Luke Chapter 12
Today I choose to read the chapter in the amplified version. It is a good idea to switch versions or use multiple ones during your study time.
Verse 2: “But there is nothing [so carefully] concealed that it will not be revealed, nor so hidden that it will not be made known.” This reminds me of parenting and how I would randomly discover stolen things or find things out and then be able to discipline with the revealed information. We are to stand in awe of God and fear Him (5) knowing He has the power to cast us into hell. Of course, God desires none to perish, so we must be sincerely accepting of His forgiveness and desire to fulfill His purpose in our lives. We can be sure we are not forgotten (6) and God cares more about you then about the sparrows yet He still cares for them too. Don’t you just love that!
I often use verse 7. It says: “Indeed the very hairs of your head are numbered.”
First, I wonder how often Jesus said this since 2 of the 4 gospels include it. (If you care to be more scholarly or impress your church friends, it is found here in Luke and in Matthew 10.30.).
Second, God knows more about us then we know ourselves.
Third, this fact should give us confidence to trust God with big things if He knows even the smallest details about us like how many hairs are on our heads!
Reading this version I understood the following more clearly: “I say to you, whoever declares openly and confesses Me before men [speaking freely of Me as his Lord], the Son of Man also will declare openly and confess him [as one of His own] before the angels of God. But he who denies Me before men will be denied in the presence of the angels of God. And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit [that is, whoever intentionally discredits the Holy Spirit by attributing the authenticating miracles done by Me to Satan], it will not be forgiven him [for him there is no forgiveness].” 8-10
What sticks out to you? I love how reading The Word is always fresh and how there is always a new angle that perhaps we didn’t see before. Pause and ponder The Word. Don’t just bulldoze your way to get ‘er done.
The story of the farmer and his storehouses (16-34) reminds me how we need to build our relationship with God. So many times we can get caught up in building our lives here on earth and forget our time here is just a vapor. This section is reminiscent of Matthew 6 (which is my favorite passage). No need for us to worry as God will take care of us. If you have anxiety, go back and read this passage or Matthew 6, be compassionate, give to the poor, and know where your heart is there your treasure will also be (34).
Through Luke 35-49, we are reminded to be ready for Christ’s return.
I laughed out loud reading verse 54 on thinking about meteorologists. The profession where you are dead wrong at least 50% of the time, but still get paid well. May we be found faithful being about things that matter eternally.
The chapter ends talking about settling things outside of court if possible. Forgiving has its place always especially when dealing with those in our lives that are non-believers.
When we extend grace, yield our rights, and offer forgiveness, we will shine bright as we strive to…