Luke 21:13 (KJV)
And it shall turn to you for a testimony.
If this passage is interpreted in any other sense than a corporate one, it makes no sense.
On the one hand
…and some of you shall they cause to be put to death
On the other
There shall not a hair of your head perish
Which one is it?
It is both because while some individuals within the body will be put to death, the body itself will survive unscathed.
2 Kings 11:1 (KJV)
And when Athaliah the mother of Ahaziah saw that her son was dead, she arose and destroyed all the seed royal.
It was Jehu who had killed Ahaziah. But that’s not all he had killed:
Luke 20:7 (KJV)
And they answered, that they could not tell whence it was.
Interestingly they answered that they could not answer.
Notice the crowd:
These were the people in Israel one would have thought had the answers. The Bible makes it very clear why they could not provide one. They were worried about the consequences of their answer. They reasoned among themselves what would be the repercussions of whatever answer they gave and so chose to give no answer.
Luke 19:14 (KJV)
But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.
Consider the citizens of the parable, their hatred of, and their message after the king
Had no bearing on what the fact was
He did still rule regardless of their hatred and regardless of their message. The will of man is powerless in so many ways. The will is incapable of changing most natural circumstances in life. …
2 Kings 6:1 (KJV)
And the sons of the prophets said unto Elisha, Behold now, the place where we dwell with thee is too strait for us.
My interest is in the sons of the prophets and their relationship with Elisha
Among the first times we see them they came out to watch Elijah and Elisha
They witnessed the parting of the Jordan for the two of them and then, when Elijah was taken up, for Elisha alone.
We see them mocking Elisha’s bald head
And a bear comes to devour some of them.
We see them here dwelling with…
Luke 18:1 (KJV)
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
It seems to me that the context is clear.
Jesus spoke this parable to teach His disciples not to faint or to quit praying
I am not a leader
I am not even a spiritual leader.
The work of the pastor looks like a leadership role. But if I allow myself to see myself as a leader I am likely to forget who is the Head. No one needs my wisdom, my skill, my insight, my heart, or my direction. They need Jesus.
I am not a shepherd
Luke 16:15 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
Of the Pharisees Jesus said these three things:
He spoke directly to these Pharisees but is there not a warning for us?
We must be careful not to justify ourselves
Luke 15:25–32 (KJV)
Now his elder son was in the field: and as he came and drew nigh to the house, he heard musick and dancing.
And he called one of the servants, and asked what these things meant.
And he said unto him, Thy brother is come; and thy father hath killed the fatted calf, because he hath received him safe and sound.
And he was angry, and would not go in: therefore came his father out, and intreated him.
And he answering said to his father, Lo, these many years do I serve thee, neither transgressed I at any time thy commandment…
1 Kings 19:7 (KJV)
And the angel of the LORD came again the second time, and touched him, and said, Arise and eat; because the journey is too great for thee.
I think it is possible that this cake of bread was sufficient to provide not only the first meal, but the second and perhaps enough to take along for his journey. That this bread was enough for a forty-day journey is supernatural. How he came to have it is a miracle indeed.
It is interesting that Elijah seemed so casual about talking with the angel of the LORD and…