Luke 21: Are You The Poor Widow?
Verse of the Day: V3 “And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:”
1. Widow (V1-4)
V3 “And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all:”
When Jesus saw the rich men giving their gifts as offerings to God in the temple, He pointed the poor widow to them. Jesus told them that God shall richly bless the poor widow though she only gave her two mites or coppers, because she had given her all to Him, and had fully trusted God to provide for all her needs. Let us give our very best to God, and see how God richly bless and keep us in His perfect peace and everlasting love.
V4 “For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.”
2. Words (V5-33)
V11 “And great earthquakes shall be in divers places, and famines, and pestilences; and fearful sights and great signs shall there be from heaven.”
Jesus told the people that there shall be fearful sights and great signs of His imminent return to judge the world, such as great earthquakes, violent wars, terrible famines and deadly diseases that shall not only destroy millions of lives, but everything in this entire world, including the heaven (atmosphere) and the earth. Only God’s words shall remain forever. Hence, let us study and hide God’s eternal words in our hearts, that we shall not sin against the holy God, but live a holy and an obedient life that is well pleasing to Him.
V33 “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.”
3. Watch (V34-38)
V34 “And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares.”
Jesus warned the people time and again to always watch and pray, and flee from worldly lusts and material pursuits, and follow after God’s holiness and righteousness. However, if we continue in our sins and wickedness, then let us expect God’s impending fiery judgment of terrible disasters and deadly diseases to be upon us. The choice is yours!
V36 “Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be like the poor widow giving my all to You.
Luke 20: Are You A Scribe? Verse of the Day: V46 “Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;”
1. Son (V1-18)
V13 “Then said the lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him. “
Jesus taught the people of a parable of a man who owned a vineyard, and employed farmers to tend to it. At harvest time he sent his servant to the farmers to collect the fruits from the vineyard, but instead they beat him. The owner then sent a second servant, and he was also beaten. He sent the third, and he too was beaten. Finally he sent his beloved son thinking that they might respect him, but instead they killed him. This parable was a prophesy of Jesus Himself who came to save the world, but the world crucified Him.
V15 “So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him, What therefore shall the lord of the vineyard do unto them?”
2. Sadducees (V19-44)
V27 “Then came to him certain of the Sadducees, which deny that there is any resurrection; and they asked him,”
The Sadducees, who did not believe in resurrection, trapped Jesus by asking Him who would be the husband of the woman in heaven as she had seven husbands who died one after another. It was in Moses’ law that when the husband died without children, his wife would marry his brother, and in this case, he had six brothers, and all died without children. Jesus knew the trap and deceit of the Sadducees, and He taught them that in heaven there would be no marriage, and it did not matter who the woman’s husband was.
V35 “But they which shall be accounted worthy to obtain that world, and the resurrection from the dead, neither marry, nor are given in marriage:”
3. Scribes (V45-47)
V46 “Beware of the scribes, which desire to walk in long robes, and love greetings in the markets, and the highest seats in the synagogues, and the chief rooms at feasts;”
Jesus taught His disciples that the scribes who abused their authority by taking advantage of the widows’ property, and making long prayers to show that they were more spiritual than the rest of the people, shall be severely punished for their deceit and hypocrisy.
V47 “Which devour widows’ houses, and for a shew make long prayers: the same shall receive greater damnation.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please help me to be a sincere son of God and never a scribe.
Luke 19: Are You The Chief Publican?
Verse of the Day: V2 “And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.”
1. Chief (V1-10)
V2 “And, behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus, which was the chief among the publicans, and he was rich.”
Though Zacchaeus was a wealthy chief publican, he was hated by the Jews for collecting taxes for the Romans. This was why he was overjoyed and immediately came down from the sycamore tree (he climbed the tree as he was too short to see Jesus) when Jesus told him that He would stay at his house. He repented his sins, and gave half of his wealth to the poor, and returned to the Jews four times what he had falsely collected from them.
V8 “And Zacchaeus stood, and said unto the Lord; Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor; and if I have taken any thing from any man by false accusation, I restore him fourfold.”
2. Cities (V11-27)
V13 “And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come.”
Jesus taught His disciples of a nobleman who gave his ten servants one pound each for service to others. When he returned from overseas, he was glad that the first servant reaped ten times, and he rewarded him to rule over ten cities. The second reaped five times, and he rewarded him to rule over five cities. One came without any service, and he rebuked him, and gave his one pound to the one who had been most faithful in his service.
V17 “And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little, have thou authority over ten cities.”
3. Colt (V28-48)
V28 “And when he had thus spoken, he went before, ascending up to Jerusalem.”
Jesus told His two disciples that He needed a colt for His ride to Jerusalem before His death. Jesus humbled Himself by riding on a colt instead of a stallion as He was preparing for His eventual death as the Saviour of the world, but one day He shall come as the King of kings and Lord of lords riding on a stallion to judge the sins of the world.
V30 “Saying, Go ye into the village over against you; in the which at your entering ye shall find a colt tied, whereon yet never man sat: loose him, and bring him hither.”
Prayer of the Day:
Dearest God, please humble me to know that to be chief is to serve others in need.