The Word Of The Lord
Sunday August 11th, 2013
GOSPEL: Luke 12:32–40
32 Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions, and give alms. Make purses for yourselves that do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. 35 Be dressed for action and have your lamps lit; 36 be like those who are waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that they may open the door for him as soon as he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those slaves whom the master finds alert when he comes; truly I tell you, he will fasten his belt and have them sit down to eat, and he will come and serve them. 38 If he comes during the middle of the night, or near dawn, and finds them so, blessed are those slaves. 39 But know this: if the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be broken into. 40 You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an unexpected hour.”
What Does Luke Mean?
To really make sense of this, you must know that in the preceding verses Jesus was at the home of a ruler of the Pharisees, and He was being chastised for healing someone on the Sabbath, which, according to tradition, was supposed to be a day of rest. And it is this that leads Jesus to recognize something. He noted that the Pharisees always chose for themselves only the finest things, when others around them were in need. Of course, they did this in the belief that because of their station, they were entitled to these things. Now this lead Christ to relate a parable which teaches that those who exalt themselves will be abased, while the humble will be exalted.
Of course the lesson is that we often offer hospitality to those who “have”, in the hope that we will gain something from the act….whether social gain or financial gain. However, our efforts will not offer us the only rewards that really matter….. everlasting rewards. However, generosity that comes from the heart…. generosity offered without the expectation we will reap some tangible reward, is what shows the true measure of who we are. And it is this that will garner us heavenly rewards far greater that any tangible, earthly ones that we might receive!
Psalm 33:12-22 ESV
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord, the people whom he has chosen as his heritage! 13 The Lord looks down from heaven; he sees all the children of man; 14 from where he sits enthroned he looks out on all the inhabitants of the earth, 15 he who fashions the hearts of them all and observes all their deeds. 16 The king is not saved by his great army; a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. 17 The war horse is a false hope for salvation, and by its great might it cannot rescue. 18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear him, on those who hope in his steadfast love, 19 that he may deliver their soul from death and keep them alive in famine. 20 Our soul waits for the Lord; he is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart is glad in him, because we trust in his holy name. 22 Let your steadfast love, O Lord, be upon us, even as we hope in you.
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