Luke Chapter 21

November 11, 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 21:1-38 (NIV)
1 As he looked up, Jesus saw the rich putting their gifts into the temple treasury. 2 He also saw a poor widow put in two very small copper coins. 3 “I tell you the truth,” he said, “this poor widow has put in more than all the others. 4 All these people gave their gifts out of their wealth; but she out of her poverty put in all she had to live on.” 5 Some of his disciples were remarking about how the temple was adorned with beautiful stones and with gifts dedicated to God. But Jesus said, 6 “As for what you see here, the time will come when not one stone will be left on another; every one of them will be thrown down.” 7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?” 8 He replied: “Watch out that you are not deceived. For many will come in my name, claiming, ‘I am he,’ and, ‘The time is near.’ Do not follow them. 9 When you hear of wars and revolutions, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.” 10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. 11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven. 12 “But before all this, they will lay hands on you and persecute you. They will deliver you to synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 This will result in your being witnesses to them. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 All men will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 By standing firm you will gain life. 20 “When you see Jerusalem being surrounded by armies, you will know that its desolation is near. 21 Then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains, let those in the city get out, and let those in the country not enter the city. 22 For this is the time of punishment in fulfillment of all that has been written. 23 How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! There will be great distress in the land and wrath against this people. 24 They will fall by the sword and will be taken as prisoners to all the nations. Jerusalem will be trampled on by the Gentiles until the times of the Gentiles are fulfilled. 25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. 27 At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near.” 29 He told them this parable: “Look at the fig tree and all the trees. 30 When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. 31 Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. 32 “I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. 33 Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. 34 “Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. 35 For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. 36 Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.” 37 Each day Jesus was teaching at the temple, and each evening he went out to spend the night on the hill called the Mount of Olives, 38 and all the people came early in the morning to hear him at the temple.

Luke 21:1-4

The first few verses of Luke 21 about the widow’s offering ties in with the last few verses of Luke 20 about the Pharisees caring more about their position and power than about God. Jesus is saying that it is much better to be like the poor widow, who gives her all to God, than to walk around like the Pharisees pretending to be religious and dedicated. The widow gave her all. This is really what God wants from us. Whatever we have. Whatever we are. Surrendered to Him, it will be enough.

Luke 21:5-38

The rest of Luke 21 is about the end of the age. In verse 5 through 7 some of the disciples comment about the beauty of the craftsmanship of the temple. In reply Jesus makes a comment that a time was coming when not one stone will e left on another. This prompts the following question from the disciples.

7 “Teacher,” they asked, “when will these things happen? And what will be the sign that they are about to take place?”

The disciples struggle about what was coming was in their understanding of Old Testament prophecies. God would restore Israel to her former glory in the setting up of His kingdom. Surely Jesus had come to do that but why was He always talking about Cross instead of a crown. The Kingdom had come but it was also coming. The Now and the Not Yet. Jesus inaugurates the Kingdom with His first coming, He will bring it completely with His second coming.

The picture given in this section of Luke, and also in Matthew 24 and 25 is of a time of increasing tension, disaster, and disturbance. Wars and rumors of wars, earthquakes, increasing wickedness, and persecution of Jesus’ followers are all involved.

These things have always been, but Jesus describes them as birth pains. Like in labor, the closer you get to the end the more frequent and the closer together are the birth pains. In the Old Testament this time of worldwide trouble is given various names: “the time of Jacob’s trouble,” “that day,” “the Day of the Lord,” and “the Tribulation.” Against this Old Testament background, the disciples would quickly identify the time of which Jesus spoke.

When will this be?

The marriage process in Israel.

Be on the watch!

What are we to do until He comes?

Watch for His coming. Live like He is coming today while living like He might still be a while.

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