Luke Chapter 20
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20 And they watched him, and sent forth spies, which should feign themselves just men, that they might take hold of his words, that so they might deliver him unto the power and authority of the governor.
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Matthew Henry's Luke Chapter 20 Bible commentary...
The priests and scribes question Christ's authority. (1-8) The parable of the vineyard and husbandmen. (9-19) Of giving tribute. (20-26) Concerning the resurrection. (27-38) The scribes silenced. (39-47)1-8 Men often pretend to examine the evidences of revelation, and the truth of the gospel, when only seeking excuses for their own unbelief and disobedience. Christ answered these priests and scribes with a plain question about the baptism of John, which the common people could answer. They all knew it was from heaven, nothing in it had an earthly tendency. Those that bury the knowledge they have, are justly denied further knowledge. It was just with Christ to refuse to give account of his authority, to those who knew the baptism of John to be from heaven, yet would not believe in him, nor own their knowledge.
9-19 Christ spake this parable against those who resolved not to own his authority, though the evidence of it was so full. How many resemble the Jews who murdered the prophets and crucified Christ, in their enmity to God, and aversion to his service, desiring to live according to their lusts, without control! Let all who are favoured with God's word, look to it that they make proper use of their advantages. Awful will be the doom, both of those who reject the Son, and of those who profess to reverence Him, yet render not the fruits in due season. Though they could not but own that for such a sin, such a punishment was just, yet they could not bear to hear of it. It is the folly of sinners, that they persevere in sinful ways, though they dread the destruction at the end of those ways.
20-26 Those who are most crafty in their designs against Christ and his gospel, cannot hide them. He did not give a direct answer, but reproved them for offering to impose upon him; and they could not fasten upon any thing wherewith to stir up either the governor or the people against him. The wisdom which is from above, will direct all who teach the way of God truly, to avoid the snares laid for them by wicked men; and will teach our duty to God, to our rulers, and to all men, so clearly, that opposers will have no evil to say of us.
27-38 It is common for those who design to undermine any truth of God, to load it with difficulties. But we wrong ourselves, and wrong the truth of Christ, when we form our notions of the world of spirits by this world of sense. There are more worlds than one; a present visible world, and a future unseen world; and let every one compare this world and that world, and give the preference in his thoughts and cares to that which deserves them. Believers shall obtain the resurrection from the dead, that is the blessed resurrection. What shall be the happy state of the inhabitants of that world, we cannot express or conceive, 1Co 2:9|. Those that are entered into the joy of their Lord, are entirely taken up therewith; when there is perfection of holiness there will be no occasion for preservatives from sin. And when God called himself the God of these patriarchs, he meant that he was a God all-sufficient to them, #Ge 17:1|, their exceeding great Reward, #Ge 15:1|. He never did that for them in this world, which answered the full extent of his undertaking; therefore there must be another life, in which he will do that for them, which will completely fulfil the promise.
39-47 The scribes commended the reply Christ made to the Sadducees about the resurrection, but they were silenced by a question concerning the Messiah. Christ, as God, was David's Lord; but Christ, as man, was David's son. The scribes would receive the severest judgement for defrauding the poor widows, and for their abuse of religion, particularly of prayer, which they used as a pretence for carrying on worldly and wicked plans. Dissembled piety is double sin. Then let us beg of God to keep us from pride, ambition, covetousness, and every evil thing; and to teach us to seek that honour which comes from him alone.
Comments for Luke Chapter 20...
Jay's Luke Chapter 20 comment on 1/28/2013, 11:41pm...
1. Here again as in other parables, Jesus is going to explain a heavenly doctrine with a earthly application by using the religious leaders ignorance in attempting to trap Jesus in saying a falsehood that would not agree with the law of Moses;
2. It would not have mattered how many marriages the Sadducees used (7 is God's number of perfection);
3. It is a fact that God has patterns of things on earth that are in heaven (Hebrews 9:23, 24), and marriage is no different, but what is different is patterns of this world are earthly, and the patterns of heaven are spiritual;
4. When comparing heaven with this world you must keep this at the forefront of a comparison;
5. We are married and given in marriage (man and woman only) in this world, but in heaven after the judgment seat of Christ the bride (born again church age believers) is given in marriage to the lamb of God (Jesus Christ), Revelation 19:7-9;
6. The bride for Jehovah God is the Old Testament saints (Isaiah 61:10);
7. The holy scriptures likens us to angels because they are spiritual created beings and because all angels in the bible are men (no female angels exist in the bible);
8. There is no mention of unbelievers being married after this life in the bible, because part of their torment in hell is separation from everybody and most of all separation from God, total darkness.
Jay's Luke Chapter 20 comment on 1/28/2013, 2:05pm...
The parable of the vineyard verses 9-20, is another objective lesson from God using a physical illustration to aid Christians in understanding a spiritual application (for church age) and a doctrinal application (for Jews).
1. God created a vineyard (heavens and earth from the days of creation in genesis one) and let man have dominion over it, and went into a far country (3rd heaven 4000 years);
2. Then God began to send prophets among his people (Jews mainly, 3 prophets=trinity), and of course the religious people (Jews mainly) rejected them;
3. At the appointed time God sent his only begotten son (Jesus Christ) to retrieve the spiritual fruit and set up his kingdom, but the religious people rejected Jesus and crucified him;
4. In verse 16 God destroys Jerusalem in 70 A.D. as foretold in the scriptures (Mark 13:1,2), that is the end of Israel as a nation until may 14th, 1948;
5. Verses 17, 18 are about salvation and the stone=Jesus Christ who is the head of corner (a pyramid);
6. Whomsoever shall fall on the stone=a person coming to him in humble truth and asking to be saved;
7. Whomsoever the stone shall fall= people who do not come to him in humble truth for salvation will be cast into the lake of fire for everlasting damnation;
8. The Pharisees and Scribes represent religious leaders and people who do not humble themselves before almighty God and receive the absolute truth about the doctrine of Christ (salvation at the cross of Calvary 2 John 9,10).
Anonymous's Luke Chapter 20 comment on 1/28/2013, 12:38pm...
This chapter is loaded; in verses 1-8, Jesus teaching Christians how to answer the gainsayers that really have no interest in biblical truth, but just wanting to trap, make fun of, ridicule, or embarrass a person into saying something falsely.
A. Answer not a fool according to his folly (Proverbs 26:4);
B. Give not that which is holy unto dogs, neither cast your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you (Matthew 7:6).
Anhony Woods's Luke Chapter 20 comment on 1/09/2013, 8:31pm...
Pastor Darral Johnson is teaching and sharing his convictions on this scripture. He is doing a dynamite job at Light of Jericho.
Sam lamb's Luke Chapter 20 comment on 2/14/2012, 8:39pm...
i really enjoyed this chapter. it shows again how the religious leaders were trying to find fault in Jesus but failed to find any imperfections. it even says that some of the spies were amazed by his answers.
Susan Dalton's Luke Chapter 20 comment on 9/28/2011, 8:34pm...
"And Jesus answering said unto them, The children of this world marry, and are given in marriage: But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage: Neither can they die any more: for they are equal unto the angels; and are the children of God, being the children of the resurrection..." (Luke 20:34-36) Man and angels are two seperate creations. Man will never be an angel. In the resurrection from the dead, we will be like unto angels: we will not marry, nor be given in marriage, and we will not die anymore; man will be like unto angels in these regards, yet, we do not die and become angels.
JEMIMAH MWENDWA's Luke Chapter 20 comment on 6/14/2011, 2:57am...
We should know that after death there will life eternity there will be no marriage.
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