Some of the Last Insights from Christ – 7-28-22

Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone’?
Whoever falls on that stone will be
 broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.” Luke 20:17-18 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 20 (embedded below for your convenience in the NKJV). 

Jesus’ Authority Questioned

20 Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him and spoke to Him, saying, “Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?”

But He answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, and answer Me: The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men?”

And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why [a]then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know where it was from.

And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

The Parable of the Wicked Vinedressers

Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to [b]vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time. 10 Now at [c]vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.

13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.’ 14 But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.”

And when they heard it they said, “Certainly not!”

17 Then He looked at them and said, “What then is this that is written:

‘The stone which the builders rejected
Has become the chief cornerstone’?

18 Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”

19 And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they [d]feared the people—for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.

The Pharisees: Is It Lawful to Pay Taxes to Caesar?

20 So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor.

21 Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth: 22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”

23 But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, [e]“Why do you test Me? 24 Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?”

They answered and said, “Caesar’s.”

25 And He said to them, “Render[f] therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”

26 But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer and kept silent.

The Sadducees: What About the Resurrection?

27 Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, 28 saying: “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife, and he dies without children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second [g]took her as wife, and he died childless. 31 Then the third took her, and in like manner the seven [h]also; and they left no children, and died. 32 Last of all the woman died also. 33 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For all seven had her as wife.”

34 Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37 But even Moses showed in the burning bush passage that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.”

39 Then some of the scribes answered and said, “Teacher, You have spoken well.” 40 But after that they dared not question Him anymore.

Jesus: How Can David Call His Descendant Lord?

41 And He said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is the Son of David? 42 Now David himself said in the Book of Psalms:

‘The Lord said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
43 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’

44 Therefore David calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his Son?”

Beware of the Scribes

45 Then, in the hearing of all the people, He said to His disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, 47 who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”

Footnotes

  1. Luke 20:5 NU, M omit then
  2. Luke 20:9 tenant farmers
  3. Luke 20:10 Lit. the season
  4. Luke 20:19 M were afraid—for
  5. Luke 20:23 NU omits Why do you test Me?
  6. Luke 20:25 Pay
  7. Luke 20:30 NU omits the rest of v. 30.
  8. Luke 20:31 NU, M also left no children

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:

Passion Week is full of some of Jesus’s strongest most difficult teachings. Also, some passages that have been the most corrupted in people’s minds over the years, as the enemy attacks and tried to diminish the power of these words.

Speaking of diminishing the Word. The Bible apps are prone to hacking and at some point I am sure the words we get from the internet will be corrupt. This is one reason I promote memorizing. But also for spiritual warfare we should also be able to quote the word.
But my point is, I am copying the word from one internet site to here. Be the double check and make sure it lines up with your paper Bible. If you do not have a paper Bible – you need to get one soon.

Once the word is corrupted in our lives, by false teachers, hacked apps, and people who just do not know it – then the authority of Jesus comes under question and Christianity is attacked.

1 Now it happened on one of those days, as He taught the people in the temple and preached the gospel, that the chief priests and the scribes, together with the elders, confronted Him and spoke to Him, saying, “Tell us, by what authority are You doing these things? Or who is he who gave You this authority?”
But He answered and said to them, “I also will ask you one thing, and answer Me: The baptism of John—was it from heaven or from men?”
And they reasoned among themselves, saying, “If we say, ‘From heaven,’ He will say, ‘Why then did you not believe him?’ But if we say, ‘From men,’ all the people will stone us, for they are persuaded that John was a prophet.” So they answered that they did not know where it was from.
And Jesus said to them, “Neither will I tell you by what authority I do these things.”

Jesus’s authority has been questioned since the beginning.
It never diminishes His power or the power of His name – what it does is add doubt to muck up faith. Jesus uses a parable (His own words, which we have access to and can use as well) as well as the old Holy Scriptures to defend His authority. And you and I need to learn to use the word, when we are in a conflict, or trying to be tricked, or under questioning.
The word, the pure word is sharper than any two edged sword. Watch:

Then He began to tell the people this parable: “A certain man planted a vineyard, leased it to vinedressers, and went into a far country for a long time. 10 Now at vintage-time he sent a servant to the vinedressers, that they might give him some of the fruit of the vineyard. But the vinedressers beat him and sent him away empty-handed. 11 Again he sent another servant; and they beat him also, treated him shamefully, and sent him away empty-handed. 12 And again he sent a third; and they wounded him also and cast him out.
13 “Then the owner of the vineyard said, ‘What shall I do? I will send my beloved son. Probably they will respect him when they see him.’ 14 But when the vinedressers saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, ‘This is the heir. Come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours.’ 15 So they cast him out of the vineyard and killed him. Therefore what will the owner of the vineyard do to them? 16 He will come and destroy those vinedressers and give the vineyard to others.”

So, first Jesus uses his own words (we cannot do that, our words are not as powerful. Jesus IS the WORD).  This is my least favorite parable, I am sure I have said before. Probably because we are the vinedressers and the vinedressers are killed in the end after acting foolishly. It is a warning, to take heed to. Like I have said before we must walk out our walk daily, with humility and prayer and repentance, or else, like Paul before he was saved, we may be deceived into thinking we are serving God while grieving Him.
As much as people did not understand the parables, they did understand the spirit of the lesson! As we see when we finish reading verse 16:

16b And when they heard it they said, “Certainly not!”
17 Then He looked at them and said, 
“What then is this that is written: ‘The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief cornerstone’? 18 Whoever falls on that stone will be broken; but on whomever it falls, it will grind him to powder.”
19 And the chief priests and the scribes that very hour sought to lay hands on Him, but they feared the people—for they knew He had spoken this parable against them.”

We must remember, it looks like the chief priests and scribes were out to get Jesus. You may wonder why Jesus did not just avoid them. But look past the people to see the enemy was using them and Jesus was still trying to save them. He gave them the word even though he knew they would reject it. It is a spiritual battle. We battle NOT against flesh and blood.

So, we should give the salvation message to others even if we think they will reject it. And when they do, do not count it as a waste of time – even Jesus spent the time telling his enemies that He was there to save them. Yes, we must tell them. And if they accept Jesus, then slide away, we should tell them the salvation message again in all hope that this time they stay. Not holding it against them that they slipped away once before. But that is a message for another day>

Onto those tricky snakes trying to trip up Jesus:

20 So they watched Him, and sent spies who pretended to be righteous, that they might seize on His words, in order to deliver Him to the power and the authority of the governor.
21 Then they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, we know that You say and teach rightly, and You do not show personal favoritism, but teach the way of God in truth: 22 Is it lawful for us to pay taxes to Caesar or not?”
23 But He perceived their craftiness, and said to them, “Why do you test Me? 24 Show Me a denarius. Whose image and inscription does it have?”
They answered and said, “Caesar’s.”
25 And He said to them, “Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.”
26 But they could not catch Him in His words in the presence of the people. And they marveled at His answer and kept silent.”

I love watching prideful people try to trip up someone who is humble and wise. Pride gets in the way of wisdom, so prideful people seldom see the truth bomb coming their way. It is the Mic Drop moment. Right there.  Another reason to work on being humble. Pride messes you all up.

27 Then some of the Sadducees, who deny that there is a resurrection, came to Him and asked Him, 28 saying: “Teacher, Moses wrote to us that if a man’s brother dies, having a wife, and he dies without children, his brother should take his wife and raise up offspring for his brother. 29 Now there were seven brothers. And the first took a wife, and died without children. 30 And the second took her as wife, and he died childless. 31 Then the third took her, and in like manner the seven also; and they left no children, and died. 32 Last of all the woman died also. 33 Therefore, in the resurrection, whose wife does she become? For all seven had her as wife.”

Speaking of lacking wisdom. The Sadducees did not believe in life after death – it was a point of contention and they could not seem to get past it. They interjected themselves at Paul’s first trial and it worked for his advantage and made them look stupid. And here they are trying to help the Pharisees and again they just look like bumbling idiots and a record player caught in a loop. Enough about the afterlife fools.

34 Jesus answered and said to them, “The sons of this age marry and are given in marriage. 35 But those who are counted worthy to attain that age, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry nor are given in marriage; 36 nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection. 37 But even Moses showed in the burning bush passage that the dead are raised, when he called the Lord ‘the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.’ 38 For He is not the God of the dead but of the living, for all live to Him.”
39 Then some of the scribes answered and said, “Teacher, You have spoken well.” 40 But after that they dared not question Him anymore.”

Jesus’s answer is literally saying they have asked the wrong question – because that is not how it is and that is not what any of this is about. Jesus does take the time to answer so that for the rest of time people understand the spirit world is not like this one and we have our eyes fixed on the wrong things.
It brings me back to the passage of the seed and the cares of this world distract us – distract us from the moment we are born and are hungry. Our care at that moment is food, not Jesus. And we begin to choke out the seeds of spirit immediately and are then taught and grow in an environment that is distracted by this physical world. The problem is – the physical world is not as real as the spirit.

Even Jesus takes today’s reading and pulls back the curtain between the physical and spiritual and shows us some spiritual truths:

41 And He said to them, “How can they say that the Christ is the Son of David? 42 Now David himself said in the Book of Psalms:
‘The 
Lord said to my Lord, “Sit at My right hand, 43 Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.” ’
44 Therefore David calls Him ‘Lord’; how is He then his Son?”

Go ahead and meditate on that in prayer today.

45 Then, in the hearing of all the people, He said to His disciples, 46 “Beware of the scribes, who desire to go around in long robes, love greetings in the marketplaces, the best seats in the synagogues, and the best places at feasts, 47 who devour widows’ houses, and for a pretense make long prayers. These will receive greater condemnation.”

Beware of becoming like these scribes. Yeah we need to beware of them, but prideful people really are a turn off and we tend to avoid them anyway.  Beware of becoming like them.

Now, I would like to circle back to verse 36. The reason is entire doctrines have been built on this one lonely verse. The point of the passage is to tell us we are not thinking of heaven like we should – that heave in spirit world and NOT full of the curse, deceptions and lies that our physical world holds.

About the time the scrolls were found and translated, there was the pride of old king James interjecting himself AND the human race had LESS of a command over language than the Greeks. This is why we often take verses back to the Greek and look at every word that word could be translated into.

36 nor can they die anymore, for they are equal to the angels and are sons of God, being sons of the resurrection.”

If you want to take the word ANGELS in this sentence back to Greek, you cannot. The original manuscript does NOT say angels, nor does it say equal to the angels.  Other translations say “like angels”. Which might be closer.

“like [the] angels” = ἰσάγγελοι (isangeloi) Adjective – Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong’s 2465: Equal to or like the angels. From isos and aggelos; like an angel, i.e. Angelic.
AND when we look up “aggelos” – Strong’s 32: a messenger; especially an “angel”; by implication, a pastor:–angel, messenger. And when looked up in a Greek Dictionary it add a critical piece of info: First, it means messenger/servant. Second, it means someone who announces. And third, it means, heavenly being or spirit.

So, verse 36 is NOT saying we become angels, and our loved ones do not either. We become heavenly beings – spirits. We live in heaven and serve God. Like the angels. Not literally but in simile, and similar representation.
I do think this is an important distinction. Because God painstakingly made each creature after its own kind, but humans He made in His image. And before we go down that rabbit hole we must note that the angels are singing “Holy. Holy. Holy.”  And in billions of years (or however long it has been) they keep singing the same song and never tire of it. And in Revelations it says when the redeemed of the Lord arrive, the redeemed will sing a new song and the angels cannot sing it, they do not know it, they have never experienced redemption.
Angels have fallen and sinned – and there is NO redemption plan for them. Only for us. If we become like angels we are no longer able to be redeemed and we will be thrown into the pit of hell. Therefore it is a rather important foundational point. We are carefully made and planned out. God did not put this much work into us to have us morph into something else.
We should be careful not to read something and not study it. So go ahead and add a note in your Bible that we become spiritual beings.

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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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