The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 7

To: God’s Family, The church of God. (12/7/18) His 9th month, Kislev 29th day, 5779, until sunset.

 

It’s not likely Jesus will lose even one, whom God the Father calls and gives over to Him. (Luke 15:3-10; :So Jesus told them this parable: “Which one of you, if he has a hundred sheep and loses one of them, would not leave the ninety-nine in the open pasture and go look for the one that is lost until he finds it? Then when he has found it, he places it on his shoulders, rejoicing. (6) Returning home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, telling them, ‘Rejoice with me, because I have found my sheep that was lost.’ I tell you, in the same way there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous people who have no need to repent. (8) “Or what woman, if she has ten silver coins and loses one of them, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search thoroughly until she finds it? Then when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.”

 

As with it being joyful to give of ourselves, when we encourage others we encourage ourselves. Let’s remember “God gave the desire.” (See Phil 2:13) We’re a set aside people of His choosing, called to be at one with Him, love Him and one another. Mindful of struggles to persevere in these times when our communities are fixed on worldly tradition. Rejoice when struggles are a result of being obedient. An evolution of acceptable traditions continues in so called Christian countries. Church doctrines and what’s condoned, is steadily being watered down. They call it freedom, apparently thinking God changes with time. They’re DEAD wrong. What God viewed as sin in Moses’ day is still sin! Sin practices are lawless behavior toward our Creator and must be turned from to enter His kingdom. Knowingly practicing sin, after knowledge of His truth is apostasy and such lawlessness will continue among unbelieving people until Jesus returns and binds Satan.. We’re gifted to know, “Jesus’ Dr. Luke reveals what the Lord inspired Moses to write.”

(Deut 11:22-25; “For if you “Israelites” carefully observe all of these commandments, I am giving you and love the Lord your God, “live according to His standards, and remain loyal to Him” then He will drive out all these nations ahead of you, and you will dispossess nations greater and stronger than you. Every place you set your foot will be yours; your border will extend from the desert to Lebanon and from the River (the Euphrates) as far as the Mediterranean Sea. Nobody will be able to resist you; the Lord your God will spread the fear and terror of you over the whole land on which you walk, just as He promised you.”) People God fights for, “Israelites” will yet inherit these lands. Jesus inspired Moses to write a prophesy about Himself.

(Deut 18:15-22; “The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among you – from your fellow Israelites; you must listen to Him. This accords with what happened at Horeb in the day of the assembly. You asked the Lord your God: “Please do not make us hear the voice of the Lord our God any more or see this great fire any more lest we die.” The Lord then said to me, “What they have said is good. I will raise up a prophet like you, for them from among their fellow Israelites. I will put My words in His mouth and He will speak to them whatever I command. I will personally hold responsible anyone who then pays no attention to the words that prophet speaks in My name. (20) “But if any prophet presumes to speak anything in My name that I have not authorized him to speak, or speaks in the name of other gods, that prophet must die. Now if you say to yourselves, ‘How can we tell that a message is not from the Lord?’ whenever a prophet speaks in My name and the prediction is not fulfilled, then I have not spoken it; the prophet has presumed to speak it, so you need not fear him.”) The Son of God. “Jesus” is teaching through Moses on behalf of God the Father. No rebellion was in Jesus, as is in Satan and his followers.

(Luke 5:17-26; “Now on one of those days, while Jesus was teaching, there were Pharisees and teachers of the law sitting nearby (who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and from Jerusalem) and the power of the Lord, “God the Father” was with Jesus to heal. Just then some men showed up, carrying a paralyzed man on a stretcher. They were trying to bring him in and place him before Jesus. But since they found no way to carry him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and let him down on the stretcher through the roof tiles right in front of Jesus. (20) When Jesus saw their faith He said, “Friend, your sins are forgiven.” Then the experts in the law and the Pharisees began to think to themselves, “Who is this man who is uttering blasphemies? Who can forgive sins but God alone?” (22) When Jesus perceived their hostile thoughts, He said to them, “Why are you raising objections within yourselves? Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Stand up and walk’? (24) But so that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins” – Jesus said to the paralyzed man – “I tell you, stand up, take your stretcher and go home.” Immediately he stood up before them, picked up the stretcher he had been lying on, and went home, glorifying God. Then astonishment seized them all, and they glorified God. They were filled with awe, saying, “We have seen incredible things today.”) This Jesus is going to return as King of Kings!

(Luke 5:27-39; “After this, Jesus went out and saw a tax collector named Levi sitting at the tax booth. “Follow me,” Jesus said to him. And he got up and followed Him, leaving everything behind. Then Levi gave a great banquet in his house for Jesus, and there was a large crowd of tax collectors and others sitting at the table with them. But the Pharisees and their experts in the law complained to Jesus’ disciples, saying, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered them, “Those who are well don’t need a physician, but those who are sick do. (32) I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.” Then they said to Jesus, “John’s disciples frequently fast and pray, and so do the disciples of the Pharisees, but Yours continue to eat and drink.” So Jesus said to them, “You cannot make the wedding guests fast while the bridegroom is with them, can you? (35) But those days are coming, and when the bridegroom is taken from them, at that time they will fast.” (36) He also told them a parable: “No one tears a patch from a new garment and sews it on an old garment. If he does, he will have torn the new, and the piece from the new will not match the old. And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and will be spilled, and the skins will be destroyed. Instead new wine must be poured into new wineskins. (39) No one after drinking old wine wants the new, for he says, ‘The old is good enough.’”) JESUS is leading us to put our trust in Him. When He’s revealed to our minds, we need to obey Him, in the spirit in which He yielded to and obeyed God the Father. Jesus inspired Jeremiah’s prophecy, to people in this age, who make gods for themselves. People cursed with problems, such as health, debt and the result of practicing the way that seems right to their human intellect, rather than God‘s Way.

(Jeremiah 17:5-11; “The Lord says, “I will put a curse on people who trust in mere human beings, who depend on mere flesh and blood for their strength, and whose hearts have turned away from the Lord. They will be like a shrub in the desert. They will not experience good things even when they happen. It will be as though they were growing in the desert, in a salt land where no one can live. (7-8) My blessing is on those people who trust in Me, who put their confidence in Me. They will be like a tree planted near a stream whose roots spread out toward the water. It has nothing to fear when the heat comes. Its leaves are always green. It has no need to be concerned in a year of drought. It does not stop bearing fruit…(9-11; “The human mind is more deceitful than anything else. It is incurably bad. Who can understand it? I, the Lord, probe into people’s minds. I examine people’s hearts. I deal with each person according to how he has behaved. I give them what they deserve based on what they have done, “practiced.” The person who gathers wealth by unjust means is like the partridge that broods over eggs but does not hatch them. Before his life is half over he will lose his ill-gotten gains. At the end of his life it will be clear he was a fool.”) Afterward Jeremiah prayed for himself and praised the Lord with a prayer fitting Jesus.

(Jeremiah 17:12-18; “Then I “Jeremiah” said, “Lord, from the very beginning You have been seated on Your glorious throne on high. You are the place where we can find refuge. You are the One in whom Israel may find hope. All who leave You will suffer shame. Those who turn away from You will be consigned to the nether world. For they have rejected You, the Lord, the fountain of lifeJesus.” Lord, grant me relief from my suffering so that I may have some relief. Rescue me from those who persecute me so that I may be rescued. (15) Listen to what they are saying to me. They are saying, “Where are the things the Lord threatens us with? Come on! Let’s see them happen!” (This is the world’s mindset regarding the coming chaos and Jesus’ return) But I “Jeremiah” have not pestered You to bring disaster. I have not desired the time of irreparable devastation. You know that. You are fully aware of every word that I have spoken. Do not cause me dismay! You are my source of safety in times of trouble. May those who persecute Me be disgraced. Do not let Me be disgraced. May they be dismayed. Do not let Me be dismayed. Bring days of disaster on them. Bring on them the destruction they deserve.”) In this age we’re getting the governments we deserve.

(Luke 6:1-5; “Jesus was going through the grain fields on a Sabbath, and His disciples picked some heads of wheat, rubbed them in their hands, and ate them. But some of the Pharisees said, “Why are you doing what is against the law on the Sabbath?” (3) Jesus answered them, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry – how he entered the house of God, took and ate the sacred bread, which is not lawful for any to eat but the priests alone, and gave it to his companions?” Then Jesus said to them, “The Son of Man is lord of the Sabbath.”) Jesus instituted the Sabbath! (See Hebrews 1:, John 1:1-5 & Colossians 1:15-20) As denominations today, the Pharisees evolved to the point of worshiping the law, rather than the law giver.

 

(Luke 6:6-11; “On another Sabbath, Jesus entered the synagogue and was teaching. Now a man was there whose right hand was withered. The experts in the law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely to see if He would heal on the Sabbath, so that they could find a reason to accuse Him. But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Get up and stand here.” So he rose and stood there. Then Jesus said to them, “I ask you, is it lawful to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, to save a life or to destroy it?” After looking around at them all, Jesus said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” The man did so, and his hand was restored. (11) But the Pharisees were filled with mindless rage and began debating with one another what they would do to Jesus.”) Imagine such self righteousness! Jesus’ work identified Him as the Son of God, doing things that no other had ever done. He did what they thought was against the law, they self righteously debated what they should do to Him.

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