Luke 14 Part 1–Humility vs. Self-Promotion

Jesus was now under major scrutiny by the religious leaders.  They had but one goal, get rid of Jesus.  Jesus was invited to a prominent Pharisee’s house for dinner and there, waiting, is a man to be healed.  Of course, it was on the sabbath.  I am sure Jesus was thinking, “Really, healing on the Sabbath again???”  So, Jesus simply asked the leaders the question, is it OK to heal on the sabbath?  They of course did not answer–if they answered No then Jesus had them because as He pointed, they would save their kids and livestock on the sabbath. Doing good was allowed!   If they would have answered yes, then Jesus would have taken away their best trap. It was becoming comical.

Next Jesus talked about living a life of Humility.  He showed that those who try to constantly exalt themselves, will be embarrassed.  Conversely, if one simply lives and acts humbly; God and others will exalt them.  What a gift and what a more lasting honor.  Jesus tried so ardently to help people to shift their thoughts from self-centered survival to an attitude of faith; trusting God to lead and provide. Sadly, the leaders were not grasping the concept.  That was the most frustrating aspect for Jesus.  These were supposed to be God’s best and brightest; but they missed the most important aspect of a life of devotion to God–selfless faith.

In our lives, Jesus still wants us to grasp the principle, Seek God and follow Him.  Then He will meet your needs and lift you up to a life of peace and joy.  The Lord will also prepare for you an eternal life with Him as His chosen.  We need not spend our days trying to earn prominence or self-promoting our spirituality.  That will get us nowhere.  Instead, we simply and humbly follow the Father, then, we can allow the Lord to lift us up.  It is a great way to live and brings peace during chaos.

God Bless You


One Sabbath, when Jesus went to eat in the house of a prominent Pharisee, he was being carefully watched. There in front of him was a man suffering from abnormal swelling of his body. Jesus asked the Pharisees and experts in the law, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath or not?” But they remained silent. So taking hold of the man, he healed him and sent him on his way.

Then he asked them, “If one of you has a child[a] or an ox that falls into a well on the Sabbath day, will you not immediately pull it out?” And they had nothing to say.

When he noticed how the guests picked the places of honor at the table, he told them this parable: “When someone invites you to a wedding feast, do not take the place of honor, for a person more distinguished than you may have been invited. If so, the host who invited both of you will come and say to you, ‘Give this person your seat.’ Then, humiliated, you will have to take the least important place. 10 But when you are invited, take the lowest place, so that when your host comes, he will say to you, ‘Friend, move up to a better place.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all the other guests. 11 For all those who exalt themselves will be humbled, and those who humble themselves will be exalted.”

12 Then Jesus said to his host, “When you give a luncheon or dinner, do not invite your friends, your brothers or sisters, your relatives, or your rich neighbors; if you do, they may invite you back and so you will be repaid. 13 But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, 14 and you will be blessed. Although they cannot repay you, you will be repaid at the resurrection of the righteous.”

Luke 6 Part 1–The Sabbath

One of the struggles God has with His chosen is helping them to understand why there are rules in life.  God framed life for us to give us the maximum experience.  He set parameters for our benefit and aid.  He did not craft rules as some “GOTCHA Mechanism”. When Jesus began his ministry, His primary focus was to show the world a true snapshot of the Father, not some ominous caricature of a cosmic kill joy, with a ruler to slap our hands every time we missed a box or failed to properly honor a rule.  Chief among those gotchas was the sabbath.  Make no mistake, God wants us to set aside a day for rest and worship.  We need that.  We get to spinning so fast on our axis, that sometimes we would wear out if we did not take a day and slow down refocus and reconnect with the Lord.  

Still, that process was never intended to be a burden, in fact, it was designed as the opposite–a relief to the week’s burdens. The Jewish leaders, however had crafted the law so carefully as to completely lose the meaning behind God’s day of rest.  They made it so intricate that people literally dreaded what God intended to be the best day of the week.  So, Jesus as He was ministering, showed these “scholars” that they were missing the boat.  He simply celebrated the day without fanfare or worry–not sweating the small stuff.  The religious leaders hated that!  “Where is the guilt?, where is the oppression in that?”, they thought.  Jesus simply shook His head and left examples for those that had eyes to see, that God was not playing Gotcha–no Father does that!

We, as God’s chosen, are loved and saved from our sin and the world’s grip on our lives.  Why would the Father save us to then make us miserable with rules and checklists that direct each breath and step we take?  Jesus said it best when asked what laws were the most important–He replied, “Love God with all your heart, mind, soul and strength! then Love your neighbor as you love yourself.” If we will do those two things, there will never be a need for a checklist.  Our behavior will reflect the Father! Jesus knew that and did his best to teach and demonstrate that throughout His ministry!

God Bless You


 One Sabbath day as Jesus was walking through some grainfields, his disciples broke off heads of grain, rubbed off the husks in their hands, and ate the grain. But some Pharisees said, “Why are you breaking the law by harvesting grain on the Sabbath?”

Jesus replied, “Haven’t you read in the Scriptures what David did when he and his companions were hungry? He went into the house of God and broke the law by eating the sacred loaves of bread that only the priests can eat. He also gave some to his companions.” And Jesus added, “The Son of Man[a] is Lord, even over the Sabbath.”

Jesus Heals on the Sabbath

On another Sabbath day, a man with a deformed right hand was in the synagogue while Jesus was teaching. The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees watched Jesus closely. If he healed the man’s hand, they planned to accuse him of working on the Sabbath.

But Jesus knew their thoughts. He said to the man with the deformed hand, “Come and stand in front of everyone.” So the man came forward. Then Jesus said to his critics, “I have a question for you. Does the law permit good deeds on the Sabbath, or is it a day for doing evil? Is this a day to save life or to destroy it?”

10 He looked around at them one by one and then said to the man, “Hold out your hand.” So the man held out his hand, and it was restored! 11 At this, the enemies of Jesus were wild with rage and began to discuss what to do with him.

Matthew 12 part 2-He Came to Change the World

Jesus was on a grand mission.  He came to the earth to change the world. Not the topography or even the alignment of nations—he came to change the heart of the world.  Sadly, that is a tall order.  So Jesus changed the hearts of those he came in contact with.  That is why the Sabbath, the Jewish leaders and the volume of people with needs did not affect his passion.  In the prophecy of Isaiah, God promised he would drive on without complaint.  He would accept what was done to him and not withdraw and he would change the world and even nations would cling to him.

In America, we did that very thing.  For generations we declared ourselves one nation under God.  Yet today, we, his people continue to seek his face and beg for his mercy to restore us to that nation that clings to him.  It will take a miracle—a miracle of parents becoming passionate about passing on the truth to their children.  Churches standing for the truth and not bowing to the culture.   Schools realizing they need less culturization and more truth and prayer.  Finally, we have to accept the responsibility for our actions and follow God’s lead and not the easy path the world offers.  Help me, Lord to obey and humbly follow you as the Lord that changes the World.

God Bless You

9 Going on from that place, he went into their synagogue, 10 and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Looking for a reason to bring charges against Jesus, they asked him, “Is it lawful to heal on the Sabbath?” 11 He said to them, “If any of you has a sheep and it falls into a pit on the Sabbath, will you not take hold of it and lift it out? 12 How much more valuable is a person than a sheep! Therefore it is lawful to do good on the Sabbath.”

13 Then he said to the man, “Stretch out your hand.” So he stretched it out and it was completely restored, just as sound as the other. 14 But the Pharisees went out and plotted how they might kill Jesus.15 Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. A large crowd followed him, and he healed all who were ill. 16 He warned them not to tell others about him. 17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet Isaiah:

18 “Here is my servant whom I have chosen,
the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19 He will not quarrel or cry out;
no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20 A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he has brought justice through to victory.
21 In his name the nations will put their hope.”

Matthew 12 part 1–lord of the Sabbath

Once again Jesus is put in a position to show the difference between the religion of the day and the relationship between God and man. One of the critical Jewish standards was the behavior on the Sabbath. The Jewish people had the proper behavior for the Sabbath carried out to literal feet and inches.  So when Jesus mixed things up a little, the Jewish leaders came unglued.  Jesus did his best to help them understand that religious piety will never bring the peace and freedom that loving God and his folks will always bring.

In current life the same struggle continues.  We do need to reverence the Lord and his day.  We need to slow dwn and love our family, our church and Our Father.  But, we also need to understand that when we are serving him, loving others and walking with him, he does not measure the number of steps we take or the little things we do as an act of worship.  Some Sabbath days we need to sit and be still; while others we need to be lifting the heads an fellowshipping with others.  God continues to look at our hearts not our acts for the worship and reverence. God wants us to be his kids drawn to his love and glorifying him with our words, deeds and thoughts.  Help me Lord to Glorify you with my heart.

God Bless You

At that time Jesus went through the grain fields on the Sabbath. His disciples were hungry and began to pick some heads of grain and eat them. 2 When the Pharisees saw this, they said to him, “Look! Your disciples are doing what is unlawful on the Sabbath.”

3 He answered, “Haven’t you read what David did when he and his companions were hungry? 4 He entered the house of God, and he and his companions ate the consecrated bread—which was not lawful for them to do, but only for the priests. 5 Or haven’t you read in the Law that the priests on Sabbath duty in the temple desecrate the Sabbath and yet are innocent? 6 I tell you that something greater than the temple is here. 7 If you had known what these words mean, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice,’[a] you would not have condemned the innocent. 8 For the Son of Man is Lord of the Sabbath.”