Luke Chapter 17

October 7, 2010

This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on the Book of Luke. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.

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Luke 17:1-37 (NIV)
1 Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to sin are bound to come, but woe to that person through whom they come. 2 It would be better for him to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around his neck than for him to cause one of these little ones to sin. 3 So watch yourselves. “If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive him. 4 If he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times comes back to you and says, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.” 5 The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” 6 He replied, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you. 7 “Suppose one of you had a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Would he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? 8 Would he not rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? 9 Would he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? 10 So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.'” 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem, Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee. 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him. They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice, “Jesus, Master, have pity on us!” 14 When he saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the priests.” And as they went, they were cleansed. 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back, praising God in a loud voice. 16 He threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him–and he was a Samaritan. 17 Jesus asked, “Were not all ten cleansed? Where are the other nine? 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?” 19 Then he said to him, “Rise and go; your faith has made you well.” 20 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” 22 Then he said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man, but you will not see it. 23 Men will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or ‘Here he is!’ Do not go running off after them. 24 For the Son of Man in his day will be like the lightning, which flashes and lights up the sky from one end to the other. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.
26 “Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 People were eating, drinking, marrying and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 “It was the same in the days of Lot. People were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building. 29 But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur rained down from heaven and destroyed them all. 30 “It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. 31 On that day no one who is on the roof of his house, with his goods inside, should go down to get them. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. 32 Remember Lot’s wife! 33 Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. 34 I tell you, on that night two people will be in one bed; one will be taken and the other left. 35 Two women will be grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.” 36 37 “Where, Lord?” they asked. He replied, “Where there is a dead body, there the vultures will gather.”

Luke 17:36 (KJV)
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.

Luke 17:1-4

Luke 17 starts with Jesus talking to His disciples about how wrong it is for someone to be involved in causing someone else to sin. This is an interesting discussion that we all need to take heed of. It would be very easy to dismiss this as people who are selling drugs or peer pressuring people into doing things that they shouldn’t be doing but how about our perception of small sin scale stuff like gossip.
What about our response when someone sins against us? What is a rebuke? “I rebuke you!” What?

Sometimes we just kind of take it because it seems easier than dealing with it. But situations that are causing problems need to be brought into the light. Sometimes the person will repent, sometimes we might find out that we are the ones with the problem. It all needs to be handled in love.

Ephesians 4:15 (NIV)
15 Instead, speaking the truth in love, we will in all things grow up into him who is the Head, that is, Christ.

Of course the process of dealing with difficult relational situations and extending forgiveness is difficult and then Jesus adds the whole even if it happens seven times in a day forgive if there is repentance.
Let’s talk for a minute about forgiveness and repentance. Forgiveness is something that God tells us to do

Matthew 6:14-15 (NIV)
14 For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.

Matthew 18:21-22 (NIV)
21 Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” 22 Jesus answered, “I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

Why is there so much emphasis on forgiveness?

Ephesians 4:25-27 (NIV)
25 Therefore each of you must put off falsehood and speak truthfully to his neighbor, for we are all members of one body. 26 “In your anger do not sin”: Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry, 27 and do not give the devil a foothold.

A foothold for the enemy. Topos. A landing area. Un-forgiveness is the enemies stomping ground. We are to forgive. I think it goes further in Matthew’s account then in Luke’s. In Luke it looks like that we only have to forgive when someone repents, but Matthew seems to tell us that we need to forgive regardless of the movement of the other person. Forgiveness and restored relationship are two different things. When a person repents, there is then the possibility of restored relationship. It might take some time to see if the repentance is real in order to reestablish trust, but the relationship can be restored.

The entire process of relationships in the Kingdom seemed so difficult to the disciples that they said “increase our faith”. Jesus replies that they already have enough faith and then gives them the illustration of the servant doing what he is supposed to do. In this concept, Jesus is saying to know me is enough, you need to do it because I am telling you to do it.

Luke 17:11-19

The 10 lepers ask for healing and Jesus tells them to go show themselves to the priests. “As they went, they were cleansed”. I think this ties into the discussion on forgiveness and faith in the beginning of the chapter. The lepers decided to go because Jesus told them to, and it was before they were actually healed. They went in obedience to His command and were healed on the way. We might not feel like dealing with our relationship issues and yet we need to because we are told to by Jesus.

Another really interesting note. Only one comes back and says thank you. I think this is pretty typical. It is also the reason why we need to continually remember to be thankful for all that God is doing in our lives.

Luke 17:20-37

The Pharisees could not see “the Kingdom of God” that was in their midst because of their lack of faith. They were looking for all the big outward signs that they thought would come with Messiah. They were trapped in their own theological boxes and refused to see that Messiah had indeed come. They had seen the miracles and ministry of Jesus and yet chosen not to put their faith in Him. Their lack of faith blinded them to the real work of God.

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