Luke 12:21 The Kind of Wealth God Respects

Luke 12:21 (KJV)
So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

Our current church culture, one where we value beautiful buildings, comfortable seating, and costly accouterments, tends to define “rich toward God” as being generous in our financial giving to church. To be sure, the Bible does teach us to give financially. It even tells us to do so both cheerfully and bountifully. I do not in any way deny or discourage that.

But I don’t believe that is the gist of this passage. Neither do I believe giving to church constitutes laying up treasure in heaven. Indeed, if our heart is in love with financial treasures, that’s a problem even if we have laid it up in heaven.

Consider the context. The point Jesus was making is that the man’s wealth, savings, and plans for bigger barns were meaningless. Our Father knows what we have need of. Our Father needs none of what we have. He is perfectly capable of caring for His own in a manner far exceeding what we may gain on our own. We cannot buy His favor nor develop a walk with Him by paying Him off.

Being rich toward God means having an increasing relationship and walking with Him. It means to live in constant preparedness for that night our soul will be required of us. Our treasure in heaven must be God alone.

That is the sort of wealth God respects.

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Luke 12:21 The Kind of Wealth God Respects

Luke 7:4 The Best Building Block for Life

Luke 7:4 (KJV)
And when they came to Jesus, they besought him instantly, saying, That he was worthy for whom he should do this:

Here is a Gentile man, a soldier no less, of whom the elders of the Jews ascribed worth.

Thus, the subject of worth becomes the topic.

  • The elders of the Jews believed he was worthy
  • He said of himself that he was unworthy
  • Upon hearing him, Jesus honored him as worthy

My thought is this,
The Jews, who notoriously thought of Gentiles as dogs, saw his worth: because he loved Israel, and had built them a synagogue, and because he viewed himself as unworthy.

He loved the nation and built the synagogue precisely because he viewed himself as unworthy. He saw in their faith a truth that was higher than anything he had witnessed in the pagan world.

Jesus praised his faith as greater than anything He had seen in Israel. It was a faith that was born of his humility.

There is no greater block upon which to build friendships, businesses, and faith than the building block of humility.

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Luke 7:4 The Best Building Block for Life

Luke 6:3 Apples and Oranges

Luke 6:3 (KJV)
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;

Apples and Oranges

People who consider themselves to be expert in debate and argument have devised what they consider to be the “rules of engagement” for debating ideas and disagreements. One of those rules would have to do with comparing apples to apples. According to their rules of engagement it would be inappropriate to bring an orange to an apple debate.

Interesting

The debate of our text has to do with Jesus’ disciples plucking and eating corn on the Sabbath. Jesus, referring them to the Word of God, reminds them of David taking bread from the tabernacle when he and his men were hungry. He then applied that to the Sabbath and declared Himself to be Lord of the Sabbath.

I understand those who hold to the debating rules would likely not consider Jesus to be their foremost expert. Those of us who are believers really should.

Here’s the lesson

The answer isn’t in the apples or the oranges. It is in the Word of God.  The Bible takes us to Jesus Christ who is Lord and Master of it all.

  • Know the Bible
  • Believe the Bible
  • Do and obey the Bible

That is all.

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Luke 6:3 Apples and Oranges

Luke 5:23 Jesus Has a Priority Too

Luke 5:23 (KJV)
Whether is easier, to say, Thy sins be forgiven thee; or to say, Rise up and walk?

We discover in this passage a key to Christian faith and life. Both:

  • Thy sins be forgiven thee and
  • Rise up and walk

are impossible declarations. Only God could do either.

The crippled man’s friends brought him to Jesus, seeking his healing. That was their priority. So many people believe that the purpose of faith is “health, wealth, and prosperity.” Among the believers with whom I fellowship, we would deny it, but observation bears out it’s still the thing for which we hope. We may bring a friend to church hoping they get saved, but we also hope that, in salvation, they will find happiness, deliverance from sin, healing in their marriage, and so on. I am not criticizing; I’m just saying.

Jesus did not immediately heal this man. What He did was forgive his sins. The faith of his friends did not instantly translate to healing his paralysis but in the forgiveness of sin.

It was not in response to their faith that the friend was healed. Jesus only did that as a sign for the Jews. Paul tells us that the need for such signs has passed.

The miracle of sins forgiven happens very often, every time a lost person is saved. It is the miracle for which we ought to pray and the one for which we ought to bring our friends to Jesus. Believing that our friends and loved ones can find forgiveness and eternal life; this is the one reason we ought to get people to church and to the Lord.

If God does any other wonderful thing in their life, is an incidental matter. It’s not the thing “to write home about.” The miracle that Jesus sets as His own priority is the forgiveness of their sins.

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Luke 5:23 Jesus Has a Priority Too

Luke 2:1 Arrogant and Egocentric

Luke 2:1 (KJV)
And it came to pass in those days, that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus, that all the world should be taxed.

Mankind is so arrogant and egocentric. Caesar Augustus decreed that “all the world” should be taxed. True, Rome was a large empire. They did rule a large part of the Middle East as well as some portion of Europe. They had fingers that reached into what became the British Isles and had some influence as far south as Egypt. But. in its greatest day, Rome controlled just a fraction, a tiny piece of all the world.

In many respects they didn’t even control those places they believed to be under their thumb. They never converted the Jews, for instance, into their paganism. They had a presence in Israel. The children of God were in no position to run them out. But Rome was in no position to push them either.

What we see in the account is that there was one in control of all the world. God superintended through the dominion of Rome and the rebellion of Israel to deliver to all the world, in a manner no man could duplicate, a Saviour – Jesus Christ.

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Luke 2:1 Arrogant and Egocentric

Mark 15:19 This Worship Isn’t

Mark 15:19 (KJV)
And they smote him on the head with a reed, and did spit upon him, and bowing their knees worshipped him.

The Bible says that after beating and spitting upon our Saviour, the soldiers who had captured Jesus knelt and worshipped Him.

Consider
They were before the correct entity
Jesus Christ is worthy of worship. While it is a sin to worship an idol, it is not a sin to worship Jesus. It is a sin to worship any creature; whether it be animal angels or man, it is a sin to worship them. It is not sin to worship Jesus.

They were at the correct place
The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus Christ, an event they were in the midst of, purchases the soul from death and frees us of sin.

They were in the correct posture
Modern Christianity thinks of worship as lifting hands, singing praise songs, and perhaps dancing up and down or swaying side to side. Worship is, in fact, an act of submission and humility. To bow and kneel is the correct posture of worship.

But the context tells us that what these men did was not Christ honoring worship. 

Here’s my point. 
It is possible to worship and not glorify the Lord in it. The example in our text is extreme. Perhaps you don’t know anyone doing anything near as these soldiers did. But worship offered to the correct entity, at the correct place, and in the correct posture still doesn’t glorify the Lord if it lacks humility of soul, obedience to the Word of God, and genuine faith in Him.

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Mark 15:19 This Worship Isn’t

Mark 10:3 What Does the Bible Say?

Mark 10:3 (KJV)
And he answered and said unto them, What did Moses command you?

The question put before Jesus was a serious one, fraught with emotion and accompanying opinion. It was no tertiary matter. “Is it lawful for a man to put away his wife? Notice that they asked the question “tempting Him.” They hoped He would supply an answer that would turn away His followers.[1]

The question was such an important one that His disciples asked the same question. They, of course, were not tempting Him. They just knew this was a matter of serious concern. 

The thing I wish to point out is that Jesus’ first response to the question was, “What did Moses command you?” He took them to the Scriptures. No other answer, in any matter, is appropriate except the Scriptural one. Jesus did not correct the Bible. He corrected their understanding of the Bible. 

  • The Word of God answers every question 
  • The Word of God is always correct but
  • We don’t always understand the Word of God correctly. 

Two things every Christian must have in order to get proper instruction from God:

He must have an understanding of the Word of God. 
In other words, he must read it and study it on his own and fervently. 

He must have the humility to be corrected by his preacher. 
God placed him in our life on purpose. We need what he provides. We can’t assume we are right, and he is wrong. We must allow the man God placed as our shepherd to do his work. 


[1] Jesus’ concern was always truth before God, not who would or would not agree – see John 6.

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Mark 10:3 What Does the Bible Say?

Mark 6:56 Have You Touched Jesus?

Mark 6:56 (KJV)
And whithersoever he entered, into villages, or cities, or country, they laid the sick in the streets, and besought him that they might touch if it were but the border of his garment: and as many as touched him were made whole.

Have you touched Jesus?

I think most of the time, we think about that little chorus, Somebody Touched Me.  “It was on a Sunday; somebody touched me. It was on a Tuesday; somebody touched me. It was on a great day somebody touched me. Must have been the hand of the Lord.” 

Most Christians would recognize the “somebody” as Jesus, and we would acknowledge the touch as making us saved. That is a fragile application of the text. First, those who touched Jesus knew exactly who and why they touched Him. Second, it was no accidental touch. They came purposefully to reach out and touch Him.

Did you notice that they may have touched but little of Him, yet He touched all of them? “As many as touched” even the border of His garment were made whole. It seems like we think we have all of Jesus we need, but we sure haven’t been made whole. Unfortunately, too many professing Christians are content to claim assurance of salvation but have little claim to a surrendered life to Christ.

Made whole – completely rid of disease

Made whole. 

  • No more struggle with faith. 
  • No more struggle with who is or isn’t the master of their life. 
  • No more struggle with whether we surrender to the flesh or the Spirit.

I understand that no Christian reaches sinless perfection in this life, but I am also sure that no Christian surrenders to a life of anything less than sinless perfection. I am concerned that many people come into the presence of Jesus, and believe they are where they ought to be spiritually, whether or not they ever touch Him.

Have you touched Jesus?

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Mark 6:56 Have You Touched Jesus?

Mark 3:5 “We” are “They”

Mark 3:5 (KJV)
And when he had looked round about on them with anger, being grieved for the hardness of their hearts, he saith unto the man, Stretch forth thine hand. And he stretched it out: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

The Bible says that when Jesus entered the synagogue, “they watched Him.” This chapter does not say who “they” were. Perhaps they were the Pharisees of the previous chapter and the Pharisees who “straightway took counsel with the Herodians.” I think it is significant that the Bible does not actually pinpoint who “they” are.

What I do know is what “they” did.

  • They watched Him
  • They would have accused Him
  • They would not answer Him

It is reasonable to place ourselves into this scene. We have often enough been in the “they” crowd. We, who claim to be Christians:

Often come to services just to watch
We are there. We are faithful. We give our time, talents, and treasures. But in our hearts, we know we’re just watching. We are not moved. We are not changed. We are not surrendered.

Too often we are accusers
Watching as we do, we see. We see those who are not faithful like we are. We see those who did not come to services like we did. We see those who did not give as much of themselves as we believe we did of ourselves. We accuse them sometimes in our comparison of them next to us.

We often answer nothing
Because we’re watching and because we’ve judged ourselves better than many, we see little reason to respond to the Lord. We are seldom to the altar, and if we do come it is to ask for something we want rather than to surrender to Him something God wants.

And Jesus was grieved
The Bible says that Jesus looked around, grew angered and was grieved. At what? At the hardness of their hearts. That thing that is most grievous to God and those who love Him, is the hardness so many demonstrate toward the things that really matter to God.

  • The Word of God and obedience to it
  • The church of God and commitment to it
  • The souls of men and the rescue of it

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Mark 3:5 “We” are “They”

Matthew 25:13 Are You?

Matthew 25:13 (KJV)
Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.

There are, in this chapter:

  • Two parables,
  • One prophecy and
  • One application

Within the parables we find:
Two classes of people

  • Wise and foolish
  • Good and faithful and wicked and slothful

We also find in them two gifts from the master

  • In the first, oil
  • In the second, talents

The prophecy gives us: 
Two classes of persons

  • Sheep and 
  • Goats

Everything in the chapter ends with a judgment.
The first is judged whether they have taken oil. 
Are they prepared?

The second is judged whether they have used what was given them.
Are they faithful of slothful?

The third is judged what kind they are.
Are they sheep, belonging to God, or goats, wild in nature?

The fourth is judged what they did with their time.
Did they care for others or live for themselves?

Jesus is coming again. 

  • Are you saved? 
  • Are you faithful to the Lord? 
  • Are you prepared and watching? and 
  • Are you reaching out to others as you go about your life?

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Matthew 25:13 Are You?