Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
November 19, 2020
Pastor Rick Kabrick
Luke Part 11. Chapters 17-18. Pastor Rick Kabrick
The Apostles were thinking man this is gonna be hard, we don’t have enough faith. This was a new way of thinking.
Here Jesus added some words meant to work against the pride that often rises when someone who is serving the LORD and having great success. Beware of pride. It is the evil one’s favorite tool.
This is why it is so important for Bible teachers to emphasize what the Bible itself emphasizes – what GOD has done for us, not what we have for HIM. When we live inside HIS plan for our life we will be grateful for the privilege of being allowed to serve God.
All ten were willing to do a religious ceremony; that is go to the priest.
Nine obey ritual but one, only one praises the LORD.”
Satan and the KOD would know how to take advantage of that longing; there would be many who claimed to be the Messiah who would come before Jesus actually returned. It is essential that these false Messiahs do not deceive us.
Those who claim that Jesus has returned or will return in some secret sense, are mistaken.
Interesting that that this probably confused those who heard it. But we know that while it is dark in one place on the earth it is light in the other. The earth is round and the LORD confirms that here.
Now the thing that we learn from this is that the Disciples were wondering the same thing in a way. They ask, where will they be taken away to?
What were those days like? They were evil, very evil. In Noah’s day you actually saw the fallen angels and their offspring…What a scene that must have been.
Notice these are not evil things. But the people were ignoring GOD. And so they became very worldly and evil.
In fact it is a warning for all of humanity, to believe in the LORD Jesus Christ. To not ignore HIM. Lot’s wife had a choice and chose wrong.
Daniel has a vision and sees GOD the Father, the ancient of days and then the Son of Man comes to the ancient of days and HE is given authority to judge the world. So, this is talking about the second coming.
So, one view of this is that Jesus here is speaking of the abomination of desolation. That will occur by the antichrist in the temple in the 3 ½ year mark of the tribulation.
But the LORD made it clear that was or is a duel prophecy. HE and everyone else knew of the acts of Antiochus. So HE wasn’t referring to that.
MAT 24:15-16, “So when you see standing in the holy place ‘the abomination that causes desolation,’ spoken of through the prophet Daniel—let the reader understand—then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”
This is the second coming and the one taken is taken to destruction. If this was a reference to the rapture who would want to be raptured to a place where flesh eating vultures await?
The unjust judge only reluctantly answered the woman’s request. Jesus did not give this parable to say that GOD was like the unjust judge, but unlike him. GOD loves to answer our prayers, and HE even helps us to pray when we are not sure of how to pray. GOD is on our side when you pray, not against you (as the unjust judge was against the widow).
“God, be merciful to me, I’m not a Pharisee, he didn’t say, I’m only human.” He didn’t say, “God, be merciful to me, I’ll try to do better.”
He prayed God, “be merciful to me a sinner!”
The parents were hoping for a rabbinical blessing upon the children. Some use this as a salvation verse for children which it is not.
Now they knew this. No Rabbi wanted to be called good because it was used only for GOD only GOD is good.
These were commandments that I believe the LORD knew the man was keeping. But the man was still in the world. Picking and choosing his own idea of how to be righteous.
for the rich man whose priorities are in his money and possessions it is difficult to give it all up for Christ.
There is no one who has left house or wife or brothers or parents or children, for the sake of the kingdom of God,
30 who will not receive many times as much at this time and in the age to come, eternal life.”
LUK 18:34, But the disciples understood none of these things, and this statement was hidden from them, and they did not comprehend the things that were said.