Luke Chapter 13
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14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.
25 When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:
34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!
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Matthew Henry's Luke Chapter 13 Bible commentary...
Christ exhorts to repentance from the case of the Galileans and others. (1-5) Parable of the barren fig-tree. (6-9) The infirm woman strengthened. (10-17) The parables of the mustard seed, and leaven. (18-22) Exhortation to enter at the strait gate. (23-30) Christ's reproof to Herod, and to the people of Jerusalem. (31-35)1-5 Mention was made to Christ of the death of some Galileans. This tragical story is briefly related here, and is not met with in any historians. In Christ's reply he spoke of another event, which, like it, gave an instance of people taken away by sudden death. Towers, that are built for safety, often prove to be men's destruction. He cautioned his hearers not to blame great sufferers, as if they were therefore to be accounted great sinners. As no place or employment can secure from the stroke of death, we should consider the sudden removals of others as warnings to ourselves. On these accounts Christ founded a call to repentance. The same Jesus that bids us repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand, bids us repent, for otherwise we shall perish.
6-9 This parable of the barren fig-tree is intended to enforce the warning given just before: the barren tree, except it brings forth fruit, will be cut down. This parable in the first place refers to the nation and people of the Jews. Yet it is, without doubt, for awakening all that enjoy the means of grace, and the privileges of the visible church. When God has borne long, we may hope that he will bear with us yet a little longer, but we cannot expect that he will bear always.
10-17 Our Lord Jesus attended upon public worship on the sabbaths. Even bodily infirmities, unless very grievous, should not keep us from public worship on sabbath days. This woman came to Christ to be taught, and to get good to her soul, and then he relieved her bodily infirmity. This cure represents the work of Christ's grace upon the soul. And when crooked souls are made straight, they will show it by glorifying God. Christ knew that this ruler had a real enmity to him and to his gospel, and that he did but cloak it with a pretended zeal for the sabbath day; he really would not have them be healed any day; but if Jesus speaks the word, and puts forth his healing power, sinners are set free. This deliverance is often wrought on the Lord's day; and whatever labour tends to put men in the way of receiving the blessing, agrees with the design of that day.
18-22 Here is the progress of the gospel foretold in two parables, as in #Mt 13|. The kingdom of the Messiah is the kingdom of God. May grace grow in our hearts; may our faith and love grow exceedingly, so as to give undoubted evidence of their reality. May the example of God's saints be blessed to those among whom they live; and may his grace flow from heart to heart, until the little one becomes a thousand.
23-30 Our Saviour came to guide men's consciences, not to gratify their curiosity. Ask not, How many shall be saved? But, Shall I be one of them? Not, What shall become of such and such? But, What shall I do, and what will become of me? Strive to enter in at the strait gate. This is directed to each of us; it is, Strive ye. All that will be saved, must enter in at the strait gate, must undergo a change of the whole man. Those that would enter in, must strive to enter. Here are awakening considerations, to enforce this exhortation. Oh that we may be all awakened by them! They answer the question, Are there few that shall be saved? But let none despond either as to themselves or others, for there are last who shall be first, and first who shall be last. If we reach heaven, we shall meet many there whom we little thought to meet, and miss many whom we expected to find.
31-35 Christ, in calling Herod a fox, gave him his true character. The greatest of men were accountable to God, therefore it became him to call this proud king by his own name; but it is not an example for us. I know, said our Lord, that I must die very shortly; when I die, I shall be perfected, I shall have completed my undertaking. It is good for us to look upon the time we have before us as but little, that we may thereby be quickened to do the work of the day in its day. The wickedness of persons and places which more than others profess religion and relation to God, especially displeases and grieves the Lord Jesus. The judgment of the great day will convince unbelievers; but let us learn thankfully to welcome, and to profit by all who come in the name of the Lord, to call us to partake of his great salvation.
Joseph Ogbewe's Luke Chapter 13 comment on 6/17/2013, 6:44pm...
It inspired me so much, i love reading it over and over again, b'cause he draw me closer to god, especially vs 1 to 5
James's Luke Chapter 13 comment on 6/08/2013, 9:06am...
Answer to Art Hays, God has always been the same yesterday today and tomorrow. Man, not God changed the word. Satan is so happy that some will accept his work of art in the new so called bible books that they think, (Oh its so easy to understand)
In Revelations 22: 18:19 of the KJV bible will tell you all you need to know about changing its grammar. May God bless you.
Mas's Luke Chapter 13 comment on 2/18/2013, 6:29pm...
Please always bear in mind that King James Version 1611 is 17th century English.
So much of its grammar has changed, and cannot be used today and still be correct.
God bless you.
Art Hays's Luke Chapter 13 comment about verse 9 on 2/18/2013, 3:44pm...
Can the condition of the “if” (1st, 2nd, 3rd class condition) be determined in a sentence?
Jay's Luke Chapter 13 comment on 1/15/2013, 2:17pm...
On verse 24:
1. I am a little concerned about the way you stated your comment on verse 24;
2. It is a wakeup call, but we do not get to heaven by finishing our work here on earth;
3. Before the cross that's how it was done and after the rapture of the church that's the way it will be. But now in this age of grace, and we simply trust Jesus Christ as our saviour (Ephesians 2:8,9);
4. At present time, we do good works because we are saved (Ephesians 2:10), we do not do good works to get saved (Titus 3:4,5 and Romans 10).
Jack's Luke Chapter 13 comment about verse 24 on 12/28/2012, 6:26am...
This verse reminds me of (Men ought always to pray and not to faint--Submit to God and give no place to the devil--abide in Me--and God is the rewarder of them that diligently seek Him). Hallelujah the Way is plain and simple!
Timothy Wayne George's Luke Chapter 13 comment on 5/07/2012, 7:17am...
This chapter teaches us about repentance, and how that all must repent in order to be saved. We must enter into the strait gate. Jesus is the gate, and we must accept him, and turn from our sins. Praise God for his healing of the woman that had been sick for eighteen years on the sabbath, because he is Lord of Lords, and King of Kings. Jesus predicts his death, burial, and resurrection. Warns the religious leaders that they would see Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob enter the kingdom while they will be left out. They will not be saved until they say blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. Thank the Lord he is my Lord, and Savior today will you accept him too?
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