Luke chapter 17

Causing other people to stumble. The apostles asks Jesus to increase their faith. We are unworthy servants. Jesus heals ten lepers.

 


 

CAUSING OTHER PEOPLE TO STUMBLE

 

VERSE 1. He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no occasions of stumbling should come, but woe to him through whom they come!

 

VERSE 2. It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, rather than that he should cause one of these little ones to stumble.

cause one of these little ones to stumble. In the United States, this verse was often used to justify never drinking alcohol. It would be explained that if a recovering alcoholic sees you drinking alcohol, they will lapse back into active alcoholism.

It gradually led to a correlation in the United States that Christians do not drink alcohol, and that alcohol is morally evil.

However, Christians in no other nation interpret this verse that way.

 

VERSE 3. Be careful. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him. If he repents, forgive him.

rebuke him. If someone offends us, we need to point it out.

If he repents, forgive him. We also need to be willing to forgive the person who offended us.

 

VERSE 4. If he sins against you seven times in the day, and seven times returns, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”

 

THE APOSTLES ASK JESUS TO INCREASE THEIR FAITH

 

VERSE 5. The apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith.”

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Increase our faith. This is the dream of a disciple: more faith!

Luke 7:9. When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude who followed him, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel.”

 

VERSE 6. The Lord said, “If you had faith like a grain of mustard seed, you would tell this sycamore tree, ‘Be uprooted, and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.

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like a grain of mustard seed. A mustard seed is tiny. We only need a tiny amount of faith.tell. If there is a “methodology” in this verse, it is to speak. Jesus instructs us to speak aloud.

tell. If there is a “methodology” in this verse, it is to speak. Jesus instructs us to speak aloud.

this sycamore tree. Jesus tells us to speak aloud to the tree. He does not tell us to talk to God about the tree, or talk to the saints about the tree, or talk to the angels about the tree, or talk to our neighbors about the tree. No, we are to speak to the tree. It might feel strange to talk to a tree. But that what Jesus says to do.

Be uprooted. This is a preposterous thing to expect. And yet it is the example Jesus gives us.

One might object: we’ve never seen such a thing, and so therefore he was only speaking figuratively. However, it is more likely that few of us have even a mustard-seed level of faith for such a thing.

it would obey you. If Jesus were speaking in a merely figurative way, he would not have said this last phrase.

Luke 7:9. When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned and said to the multitude who followed him, “I tell you, I have not found such great faith, no, not in Israel.”

 

WE ARE UNWORTHY SERVANTS

 

VERSE 7. But who is there among you, having a servant plowing or keeping sheep, that will say when he comes in from the field, ‘Come immediately and sit down at the table,’

 

VERSE 8. and will not rather tell him, ‘Prepare my supper, clothe yourself properly, and serve me, while I eat and drink. Afterward you shall eat and drink’?

 

VERSE 9. Does he thank that servant because he did the things that were commanded? I think not.

 

VERSE 10. Even so you also, when you have done all the things that are commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants. We have done our duty.’ ”

NIV translation: So you also, when you have done everything you were told to do, should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’

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we have done our duty. When we have done as God leads, we have nothing to brag about. We are simply lovers of God who did as our Lover inspired us to do.

2 Samuel 8:6. Then David put garrisons in Syria of Damascus; and the Syrians became servants to David, and brought tribute. The LORD gave victory to David wherever he went.

 

JESUS HEALS TEN LEPERS

 

VERSE 11. As he was on his way to Jerusalem, he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee.

along the borders of Samaria and Galilee. Jesus is skirting the border between these two rival nations.

 

VERSE 12. As he entered into a certain village, ten men who were lepers met him, who stood at a distance.

 

VERSE 13. They lifted up their voices, saying, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!”

Jesus, Master. The Lord Jesus did not object to being called Master.

Matthew 23:10. Neither be called masters, for one is your master, the Christ.

 

VERSE 14. When he saw them, he said to them, “Go and show yourselves to the priests.” As they went, they were cleansed.

As they went, they were cleansed. After they took literal steps of faith, their healing took place. But not until.

Are you willing to take steps of faith?

 

VERSE 15. One of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, glorifying God with a loud voice.

One of them. Only one of the ten expressed thanks.

 

VERSE 16. He fell on his face at Jesus’ feet, giving him thanks; and he was a Samaritan.

he was a Samaritan. The Jewish people and the Samaritans did not get along. However, Jesus bridges that gap. He reaches out to heal a Samaritan.

 

VERSE 17. Jesus answered, “Weren’t the ten cleansed? But where are the nine?

 

VERSE 18. Were there none found who returned to give glory to God, except this foreigner?”

 

VERSE 19. Then he said to him, “Get up, and go your way. Your faith has healed you.”

Your faith has healed you. Jesus says YOUR faith has healed you. But who did the miracle? Jesus, or the Samaritan man?

 

WHEN WILL THE KINGDOM ARRIVE?

 

VERSE 20. Being asked by the Pharisees when God’s Kingdom would come, he answered them, “God’s Kingdom doesn’t come with observation;

Psalm 84:1. How lovely are your dwellings, LORD of Hosts!

Matthew 10:7. As you go, preach, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!’

 

VERSE 21. neither will they say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ for behold, God’s Kingdom is within you.”

God’s Kingdom is within you. What is God’s kingdom? Christ within us? The Holy Spirit living within us? An inner feeling of peacefulness?

Psalm 84:1. How lovely are your dwellings, LORD of Hosts!

Matthew 10:7. As you go, preach, saying, ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is at hand!’

Luke 17:21. neither will they say, ‘Look, here!’ or, ‘Look, there!’ for behold, God’s Kingdom is within you.”

 

VERSE 22. He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it.

 

VERSE 23. They will tell you, ‘Look, here!’ or ‘Look, there!’ Don’t go away or follow after them,

 

VERSE 24. for as the lightning, when it flashes out of one part under the sky, shines to another part under the sky; so will the Son of Man be in his day.

so will the Son of Man be. The return of Jesus Christ will be as dramatic as a flash of lightning.

 

VERSE 25. But first, he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

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VERSE 26. As it was in the days of Noah, even so will it be also in the days of the Son of Man.

 

VERSE 27. They ate, they drank, they married, and they were given in marriage until the day that Noah entered into the ship, and the flood came and destroyed them all.

 

VERSE 28. Likewise, even as it was in the days of Lot: they ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built;

 

VERSE 29. but in the day that Lot went out from Sodom, it rained fire and sulfur from the sky and destroyed them all.

 

VERSE 30. It will be the same way in the day that the Son of Man is revealed.

 

VERSE 31. In that day, he who will be on the housetop and his goods in the house, let him not go down to take them away. Let him who is in the field likewise not turn back.

 

VERSE 32. Remember Lot’s wife!

 

VERSE 33. Whoever seeks to save his life loses it, but whoever loses his life preserves it.

This is a wonderful paradox. There are many such paradoxical elements to the Christian faith. Here are a few:

  • To save your life you must loose it.
  • To get you must give.
  • To be first you must be last.
  • The servant is the leader.

 

VERSE 34. I tell you, in that night there will be two people in one bed. One will be taken and the other will be left.

 

VERSE 35. There will be two grinding grain together. One will be taken and the other will be left.”

 

VERSE 36. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left.

Most translations do not include this verse.

 

VERSE 37. They, answering, asked him, “Where, Lord?” He said to them, “Where the body is, there the vultures will also be gathered together.”

This answer from Jesus is cryptic. Many people try to explain it, but their explanations do not seem convincing.

 


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