Luke Chapter 11
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31 The queen of the south shall rise up in the judgment with the men of this generation, and condemn them: for she came from the utmost parts of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and, behold, a greater than Solomon is here.
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The disciples taught to pray. (1-4) Christ encourages being earnest in prayer. (5-13) Christ casts out a devil, The blasphemy of the Pharisees. (14-26) True happiness. (27,28) Christ reproves the Jews. (29-36) He reproves the Pharisees. (37-54)1-4 "Lord, teach us to pray," is a good prayer, and a very needful one, for Jesus Christ only can teach us, by his word and Spirit, how to pray. Lord, teach me what it is to pray; Lord, stir up and quicken me to the duty; Lord, direct me what to pray for; teach me what I should say. Christ taught them a prayer, much the same that he had given before in his sermon upon the mount. There are some differences in the words of the Lord's prayer in Matthew and in Luke, but they are of no moment. Let us in our requests, both for others and for ourselves, come to our heavenly Father, confiding in his power and goodness.
5-13 Christ encourages fervency and constancy in prayer. We must come for what we need, as a man does to his neighbour or friend, who is kind to him. We must come for bread; for that which is needful. If God does not answer our prayers speedily, yet he will in due time, if we continue to pray. Observe what to pray for; we must ask for the Holy Spirit, not only as necessary in order to our praying well, but as all spiritual blessings are included in that one. For by the influences of the Holy Spirit we are brought to know God and ourselves, to repent, believe in, and love Christ, and so are made comfortable in this world, and meet for happiness in the next. All these blessings our heavenly Father is more ready to bestow on every one that asks for them, than an indulgent parent is to give food to a hungry child. And this is the advantage of the prayer of faith, that it quiets and establishes the heart in God.
14-26 Christ's thus casting out the devils, was really the destroying of their power. The heart of every unconverted sinner is the devil's palace, where he dwells, and where he rules. There is a kind of peace in the heart of an unconverted soul, while the devil, as a strong man armed, keeps it. The sinner is secure, has no doubt concerning the goodness of his state, nor any dread of the judgment to come. But observe the wonderful change made in conversion. The conversion of a soul to God, is Christ's victory over the devil and his power in that soul, restoring the soul to its liberty, and recovering his own interest in it and power over it. All the endowments of mind of body are now employed for Christ. Here is the condition of a hypocrite. The house is swept from common sins, by a forced confession, as Pharaoh's; by a feigned contrition, as Ahab's; or by a partial reformation, as Herod's. The house is swept, but it is not washed; the heart is not made holy. Sweeping takes off only the loose dirt, while the sin that besets the sinner, the beloved sin, is untouched. The house is garnished with common gifts and graces. It is not furnished with any true grace; it is all paint and varnish, not real nor lasting. It was never given up to Christ, nor dwelt in by the Spirit. Let us take heed of resting in that which a man may have, and yet come short of heaven. The wicked spirits enter in without any difficulty; they are welcomed, and they dwell there; there they work, there they rule. From such an awful state let all earnestly pray to be delivered.
27,28 While the scribes and Pharisees despised and blasphemed the discourses of our Lord Jesus, this good woman admired them, and the wisdom and power with which he spake. Christ led the woman to a higher consideration. Though it is a great privilege to hear the word of God, yet those only are truly blessed, that is, blessed of the Lord, that hear it, keep it in memory, and keep to it as their way and rule.
29-36 Christ promised that there should be one sign more given, even the sign of Jonah the prophet; which in Matthew is explained, as meaning the resurrection of Christ; and he warned them to improve this sign. But though Christ himself were the constant preacher in any congregation, and worked miracles daily among them, yet unless his grace humbled their hearts, they would not profit by his word. Let us not desire more evidence and fuller teaching than the Lord is pleased to afford us. We should pray without ceasing that our hearts and understandings may be opened, that we may profit by the light we enjoy. And especially take heed that the light which is in us be not darkness; for if our leading principles be wrong, our judgment and practice must become more so.
37-54 We should all look to our hearts, that they may be cleansed and new-created; and while we attend to the great things of the law and of the gospel, we must not neglect the smallest matter God has appointed. When any wait to catch something out of our mouths, that they may insnare us, O Lord, give us thy prudence and thy patience, and disappoint their evil purposes. Furnish us with such meekness and patience that we may glory in reproaches, for Christ's sake, and that thy Holy Spirit may rest upon us.
Elaine Thompson's Luke Chapter 11 comment about verse 46 on 2/06/2014, 9:38am...
I tryna figure out the meaning
Rev Timoore Madu's Luke Chapter 11 comment about verse 4 on 1/24/2014, 7:40am...
What i have to say about this verse - Luke 11: 4 is that , whoever wants God's forgiveness ,must be ready to forgive others .
Tina Marie Bradley's Luke Chapter 11 comment about verse 9 on 1/10/2014, 5:14pm...
Love, Luke Chapter 11, Verse 9... I first heard this from my Grandparents, and Aunt Katie (Grandfathers Sister), when I was a child... It filled me with delight, that Jesus would honor my requests, through prayer, hard work & solice... Happy that today, this still rings true... God Bless Us All!
Robert's Luke Chapter 11 comment on 1/08/2014, 7:03pm...
Jesus is starting to show his anger and frustration. He knows his event is closer and wants the people to understand the truth.
Catie's Luke Chapter 11 comment about verse 9 on 12/20/2013, 9:21am...
I really needed to read this, gives me understanding and inspiration, Praise you Lord Jesus
Sigmund Ivarsson's Luke Chapter 11 comment on 10/18/2013, 1:33am...
Ask and you shall receive is easy to understand if you understand that God is seated in your heart, the kingdom is inside you and that God knows everything. You perish because of lack of knowledge and lack of understanding. Everything is so simple that we have no excuse. Even a little child can understand this. Jesus said about Samaritans and Romans that they had faith. This is because he also lives in heathens and unbelievers. I have seen Christians that have very little faith and no understanding.There is no excuse especially if you have been studying scriptures and have been praying. Pray the kingdom come and God will hear it without making excuses. When Jesus was saying oh ye of little faith he was talking not only to believers but his own disciples.
Collin Goliath's Luke Chapter 11 comment about verse 21 on 10/16/2013, 12:59pm...
As any owner of a house or a palice will want to keep his property safe from anything or anybody, wich means he will do his utmost to arm himself accordingly... THE DEVIL got nothing and therefor he had to get hold of somebody he can own and he will provide protection by doing all wrong things with the body he posseses...
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