Luke Chapter 19
15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.
37 And when he was come nigh, even now at the descent of the mount of Olives, the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen;
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Luke Chapter 19 Bible commentary...
The conversion of Zaccheus. (1-10) The parable of the nobleman and his servants. (11-27) Christ enters Jerusalem. (28-40) Christ laments over Jerusalem. (41-48)1-10 Those who sincerely desire a sight of Christ, like Zaccheus, will break through opposition, and take pains to see him. Christ invited himself to Zaccheus' house. Wherever Christ comes he opens the heart, and inclines it to receive him. He that has a mind to know Christ, shall be known of him. Those whom Christ calls, must humble themselves, and come down. We may well receive him joyfully, who brings all good with him. Zaccheus gave proofs publicly that he was become a true convert. He does not look to be justified by his works, as the Pharisee; but by his good works he will, through the grace of God, show the sincerity of his faith and repentance. Zaccheus is declared to be a happy man, now he is turned from sin to God. Now that he is saved from his sins, from the guilt of them, from the power of them, all the benefits of salvation are his. Christ is come to his house, and where Christ comes he brings salvation with him. He came into this lost world to seek and to save it. His design was to save, when there was no salvation in any other. He seeks those that sought him not, and asked not for him.
11-27 This parable is like that of the talents, #Mt 25|. Those that are called to Christ, he furnishes with gifts needful for their business; and from those to whom he gives power, he expects service. The manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal, #1Co 12:7|. And as every one has received the gift, so let him minister the same, #1Pe 4:10|. The account required, resembles that in the parable of the talents; and the punishment of the avowed enemies of Christ, as well as of false professors, is shown. The principal difference is, that the pound given to each seems to point out the gift of the gospel, which is the same to all who hear it; but the talents, distributed more or less, seem to mean that God gives different capacities and advantages to men, by which this one gift of the gospel may be differently improved.
28-40 Christ has dominion over all creatures, and may use them as he pleases. He has all men's hearts both under his eye and in his hand. Christ's triumphs, and his disciples' joyful praises, vex proud Pharisees, who are enemies to him and to his kingdom. But Christ, as he despises the contempt of the proud, so he accepts the praises of the humble. Pharisees would silence the praises of Christ, but they cannot; for as God can out of stones raise up children unto Abraham, and turn the stony heart to himself, so he can bring praise out of the mouths of children. And what will be the feelings of men when the Lord returns in glory to judge the world!
41-48 Who can behold the holy Jesus, looking forward to the miseries that awaited his murderers, weeping over the city where his precious blood was about to be shed, without seeing that the likeness of God in the believer, consists much in good-will and compassion? Surely those cannot be right who take up any doctrines of truth, so as to be hardened towards their fellow-sinners. But let every one remember, that though Jesus wept over Jerusalem, he executed awful vengeance upon it. Though he delights not in the death of a sinner, yet he will surely bring to pass his awful threatenings on those who neglect his salvation. The Son of God did not weep vain and causeless tears, nor for a light matter, nor for himself. He knows the value of souls, the weight of guilt, and how low it will press and sink mankind. May he then come and cleanse our hearts by his Spirit, from all that defiles. May sinners, on every side, become attentive to the words of truth and salvation.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
William c martin's Luke Chapter 19 comment on 2/28/2015, 7:04am...
Verse 11 through 27 in my opinion Jesus is painting a picture of his riseing from the dead as going to heaven and leaving us hear with the Holy Spirit to do his work which I believe he blesses us for . his power will save that wich was lost , it is good to get invualved in a church or minestry to do something for him who saved us I believe he blesses and helps us in that work and he will increase his kingdom through his power and mercy and in the end will reward us with a home in heaven he that has it will be added to him and to him that rejected Jesus to him that hes not even what he has worldly possessions it will be taken away mercy forgiveness grace. This is his power and the good news
Lucky's Luke Chapter 19 comment about verse 22 on 2/03/2015, 9:58pm...
God is a hard man to work for, he expects perfection and a clean heart.
Pastor Sunday Chukwuemeka's Luke Chapter 19 comment about verse 23 on 11/07/2014, 6:59pm...
What this verse is saying is that God has three classes of talents for mankind namely high five , middle three and low one . The high and the middle class can easily do well when they stand on their own while the low class can only succeed when they pair up with other established classes where their rewards are lower than their efforts.That is why the word usury were used not that Jesus is trying to contradict himself. Examples are employers and the employees, Masters the servants,pastors and the congregations etc.There are talents that can be unfruitful if not in conjunction with others. And if a person in this low grade category understands and subject himself to complete usury, he would also be ushered where the high and the middle classes are.What this means is that on the judgement day, a faithful general overseer could be rewarded equally with a faithful usher of his ministry.
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