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About-Him Devotional 09-27-03

  The life of Christ, from His baptism to His ascension, following the Harmony of the Gospels.
 
 99: Parable of the Wedding Feast - Lu. 12:36-38
 
Luke 12:35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
 
After speaking of how we, like the lilies and ravens must look to God in total reliance for our food, raiment and shelter, Jesus continued His words of encouragement in a different vein. i.e. We should be more concerned about His second coming than amassing the riches of this world. In fact, in Luke 12:33, He commanded that the disciples sell what they possessed and give away to the poor.
 
We must be like the slaves and servants who catered to their master’s every whim. While he is away at a wedding feast that wears on into the night, they are awake and dressed . The house is illuminated and food is on the stove. Regardless of the late hour, when they hear his knock at the door, they will open to him immediately. As soon as he arrives, they will have a meal cooked and ready to set before him. The master will be so overwhelmed by this show of devotion that he will treat his servants and slaves as equals. They will sit at the banquet table, and He will be the server.
 
Luke 12:39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hor the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.
40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
 
100: Parable of the Wise Steward - Lu. 12:42-48 - Other related text Luke 12:49-59
 
Jesus continues with the example of an overseer who is in complete charge of his master’s
household. The local thieves would strike in the darkest of night and break into the house. If the overseer is awake and on the job, the thieves will fail.
 
Peter asked if the parable applied to just the disciples or everybody. Jesus explained the faithful and wise servant was the one who was found doing the Master’s will at his return. This man would be amply rewarded. However, an unfaithful servant , thinking that the master had delayed his coming, would let things slide and neglect the Master’s business even to the point of partaking of drunken excess and beating the other servants. The Master will return when least expected and give this man his portion with the unbelievers.
 
Conclusion and Application:
 
We will all stand before Him to answer of the deeds done in this flesh, whether good or bad (II Corinthians 5:10). This won’t necessarily be a joyous time. Some who knew God’s will and didn’t do it, will be beaten with many stripes. Others who failed through ignorance will get off with much lesser punishment. To whom much is given, much is required. Greater privilege demands greater responsibility.
 
Luke 12:49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
50 But I have a baptism to be baptized with; and how am I straitened till it be accomplished!
51 Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth? I tell you, Nay; but rather division:
52 For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three.
53 The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; the mother in law against her  daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law.
 
Opposition to our Lord’s ministry was increasing and Jesus was already feeling the burden of the approaching cross. The approaching days would not be easy for His disciples. They needed to count the cost of discipleship. Households, perhaps ours, would be divided over the gospel message. We must be faithful at any cost.
 
Luke 12:54 ¶ And he said also to the people, When ye see a cloud rise out of the west, straightway ye say, There cometh a shower; and so it is.
55 And when ye see the south wind blow, ye say, There will be heat; and it cometh to pass.
56 Ye hypocrites, ye can discern the face of the sky and of the earth; but how is it that ye do not discern this time?
 
Are we like these people who could predict the weather, but couldn’t discern that God Himself was in their midst? They saw scripture fulfilled before their eyes, the blind eyes opened and the dead raised, yet they refused to believe. We have signs all around us that point to His coming. We see the nations of the world poised to impose final a mid-east settlement that the anti-Christ will first confirm and then break. Does it stir us? Do we really believe that He can come at anytime? Hopefully we won’t be as the one who said, "My Lord delays His coming."
 
Luke chapter twelve concludes (Vs. 57-59) with the example of a person who is being threatened with court action by an adversary. Because he knows the power that the judge has to imprison him, he will do all in his power to get the matter settled quickly. If he delays he may pay a very heavy penalty. If the Lord is striving with us because we have been unfaithful in His service, we need to to settle the matter now, rather than later. A heavy penalty awaits, if we delay.
  
Next Week:   Exhortation to Repentance and the Parable of the Barren Fig Tree
 
Humor
Years ago on the east side of Flint  Michigan, a local character got into an animated argument with the streetcar conductor.
 
"I bet I can walk downtown and get there before this streetcar."
 
"I don't want to take advantage of you, but if you insist,  you're on."
 
Whereupon the character simple jumped on the tracks in front of the streetcar and proceeded to walk downtown.
 
  Quote  
The Christian ideal has not been tried and found wanting. It has been found difficult and left untried. -  Author: Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  
Keep Looking Up!
 
Don & Marie Spooner
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