Luke 17: 22-27
And he said unto the disciples, 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 lighteneth 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
Luke 14: 16-24
Then said he unto him, 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.
I think that this is another passage that clearly shows that Jesus came to save the gentiles as well as the Jews.
Reading for Tuesday October 29, 2019
Luke 12: 15
And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth
A man tears down his barns to build bigger ones. When we become focused on bigger and better things, and having more, we are storing up treasures in this world. When we don't put God first, we are not storing up treasures in heaven. It's not the things we acquire or the things we cross off a bucket list that are important. What is important is The Path we follow. Jesus is The Way.
Luke 10: 1-3
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest. Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
Jesus sends out disciples to make disciples, an unending mission He would give all disciples after His resuretion
Luke 8: 16-18
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, covereth it with a vessel, or putteth it under a bed; but setteth it on a candlestick, that they which enter in may see the light. For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. Take heed therefore how ye hear: for whosoever hath, to him shall be given; and whosoever hath not, from him shall be taken even that which he seemeth to have.
1 John 1:6-7 “God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say we have fellowship with Him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
God has worked miracles with the likes of me, a poor wretched sinner. God is the light in my life, and through my walk with Him, I am saved. Now, Jesus tells us, that having that light, we should not cover it, but put it on a stand for all to see. I am on The Path following Jesus, trying to emulate Him, but in reality, I fall way, way short of that. How do I, a poor wretched sinner, share the light when others see the darkness that is in me and in my past? Even Jesus, who had lived a perfect life, did not get respect when he preached in His home town of Nazareth. I am far from perfect, but I am on the right Path. I don't want people to follow me, nor do I want to follow any other wretched sinner. I want people to walk with me, side-by-side. The Path is narrow, but with people on either side of me, it is much more difficult to stray from The Way. God is light, and the Bible is God's Word. When we read God's Word, and we have an understanding of it, we need to share that understanding, not cover it. Everyday I read a section of the Bible and share my thoughts about one passage. If you peruse around the internet, you will find that many learned people have ideas about the passage. These ideas rarely line up perfectly with one another. So, which one is correct? Which one do we follow? We don't "follow" any of them. If we are all walking side-by-side on the path, we accept all ideas, and we reject all ideas. Only God's Word is perfect. We read The Bible for ourselves and we "accept" from others what enhances our own understanding, and "reject" that which does not. Think about how a flame works. We are able to light someone else's candle without diminishing ours at all. If our candle goes out, we can accept a light from someone else. However, everyone with a candle also has breath. We cannot accept their "hot air" upon our flame, because that extinguishes our light.
Read The Bible (he hath lighted a candle). Share your understanding of a passage (setteth it on a candlestick). Accept and reject the testimony of others (Take heed therefore how ye hear)
Luke 6: 47-48
Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven.
Love God with all your heart, and love your neighbor as yourself. God is forgiving us a great deal of sin and all we are asked is to love Him, and to love and forgive each other.
Luke 5: 27-29
And after these things he went forth, and saw a publican, named Levi, sitting at the receipt of custom: and he said unto him, Follow me. And he left all, rose up, and followed him. And Levi made him a great feast in his own house: and there was a great company of publicans and of others that sat down with them.
Levi or Matthew was evidently a successful tax collector. He was able to provide a great feast to a great company in a home large enough to accomodate a great many and others. Yet, he immediately left all to follow Jesus after Jesus said two words to him: "Follow Me".
Would you be ready to drop everything and follow Jesus if he asked you to? Thing is... He already has. Jesus is The Way - The only Way,
and the path is narrow... may you find The Way
Mark 2: 25 -32
And, behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; and the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel: and the Holy Ghost was upon him. And it was revealed unto him by the Holy Ghost, that he should not see death, before he had seen the Lord's Christ. And he came by the Spirit into the temple: and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him after the custom of the law, Then took he him up in his arms, and blessed God, and said, Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: For mine eyes have seen thy salvation, Which thou hast prepared before the face of all people; A light to lighten the Gentiles, and the glory of thy people Israel.
Simeon was a just and devout man. It was not necessary for his salvation to personally see Jesus before he died. Rather, it was a gift from God to Simeon to be able to see and hold his savior.
There is nothing in this world we must see, and nobody that must meet in order to be saved, but what person, place, or thing would you consider a gift from God to be able to see?
Reading for Wednesday October 23, 2019
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