Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Lk. 12:49-13:17; Jn. 9:1-10:21


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Luke Chapter Twelve

(Outline continues from yesterday. Points 4, 4a, and 4b repeated)

  1. The chapter closes with messages on readiness in the context of imminence (Lk. 12:35-59).
    1. The Jews are warned that when the Son of Man returns, He will have his Bride with Him (vv.35-40).
    2. Peter is warned that imminence has a doubled urgency for him and the other Apostles (vv.41-48).
    3. The Lord would dearly love to proceed with 2nd Advent conquest, but He knows that the 1st Advent cross must occur first (vv.49-50).
    4. The divided nature of the coming age is then described (vv.51-53).
    5. A final warning is given to properly analyze this present time (vv.54-59).

Luke Chapter Thirteen

  1. On the heels of the parable of the rich fool (Lk. 12:13-21), another practical message of the Lord’s is given: Repent or perish (Lk. 13:1-5).
    1. Believers can be victims of random acts of violence (Lk. 13:1-2).
    2. Believers can be victims of random accidents (Lk. 13:4).
    3. These things don’t happen because people are more sinners than any other sinners.  These things happen because we all live in a fallen world.
    4. The issue is for each person to repent, because nobody is guaranteed any length of time beyond what they have already been given by grace (Lk. 13:3,5).
  2. Barren Fig tree (Lk. 13:6-9).
    1. The previous message is illustrated by means of a parable.
    2. The vineyard keeper wanted just one more year for the fig tree to bear fruit.  We may not have one more year to repent and bear fruit.
  3. The synagogue officials thought that the crippled woman should be healed on any day of the week except the Sabbath (Lk. 13:10-17).
    1. Christ properly taught that the Sabbath was the perfect day to be given rest from the Satanic affliction the woman had endured for so long (v.16).
    2. Don’t confuse this woman with the one who had the hemorrhage for 12 years (Lk. 8:43).

(Chapter Thirteen continues on Day 288)

John Chapter Nine

  1. The man born blind became another opportunity for the Lord to teach His disciples an important lesson on the glory of God (Jn. 9:1-5).
  2. Jesus understood that His final year on earth was beginning, and there was little time left for Him to accomplish the Father’s work (Jn. 9:4-5).
  3. John’s sixth recorded miracle was the healing of a man born blind in Jerusalem (Jn. 9:6-7).
  4. The aftermath of this miracle would be hilarious if it wasn’t so tragically sad (Jn. 9:8-34).
    1. The neighbors were confused (vv.8-12).
    2. The Pharisees were conflicted (vv.13-16).
    3. The man was convinced (vv.17,25,27,30-33).
    4. His parents were concerned (vv.18-23).
    5. The Pharisees became coercive (v.24) and contemptuous (vv.26,28,29,34).
  5. Once the man was freed from the Pharisees’ clutches, Jesus was able to present the gospel (Jn. 9:35-41).

John Chapter Ten

  1. Chapter Ten continues the ministry of Jesus in Jerusalem after the conclusion of the Feast of Tabernacles.
  2. Jesus taught a parable of the shepherd (Jn. 10:1-6) and then delivered the third and fourth I AM messages (Jn. 10:7-10,11-18).
    1. The parable establishes a contrast between the shepherd and the thief/robber/stranger.
    2. “I AM the Door” teaches the security that can only be found in Christ.
    3. “I AM the Good Shepherd” teaches the intimacy that can only be realized by the sacrifice of Christ.
    4. Once again, the Lord’s message produced quite a division (Jn. 10:19-21 cf. 7:43; 9:16).

(Chapter Ten continues tomorrow)