flame.' But Abraham said, 'Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things; but now he is comforted and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us that would come from thence.'

"Then he said, 'I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father's house, for I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment.' Abraham saith unto him, 'They have Moses and the prophets, let them hear them.' And he said, 'Nay, father Abraham, but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent.' And he said unto him, 'If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead.'"

    Jesus attacks or Defends


LUK - 17

Jesus said to the disciples, "It is impossible but that offenses will come, but woe unto him through whom they come. It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee saying, 'I repent,' thou shalt forgive him."

    Other Curses
    Focus on Sins

The disciples asked Jesus to increase their faith, and He said to them, "If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, be thou plucked up by the root and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.

"But which of you having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by when he is come from the field, 'Go and sit down to meat;' and will not rather say unto him, 'Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself and serve me till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink.'

"Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him, I trow not. So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, 'We are unprofitable servants; we have done that which was our duty to do.'"

    Jesus teaches Disciples

On the way to Jerusalem, lepers stood far from Jesus and pleaded with him to have mercy. He said to them, "Go shew yourselves unto the priests," and they were cleansed as they went. One returned and worshipped Jesus, and He asked, "Were there not ten cleansed? But where are the nine? There are not found that returned to give glory to God save this stranger.

"Arise, go thy way. They faith hath made thee whole."

    Other Sacrifices

When the Pharisees demanded to know when the Kingdom of God would come, Jesus told them, "The Kingdom of God cometh not with observation; neither shall they say, 'Lo here,' or 'Lo there,' for behold, the Kingdom of God is within you."

    About the Kingdom

To the disciples, He said, "The days will come when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man and ye shall not see it. And they shall say to you, 'See here,' or 'See there.' Go not after them nor follow them. For as the lightning that lighteth out of the one part under Heaven shineth unto the other part under Heaven; so shall also the Son of Man be in his day.

"But first must He suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation. And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of Man. They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage until the day that Noe entered into the Ark; and the flood came and destroyed them all.

"Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away. And he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.

"Remember Lot's wife. Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.

"I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken and the other left."

The disciples asked where, and Jesus told them, "Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together."

    Jesus teaches Disciples


LUK - 18

Jesus taught, "There was in a city a judge which feared not God neither regarded man. And there was a widow in that city and she came unto him saying, 'Avenge me of mine adversary.' And he would not for a while, but afterward he said within himself, though I fear not God nor regard man; yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her; lest by her continual coming she weary me.

"Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them. I tell you that He will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless, when the Son of Man cometh shall He find faith on the Earth.

"Two men went up into the temple to pray; the one a Pharisee and the other a publican. The Pharisee stood and prayed thus with himself, 'God, I thank thee that I am not as other men are, extortioners, unjust, adulterers, or even as this publican. I fast twice in the week, I give tithes of all that I possess.' And the publican standing afar off would not lift up so much as his eyes unto Heaven, but smote upon his breast saying, 'God be merciful to me, a sinner.'

"I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other; for everyone that exalteth himself shall be abased, and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted."

    Prayer teachings

When the disciples rebuked those who brought children to Jesus so that He could touch them, Jesus called them to Him and said, "Suffer little children to come unto Me, and forbid them not; for of such is the Kingdom of God. Verily I say unto you, whosoever shall not receive the Kingdom of God as a little child shall in no wise enter therein."

    About the Kingdom

A ruler addressed Jesus as a good master, and asked what to do to inherit eternal life. Jesus said, "Why callest thou Me good? None is good save One, that is God.

"Thou knowest the commandments: do not commit adultery, do not kill, do not steal, do not bear false witness, honour thy father and thy mother."

The ruler replied that he had kept these from his youth, and Jesus said, "Yet lackest thou one thing. Sell all that thou hast and distribute unto the poor; and thou shalt have treasure in Heaven. And come and follow Me."

The ruler went away, and Jesus taught, "How hardly shall they that have riches enter into the Kingdom of God. For it is easier for a camel to go through a needle's eye than for a rich man to enter into the Kingdom of God."

    About the Kingdom

The disciples asked who could be saved, and Jesus told them, "The things which are impossible with men are possible with God."

    Jesus teaches Disciples

To the twelve alone, Jesus said, "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and all things that are written by the prophets concerning the Son of Man shall be accomplished. For He shall be delivered unto the Gentiles, and shall be mocked, and spitefully entreated, and spitted on. And they shall scourge Him and put Him to death; and the third day He shall rise again.

    Other Prophesy

Near Jerico, a blind man called out to Jesus as the son of David, and would not be silenced. Jesus had him brought to where He was and asked, "What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee?" When the man asked for his sight, Jesus told him, "Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee."


LUK - 19

As Jesus passed through Jerico, He stopped and called to the chief publican, named Zacchaeus, who had climbed a tree to see Jesus pass. He said, "Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must abide at thy house." At the meal that followed, Zacchaeus announced his new turn of mind, and Jesus told him, "This day is salvation come to this house for so much as he also is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

    Other Blessings
    Other salvations
    Other disciple demonstrations

"A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. And he called his ten servants and delivered them ten pounds and said unto them, 'Occupy till I come.' But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him saying, we will not have this man to reign over us.

"And it came to pass that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

"Then came the first, saying, 'Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds. And he said unto him, 'Well, thou good servant because thou has been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.'

"And the second came, saying, `Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds. And he said likewise to him, 'Be thou also over five cities.'

"And another came, saying, 'Lord, behold here is thy pound which I have kept laid up in a napkin. For I feared thee because thou art an austere man. Thou takest up that thou layest not down and reapest that thou didst not sow.' And he saith unto him, 'Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not sow. Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have required mine own with usury?'

"And he said unto them that stood by, 'Take from him the pound and give it to him that hath ten pounds.' (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)

"For I say unto you, that unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.

"But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them; bring hither and slay them before me."

    Jesus teaches Disciples

As Jesus neared Jerusalem, He sent two disciples saying, "Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied whereon yet never man sat. Loose him and bring him hither. And if any man ask you, 'Why do ye loose him?' thus shall ye say unto him, 'Because the Lord hath need of him.' And they did as Jesus told them.

And Jesus rode into Jerusalem with such rejoicing that the Pharisees asked Jesus to silence his disciples. He answered, "I tell you that if these should hold their peace, the stones would immediately cry out."

    Jesus attacks or Defends

And when He was come near, He wept over the city, saying, "If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace. But now they are hid from thine eyes. For the days shall come upon thee, that thine enemies shall cast a trench about thee, and compass thee round, and keep thee in on every side, and shall lay thee even with the ground and thy children within thee. And they shall not leave in thee one stone upon another because thou knewest not the time of thy visitation."

And Jesus entered the temple and cast out those who did business, saying, "It is written, 'My house is the house of prayer,' but ye have made it a den of thieves."

    Jesus attacks or Defends


LUK - 20

As Jesus taught in the temple, the chief priests and scribes and elders asked Jesus by what authority He did these things, and He replied, "I will also ask you one thing, and answer Me; the baptism of John, was it from Heaven or of men?"

When they answered that they could not tell, He responded to them, "Neither tell I you by what authority I do these things."

And He spoke to the people, "A certain man planted a vineyard and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time. And at the season, he sent a servant to the husbandmen that they should give him of the fruit of the vineyard. But the Husbandmen beat him and sent him away empty. And again he sent another servant; and they beat him also and entreated him shamefully and sent him away empty. And again he sent a third and they wounded him also and cast him out.

"Then said the lord of the vineyard, what shall I do? I will send my beloved son; it may be they will reverence him when they see him. But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves saying, 'This is the heir. Come let us kill him that the inheritance may be ours.' So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him.

"What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them? He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and he shall give the vineyard to other."

When the those who heard it said, "God forbid," Jesus said, "What is this then that is written, 'The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner.' Whosoever shall fall upon that stone shall be broken; but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder."

    Jesus attacks or Defends

The chief priests came to Jesus asking Him if it was right to give tribute unto Caesar. Jesus replied, "Why tempt ye Me? Shew Me a penny. Whose image and superscription hath it?" When they answered that it was Caesar's, Jesus said, "Render therefore unto Caesar the things which be Caesar's, and unto God the things which be God's."

The Sadducees asked Jesus whose wife would a woman be in the resurrection if she had been the wife of many brothers. He answered, "The children of this world marry and are given in marriage; but they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world and the resurrection from the dead neither marry nor are given in marriage. Neither can they die any more, for they are equal unto the angels and are the Children of God, being the children of the resurrection.

"Now that the dead are raised, even Moses shewed at the bush when He calleth the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For He is not a God of the dead, but of the living; for all live unto Him."

Then He questioned them all, "How say they that Christ is David's son; and David himself saith in the Book of Psalms, 'The Lord said unto my Lord, sit Thou on my right hand till I make thine enemies thy footstool.' David therefore calleth Him Lord, how is He then his son?"

    Jesus attacks or Defends

He taught his disciples, "Beware of the scribes which desire to walk in long robes and love greetings in the markets and the highest seats in the synagogues and the chief rooms at feasts. Which devour widows houses and for a shew make long prayers. The same shall receive greater damnation."

    Jesus teaches Disciples


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