Luke

Luke 19

Only Luke tells us about the conversion of Zacchaeus, which fits in so strikingly with the theme of his Gospel. The publican, though so despised by the leaders of his people, was a fit subject for the grace of the Lord, and he was marked by the faith which is ready to receive it. Zacchaeus had no physical or material needs; his was a case of spiritual need only. The people flung the epithet, "sinner," at him. It was a true epithet, and Zacchaeus knew it, yet it provoked him into an atte...

Luke 18

In speaking the parable, with which this chapter opens, the Lord was continuing the same line of thought, as is shown by His application of the parable in verses 7 and 8. When the kingdom arrives it will mean judgment for the evil-doers, but the days just before its arrival will mean tribulation for saints. Their resource will be prayer. Even an unjust judge will be moved to right the wrongs of a widow, if she is sufficiently importunate; so the saint may continue waiting upon God with ...

Luke 17

The latter part of the previous chapter, verse 14 to the end, was spoken to the Pharisees: at the beginning of this chapter the Lord again addresses His disciples. The rich man had stumbled over his possessions into hell, and now the Lord tells His disciples that, the world being what it is, "offences," or occasions of stumbling are inevitable. The great thing is to avoid being an "offence" to anyone else, to even the least important. The consequences are so serious that anything is bet...

Luke 16

These parables were spoken to the Pharisees but the one that opens this chapter was spoken to the disciples. They were instructed by it as to the position in which men find themselves before God, and the behaviour that befits them in that position. We are stewards, and have been unfaithful in our stewardship. The steward was accused to his master that he had "wasted his goods." This phrase gives us a link with the previous parable, for the younger son had "wasted his substance with r...

Luke 15

From the two verses that open this chapter, it would seem that these words about grace and discipleship drew the publicans and sinners toward Him, while repelling the Pharisees and scribes. He did indeed receive sinners and eat with them: such action is according to the very nature of grace. The Pharisees flung out the remark as a taunt. The Lord accepted it as a compliment, and proceeded by parables to show that He not only received sinners but positively sought them, and also to demon...

Luke 14

In the closing verses of the previous chapter the Lord accepted His rejection and foretold its results for Jerusalem; yet He did not cease His activities in grace nor His teachings of grace, as the opening part of this chapter shows. The Pharisees wished to use their law of the sabbath as a cord wherewith to tie up His hands of mercy and restrain them from action. He broke their rope and showed that He would at least have as much mercy on the afflicted man as they were accustomed to s...

No Room

"There was no room for them in the inn." -- Luke 2:7 God made man upright, but man sought out many inventions. While the inventions of man in communication, transportation and other areas of human endeavor have brought about many blessings, there is a "down" side to all of these things. In Genesis 4, we read of three of Cain’s seed. We read of him that he was of that wicked one (the devil) and "killed his own brother." His seed followed in the direction Cain took (he went out ...

Remembering and Rejoicing over Christ's Birth

"For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given..." -- Isaiah 9:6. "This is My body which is given for you: this do in remembrance of Me...also the cup...saying, This cup is the new testament in My blood, which is shed for you." -- Luke 22:19-20. -------------------- It is ironic that it is in the last month of the year that the birth of our Lord Jesus is celebrated; yet it is, without question, the biggest holiday of the year. It is the season for givin...

Men Ought Always to Pray

"And He spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint."  Luke 18:1 ------------ Luke, the beloved physician, gives us the prescription of the Great Physician for disappointment: men ought always to pray. We are to pray when we feel like it, and pray when we don’t feel like it. There is never a time when we are not in need of prayer. The old spiritual says, "It’s not my brother, not my sister, but it’s me, O Lord, standing in t...

Lecture 6 - The Psalm-Books, Gospels, and Acts

The Psalm-Books We are now, beloved brethren, to examine that division of the Old Testament which stands last in all Hebrew Bibles, and last in our Lord's words in the last chapter of Luke, "the law of Moses, the prophets, and the psalms." He does not use indeed the Jewish term for this last division, which was called by the Jews (vaguely enough), "the writings," or "Scriptures," - Kethubim; and we have no certain proof that He meant to speak of more than the actual book of P...
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