How to Behave Like a Christian – 7-08-22

And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.” Luke 6:19 NKJV

RELATIONSHIP:

Do you already have a relationship with a powerful God who cares about your every need because He loves you? Did you know my God can communicate with you and protect you – He has a plan for you to prosper if you just submit to His will and let His plan play out in your life!!! God wants a relationship with you and has already made a plan for your life. He loves you so much He sent His son to this world, to die as a sacrifice for your sins and rise from death with victory over sin and the ability to have a personal relationship with you.

Do you want to know truth? Be able to discern lies? Know how to figure it all out in these confusing times and have peace? The Bible says Jesus is the truth. I have experienced it and it has changed my life. I was once a hot mess of sin, promiscuity, drug and alcohol use and so much more. But I was lost and when I could not find my way, or find a truth, I numbed it with bad choses. When I found Jesus, and truth – I found peace and deliverance from those things.

If you want a relationship with God without truth you will get the counterfeit, hypocritical Christianity that has kept some of you away for too long. You need truth and relationship. You need to be honest with yourself and God (including honest repentance) and God will reveal truth to you. It becomes the two way, interaction that your relationship with God is built on. This is why Jesus is called the truth, because he is our only way to the Father. 

“If you declare with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” Romans 10:9-10 NIV
Here is a prayer for you to pray:
Jesus, I believe you are the way, the truth, the life, and the only way to the Father. I believe you are the son of God, you came to Earth and lived. That you died on the cross as a sacrifice for my sins, and rose again so that I may be saved from my sins and be able to get to know you. I declare: Jesus, you are Lord!
Therefore, I confess that I am a sinner and I ask that you forgive me of my sins and come into my life. Help me to turn away from my sins and transform me into what you have lovingly created me to be. Help me through a real personal relationship grow and accept your will for my life – that I may live in your blessings. Please walk with me, and talk with me – I accept a relationship with you and with our Father God, through you. In the name of Jesus I pray ~ Amen

BIBLE READING:

Dear Heavenly Father – Please give us the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of who you are, who Jesus is, and who the Holy Spirit is. Open the eyes of our understanding, please, so we may know the hope of our calling and the vast sovereignty and power of the grace of the cross. Please do not let us miss out on what you want and need from us today. Lord, I pray that your word prepares us and not scares us! We forbid the works and influences of fear over your word and our sound mind. And please keep us and bless us and shine your face upon us and pour out grace over us and give us peace! And we pray for the peace of Jerusalem! Thank you! – In Jesus name we pray, Amen

Today’s reading is the Book of Luke chapter 6 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

Now it happened [a]on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands. And some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?”

But Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read this, what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he went into the house of God, took and ate the showbread, and also gave some to those with him, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat?” And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”

Healing on the Sabbath

Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered. So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him. But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Arise and stand here.” And he arose and stood. Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or [b]to destroy?” 10 And when He had looked around at them all, He said to [c]the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored [d]as whole as the other. 11 But they were filled with rage, and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.

The Twelve Apostles

12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; 15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.

Jesus Heals a Great Multitude

17 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, 18 as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.

The Beatitudes

20 Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said:

“Blessed are you poor,
For yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now,
For you shall be filled.[e]
Blessed are you who weep now,
For you shall laugh.
22 Blessed are you when men hate you,
And when they exclude you,
And revile you, and cast out your name as evil,
For the Son of Man’s sake.
23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy!
For indeed your reward is great in heaven,
For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.

Jesus Pronounces Woes

24 “But woe to you who are rich,
For you have received your consolation.
25 Woe to you who are full,
For you shall hunger.
Woe to you who laugh now,
For you shall mourn and weep.
26 Woe [f]to you when [g]all men speak well of you,
For so did their fathers to the false prophets.

Love Your Enemies

27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.

32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, [h]hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.

Do Not Judge

37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

39 And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil [i]treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.

Build on the Rock

46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was [j]founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it [k]fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

Footnotes

  1. Luke 6:1 NU on a Sabbath that He went
  2. Luke 6:9 M to kill
  3. Luke 6:10 NU, M him
  4. Luke 6:10 NU omits as whole as the other
  5. Luke 6:21 satisfied
  6. Luke 6:26 NU, M omit to you
  7. Luke 6:26 M omits all
  8. Luke 6:35 expecting
  9. Luke 6:45 NU omits treasure of his heart
  10. Luke 6:48 NU well built
  11. Luke 6:49 NU collapsed

MEMORY VERSE CHALLENGE:

Romans 6:1-2-

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?”

STUDY/DEVOTIONAL:

We finish our week with a list of tasty nuggets of juicy meat that we can hopefully keep in our mind and think on. Again, there is a lot in this chapter. People have built full 2 hour sermons around some of these tasty morsels. I’ll do my best to keep it brief and let you meditate on it and let the one or ones that God wants to use in your life come alive through Him.

Yesterday we discussed leaving it all to follow him, and today we discuss what that looks like in behavior. So let us jump right in.

Jesus Is Lord of the Sabbath

1 Now it happened on the second Sabbath after the first that He went through the grainfields. And His disciples plucked the heads of grain and ate them, rubbing them in their hands. And some of the Pharisees said to them, “Why are you doing what is not lawful to do on the Sabbath?”
But Jesus answering them said, “Have you not even read this, what David did when he was hungry, he and those who were with him: how he went into the house of God, took and ate the showbread, and also gave some to those with him, which is not lawful for any but the priests to eat?” And He said to them, “The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.”

There was the law in the Torah (basically the first five books of the Bible comprise the Torah) and these laws were given to Moses by God. But then over time Rabbis (priest and teachers) added to God’s law by defining it with more restrictions than God originally commanded.
In Moses’s day, women could grab lettuce from the garden for salad on the Sabbath and if your sheep fell in a hole or was lost, you could go rescue it on the Sabbath. Moses even permitted emergency medicine and healing on the Sabbath. By the time Jesus arrives, the rules were tightened and restricted, like a noose around their neck. No food prep, garden grabbing, or cleaning up after the meal was permitted on the Sabbath – all of your food was made the night before and eaten uncooked, and hope the vermin didn’t get into it. If your sheep was trapped of lost, oh well. Hopefully they can live another day waiting to be rescued. These are not Torah laws, but rabbinical laws which were more restricting.
So Jesus challenged these law by disobeying them. And Paul wrote in Romans as well as other places, how the law leads to these more restrictive laws because of sin, and therefore the law bring opportunity to sin and condemnation and death. Which is the entire reason why Jesus needed to fulfill the law and set us free!!!
Instead of learning through the law to be free and to have soft loving hearts – human learned new ways to sin and had 613 new laws to break – and then added to them more laws in which sin was provoked instead of love grown.

I used to wonder why of all the restrictive laws – it was the rabbinical Sabbath laws that Jesus came after the most. But it starts to make since in this short passage: I am the Lord of the Sabbath. He was taking back His day and giving it back to us to be a day of rest (not stress) for us.

Healing on the Sabbath

Now it happened on another Sabbath, also, that He entered the synagogue and taught. And a man was there whose right hand was withered. So the scribes and Pharisees watched Him closely, whether He would heal on the Sabbath, that they might find an accusation against Him. But He knew their thoughts, and said to the man who had the withered hand, “Arise and stand here.” And he arose and stood. Then Jesus said to them, “I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?” 10 And when He had looked around at them all, He said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” And he did so, and his hand was restored as whole as the other. 11 But they were filled with rage, and discussed with one another what they might do to Jesus.”

If you have not seen the show The Chosen, you should. It is excellent, but it doesn’t replace Bible study. It is very Biblically accurate, but not completely. It is still a TV show and cannot tell everything nor can it always tell it the same way it is in the Bible. I still recommend it.
I bring up the show, because I LOVE this scene in the show. Jesus and the 12 go to the synagogue and Jesus just ignores the man speaking and walks over to the man with the withered hand and heal him, then walks out – like a boss! It is a fantastic scene!
Now we know that here it says Jesus taught first. But the scene really helps you realize that even though we feel like miracles are random – God has a plan for each one and that plan furthers the Kingdom of God. God is intentional in blessing and healing. And He is willing to tell His story through anyone who is hungry for Him.
This man was just attending the weekly synagogue meeting – But through his healing, the story played out, the offenses where laid that lead to the cross, and furthermore – through this healing you and I can read and know we can be healed and it doesn’t matter the time or the season. And more specifically, we can look at anyone with a withered hand and know with confidence, that Jesus can heal them! 1 healing furthered the Kingdom of God.

The Twelve Apostles

12 Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God. 13 And when it was day, He called His disciples to Himself; and from them He chose twelve whom He also named apostles: 14 Simon, whom He also named Peter, and Andrew his brother; James and John; Philip and Bartholomew; 15 Matthew and Thomas; James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called the Zealot; 16 Judas the son of James, and Judas Iscariot who also became a traitor.”

There were hundreds called to follow Jesus – hundreds of disciples. We only learn the stories of how a few of them were called. We forget that there was a huge group. In acts they found in that group 2 who had been with Jesus since His baptism – which was long before he called Matthew the tax collector or a few others. When we picture these scenes we need to add extras into them. Even the show the chosen fails to add extras to the scenes, but it would cost more, make filming more difficult, and even confuse the audience.
It was at this point Jesus separated twelve of them and called them Apostles. Many were disciples, only Jesus gave the title of Apostle. Which is why Paul, who was taught by Jesus AFTER he ascended, was an Apostle – because Jesus says so and confirmed it among the other Apostles. We mostly call the 12 disciples when speaking of them in reference to the gospels (while Jesus was on earth) and then change it to Apostles when talking about them in any time after the gospels.
One final note on this section: Jesus prayed about who He chose. Time to make any decisions in your life – Jesus prayed, we should too.

Jesus Heals a Great Multitude

17 And He came down with them and stood on a level place with a crowd of His disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea and Jerusalem, and from the seacoast of Tyre and Sidon, who came to hear Him and be healed of their diseases, 18 as well as those who were tormented with unclean spirits. And they were healed. 19 And the whole multitude sought to touch Him, for power went out from Him and healed them all.”

I enjoyed when we put this in chronological order last year while studying it. But even then, this multitude did not line up with the sections of Matthew and Mark which we read.
But there were always multitudes to be healed and around Jesus. Yet, there was also a lot of time when His group was small, around 6 to 20.
Our take away should be that regardless of how many are around Jesus – everyone who came looking for a healing was healed. He “healed them all.”
As we go through the gospel of Luke, healing it a major theme. I do not know why some people pray for healing and it does not happen. All I know is when a pastor prayed for the fever to break over my covid, it broke within an hour. All I know is that I believed and my pastor believed and it happened. All I know is what the work of God says – ALL were healed. So let’s not focus on past failed attempts. It is a new day. All who came for healing received healing. And you can too, or your family member or all who you laid hands on.

The Beatitudes

20 Then He lifted up His eyes toward His disciples, and said:
“Blessed are you poor, For yours is the kingdom of God.
21 Blessed are you who hunger now, For you shall be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now, For you shall laugh.
22 Blessed are you when men hate you, And when they exclude you, and revile you, and cast out your name as evil, For the Son of Man’s sake.
23 Rejoice in that day and leap for joy! For indeed your reward is great in heaven, For in like manner their fathers did to the prophets.”

Most people are more familiar with the version in Matthew, which is longer and wordier. Although this version gets right to the point, it is also full of gems. First off – it is easier to memorize! It also points to God (heaven, Kingdom minded, joy). It is honest about what we are signing up for. AND, if you recall when we studied blessings in Deuteronomy, they are spoken over people. Jesus spoke a blessing over all people in all time and as we speak these verses out loud we also release blessings!

Jesus Pronounces Woes

24 “But woe to you who are rich, For you have received your consolation.
25 Woe to you who are full, For you shall hunger.
Woe to you who laugh now, For you shall mourn and weep.
26 Woe to you when all men speak well of you, For so did their fathers to the false prophets.”

In Deuteronomy, the blessings are concluded with a series of curses. These blessings are also followed by woes, or curses.
Hold on – Jesus is NOT cursing all who have financial means. Remember Luke has shortened all of these. Jesus gives us blessings, including financial so we can then move the money where He needs it. This woe is for the Rich Young Ruler type of people. Those whose riches are their god.
And all of these are about putting the prizes of this earth, the glory of man before God.
It is better to be thanked by God and not by man.

Love Your Enemies

27 “But I say to you who hear: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28 bless those who curse you, and pray for those who spitefully use you. 29 To him who strikes you on the one cheek, offer the other also. And from him who takes away your cloak, do not withhold your tunic either. 30 Give to everyone who asks of you. And from him who takes away your goods do not ask them back. 31 And just as you want men to do to you, you also do to them likewise.
32 “But if you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who do good to you, what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to receive back, what credit is that to you? For even sinners lend to sinners to receive as much back. 35 But love your enemies, do good, and lend, hoping for nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High. For He is kind to the unthankful and evil. 36 Therefore be merciful, just as your Father also is merciful.”

Verse 27 to 36 are great verses to memorize. There is a lot in there. It is difficult when someone goes out of their way to try to make and enemy of you – trying to make you look bad as they end up looking good. And emotions cause bad behavior. God knows. SO he gave us instruction. But do not wait until a hurt happens to get into this. Get it inside you, ahead of time so that your life will glorify God, through it.

Do Not Judge

37 “Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38 Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you.”

Ever notice how ‘don’t judge’, ‘forgive’ and ‘give’ are side by side. AND in the same paragraph. There is a connection. It would appear that the conclusion of doing it right is an overflowing blessing. This will probably take practice and work. Get it in you.

“39 And He spoke a parable to them: “Can the blind lead the blind? Will they not both fall into the ditch? 40 A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone who is perfectly trained will be like his teacher. 41 And why do you look at the speck in your brother’s eye, but do not perceive the plank in your own eye? 42 Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Brother, let me remove the speck that is in your eye,’ when you yourself do not see the plank that is in your own eye? Hypocrite! First remove the plank from your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck that is in your brother’s eye.”

My favorite part of this whole lesson which really begins with the “Love Your Enemies” is that enemies usually come from judgments and accusations and lies stemming from the accuser having the very issue they claim the other has. And once the plank is removed from your own eye, you may very well learn the other doesn’t even have a speck in their eye; you were seeing the end of your own plank!

A Tree Is Known by Its Fruit

43 “For a good tree does not bear bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. 44 For every tree is known by its own fruit. For men do not gather figs from thorns, nor do they gather grapes from a bramble bush. 45 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart brings forth evil. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.”

And to wrap that all up, sometimes it is a misunderstanding between two good fruits. But sometimes it is a problem of bad fruit.

On a side note. I personally have been studying fruits lately and now every time I hear fruits I think about the Lord’s Table. We are to bring the fruit.

Build on the Rock

46 “But why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and not do the things which I say? 47 Whoever comes to Me, and hears My sayings and does them, I will show you whom he is like: 48 He is like a man building a house, who dug deep and laid the foundation on the rock. And when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently against that house, and could not shake it, for it was founded on the rock. 49 But he who heard and did nothing is like a man who built a house on the earth without a foundation, against which the stream beat vehemently; and immediately it fell. And the ruin of that house was great.”

We need to build on a firm foundation. When I returned to Christ, I had a period when God tore down my foundation. It was very disorienting and while it came down, new came up. And God gave me friends to grow with and we all spoke of these thing daily and grew rapidly in the Lord.
Why do we need such a firm foundation? Cause there is going to be a flood of attacks on our life. Never in these parables throughout the gospels does if say ‘If the rains come’ or ‘IF the flood come’ – floods are coming, if they have not already arrived.

Floods or not, have a blessed weekend. God is able. Please join us for our wisdom reading from the book of Psalms, which we will finish this month. And on Monday we will be back to discuss the next chapter of Luke.

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Thank you for reading in 2022 – a Year of Wisdom and Salvation
May the God of peace keep you and bless you. May you stay focused on Christ and covered in grace.
Maranatha ~ Come Lord Jesus!

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