Day 20: Luke 20
Day 20: Luke 20
“Jesus looked directly at them and asked, ‘Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘ “The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone”?”
Luke 20:17 NIVUK
Jesus was teaching at the temple Courts. This was incredibly brave of him because one of the first things he did upon entering Jerusalem was to go into the temple and drive out the market sellers. He did this as a sign against the whole temple system. The temple in Jerusalem should have been the place the whole world could come to pray to the God of Abraham but Jesus labels it as a “den of robbers”.
Jesus had already provoked the religious leaders with his indictment of their practices. He returns to the scene to add more fuel to the fire. The Chief Priests, the teachers of the Law and the elders all assemble to plot how they might discredit him or get him to say something heretical so they can justify calling for his arrest. They cannot trap him in anything he says. Jesus is too smart. He responds to their scheming by speaking a parable against them.
It’s about a vineyard, the owner rents it to farmers to look after. If you own a business and you employ people, you expect that you will benefit from any profit they make, right? Even though these farmers don’t own the farm; they are trying to seize control of it by force. They assault the servants that the owner sends to check on their progress. In this situation I would imagine that I’d be calling the police but the owner has one last attempt at diplomacy. He sends his Son, he hopes that the farmers will respect him.
The farmers see that the Son is coming to check on the farm and they decide to murder him so that they will inherit the farm instead. Their plan backfires as the owner himself will come to take back control of the farm. After he has reclaimed the land, I would personally be cautious about who I hire. Perhaps keeping the farm within my close family but the owner is generous; even though his workers have rejected him. He does all he can to show that he wants to accept them.
Those listening to Jesus’s story were shocked. They knew that he had spoken this parable against not just the religious leaders but the nation of Israel. Jesus was warning them that many Israelites were living lives where they were missing out on God’s goodness even though it was readily available to them. I’m not saying that all of Israel would miss out, after all Jesus still had a large following and his loyal band of Disciples. They were getting an early taste of what the fullness of God’s Kingdom would be like.
Jesus responds to their shock with words taken from Psalm 118, the pilgrimage Psalm that they’d been using snatches of to hail him as King. He drew their attention to a more mysterious part of the Psalm.
“The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone; the LORD has done this, and it is marvellous in our eyes.”
Psalms 118:22-23 NIVUK
The builders were trying to make a building. They put the bricks together to form their building but they forgot the most important one: a cornerstone. This stone holds two walls together. Their building will not stand without the right shaped cornerstone. They may have seen the stone at the beginning and rejected it thinking that it wasn’t going to be useful for the building they were imagining but it turned out that the stone is the most important one as it’s the stone you’re meant to start with. You lay all the other stones on top (or next to it!)
Jesus is the cornerstone. We can’t come to him with all our ideas of how best to run the Kingdom. He is the King, the highest authority, what he says goes. As we have already seen he has the position of King above all Kings because he is uniquely qualified for it. He has the wisdom to make all the right choices and the love that motivates him to implement his wise plans. He is the architect with the perfect design and in his Kingdom he is the first stone laid, the foundation of the whole building. I’ll finish today with an excerpt from Paul’s letter to the Ephesians that explains it better than I can:
“Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and strangers, but fellow citizens with God’s people and also members of his household, built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
Ephesians 2:19-22 NIVUK
Luke for everyone, a book by Tom Wright
The Bible speaks today: The message of Psalms 73-150, a book by Michael Wilcock
Whatever you’re going through. Go through it with God.
ok so this says u can’t cut ur hair. but what if u get an aetheist to cut ur hair but against ur will. does that count?
I probably won’t post here again because tumblr is distracting me from God. So…here’s what I want to say:
- Jesus loves you
- Jesus wants to SAVE you
- Jesus might be coming soon, so spread His word and stay strong in your faith through everything.
- Study the Bible before you shun it
- Never be afraid to ask real Christians questions about The Bible
- Christianity is more about the relationship with God, than the religion.
- God is always listening to your prayers, He just might not answer how you want Him to
- God’s timing is perfect
- The Holy Spirit will guide you once you’re saved
- Strive to live for God
And I love you!
The vaccine Bill Gates is working on might have a chip along with it.
THE MARK OF THE BEAST.
Christians, don’t comprise. Don’t get the chip.
He’s saying that if you don’t get chip, you might not be able to go to the store or anywhere. Exactly what the mark of the beast is explained to be.
The end times might be a lot closer than we think.
Wake up. Stand against the anti-christ. Stand by Jesus. Spread His word and spread The Truth.
Share God’s Word to the world, family, and friends!!! Before it’s too late!
Is your testimony up here next? Maybe some of us do have something they want to share, but never had the opportunity the do so. Or no one asked them to share it. If you like, or if you know someone, you can comment down below or send me a message, and I will share your testimony.
It was also about these that Enoch, in the seventh generation from Adam, prophesied, saying, “See, the Lord is coming with ten thousand of his holy ones, to execute judgment on all, and to convict everyone of all the deeds of ungodliness that they have committed in such an ungodly way, and of all the harsh things that ungodly sinners have spoken against him.”
- Jude 14-15 NRSV
love that according to the Bible there was a man in the middle east named Felix
Day 18: Luke 18
“Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.’”
Luke 18:17 NIVUK
We develop a sense of pride as adults that makes us very sensitive to when we feel people are being condescending towards us. As adults we take pride in having a lot of accumulated knowledge and experience. We feel this elevates us above children. In many cultures this has led to children being devalued and in the worst cases, receiving abuse.
We see that mentality on display here as the disciples rebuke the parents and children who want to be near Jesus. They are reflecting their culture; where both women and children were seen as second class citizens. Jesus makes it clear that the status of both groups is elevated in the Kingdom. In fact he holds children up as a model of how to live under God’s rule. If we want to be part of God’s Kingdom, Jesus tells us we have to become like children. What does this mean?
It doesn’t mean to become immature or childish. All of Jesus’s teachings up to this point have been developing themes that have run through the whole of scripture. It requires increasing mental development to continue adapting to these new ideas. Childishness is also synonymous with being undisciplined and Jesus within this chapter encourages his followers to be consistent and disciplined in prayer.
Why then is it crucial for us to become like children? I have already alluded to it. Whether we have just decided to follow Jesus or if we’ve been following him for a long time we always have more to learn from him. A child is completely dependent on the family they are part of in order to develop in a healthy manner. Children are eager to learn and consciously will emulate influential adults in their lives.
Once again God’s Kingdom defies expectations. We expect to gain citizenship by proving how worthy we are to be citizens, by pointing to how vast our knowledge is but if we attempt entry that way then we will not be teachable, we would leave no space for God to show us the new, better way of living. A little child never thinks they’ve got it all sussed, they recognise that there’s always areas they can grow in.
There is a balance then. We don’t want to become childish: being needy, spoiled or rude. We want to be child-like reflecting the best qualities present in children, being teachable and acknowledging our utter dependence on God the father, for our very existence but then also for our growth. As his adopted children we seek to become like him, showing his love in practice, experiencing his peace in difficult situations and knowing his joy no matter what happens.
TW: I talk about religion and the government covid situation.
some people in the gov. are trying to pass a bill. This bill will make it mandatory that if you are caught outside with a 100.4 fever or higher, you will have to to get the vaccine.
BUT that’s not the bad part. The bad part is that once you are given the vaccine, you HAVE to get a chip put inside you saying you got the vaccine. The last digits of the vaccine label are 06, 06, 06,….if this bill is passed(I highly doubt it) please be careful and avoid getting this tracking chip.
and know that the day of Jesus coming might be soon.
On Friday President Trump said that governors should allow churches, synagogues, mosques and other houses of worship to immediately reopen. Deeming houses of worship as essential, Trump threatened that if they are not reopened, “I will override the governors,” he said, adding that “In America, we need more prayer, not less.” This action will effectively pit the power of religion against the power of the virus, and based on the mounting body count in the nation and the world, God will likely come out as the loser in this fight. “Religion is so important, so important. Why would God let anything bad happen? Read the Bible, nothing bad ever happens as long as God and Jesus are there,” added Trump who has obviously never read any portion of the Bible. White evangelicals have been among Trump’s strongest supporters, and are sorely mistaken if they think God and Trump can beat the virus.
Me: I mean, I’ve heard so many people say that we are God’s rejects, but how can someone as fabulous as me not be planned?
My family: *visibly shaking* how- how did you get into the house
Day 17: Luke 17
“Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, ‘The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, “Here it is,” or “There it is,” because the kingdom of God is in your midst.’”
Luke 17:20-21 NIVUK
The miracles and the teachings of Jesus were continuing to build a sense of expectation amongst the Jewish people. This man was teaching with authority, his wisdom couldn’t be faulted. His miracles were bringing healing to those who had lost hope. Was he the messianic King that they had been waiting for? The Pharisees had a fixed idea of what the King would be like and Jesus did not fit the bill. Rather than opening their minds to a King that defies their expectations, they attempted to disprove Jesus’s claim to that title.
This is why I think they were asking about the Kingdom of God that Jesus had been teaching about. They probably wanted precise dates. They wanted to know when they would see God’s rule on Earth and they also, along with the other Jews listening, would have wanted to know when God would free them from the oppressive rule of the Roman Empire. Jesus tackles their misunderstanding of the Kingdom of God, it is unlike any earthly kingdom that has ever been. In fact Jesus says that the Kingdom is already there.
The earthly kingdoms keep hold of territory through force and domination, they make a show of their power with armed forces and inspire awe with their regality. The power of the Kingdom of God is spiritual, hence it is not visible. You can’t easily point to a specific place and say this land belongs to God’s Kingdom. How then was it already in their midst? Because the King was already standing among them and those who submit to him get to automatically be a part of this Kingdom.
Jesus is a King who doesn’t force himself on people. He spoke a message of love but within that message there was a choice. Submit to the King, lay down your old life and receive a new better one. Again this Kingdom subverts our expectations. Usually we expect to take in order to receive but in order to receive from God we must first offer all of ourselves to him.
God designed this world, so he knows how we can get the most out of living in it. The path to the best life is giving ourselves to him and to others. Then we receive the joy of being part of a family, a community, a Kingdom. This Kingdom is eternal, God will one day fully rule over everything. If we become part of that now then we get to benefit. Access to the Kingdom is available to all, we just need to reach out and grasp it.
Luke for everyone, a book by Tom Wright