Luke Chapter 21
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Matthew Henry's Luke Chapter 21 Bible commentary...
Christ commends a poor widow. (1-4) His prophecy. (5-28) Christ exhorts to watchfulness. (29-38)1-4 From the offering of this poor widow, learn that what we rightly give for the relief of the poor, and the support of God's worship, is given unto God; and our Saviour sees with pleasure whatever we have in our hearts to give for the relief of his members, or for his service. Blessed Lord! the poorest of thy servants have two mites, they have a soul and a body; persuade and enable us to offer both unto thee; how happy shall we be in thine accepting of them!
5-28 With much curiosity those about Christ ask as to the time when the great desolation should be. He answers with clearness and fulness, as far as was necessary to teach them their duty; for all knowledge is desirable as far as it is in order to practice. Though spiritual judgements are the most common in gospel times, yet God makes use of temporal judgments also. Christ tells them what hard things they should suffer for his name's sake, and encourages them to bear up under their trials, and to go on in their work, notwithstanding the opposition they would meet with. God will stand by you, and own you, and assist you. This was remarkably fulfilled after the pouring out of the Spirit, by whom Christ gave his disciples wisdom and utterance. Though we may be losers for Christ, we shall not, we cannot be losers by him, in the end. It is our duty and interest at all times, especially in perilous, trying times, to secure the safety of our own souls. It is by Christian patience we keep possession of our own souls, and keep out all those impressions which would put us out of temper. We may view the prophecy before us much as those Old Testament prophecies, which, together with their great object, embrace, or glance at some nearer object of importance to the church. Having given an idea of the times for about thirty-eight years next to come, Christ shows what all those things would end in, namely, the destruction of Jerusalem, and the utter dispersion of the Jewish nation; which would be a type and figure of Christ's second coming. The scattered Jews around us preach the truth of Christianity; and prove, that though heaven and earth shall pass away, the words of Jesus shall not pass away. They also remind us to pray for those times when neither the real, nor the spiritual Jerusalem, shall any longer be trodden down by the Gentiles, and when both Jews and Gentiles shall be turned to the Lord. When Christ came to destroy the Jews, he came to redeem the Christians that were persecuted and oppressed by them; and then had the churches rest. When he comes to judge the world, he will redeem all that are his from their troubles. So fully did the Divine judgements come upon the Jews, that their city is set as an example before us, to show that sins will not pass unpunished; and that the terrors of the Lord, and his threatenings against impenitent sinners, will all come to pass, even as his word was true, and his wrath great upon Jerusalem.
29-38 Christ tells his disciples to observe the signs of the times, which they might judge by. He charges them to look upon the ruin of the Jewish nation as near. Yet this race and family of Abraham shall not be rooted out; it shall survive as a nation, and be found as prophesied, when the Son of man shall be revealed. He cautions them against being secure and sensual. This command is given to all Christ's disciples, Take heed to yourselves, that ye be not overpowered by temptations, nor betrayed by your own corruptions. We cannot be safe, if we are carnally secure. Our danger is, lest the day of death and of judgment should come upon us when we are not prepared. Lest, when we are called to meet our Lord, that be the furthest from our thoughts, which ought to be nearest our hearts. For so it will come upon the most of men, who dwell upon the earth, and mind earthly things only, and have no converse with heaven. It will be a terror and a destruction to them. Here see what should be our aim, that we may be accounted worthy to escape all those things; that when the judgements of God are abroad, we may not be in the common calamity, or it may not be that to us which it is to others. Do you ask how you may be found worthy to stand before Christ at that day? Those who never yet sought Christ, let them now go unto him; those who never yet were humbled for their sins, let them now begin; those who have already begun, let them go forward and be kept humbled. Watch therefore, and pray always. Watch against sin; watch in every duty, and make the most of every opportunity to do good. Pray always: those shall be accounted worthy to live a life of praise in the other world, who live a life of prayer in this world. May we begin, employ, and conclude each day attending to Christ's word, obeying his precepts, and following his example, that whenever he comes we may be found watching.
Georg's Luke Chapter 21 comment about verse 1 on 5/16/2013, 2:51pm...
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C.P. Machovsky's Luke Chapter 21 comment about verse 22 on 3/11/2013, 10:14am...
"All things which are written" refers to all Old Testament Prophecy. What is evident then, is that nothing of a specific nature, prophesied before the end of the war of 70 AD, can be fulfilled. An example is the future restoration of Israel, foretold in the Old Testament. During the time of Christ, God used every means available to persuade His people to accept His beloved Son, and to remain faithful to Him. But many would not. Those who rejected Christ to the very end had their names blotted out of the Book of Life. While the faithful Jews had their salvation confirmed, and were Raptured, the rest were left behind, and they and their descendants remain to this day as Gentiles, in other words, blinded Jews. This, by the way, was God's last attempt to gather His people to Himself. Those who remained faithful are, no doubt, in heaven. The others, who try to live by the Law, are under the curse. At any rate, they can only be saved the same way Gentiles are saved, by faith in Jesus Christ. Isaiah 6 gives proof that no future generation of Israel will be punished for what evil their ancestors did, nor rewarded for any good things their forefathers did. And Deuteronomy 7 reveals that, while God keeps His covenants for a "thousand generations" (meaning all eternity), He only keeps his promises to those who love Him and obey His commandments.
Mondo's Luke Chapter 21 comment about verse 26 on 3/11/2013, 1:43am...
2 Peter 3:10 is the same event as is Matthew 24:29, the heavens shall be shaken, the sun goes out and the moon turns red and then every living human will die and those who are saved will be with Christ. And those who are not of the resurrection are in their graves. The universe will melt with fervent heat the earth also. This is at the end but not before Christ stands on the mount of olives and it splits in two, Israel is defended by Christ and Satan is put in the bottomless pit.
Vincent's Luke Chapter 21 comment on 2/07/2013, 11:07am...
Those of you who are piling on Thomas are forgetting one very important thing. Thomas was chosen by Jesus as one of the original 12 to be called Apostles. You also forget that Jesus used ordinary men with very ordinary and extraordinary failings to counter the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and preach the Word. Yes, in the end, Thomas did come to truly believe when he saw Christ's palms and side and went on to preach the Word up until his martyrdom like all the rest of the Apostles except John. Thomas was no more an intellect than I am, but rather just and ordinary man chosen and molded for extraordinary reasons.
Jay's Luke Chapter 21 comment on 1/30/2013, 12:25pm...
@Timothy comments towards doubting Thomas:
1. I agree with Clint that you cannot argue with an unbelieving such as Thomas appears to be, he will most likely be doubting until he comes face to face with Jesus himself and sees the hole in his side and nail scarred hands;
2. There is enough evidence to prove that the King James Bible 1611 is the only holy spirit inspired word of God to the English speaking people and God knowing that English was going to be the language of the world in the last days, ordained this perfectly preserved Bible in 1604-1611 by a king (Psalm 12:6,7), and is the seventh bible translated into the English speaking language;
3. We are not suppose to answer a fool according to his folly (Proverbs 26:4) and cast our pearls before swine (Matthew 7:6);
4. Last week I took a few minutes to demonstrate the King James 1611 compared to the NIV to a young person in the lord, a disciple of mine and he understood immediately because he is open to truth, unlike doubting Thomas;
5. I have come across people like doubting Thomas many times, and the only thing this person is interested in doing is vacillating his intellect for others to witness just like the Pharisees and Sadducees;
6. The Sadducees deny the resurrection that's why they were sad-u-see, and the resurrection alone verifies the virgin birth (Romans 1:4; 8:11);
7. So let doubting Thomas alone to wallow in his intellect and turn him over to God for the destruction of his unbelieving spirit;
8. There is nothing wrong with being an intellectual, but do not allow the intellect to undermine the simple faith that comes from Christ Jesus, our savior (2 Corinthians 11:3).
Clint's Luke Chapter 21 comment on 10/01/2012, 2:14pm...
You canít argue with unbelievers, they disparage THE WORD because they havenít got the Holy Spirit. Satan tries millions of ways to put doubts into menís mind and these are tools of Satan and his demons! As Christians all we can do is pray for them that God will have mercy on them and deliver them from Satanís influence!
Timothy Wayne George's Luke Chapter 21 comment on 8/22/2012, 9:51am...
Dear Doubting Thomas, true the KJV was written in Textus Receptus,as instead of the Minority Report. We are not going to get in the debate about the original manual manuscripts of the bible. The KJV is the oldest contemporary copy of the Word of God, and it is the most correct translation from the Vulgate to English. Paul said the just shall live by faith. Faith is the substance of things hoped for, and the evidence of things not seen. We believe by faith that Jesus Christ was born of the Virgin Mary, suffered death of the Cross, was buried, and the third day rose from the dead. He is coming again, to judge the living and the dead. It is appointed unto man once to die, and after that the judgment. Prepare to meet thy God. Prophecy confirms the veracity of the Bible, and just wait until all prophecy will be fulfilled. Jesus said in your patience posses ye your souls. Thank God for the Bible.
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