The Gospel of Luke Devotional Chapter 19
- Thursday, June 28, 2018
- Luke 19:1-48
- Focus Scripture: Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Luke chapter 19 deals with the haves, the have-nots, and the somewhere in the middle. Our opportunity to support ourselves financially comes from God; if we are willing to use what we have and grow what we earn. Jesus taught this through the parable of the ten servants. In Luke 19:11-27 (Matthew 25:14-30) we learn that the more we produce, the more will be given to us. Through our wealth building, strategic investing, and philanthropy we are sowing trust. Zaccheus was a tax collector and took more from people than owed. He built his empire out of the purses of the uninformed. But God! Zaccheus desired Jesus so much that he climbed a tree to catch a glimpse of Him. Jesus accepted his sin and turned it into redemption. Zaccheus went beyond what he could have done in restoring the stolen wealth from the labor of others. Zaccheus proclaimed to Jesus, “if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I will give back four times as much.” (Luke 19:8) WOW! That is an example of turning away from sin and towards God, and placing faith where it should.
Luke 19:28-40 Jesus our Lord and Savior, Provider, Prince of Peace, and Lord of Lords, rode through the streets of Jerusalem on a colt. Jesus embodies for us what it means to have a wealthy Spirit and not wealth in materials. He was nearing the time of His death for our sins and He rode on the back of a donkey. How much more humble should we be? Jesus teaches in this one chapter how we can live a life redeemed to Him and be richer than we could ever imagine. His provisions are more than enough.
But when we get greedy…
Luke 19:45-48 We turn places of worship into storefronts, we hide what has been given to us through His grace because we are lazy or make excuses, we take our talents for granted and we become thieves. Jesus cleared the Temple again. He was furious at the religious teachers partnering with the business leaders, politicians, and lawyers of the day. The Temple was a sacred place, the Religious teachers were hindering true worship by not focusing on Scripture or God. They continued to rob people and treat them unfairly on what was considered Holy Ground. If people acted like this in the church what would be the expectation when they were away? Jesus tossing over the money exchangers tables and driving out those that were selling animals for sacrifices was a clear answer of what they should not be doing.
Jesus is the Sabbath. He is our rest. His Word is what we meditate on, and we are to draw nearer to Him. Jesus is our refreshment in times of thirst and our spiritual food to replenish our starving souls.
- Have you forgiven a debt owed or returned the favor to someone who went above and beyond for you?
- Have you hidden any talents out of fear?
- Are you damaging God’s business by not sharing His Word with others?
A Few Points:
- Luke 19:1-10 Zaccheus, a wealthy and despised tax collector sought Jesus. He only wanted to see Him but Jesus offered even more. Jesus offers us more when we truly desire fellowship with Him.
- Luke 19:11-27 This parable teaches us what we need to do while we wait for His return. This is a Biblical translation of Upper, Middle, and Lower class society today. If done in fairness we can all have what we need for this world. Jesus returns 100% back to us with authority to manage more. If we mismanage what little we may have we can not expect to be granted larger sums.
- Luke 19:28-44 Jesus rode through Jerusalem on a colt. He was glorified and the people cried out “Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord, Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” 3a. Jesus predicts the fall of Jerusalem.
- Luke 19:45-48 Jesus clears the Temple. The amount of negligence to the worshippers was so infuriating that Jesus made a physical change to it. As believers we are to tithe 10% of what we earn. Whether it’s our money or we give our time the more we put into growing God’s Kingdom and supporting each other the more likely we will not become self-centered or spiritual prideful. God desires all of us to work together in harmony.
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