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2016 June 27
The Cripples (1568)
Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525 - 1569)
Dutch and Flemish Renaissance Style
Musee du Louvre, Paris, France
Image Source: Web Gallery of Art
Explanation: In Luke 17 Jesus warned his hearers not to be a source of temptation to others, especially to little ones who believed in him, lest they experience severe judgment. Also we must caution others to stop sinning; and we must be forgiving when they repent, even if they sin and repent repeatedly (1-4). When the apostles asked the Lord to increase their faith, he told them that even a little faith is sufficient to accomplish great things (5-6). He cautioned them to consider themselves unworthy servants who, at best, only do their duty, regardless of how much they do (7-10). On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus cleansed ten lepers, but only one, a Samaritan foreigner, returned to give him thanks (11-19). When some Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come, he told them that it was already present in their midst. And, to his disciples, Jesus said that he would return suddenly. But he cautioned them that he was first going to be rejected by his generation. And he compared the time of his coming to the days of Noah in which life went on as usual until they were swept away by the sudden judgment of the flood. He also compared the final judgment to the days of Lot, in which Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed suddenly. He warned them to leave everything behind and flee when they saw judgment approaching, just as Lot did (20-37).
[Sermons: Eric Alexander. Alistair Begg. Sinclair B Ferguson. Various. ].
[Illustration: Today's painting depicts crippled people, (lepers, according to some interpreters). The lepers mentioned in today's chapter might have experienced crippling effects similar to those in the painting. In any case, Jesus delivered them from the devastating effects of an incurable disease; but only one, a Samaritan foreigner, returned to give thanks. ]
[THEMATICALLY AND CHRONOLOGICALLY RELATED SCRIPTURES:
Luke 17:1-10: Matthew 18:6-7; Matthew 18:15-17; Matthew 18:21-22; Mark 11:22-24.
Luke 17:11-19: Matthew 8:4.
Luke 17:20-37: Matthew 24; Matthew 25; Mark 13; John 14:3. ]
[ CHRONOLOGY: GENERAL. Patriarchs (Traditional). Judges # 1. Judges # 2. Kings # 1. Kings # 2. Prophets # 1. Prophets # 2. NT # 1. NT # 2. NT # 3. ]
[ MAPS: Maps # 1. Maps # 2. Maps # 3. Maps # 4. Maps # 5. ]
[ COMMENTARIES, ETC: GENERAL: Bible Study Tools; Bible Hub: Study Light; Blue Letter Bible // PSALMS: Monergism: Precept Austin: The Treasury of David; John Gill; John Calvin - Volumes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5]
[ MUSIC: GENERAL: The Cyber Hymnal // PSALMS: Genevan Psalter (Instrumental). VARIOUS ARTISTS: Micha'el Ben David. Sons of Korah. Fernando Ortega. Janet Isaac Morrison. Music of the Bible Revealed - Suzanne Haik-Vantoura. Dr. David Erb. Gregorian Chants. ]
*** For Additional word studies use one of the Greek Interlinear Bibles below. ***
3. Ministry Phase 2: Between Galilee & Jerusalem (Lk 9:51 - Lk 19:28) - (Continued) - 29 - 33 A.D. Israel
1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come!
2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.
3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him.
4 And if he trespass against thee seven times in a day, and seven times in a day turn again to thee, saying, I repent; thou shalt forgive him.
5 And the apostles said unto the Lord, Increase our faith.
6 And the Lord said, If ye had faith as a grain of mustard seed, ye might say unto this sycamine tree, Be thou plucked up by the root, and be thou planted in the sea; and it should obey you.
7 But which of you, having a servant plowing or feeding cattle, will say unto him by and by, when he is come from the field, Go and sit down to meat?
8 And will not rather say unto him, Make ready wherewith I may sup, and gird thyself, and serve me, till I have eaten and drunken; and afterward thou shalt eat and drink?
9 Doth he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded him? I trow not.
10 So likewise ye, when ye shall have done all those things which are commanded you, say, We are unprofitable servants: we have done that which was our duty to do.
11 And it came to pass, as he went to Jerusalem, that he passed through the midst of Samaria and Galilee.
12 And as he entered into a certain village, there met him ten men that were lepers, which stood afar off:
13 And they lifted up their voices, and said, Jesus, Master, have mercy on us.
14 And when he saw them, he said unto them, Go shew yourselves unto the priests. And it came to pass, that, as they went, they were cleansed.
15 And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, and with a loud voice glorified God,
16 And fell down on his face at his feet, giving him thanks: and he was a Samaritan.
17 And Jesus answering said, Were there not ten cleansed? but where are the nine?
18 There are not found that returned to give glory to God, save this stranger.
19 And he said unto him, Arise, go thy way: thy faith hath made thee whole.
20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
22 And he said unto the disciples, The days will come, when ye shall desire to see one of the days of the Son of man, and ye shall not see it.
23 And they shall say to you, See here; or, see there: go not after them, nor follow them.
24 For as the lightning, that lighteneth out of the one part under heaven, shineth unto the other part under heaven; so shall also the Son of man be in his day.
25 But first must he suffer many things, and be rejected of this generation.
26 And as it was in the days of Noe, so shall it be also in the days of the Son of man.
27 They did eat, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noe entered into the ark, and the flood came, and destroyed them all.
28 Likewise also as it was in the days of Lot; they did eat, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they builded;
29 But the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.
30 Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.
31 In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back.
32 Remember Lot's wife.
33 Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it.
34 I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left.
35 Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
36 Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.
37 And they answered and said unto him, Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.
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