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 Luke 13

Key Idea: "O how He loves you and me!"

Summary: Hey all,

How is your week going? Isn't it amazing how "stuff" can just fill your life. I blink my eyes and already we're at Thursday. Where did the time go?

Last week, we finished Luke chapter 13. We had some good discussion which I LOVE!!! That means we're all thinking.

Since chapter 13 ends with Jesus discussing the Kingdom of God, we took some time to review a bit of what Luke has showed us so far.

We see in the end of Luke, that the Scriptures all point to Jesus and what God would do through Him. (Luke 24:27) We see it throughout the entire Old Testament. We see it in the stories of sacrifice, Noah's escape from judgment in the ark, God's covenant promise to Abraham, the deliverance of Israel from bondage, the provision of God in the wilderness, the leading of the Spirit of God during their wanderings, and the worship of God in the Temple, etc.

Ultimately, God would come in the flesh and Jesus would take upon Himself God's judgment. This would initiate the Kingdom of God.

According to some of the Jewish writings of Jesus' time, they expected nearly all Jews to enter God's kingdom. In the gospel of Luke, Jesus addresses their misunderstanding.

In chapter 8, Jesus gives the parable of the sower and the seed. The seed is the word of God that is being sown in hearts. There are four different kinds of ground describing the various conditions of man's heart.

1. The seed falls by the roadside. These people hear the word of God, but the devil comes and takes it from their hearts.

2. The seed falls on rocky soil. They hear the word of God and receive it with joy, but when temptation comes they fall away because the word of God has no firm root in their lives.

3. The seed falls on thorny ground. They hear the word of God, but the impact it would've had is choked out because of the worries, riches and pleasures of this world. The seed does not mature into good fruit.

4. The seed falls on good soil. These people hear the word of God and receive it with an honest and good heart. They hold on to the word of God and persevere and the word of God that is planted in their heart bears fruit.

Therefore, Jesus says, "Be careful how you listen." (Luke 8:18) Those who enter the Kingdom of God will be those who hear the word of God and do it! (Luke 8:21)

At this point, his mother and brothers knock on the door and want to see Him and someone says, your mother and brothers want to see You. Jesus takes this opportunity to say, "My mother and my brothers are these who hear the word of God and do it."

A beautiful and well-timed illustration of what Jesus is saying, that those who are His family who will enter the kingdom are those who hear the word of God and do it.

Please understand that by no means is this a works salvation!

Jesus is describing the kind of faith that bears fruit, not the kind of faith that gives lip service, but does not act on what they believe. That is not real faith! The seed must come first, without the seed there can be no fruit. In the same way, faith must come first. Then the fruit should follow.

Now we jump to Luke 13 where we find Jesus still preaching and teaching about the Kingdom of God.

He gives two parables demonstrating that the Kingdom of God will start small, but will grow in size. One day the kingdom will include people from all nations! In the second parable, Jesus emphasizes its transforming power. It starts from the inside, like leaven in a lump of dough than works its way through the entire loaf transforming it into a loaf of bread.

Luke concludes this section with a question from a bystander regarding the Kingdom of God. "How many will get to enter," he asks, "just a few?"

Though Jesus does say the door is narrow, He emphasizes the importance of making sure they are in the number. They are to "strive" to enter, like one "agonizes" in the games. Again, this does not mean one can force their way into the Kingdom nor work their way in...what He means is that we are to make it a priority and not a half-hearted effort.

In the end, Jesus laments over Jerusalem.

"O how I longed to gather you under my wings as a hen gathers her chicks, but you would not come."

"LORD, open our eyes to see how much you love us. Help us in preparing our hearts so that we may receive your word with joy. Don't let the riches, worries and pleasures of this world choke it out. Help us to obey so that it may bear fruit in our lives. When you spread your wings and call for us, help us to come!"

Thank you for being a part of this class. It has been such a joy to get to know you all. If you have any questions, don't ever hesitate to let me know.

Have a great rest of the week.

Bobbie

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