Luke13:1-21 The People v. Religious Leaders

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A WORD IN YOUR EAR 

 Chapter 13:1-5 Jesus’ interaction with the people

Some told Him that Pilate had taken the blood of Galileans and mixed it with their sacrifices. 2Jesus said, 

“Do you think that these Galileans were worse than anyone else, just because they had to suffer so much? 3 No, they were no worse than you and unless you turn from your sin, just like them, you will all die too, 4or even those eighteen people that the tower of Siloam fell on, killing them too, do you think that they were the most sinful people living in Jerusalem? 5I can tell you that they were not the most sinful, but you will die like them too unless you turn from your sin”.

6-9 God gives us the opportunity to change

6He then taught using a story with a meaning. 

“Once upon a time there was a man who planted a fig tree with his vines. When he came to pick it’s fruit, there weren’t any! 7So he said to his farm worker, ‘Cut it down, so it doesn’t take up any more space’, 8and so the worker said, ‘Boss, give me permission to give it one more chance for another season, and I will dig manure into its roots. 9Then, if it has fruit, well and good, but if not, you’ll know it’s best to cut it down’.”

 10-21 Reaction of religious leaders

10After that He taught in the worship centre on the holy day of rest, the Sabbath Day, 11when a woman came in who was bent over double, and could not stand upright. 12As soon as Jesus saw her, He called her over and said, 

“Woman, you are well”, 

13and He put His hands on her, and immediately she stood up, giving glory to God. 14 All the religious leaders could do was criticise that Jesus healed on the Sabbath Day, saying to all those present, 

“There are six days to work, so come and be healed on those days, and not on the Sabbath day”. 

15But it was the Lord who answered them, saying, 

“How can you tell them to do the opposite of what you do? You water your Ox and Ass on the Sabbath. 16Shouldn’t this daughter of Abraham, bound by Satan for eighteen years, be set free on the Sabbath day?” 

17At this, these enemies were made ashamed of themselves. All the people were so happy at the glorious things He did. 18Then He said, 

“What is the Kingdom of God like? How can I explain it to you? 19It’s like a grain of mustard seed, which a man planted in his garden and it grew into a great big tree, which the birds chose to live in”. 20Again He said, “What else can I compare the Kingdom of God to? 21It is like leaven which a woman mixed into the floor until it went through all of it to make the bread rise”.

—-Summary & Who is Jesus? 

10After that He taught in the worship centre on the holy day of rest, the Sabbath Day, 11when a woman came in who was bent over double, and could not stand upright. 12As soon as Jesus saw her, He called her over and said, 

“Woman, you are well”, 

13and He put His hands on her, and immediately she stood up, giving glory to God.

  • Today’s Verse & Challenge…

“Do you think that these Galileans were worse than anyone else, just because they had to suffer so much? 3 No, they were no worse than you and unless you turn from your sin, just like them, you will all die too, 4or even those eighteen people that the tower of Siloam fell on, killing them too, do you think that they were the most sinful people living in Jerusalem? 5I can tell you that they were not the most sinful, but you will die like them too unless you turn from your sin”.

Prayer, Praise and Worship

“… He went up on a mountainside by himself to pray.” Matthew 14:23. 

Jesus taught His disciples what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’; (Luke 11).

Listen here to Albert Malotte’s ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. 

Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy Name, 

thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. 

Give us this day our daily bread. 

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. 

For Thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever;- Amen.

Prayer suggestions;-

  1. The world. (ie ‘For those in authority.’)
  2. The ‘suffering church.’ https://barnabasfund.org/nz/pray/daily-prayer/#previous-dates
  3. Your own situation. (Suggest ‘needs’ rather than ‘wants’.)

Pray along with this hymn… He lives, He lives …

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