Luke Chapter 18 – I love the parable of the persistent widow. The lesson: always pray and never give up (1), but the end is definitely something to contemplate about your own life. “… when the Son of Man comes will He find faith on earth?” 8
All the parables are great lessons and I could comment on each one but let me focus on this: the pharisee and the tax collector – we must humble ourselves. “For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.” 14
When people were bringing their babies to Jesus and He would put His hands on their (15) heads reminds me of modern-day politicians especially thinking of people wanting their babies’ pictures taken with Hitler or John F. Kennedy. The disciples then and the politicians of today both want to sway this from happening. I love how Jesus’ response is to let the children come and how we need to be like children. Oh the faith of a child is so trusting. May we be such with ours.
Then there is the rich ruler. He says he has kept all the commandments since he was young so we know right there that is a problem for we all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3.23). Jesus told him to sell everything and give to the poor (22). This saddened him as he was very wealthy. But, I believe Jesus knew where his heart was and that is why He said sell all. We too have to be all in. Is there something holding you back from fully surrendering?
Jesus predicts His death a third time and the disciples still don’t know what He is talking about (31-35). I bet I would have been in the same boat. What about you?
Verse 35 to the end of the chapter tells of a blind beggar wanting Jesus to heal him. His actual words were: “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me?” 38
Those leading the way rebuked him (39) Why? Did they not understand Jesus’ purpose? To reveal who He was and turning to Him brings healing.
I love that Jesus asks him to be brought and asks what he wants. Then, tells him simply receive your sight; your faith has made you well (42). And what did he do? “Immediately he received his sight and followed Jesus, praising God. When all the people saw it, they also praised God.” 43
Well, let us join in and praise God too!
Others need to know the praises and reasons we have thanks. Tell them and…