Lk 15 SYMBOLISM
Friday, September 23, 2021.
“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet: What fine symbolism the Lord has revealed in this parable. Putting on the best robe was a picture of God granting forgiveness and righteousness, as He did for Adam and Eve in the Garden after their sin Gen 3:7,21. All who repent and receive the Lord are clothed in the righteousness of Christ Isa 61:10; Ro 13:14. In Jesus’ wedding parable, a man entered the feast without the proper attire Mt 22:11 and was thrown outside Mt 22:13. Jesus’ righteousness is required to attend the heavenly banquet, not self-righteousness.
Having a ring placed on our finger from the Father denotes honour and authority, as Joseph received from Pharoah Gen 41:42. But even more, in marriage, a ring signifies a permanent love bond, which God promised to all who received Him Jn 1:12—an eternal love relationship Jn 14:16; Heb 13:5; Ro 8:38,39.
The sandals represented Believers future purpose of sharing the Good News with all Ro 10:15—to be Christ’s ambassadors 2 Co 5:20. Sandals also protected the feet from cuts, bruises and blisters. The Lord is our protection from all dangers Ps 91:2,4.
Finally, there was a feast. When God forgives, not only are we restored, but are rewarded. Even though this son’s motive for returning was a hunger one, not a love for his Father, God accepted his repentance with unconditional love.
Application: we have been forgiven, called to serve the King, and given the Holy Spirit to guide and protect us with an eternal bliss in our future. Let us strive to please God in all we do.
Lk 14 LOYALTY
Thursday, September 23, 2021.
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In the same way, those of you who do not give up everything you have cannot be my disciples: everything we have is from God—our life, intelligence, skills, career, possessions, family. It would be ungrateful to withhold anything from God, if He asked us to give it up. This would demonstrate that we don’t appreciate what we have been given and ultimately, our lack of love for the Lord. Therefore, Jesus requires full commitment to be His disciple.
Application: placing spouse, family or anything before God is a lack of gratitude for Jesus, who gave Himself for us Gal 1:4.
Lk13 LAST WILL BE FIRST
Wednesday, September 22, 2021.
Indeed there are those who are last who will be first, and first who will be last: the religious leaders believed God had given them a place of honour in this life that they would continue to have distinction in eternity. However, Jesus taught that rewards were earned through faithfulness and trust in God, not on one’s current position in this life.
Application: You may have been poor or not been given any outstanding abilities but it will be your faithfulness and love for the Lord that will grant you a place of honour in eternity, not your status or accomplishments Mt 7:21-23.
Lk 12 DRESSED FOR SERVICE
Tuesday, September 21, 2021.
Hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don’t know how to interpret this present time? Jesus told His disciples whatever was hidden would be made known Lk 12:2. Then He rebuked the crowd for being very astute in predicting the fore coming weather but not knowing how to interpret the present time.
Application: we are quickly approaching the end times, yet many Christians are fast asleep. They are not able to interpret the coming storm: one-world government, one one-world currency, food shortages, economic collapse and the mark of the beast. Jesus warned us of these things and told us not to fear the one who could kill the body (Satan and his disciples) but God, who alone has the power to throw one into hell Lk 12:5. We are to continue to seek His kingdom and let God take care of the rest Lk 12:31.
Lk 11 FINGER OF GOD
Monday, September 20, 2021.
But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you: The Pharisees had accused Jesus of driving out demons by the power of Beelzebul Mt 12:24. He demonstrated that their thinking was faulty as a kingdom fighting against itself would not stand. He rightly explained that if His power came from the finger of God—the Holy Spirit Mt 12:28, then the kingdom of God had arrived.
Application: Jesus revealed His identity as a member of the Triune God by using the title “Finger of God.” The Pharisees would have made this connection with the giving of the Law, as it was re-written by the finger of God Dt 9:10. Jesus also used His finger to acquit the woman caught in adultery by writing on the ground Jn 8:11 demonstrating once again to the Pharisees that He was the Law Maker and that men would be judged by the measure they judged others Jn 8:7; Mt 7:2.
Lk 10 BENEFITS OF TWO
Sunday, September 19, 2021.
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. Why did Jesus send out His workers in groups of two rather than individually? The advantages of a twosome are as follows: 1. More efficiency and therefore better results- we have the saying “two heads are better than one” meaning two minds have a better chance of solving a problem than one; or two hands can do much more than one hand (try tying your shoelaces with one hand). Solomon reasoned that two, aids in both physical and mental ways—advice and abilities lead to more and better production Ecc 4:9. Pr 27:17 states that iron sharpens iron, meaning two people can increase each other’s knowledge and can encourage one another when one is discouraged. Two people, also addresses the problem of loneliness Gen 2:18. The Israelites were victorious because Aaron and Hur held up Moses arms when fatigue had set in Ex 17:12. 2. Having two witnesses adds credibility to your message Dt 19:15 and has the benefit of accountability to each other. 3. Working in a group of two, gives each an opportunity to share their thoughts and joy in their victory.
Lk 9 JESUS REBUKES
Saturday, September 18, 2021.
“You unbelieving and perverse generation,” Jesus replied, “how long shall I stay with you and put up with you? Bring your son here.” Jesus was frustrated with the crowd, His disciples and the father of the demonic possessed child for their lack of faith Lk 9:40. He rebuked the crowd for always wanting signs Jn 4:48. He rebuked His disciples for their lack of faith and prayer Mk 9:29, and the father for his unbelief Mk 9:23. Jesus also addressed the issue of the people following the perverseness of the world. They lived in unbelief, opposed God and His commands, resulting in evil and wickedness.
Application: Presently, the world governments are under Satan’s control and are deceiving undiscerning people into becoming their allies. The Bible warns readers that in the end times there will be a one world government Rev 13:7, and a one world economy and currency Rev 13:16,17. It also heeds us not to take the mark of the beast Rev 14:11. Paul exhorts Christians to believe and use Scripture to correct and rebuke false narratives 2 Ti 3:16. A person who refuses to receive God’s rebuke has a proud heart Pr 16:18. Humble oneself and pray for discernment Jas 1:5. Understand why you are here—your primary purpose in living Eph 1:17,18 is to do God’s will Mt 6:10.
Lk 8 TRUTH REVEALED
Friday, September 17, 2021.
For there is nothing hidden that will not be disclosed, and nothing concealed that will not be known or brought out into the open: Satan is the father of all lies Jn 8:44 and may win battles through these tactics but the war will be won by truth. Jesus stated that nothing hidden or concealed will not be exposed to the light and one day judgment will be administered.
Application: many politicians, actors, athletes, doctors, nurses and businessmen have allowed Satan to blind them into lying about the motives concerning the pandemic and the economy. Jesus warned the people to be careful how they listen Lk 8:18 for lack of discernment could result in forfeiting one’s physical health or life Mt 24:22. Only seeking the truth will set one free Jn 8:32.
Lk 7 TRUE WISDOM
Thursday, September 16, 2021.
But wisdom is proved right by all her children: Wisdom’s children are the fruit of wise decisions—success in life. The religious elite didn’t value John or Jesus. They thought John was weird and Jesus had little discernment in whom he befriended Lk 7:33,34. But compare fruit: John led thousands to repentance in preparing the way for Jesus, while Jesus saved multitudes of souls over the centuries.
Application: the Bible is our source of wisdom. It contains the way to eternal life while guiding us into peace, joy and success in this life.
Lk 6 BLIND LEADERS
Wednesday, September 15, 2021.
He also told them this parable: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into a pit? Jesus used a parable rather than directly criticize the Jewish leaders. They were to lead the people into God’s ways of righteousness but instead did the opposite. The result would be that the people would be destroyed along with the religious hypocrites.
Application: today’s governments and politicians are misleading the sheep into destruction and death. They pretend to have concern for their people but it is just a cover up for their greed of money and power with little concern for the welfare of the population.
Lk 5 FISHERS OF MEN
Tuesday, September 14, 2021.
And so were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, Simon’s partners. Then Jesus said to Simon, “Don’t be afraid; from now on you will fish for people.” Peter and his friends recognized that this catch was supernatural and fear overcame them. In who’s presence were they? God’s—causing Peter to fall on his knees and admit his sinfulness Lk 5:8,9. Jesus assured the fishermen that no judgment would come to them, but He would use them to draw others into the kingdom of God. What a wonderful way to teach the spiritual lesson of evangelism to seasoned fishermen by demonstrating a miraculous catch of fish.
Application: believers have been called to preach the Gospel throughout the world Mt 28:19,20. We have been made ambassadors for Christ 2 Co 5:20. This is our foremost mission and to focus on temporary worldly goals is to miss our true purpose in life 2 Ti 2:4.
Lk 4 LORD’S FAVOR
Monday, September 13, 2021.
To proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor: Jesus explained to the congregation that God had sent Him to share the good news with the poor Lk 4:18 and to proclaim a time of favor. We are in a period of grace but with Jesus’ second coming this favor will shift to judgment.
Application: the time is short as we near the end of the grace dispensation and for those that have rejected Jesus, judgment is awaiting them. His grace woos us to repent and receive the free gift of eternal life. Do it before time runs out!
Lk 3 FIRE BAPTISM
Sunday, September 12, 2021.
John answered them all, “I baptize you with water. But one who is more powerful than I will come, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire: John compared his baptism to water—dirt being washed away, the cleansing of our sins, while Jesus’ baptism ignited fire, the enlightening of our spirits and the purifying of our whole being. As Tang’s lyrics declare:
FILL ME WITH THE FLAME OF YOUR SPIRIT
FILL ME WITH YOUR FIRE THE UNQUENCHABLE KIND
LIGHT UP ALL THE DARKNESS BEFORE ME
PURIFY MY SOUL AND MY MIND.
The unquenchable kind was the fire Moses viewed at the burning bush Ex 3:2. This kind never ceases but continues to enlighten believers with fiery passion to serve and love the Lord for eternity.
Application: Paul exhorted believers to be continually filled with the Holy Spirit Eph 5:18 meaning be filled with the unquenchable kind—the burning passion to do God’s will and to please Him in all things Eph 5:10. This can only be accomplished by intimate fellowship through prayer, as was David’s relationship with God, and the daily reading and meditation of the Word Mt 4:4 to digest the Lord’s thoughts, fed into our hearts.
Lk 2 SOVEREIGNTY OF GOD
Saturday, September 11, 2021.
“Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” Most parents could relate to Joseph and Mary’s concern for their Son’s welfare and why shaken Mary reproved Jesus Lk 2:48. However, Jesus’ responded not in the form of an apology but as a mild rebuke. His reasoning was that He must obey His heavenly Father, not his human custodians. It was during the time of the Passover Feast Lk 2:48 in which Jesus would become a full member of the synagogue the following year at age thirteen. There were sensitive questions that might upset His parents and theological concepts that were beyond their comprehension, like Jesus’ inquire about the spiritual significance of the Passover as He became aware of His mission as the Lamb of God. He needed to learn all that the Father had prepared for Him and if He would have asked permission to stay an extra three days, His parents would have surely rejected His request. Though they knew His divine nature, they had parented Jesus only from His human nature.
Application: Jesus is sovereign, even as a twelve-year-old as He is God, and we must avoid making the same mistake as Mary and Joseph did. Not knowing Jesus’ whereabouts was very upsetting and led to their frustration with Jesus. Do we get frustrated with God when tribulation upsets our world? Do we then vent our frustrations at God? Remember, God is sovereign—Job finally realized this truth Job 40:4,5.
Lk 1 THE FAVOUR OF GOD
Friday, September 10, 2021.
Then an angel of the Lord appeared to him, standing at the right side of the altar of incense: Zechariah had been praying for Elizabeth a long time to conceive a baby and now the angel Gabriel appeared to tell Zechariah his prayer has been heard. Not only would this child be a delight to his parents, but would be great in God’s sight and would bring back many people to the Lord.
Application: It is interesting that the Holy Spirit included the fact that Gabriel was standing at the right side of the altar of incense. The altar of incense illustrated the sweet aroma of the people’s prayers Ps 141:2 going up to God Rev 8:3,4. The right-side symbolized God’s favor as Jesus is seated at the right hand of God 1 Pe 3:22. The Israelites were cleansed by the guilt offering blood which was placed on their right ear, hand and toe Lev 14:14. This signified that the right side was a spiritual blessing which cleansed them to hear clean things, to handle only clean things and to walk in holiness. May we all receive favor and be separated to the right when Jesus judges His people Mt 25:33.