The Gospel according to Luke, chapter 30

  To: The Family of God, “His Church” people being made atOne with Him, scattered Israelites (1/14/19, God 11th month, Sh’vat 8, until sunset.

Called followers of Jesus, are led and blessed with a desire, to love Him with all our being and other Believers IN as ourselves. Characteristically followers of Jesus obey Him from a gifted love of His Way point of view. His Word will be our judge. (John 12:48; “The one who rejects Me and does not accept My words has a judge; the word I have spoken will judge him at the last day.”)

Followers of Jesus practice obedience because we’re mindful that He loved us first and gifted us to know Him and His message as manifested in His Word. His characteristics reveal, foreshadow His ordained weekly and annual Sabbaths. The holy scriptures teach that we can’t know God as He manifest Himself to be, “until He reveals Himself.” (Remember we just reviewed Jesus’ sharing the ordeal He was about to undergo in Jerusalem, but His twelve apostles didn’t understand.) (Luke 18:33-34; Jesus said; “They will flog the Son of man severely and kill Him. Yet on the third day He will rise again.” But the twelve understood none of these things. This saying was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what Jesus meant.”) Let none of us be individually puffed up because we grasp God’s truth. Let’s praise God for His gift of our calling and understanding.

(Luke 19:28-40; “After Jesus had said this, He continued on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. Now when He approached Bethphage and Bethany, at the place called the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two of the disciples, telling them, “Go to the village ahead of you. When you enter it, you will find a colt tied there that has never been ridden. Untie it and bring it here. If anyone asks you, ‘Why are you untying it?’ just say, ‘The Lord needs it.’” (32) So those who were sent ahead found it exactly as He had told them. As they were untying the colt, its owners asked them, “Why are you untying that colt?” They replied, “The Lord needs it.” Then they brought it to Jesus, threw their cloaks on the colt, and had Jesus get on it. As He rode along, they spread their cloaks on the road. As He approached the road leading down from the Mount of Olives, the whole crowd of Jesus’ disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works they had seen: (38) “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” But some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples.” (40) He answered, “I tell you, if they keep silent, the very stones will cry out!”)

Zachariah foretold it, (Zach 9:9-10; “Rejoice greatly, daughter of Zion! Shout, daughter of Jerusalem! Look! Your king is coming to you: He is legitimate and victorious, humble and riding on a donkey – on a young donkey, the foal of a female donkey. I will remove the chariot from Ephraim and the warhorse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow will be removed. Then He will announce peace to the nations. His dominion will be from sea to sea and from the Euphrates River to the ends of the earth.”) Half the prophecy is for His second coming.

(Zach 9:1-9; “An oracle of the Word of the Lord concerning the land of Hadrach, with its focus on Damascus: The eyes of all humanity, especially of the tribes of Israel, are toward the Lord, as are those of Hamath also, which adjoins Damascus, and Tyre and Sidon, though they consider themselves to be very wise. Tyre “this world’s governments” built herself a fortification and piled up silver like dust and gold like the mud of the streets! Nevertheless the Lord will evict her and shove her fortifications into the sea – she will be consumed by fire. Ashkelon will see and be afraid; Gaza will be in great anguish, as will Ekron, for her hope will have been dried up. Gaza will lose her king, and Ashkelon will no longer be inhabited. A mongrel people will live in Ashdod, for I will greatly humiliate the Philistines. I will take away their abominable religious practices; then those who survive will become a community of believers IN our God, like a clan in Judah, and Ekron will be like the Jebusites. (8) Then I will surround My temple to protect it like a guard from anyone crossing back and forth; so no one will cross over against them anymore as an oppressor, for now I Myself have seen it.”) All twelve tribes of Israel will be secure.

(Zach 9:11-17; “Moreover, as for you, “Ephraim” because of our covenant relationship secured with blood, I will release your prisoners from the waterless pit. Return to the stronghold, you prisoners, with hope; today I declare that I will return double what was taken from you. I will bend Judah as My bow; I will load the bow with Ephraim, My arrow! I will stir up your sons, Zion, against yours, Greece, and I will make you, Zion, like a warrior’s sword. (14) Then the Lord will appear above them, and His arrow will shoot forth like lightning; the Lord God will blow the trumpet and will sally forth on the southern storm winds. The Lord who rules over all will guard them, “His chosen” and they will prevail and overcome with sling stones. Then they will drink, and will become noisy like drunkards, full like the sacrificial basin or like the corners of the altar. (16) On that day the Lord their God will deliver them as the flock of His people, for they are the precious stones of a crown sparkling over His land. How precious and fair! Grain will make the young men flourish and new wine the young women.”) Apostle John recorded this event, “Jesus’ coming to Jerusalem four days before the Passover, parallels the time in Egypt when He had Moses instruct the people to put up a lamb or goat, put blood on door facing and with sandals on feet ready to move out. Jesus had resurrected Lazarus and people were anxious to see him.

(John 12:9-19; “Now a large crowd of Judeans learned that Jesus was there, and so they came not only because of Him but also to see Lazarus whom He had raised from the dead. So the chief priests planned to kill Lazarus too, for on account of him many of the Jewish people from Jerusalem were going away and believing IN Jesus. (12) The next day the large crowd that had come to the feast heard that Jesus was coming to Jerusalem. So they took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Him. They began to shout, “Hosanna! Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the king of Israel!” Jesus found a young donkey and sat on it, just as it is written, “Do not be afraid, people of Zion; look, your king is coming, seated on a donkeys colt!(Jesus’ disciples did not understand these things when they first happened, but when Jesus was glorified, then they remembered that these things were written about Him and that these things had happened to Him.) (17) So the crowd who had been with Jesus when He called Lazarus out of the tomb and raised him from the dead were continuing to testify about it. Because they had heard that Jesus had performed this miraculous sign, the crowd went out to meet Him. (19) Thus the Pharisees said to one another, “You see that you can do nothing. Look, the world has run off after Him!”)

Now an end of this age prophecy. (Luke 19:41-44; “Now when Jesus approached and saw the city, He wept over it, saying, “If you had only known on this day, even you, the things that make for peace! But now they are hidden from your eyes. For the days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and surround you and close in on you from every side. They will demolish you and your children within your walls – and they will not leave within you one stone on top of another, because you did not recognize the time of your visitation from God.”) Only those permitted know the way to peace, still hidden from the world, “If for no other reason the people should have recognized Jesus for His miraculous deeds.” The Pharisee religious organization wanted to kill Jesus and Lazarus because they were losing parishioners. “Remember Jesus is purposely going to Jerusalem to die for the remission of this world’s sins!” “Remember, sin is lawlessness to God’s Way. (Review 1John 3:4) Unless time is shortened, “Jerusalem may be overrun again.”

(Luke 19:45-48; “Then Jesus entered the temple courts and began to drive out those who were selling things there, saying to them, “It is written, ‘My house will be a house of prayer,’ (quote from Isa 56:7). but you have turned it into a den of robbers!” Jesus was teaching daily in the temple courts. The chief priests and the experts in the law and the prominent leaders among the people were seeking to assassinate Him, but they could not find a way to do it, for all the people hung on His words.”) Some hang to words of truth and others find no reason to even consider the same words? The many are purposely blinded until God’s set time.

(Luke 20:1-8; “Now one day, as Jesus was teaching the people in the temple courts and proclaiming the gospel, the chief priests and the experts in the law with the elders came up and said to Him, “Tell us: By what authority are You doing these things? Or who it is who gave you this authority?” (3) Jesus answered them, “I will also ask you a question, and you tell Me: John’s baptism – was it from heaven or from people?” So they discussed it with one another, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From people,’ all the people will stone us, because they are convinced that John was a prophet.” So they replied that they did not know where it came from. Then Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by whose authority I do these things.”) Religious organizations become social clubs and defend their status quo.

(Luke 20:9-19; “Then Jesus began to tell the people this parable: “A man planted a vineyard, leased it to tenant farmers, and went on a journey for a long time. When harvest time came, he sent a slave to the tenants so that they would give him his portion of the crop. However, the tenants beat his slave and sent him away empty-handed. (11) So he sent another slave. They beat this one too, treated him outrageously, and sent him away empty-handed. (12) So he sent still a third. They even wounded this one, and threw him out. Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What should I do? I will send my one dear son; perhaps they will respect him.’ (14) But when the tenants saw him, they said to one another, ‘This is the heir; let’s kill him so the inheritance will be ours!’ So they threw the son out of the vineyard and killed him. What then will the owner of the vineyard do to them? (16) He will come and destroy those tenants and give the vineyard to others.” When the people heard this, they said, “May this never happen!” (17) But Jesus looked straight at them and said, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: ‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on this stone will be broken to pieces, and the one on whom it falls will be crushed.” (19) Then the experts in the law and the chief priests wanted to arrest Jesus that very hour, because they realized He had told this parable against them. But they were afraid of the people.”) (See Ps 118:22-23 and the “stone imagery” as a reference to Christ and his suffering and exaltation is common in the NT (see also Matt 21:42; Mark 12:10; Acts 4:11; 1 Pet 2:6-8; cf. also Eph 2:20).

What about organized religions “each thinking themselves angels of light? Their plight next study.

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