LUKE 6

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Luke 6:1-11

LESSONS FROM TWO SABBATHS

 

THERE WILL ALWAYS BE CRITICS – Vss. 1-2, 6-7

JESUS IS CONCERNED ABOUT THE NEEDS OF PEOPLE – Vss. 3-4, 8-10

JESUS IS LORD OF THE SABBATH – Vs. 5

HARDENED CRITICS ARE SELDOM CONVINCED – Vs. 11

 

 

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Luke 6:1-11

SABBATH SHOCKERS

 

Jesus shocked the religious legalists with has behavior on the Sabbath.

 

INTERROGATION – Vss. 1-2

Jesus was asked why he allowed the disciples to eat grain in a field on the Sabbath.  To them this was a violation of religious law.  It was not, however, a violation of God’s law.

 

INSTRUCTION – Vss. 3-5

Jesus used David as an illustration of violation of the law in order to meet human needs. 1 Samuel 21:1-6

 

INSPECTION – Vss. 6-7

The scribes and Pharisees watched to see if Jesus would heal a sick man on the Sabbath.  They wanted to indict Him.

 

INTERVENTION – Vss. 8-10

Jesus, after asking a question about the legality on the Sabbath, healed the man.

 

INDIGNATION – Vs. 11

Jesus’ enemies were livid and wanted to punish the Lord Jesus.

 

 

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Luke 6:17-26

IT'S ALL IN THE TIMING,

 

Timing is important. When we do things for the Lord, we must be sure that we do them at the right time. Sometimes people have done things too early and all too often they have done things too late. In our text this evening Jesus shows the importance of proper timing in the decisions that we make.

 

It's all in the timing,

CURRENT OR FUTURE POVERTY

CURRENT OR FUTURE HUNGER

CURRENT OR FUTURE TEARS

CURRENT OR FUTURE PERSECUTION

 

CURRENT OR FUTURE POVERTY - Vs. 20, 24

 

Vs. 20 - The word "blessed" means happy.

             It is possible for the poor to be happy.

 

Jesus is not saying that we should seek to be poor.

Jesus is not saying that there is virtue in poverty.

But, the Bible does teach that there is an advantage that the poor have over the rich. James 2:3

 

James 2:5 - Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him.

 

It is more likely for a poor man to be rich in faith than a rich man to be rich in faith.  I think that this is simply because the rich man will trust in his wealth, and the poor man has nothing to trust.

 

Tell story of rich young ruler. Mark 10:17-27

 

There is another thought in our text, which we get from Matthew.  There is a kind of poverty, which all Christians must have in order to enter into the kingdom of God.

 

We must be poor in spirit.

 

Matthew 5:3 - Blessed are the poor in Spirit for there's is the Kingdom of Heaven.

 

This does not mean poor spirited.

This does not mean false humility, or putting one's self down.

 

To be poor in spirit is an inward condition.

It is a man's attitude toward himself.

He must see himself as a sinner. Isaiah 64:6

 

He must humble himself and trust the Savior. Matthew 18:4

 

The one who is poor in Spirit realizes that he has no merit or ability to save himself.

 

The poor in Spirit after being saved realizes that he has no merit or ability to live the Christian Life.

 

The poor in Spirit who is saved will depend on God for Spirit filling, for power, for everything!

 

The poor in Spirit can really develop an effective prayer life, depending on God.

 

We said that one could chose between current or future poverty.

If only the poor in spirit enter the Kingdom of Heaven, what happens to those who do not humble themselves before God?

 

Vs. 24 - I believe that this woe is pronounced on the proud, self-sufficient rich who never humble themselves before God. They either pay by being poor now, or poor later.

 

The rich without Christ have received all the reward they are going to receive. Luke 12:15-21, 16:19-25

 

CURRENT OR FUTURE HUNGER Vss. 21a, 25a

 

Luke 6:21 - Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled.

Vs. 21a is explained by Matthew 5:6. Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 

God is the friend of the honest seeker of truth.

It is the hungry of soul who will hunger after righteousness.

 

When a person hungers after righteousness, he will also be hungry after God. Psalm 27:8, 63:1-2

 

When a person sincerely hungers after God, and God's righteousness, He will be filled.

 

First, he will be filled with salvation, and then on a daily basis.

 

Acts 17:10-12 We need to be like the Bereans, who searched the Scriptures daily to see if what Paul taught was true.

 

I believe that hungering and thirsting after righteousness is a continual process.

 

We are to hunger and be filled.

Then we will be hungry again, and filled again.

The process will repeat itself, just like with real life!

 

Luke 6:25a - Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger.

The one who chooses to be full now, or satisfied now with his own life and his own plans and his own pleasures, without seeking after righteousness will one day be hungry.

 

For the self-sufficient non-Christian who never sought God, the end will obviously mean separation from God in hell. I'd call that hunger.

 

I believe for the Christian who did not seek after God, there very well could be times of crisis when he has nothing to fall back on, because he hasn't the Lord at times when he could have.

We do not finish well as Christians facing life, if we do not learn to seek God's righteousness while we can.

 

And what about rewards?

 

The Christian who has not been faithful to God, but has chosen to be satisfied with a nominal spiritual life, will not fare well when God gives out the rewards.

 

CURRENT OR FUTURE TEARS - Vss. 21b, 25b

 

Luke 6:21b - …Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

Vs.21b, I feel, has its parallel in Matthew 5:4.

Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted.

 

The person who mourns over their sin is likely to be saved.

The Christian who mourns over their sin, is likely to repent! 2 Corinthians 7:10

 

Another thought: a Christian who weeps or mourns for the unsaved and goes to them with tears shall return with rejoicing. Psalm 126:5-6

Also, the Christian who sorrows after the sins of other Christians will find joy. Galatians 6:1

 

Those that weep shall laugh.

They shall laugh in the joy of salvation.

They shall laugh in the joy of forgiveness.

They shall laugh in the joy of a brother restored.

They shall laugh in the joy of a sinner saved.

And I believe that Heaven will be a place of laughter!  And why not, we'll be in the presence of our Savior.

 

So, it's best to mourn now, to weep now, so we can laugh later.

 

Luke 6:25b - …Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

The one who laughs now doesn't take spiritual things seriously.

 

The one who laughs, mocking salvation now will be weeping in hell later. And the Christian who has taken the Christian life too lightly now, will weep at the Judgment Seat of Christ.

 

CURRENT OR FUTURE POVERTY

CURRENT OR FUTURE HUNGER

CURRENT OR FUTURE TEARS

CURRENT OR FUTURE PERSECUTION - Vss. 22, 26

 

Vss. 22-23 – Those who follow the Lord Jesus Christ will be persecuted in some way. John 15:18-21

 

Vs. 26 - If you are spoken well of all the time, you must be doing something wrong.

 

False prophets were as phony as three dollar bills, and yet they were praised by men.

 

The false prophet had his reward with the praise.

He's not getting any later!

 

It’s all in the timing:

CURRENT OR FUTURE POVERTY

CURRENT OR FUTURE HUNGER

CURRENT OR FUTURE TEARS

CURRENT OR FUTURE PERSECUTION

 

 

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Luke 6:17-26

NOW OR LATER?

 

In the past, you've seen him on television. You remember the garage

mechanic who told of his customer who did not change his oil regularly, and

did not put in Fram Oil Filters? The end result was an expensive motor job.

The commercial ended with the famous words, "You can pay me now, or you can

pay me later."

 

Many people do not receive regular medical checkups. When they do end up

going to the dentist, the end up receiving more expensive procedures because

the problem was not found early. The dentist could say the same thing, "You

can pay me now, or you can pay me later."

 

In Luke 6:17-26, our Lord Jesus uses the same principle of "now or later".

He tells us that we are blessed, or happy, if we experience certain things

now, because if we don't do them now, we'll do them later. Jesus tells us:

 

YOU CAN BE POOR NOW OR LATER - Vss. 20, 24

According to James 2:5 the poor have an advantage over the rich. It's easier

for them to have faith.

In Mark 10:23-37, Jesus mentions the difficulty a rich man has getting into

heaven.

Matthew 5:3 tells us that Jesus wants us to be "poor in spirit". The poor in

spirit admit their own inability to save themselves, and trust Christ as

Savior. Ephesians 2:8-9 After being saved the poor in spirit will rely on

Christ for the ability to live the Christian Life (Galatians 5:16,

22-23,Ephesians 5:18).

 

In Vs. 24, our Lord pronounces a "woe" on the proud, self-sufficient rich.

They refuse to be poor (in spirit) now, so they will be poor later for all

eternity. See Luke 12:15-21 and Luke 16:19-25

 

YOU CAN BE HUNGRY NOW OR LATER - Vss. 21a, 25b

 

Vs. 21a is explained by Matthew 5:6. We are to hunger and thirst after

righteousness now (Psalm 27:8, Psalm 63:1-2).

 

First we must hunger and thirst after God for salvation.

Second we must hunger and thirst after God and His Word (1 Peter 2:1-3) for

fellowship and learning. We should pattern our lives after the Bereans (Acts

17:10-12), Jeremiah (Jeremiah 15:16), and the Lord Himself (Hebrews 10:7).

If we hunger now, we will be filled!

 

If we are not hungry now, Vs. 25a tells us that we will be hungry later!

Of you are not hungry for salvation now, you will be hungry for relief in

hell!

If you are not hungry as a Christian now, you will be hungry for rewards

later.

 

YOU CAN WEEP NOW OR LATER Vss. 21b and 25b.

 

The parallel to this verse is Matthew 5:4. The ones that mourn now shall

laugh and be comforted later.

If you sincerely mourn over sin now you will probably come to Christ as you

Savior.

As a Christian, if you sincerely mourn over the sins you commit, you will

have the joy of forgiveness (2 Corinthians 5:10, 1 John 1:9).

If you do not mourn over sin, you will mourn later.

The one who is not a Christian will mourn in hell.

The one who is a Christian will mourn at the Judgment Seat of Christ (2

Corinthians 5:10-11).

 

YOU CAN BE REWARDED NOW OR LATER Vss. 22, 23, 26

 

True Christians will suffer for Christ sometime in their lives (John

15:18-21).

But God promises them great reward later.

The false prophet has received all the reward he'll ever get in this life.

If we are constantly well spoken of, without any criticism or persecution

for Christ's sake, we should be concerned. See Vs. 26.

 

 

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Luke 6:36-42

MERCIFUL ME!

 

Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

 

AM I GRACIOUS? – Vs. 37

AM I GENEROUS? – Vs. 38

AM I GUIDED? – Vss. 39-40

AM I GENUINE? – Vss. 41-42

 

 

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Luke 6:37-42

THE JUDGMENT GAME

 

We meet someone and we right away judge what kind of a person that individual is.

I find that often we as Christians form opinions about the actions and words of other Christians, and again, the motives of other Christians. Although there are times when we need to be judges, if seems that we probably spend more time judging than we should.

 

When should we as Christians act as judges?

 

1. We should judge our own lives for sin, especially when we come to the communion table. 1 Corinthians 11:27-28

2. We should judge disagreements between brothers and sisters in Christ.1 Corinthians 6:1-2

3. We should confront our brothers and sisters when there is obvious sin. Galatians 6:1

4. When there is blatant sin, without repentance, there should be church discipline.

Read Matthew 18:15-17

 

One of the major themes of this passage, Luke 6:37-42 has to do with judging others. 

 

PROPORTION Vss. 37-38

 

Although there is only one way to Heaven, that's through believing on Jesus Christ as personal Savior, and one way to hell, by rejecting Christ, God does award us in proportion to our activities.

 

Vs. 37 - Jesus tells us that if we don't want to be judged by others, we should refrain from judging ourselves.  It is apparent, the more we evaluate others, the more likely we are to be evaluated by others.

 

If a brother or sister sins, that matter should first be between you and that brother or sister. Then, if necessary, involve the church.

 

If our judgment involves motives, let us leave that for God to judge.  If it involves use of time or methods of ministry, let us let God judge that.

If it involves success of ministry, let us let God be the judge. 1 Corinthians 4:3-5

 

Why does God want us to refrain from judging?

·        We do not know all the facts.

·        We are biased in our opinions, we are never totally objective.

·        We are often wrong.

·        We are judged in proportion to our judgments.

 

I have noticed that when I criticize someone for a specific type of failure, it isn't long before I'm tempted in the same area. It is as if God is saying, "Okay, Jack, let's see how you do in this same area."

 

In Luke 6:37, we are next told that in proportion to our condemning spirit, we will be condemned.

 

He is not talking here about eternal life.

But it is easy not only to judge someone but to condemn or censor him.

I think condemnation is a step further than passing judgment.  It is more that saying someone shouldn't do something.  It is pronouncing the punishment with the judgment.

 

We are also told that the ones who forgive are the ones who are forgiven.  If you truly forgive others you will be forgiven, especially by God. Matthew 6:12,14-15 - Read and comment.

 

Vs. 38 gives us our last example of proportion.

 

However you give to others, that is how it will be given to you.

The middle of the verse tells us how that giving should be.

Think of a measure as a bushel basket.

A bushel basket can be filled very loosely.

But if you push down on the contents, and shake the container, you can get more in.

Also, if you pile it on top you can get more in.

 

If you give this way, that's how you will receive.

 

We should never give to get.

But the more generous we are now, the more generous God is with now, and when rewards come.

 

PERFECTION Vss. 39-40

 

Perfection should be our goal.

We will never be perfect in this life, but I think we should die trying.

With the enabling of the Holy Spirit we could all

be more perfect than we are.

 

Vs. 39 - This is a pretty obvious parable.

             A blind man can not lead a blind man.

             They'll both end up in a ditch!

 

Let's apply that in two ways.

1. Watch who you are following.

If you are following the leadership of a person who is stumbling in the dark, going in the wrong direction, away from the Lord, then you will stumble in the dark, go in the wrong direction and away from the Lord.

 

2. Watch how you are leading.

We cannot expect others we want to lead to do better spiritually than we doing ourselves.  In our homes and in the church we must be able to say "Do as I say, and as I do!"

I can't expect to lead you into spiritual maturity, if I don't progress into spiritual maturity myself!

 

Vs. 40 - The disciple is not above his master.

             Who is your master?

             Is it not the Lord Jesus?

 

We can't expect to be better than our master, although, sometimes we try, by avoiding some of his examples.

Jesus prayed, but we do not pray the way we should.

Jesus trusted and obeyed His Father, but we don't.

 

Jesus suffered for others, but we refuse to.

We act like we are better than Him.

But if you want to be perfect, spiritually mature, and non-judgmental, simply imitate the Lord Jesus.

The best way to do that is by following Galatians 6:20.

 

PROPORTION

PERFECTION

PRACTICE Vss. 41-42

 

We often want to correct the faults we find in others.

In fact our vision is so clear that we can find a speck of a fault in the other person.

 

What's amazing about this is that we don't see the beam, or the 2x4 that is in our own eye!

We see the faults of others much quicker and easier than we see our own.

 

Vs. 42 - Jesus is saying, "How can you be of spiritual help to someone else, when you don't deal with you own problems first?"

 

Notice what Jesus calls people who do this.

He calls them HYPOCRITES!

 

First, we are to remove the beam from our own eyes.  When we have done that, we will see clearly enough to help someone else.

 

I venture to say that we will find many times that the speck we saw in someone's else's eye was our own 2x4 that we were seeing!

 

 

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Luke 6:41-49

GOALS

 

Here are some goals for our Christian lives.

 

CLEAR EYES – Vss. 41-42

 

See Romans 2:21-24, Galatians 6:1-2, Psalms 139:23-24, Proverbs 6:16-19, Colossians 3:5-10

GOOD FRUIT – Vss. 43-45

 

See Proverbs 4:23, Galatians 5:22-23, Philippians 4:8

 

SURE FOUNDATION – Vss. 46-49

 

1 John 2:3-6, Psalms 119:97-104

 

 

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Luke 6:4349

SELF EVALUATION

 

It is good for us to reflect and evaluate what we are doing for the Lord.

 

WHAT IS MY FRUIT? Vss. 43-45

A good heart produces good fruit and an evil heart produces evil fruit.

 

WHO IS FIRST? Vs. 46

If Jesus is Lord, you will do what Jesus says to do.

 

WHAT IS MY FOUNDATION? Vss. 47-49

A person who hears and obeys the Lord Jesus has built his house on the rock. This house will stand.

A person who hears and disobeys the Lord Jesus has built his house on the sand. This house will fall.

 

 

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Luke 6:45

IT'S UNAVOIDABLE

 

As you go through life, you will find that there are some things that are just unavoidable.  And when we look in the Word of God, we find that God tells us that there a certain things that are definitely unavoidable.

 

The most obvious thing that is unavoidable is death.

The old saying is that there are two things you can't avoid, death and taxes.  I've seen people avoid taxes, but never death.

 

Hebrews 9:27  - And as it is appointed unto men once to die,

 

Have you ever considered that you have an appointment with death?  It may be soon, or it may not be for years, but unless the Lord Jesus returns, each one of us sooner or later will pass through the veil of death.

 

There is another unavoidable thing according to God. That's judgment.  I only quoted part of Hebrews 9:27 a moment ago. Here's the whole verse - And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:

 

No matter who you are, you will be judged after you die.

You personally will appear at what is called the "The Great White Throne Judgment" or "The Judgment Seat of Christ".

 

Those who have failed to trust the Lord Jesus Christ for forgiveness of sin will be present at the Great White Throne (Revelation 20:11-15).

 

Just think, if you don't know Christ as Savior, the Great White Throne Judgment is unavoidable. If your friends, your loved ones, your neighbors, your co-workers don't know Christ as Savior, this judgment is unavailable.

 

Things go better for the ones who know Christ as Savior. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

 

We shall have eternal bliss with the Lord, but there will also be an unavoidable time of reckoning, of judgment. Romans 14:12, 2 Corinthians 5:10-11a

 

Of course, there are other unavoidable things in the Bible, and our text is one of them.   

  

Luke 6:45 - A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

 

Eventually and inevitably whatever is in your heart will be revealed by your lips. For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh. It's unavoidable!

 

So if a good man brings forth  good things out of a good heart, and if an evil man brings forth evil things out of an evil heart, and it's unavoidable. What then, should be our desire and our goal?

 

Our desire and our goal should be to have a good heart!

How can we accomplish that?

 

Proverbs 4:23 - Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

 

1. A GOOD HEART IS A SAVED HEART

 

The trouble all of us have is that none of us begin with a good heart! Jeremiah 17:9, Romans 3:10-12, Ezekiel 18:4

 

So we need a "heart transplant".  We need a new heart, a saved heart, because the old heart is rotten.

 

Enter the Lord Jesus, God's Son.

You and I deserve eternal punishment. Instead, Jesus took that punishment upon his own shoulders on the cross. 2 Corinthians 5:21

 

All we need to decide is to transfer our sin to Jesus' account.

That is, we trust that He has taken care of it.

We do that by trusting Christ as our Savior. Ephesians 2:8-9

And when we put our faith in Christ we receive a new heart, a saved heart! 2 Corinthians 5:17

 

A new creature, or a new creation includes a new heart!  

Don't expect to have a good heart until you have a new or saved heart!

 

 

2.     A GOOD HEART IS A SANCTIFIED HEART

 

1 Peter 3:15 - But sanctify the Lord God in your hearts: and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:

 

The word "sanctify" means to "set apart".

   

My friend a good heart, after being saved, has solved the Lordship problem.  The Lordship problem is simply "Who is going to run my heart and my life?" 

For the Christian there is only one right answer to that question. The answer is the Lord Jesus Christ!

 

Someone has well said, "If Jesus isn't Lord of all, He isn't Lord at all."

 

How many of us stop short of allowing Jesus to be boss in our hearts?  How can hearts be entirely good unless Jesus is in control?

 

So how do we get a sanctified heart? Romans 12:1                                  

 

3. A GOOD HEART IS A SPIRIT-CONTROLLED HEART

 

If Jesus is truly Lord of your life, you will allow Him to control you through his Holy Spirit.

 

Ephesians 5:18 - And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit;

 

When the Spirit is in control of your heart, the mouth will reflect it. For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

 

What is in your heart when the Spirit is in control?

 

Galatians 5:22-23 - But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, [23] Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 

For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

   

A good heart is a spirit-controlled heart.

When the heart is spirit-controlled, the words coming out of the mouth will be:

 

Loving words

Joyful words

Peaceful words

Longsuffering words

Gentle words

Good words

Faithful words

Meek words

Self-controlled words

 

How do I make sure that I am spirit-controlled?

First, I must neither grieve the Holy Spirit by my sin, nor quench the Spirit by my unbelief. This means I must examine my life for sin and forsake it.

 

Second, being filled with the Holy Spirit is God's will.  We are told in 1 John 5:14-15 - And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: [15] And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

 

Because being filled with the Holy Spirit is God's will, I must ask God to fill me with His Spirit.

 

4. A GOOD HEART IS A SINGING HEART

 

Another result of being spirit filled is a singing heart.

Ephesians 5:19 - Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord;

 

Worship does not begin with the mouth. It begins in the heart!

For of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

 

True worship with the lips is a result of true worship in our hearts.  I personally feel that we actually give little praise with our lips to the Lord, because our hearts are not praising Him from within.  

 

5. A GOOD HEART IS A SPEAKING HEART

 

Very often, the words that come out of our mouths are worried, anxious words.

We need a confident heart if we are going to have confident words.

A confident heart comes from prayer, the words we speak to God. 1 Peter 5:7, Philippians 4:6-7

 

 

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