October 25 – Luke 12-13: Encouragement for the Seasons of Life
Today’s Tasting: Luke 12-13
Luke chapters 12 and 13 are filled with Jesus’ teachings. It is here that we learn not to be afraid. Jesus says that soon all will be known and that they will be able to “shout from the rooftops for all to hear!” those things that were being whispered behind closed doors. He tells them not to be afraid of people who want to kill them because it is only the body that they can kill and that if they want to fear anything, it should be God for He is the only one with the power to throw you into hell.
He goes on to teach them about money and possessions, telling them not to worry about the things of everyday life such as wealth or food or clothing, because just as God has provided for the birds and the flowers, He will also provide for those who choose to have a relationship with Him. Jesus also warns to always be prepared for the Lord’s coming as we never know when that time will be. We are to be good servants and honor the Lord’s wishes. Knowing there are some who believe and other who don’t, Jesus tells them that he has come to divide families and that each person should choose for themselves what they believe.
Chapter 13 opens with Jesus calling for repentance. He tells a story about a fig tree that was not producing fruit after three years and the vineyard owner wanted the gardener to cut it down. The gardener however asked the owner to give it another chance, saying that he would give it special care and extra fertilizer and then if it didn’t produce fruit it could be cut it down.
Jesus continue his teachings as He tries to explain what the Kingdom of God is like. In one explanation, he compares it to a tiny mustard seed stating that while the seed is tiny, once planted it grows into a tree where the birds can make a home. In another example, he compares it to yeast stating that even though only a small amount it used, it permeates throughout the dough.
As chapter 13 is coming to an end, we get a sense just how much Jesus loves. He is getting closer to Jerusalem and knows that is where he is to be crucified, yet he grieves for her…not himself…crying out “Oh Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God’s messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn’t let me. And now, look, your house is abandoned. And you will never see me again until you, “Blessings on the one who comes in the name of the Lord!””
There is so much nourishment in today’s reading!!
Whether you are worried, anxious, fearful, or curious…you can find answers and comfort in these chapters. Jesus addresses so many of our human shortcoming and provides a parable for each. Whether I am in a season of peace or turmoil, I never cease to find comfort and encouragement in these chapters.
What is your favorite parable from Luke chapters 13 & 14?
Tomorrow’s Delight: Luke 14-15
Hugs & Blessings,
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