Thursday, May 3, 2012

Luke 12:54-59 Study 70 "Sermon Off The Mount 2 Cont'd"

Luke 12:54-59 "Then He also said to the crowds, “Whenever see the cloud rising from west, immediately say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and so it happens. And whenever a south wind blowing, you say, ‘It will be scorching heat’ and so it happens. Hypocrites! You know to be interpreting the face of the earth and of the sky, but how are not interpreting this time? But why do not even judge of yourselves the righteous? (what is righteous?)
“For as are going with your opponent (in a lawsuit) to a ruler (magistrate), on the way give work (make every effort) to have been released from (make a settlement) him, lest he drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the court officer, and the court officer throw you into prison. I say to you, by no means shall you come out from there until you pay back even the last lepton (a very small copper coin worth 1/1000th of an ounce of silver).'"

Good Day Child of God! We are finishing Chapter Twelve with the verses above. We are also beginning Spring Break at the end of this Study. And it is Study 70 in Luke's Gospel. Interesting to say the least. At first I thought what a simple group of verses to end a semester with, but then, it has been very serious for sometime, and an easy Study and some time off would be beneficial.

Jesus has now turned back to the crowd, and instead of just speaking privately to the Apostles, He is speaking to this huge group that has grown so large, that soon He is going to have to make an effort to thin out those that are looking for worldly favors, as opposed to those that are seeking the way to God's heart. Up to this point, since He has started the Sermon Off The Mount 2, I begin to think He is trying to talk them to death. And He isn't done yet! But no, this Study is part of the beginning of the thinning process. Look how He challenges the crowd.

Today's easy lesson: If we put half the effort into understanding the God of the Universe, as we as humans do trying to understand the Universe itself, we would all be better off. Consider this: There are about 6 Billion People in the world, a few more, but the number is close. Of those 6 Billion, One Billion are Roman Catholic, One Billion are Muslim, One Billion have no belief in God, a couple hundred million are what we call other Christians, so that leaves almost 3 Billion of various beliefs. Some worshiping Mother Earth, some their ancestors, some made up gods, and we could go on forever it seems with the variations. Jesus is talking to Jews above, a religious people, supposedly the only true Believers, and He is chastising them for their lack of interest in what God is all about. His Will, His Way. So this is not a new problem, nor a new division among the people on earth.

The Roman Church with the Crusades, which was an attack on Islam, started many hundreds of years ago, what we are facing now. A world filled with great strife because the Islam Religion has a long memory, and they are ready to take the fight back at what they consider the west, the Christians, the Roman Catholic dogs, as they consider all of us. All because during the dark ages in Europe, after the fall of Rome as the world dominated state, the void in leadership left the Church in charge. This was good for the Gospel in the sense that it was carried on, and it was really bad for the people in the sense the the Church perverted it, and Grace was hidden for a long long time. And now little Israel, as the Apostle John predicted, is the center of attention in the world, the unbelievers on one side, the Muslims on the other, and the Jews and Christians on the other. Instead of taking time to understand the One True God, men have placed their hopes on the god of their want, and in the end, the One True God will have to rescue the self indulged from themselves.

So why bring this up now? Because we are heading for some serious times, and it may well come during our break. Israel is seriously planning to strike Iran, and the present United States Elected Officials are doing all they can to stop them, short of actually threatening to take the side of Iran. The Russians prop up Iran, the Chinese prop us North Korea, and China is desperately afraid of Japan, and yet they have no arms at this time, because the U.S.A. has say over whether they can or cannot from their defeat in WWII. It gets even more complicated than these simple scenarios, with the debt trouble in Europe, the U.S.A. debt and financial troubles, so we are close to a breaking point. Only the Lord knows where and when this all starts, but you need to know He knew about it when Jesus gave His disapproval statement above. And yet, you are safe and secure as His Child, and there should be only thankfulness in your heart for what you have had, as He provided that, what you have, as He provides that, and what comes next. For all good comes for those that are His Children, and you have that assurance. Enjoy your few weeks off, we will have encouragements here and there as the Lord leads, and of course, any questions or concerns are always addressed when you write. He Loves you, I Love you and soon, Lord Willing, we will be back learning together. Have a Grace Day!
FACTOIDISH: Speaking of History:
"Doctor, I have an ear ache."
2000 BC - "Here, eat this root."
1000 BC - "That root is heathen, say this prayer."
1850 AD - "That prayer is superstition, drink this potion."
1940 AD - "That potion is snake oil, swallow this pill."
1985 AD - "That pill is ineffective, take this antibiotic."
2000 AD - "That antibiotic is artificial. Here, eat this root!"