Great lessons from
Luke 12-13 regarding our times.
Luke 12 (New International Version)
Warnings and Encouragements
Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus
began to speak first to his disciples,
Disciples don't always mean believers. Notice especially John 6:66
Many Disciples Desert Jesus
John 6:60-66 On hearing it, many of his
disciples said, "This is a hard teaching. Who can accept it?" 61 Aware that his disciples were grumbling about
this, Jesus said to them, "Does this offend you? 62 What if you see the Son of Man ascend to where he was
before! 63 The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing. The words I have spoken to you are spirit and
they are life. 64 Yet there are some of you who do not believe." For Jesus had known from the beginning which of
them did not believe and who would betray him. 65 He went on to say, "This is why I told you that no one can
come to me unless the Father has enabled him." 66 From this time many of his disciples turned back and no
longer followed him.
Warning Against Antichrists
1 John 2:18-19 Dear children, this is the
last hour; and as you have heard that the antichrist is coming, even now many antichrists have come. This is how
we know it is the last hour. 19 They went out from us, but they did not really belong to us. For if they
had belonged to us, they would have remained with us; but their going showed that none of them belonged to
Jesus Predicts His Betrayal
John 13:18-25 "I am not referring to all of you; I know
those I have chosen. But this is to fulfill the scripture: 'He who shares my bread has lifted up his heel against
me.' 19 "I am telling you now before it happens, so that when it does happen you will believe that I am He. 20 I
tell you the truth, whoever accepts anyone I send accepts me; and whoever accepts me accepts the one who sent me."
21 After he had said this, Jesus was troubled in spirit and testified, "I tell you the truth, one of you is
going to betray me." 22 His disciples stared at one another, at a loss to know which of them he meant. 23 One
of them, the disciple whom Jesus loved, was reclining next to him. 24 Simon Peter motioned to this disciple and
said, "Ask him which one he means." 25 Leaning back against Jesus, he asked him, "Lord, who is it?"
Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus
began to speak first to his disciples, saying: "Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is
hypocrisy. 2 There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. 3 What
you have said in the dark will be heard in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms
will be proclaimed from the roofs. 4 "I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after
that can do no more. 5 But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after the killing of the body, has
power to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. 6 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies ? Yet not one
of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don't be afraid; you are worth
more than many sparrows. 8 "I tell you, whoever acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will also acknowledge
him before the angels of God. 9 But he who disowns me before men will be disowned before the angels of God. 10 And
everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes against the Holy
Spirit will not be forgiven. 11 "When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about
how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you
Whatever lies ahead for us, we are not to fear man, but rather we are to honor God in our
acknowlegment and praise of Him.
The Parable of the Rich Fool
13 Someone in the crowd said to him, "Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me." 14 Jesus
replied, "Man, who appointed me a judge or an arbiter between you?" 15 Then he said to them, "Watch out! Be on your
guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions." 16 And he
told them this parable: "The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. 17 He thought to himself, 'What
shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.' 18 "Then he said, 'This is what I'll do. I will tear down my
barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I'll say to myself, "You have
plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry." ' 20 "But God said
to him, 'You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have
prepared for yourself ?' 21 "This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich
This man was already rich, meaning he already had more than he needed for living, and his
thoughts were only on taking it easy and spending his wealth on himself rather than on things that mattered to
God. God is saying that death can come at any moment. Truly no one knows the day or hour of his
own death so we should be laying up treasures in heaven. We can't take it with us, but we can send it on
Do Not Worry
22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or
about your body, what you will wear. 23 Life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24 Consider the
ravens: They do not sow or reap, they have no storeroom or barn; yet God feeds them. And how much more valuable you
are than birds! 25 Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life ? 26 Since you cannot do this very
little thing, why do you worry about the rest? 27 "Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I
tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 28 If that is how God clothes the
grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O
you of little faith! 29 And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it. 30 For the
pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 But seek his kingdom, and
these things will be given to you as well. 32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to
give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will
not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Our Father in heaven will take care of us.
35 "Be dressed ready for service and keep your lamps burning, 36 like men waiting for their master to return from a
wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks they can immediately open the door for him. 37 It will be good
for those servants whose master finds them watching when he comes. I tell you the truth, he will dress himself to
serve, will have them recline at the table and will come and wait on them. 38 It will be good for those servants
whose master finds them ready, even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night. 39 But understand
this: If the owner of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have let his house be
broken into. 40 You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect
him." 41 Peter asked, "Lord, are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?" 42 The Lord answered, "Who
then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food
allowance at the proper time? 43 It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns.
44 I tell you the truth, he will put him in charge of all his possessions. 45 But suppose the servant says to
himself, 'My master is taking a long time in coming,' and he then begins to beat the menservants and maidservants
and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46 The master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him
and at an hour he is not aware of. He will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers. 47
"That servant who knows his master's will and does not get ready or does not do what his master wants will be
beaten with many blows. 48 But the one who does not know and does things deserving punishment will be beaten
with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been
entrusted with much, much more will be asked.
Notice the admonition to be ready at all times. After our LORD says the owner of the
house should have been watching, Peter asks if the parable was directed toward him. Jesus
basically says the parable is directed toward "that servant" who does not get ready and is not
watching for and expecting the master's return.
Not Peace but Division
49 "I have come to bring fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50 But I have a baptism
to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is completed! 51 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth? No, I
tell you, but division. 52 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other, three
against two and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother
against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against
I find this interesting that Jesus says He comes to bring division and fire. When I read
Revelation, I see a division of believers from non-believers in the rapture of Rev. 7:9-17 and fire falling shortly after as the beginning of
God's wath in the first trumpet of Rev. 8:1-7.
Interpreting the Times
54 He said to the crowd: "When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'It's going to rain,' and
it does. 55 And when the south wind blows, you say, 'It's going to be hot,' and it is. 56 Hypocrites! You know
how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky. How is it that you don't know how to interpret this
present time? 57 "Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you are going with your adversary to
the magistrate, try hard to be reconciled to him on the way, or he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge
turn you over to the officer, and the officer throw you into prison. 59 I tell you, you will not get out until you
have paid the last penny. "
Jesus wants us to be interpreting the times by the signs we observe.
Luke 13 (New International Version)
Repent or Perish
1 Now there were some present at that time who told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with
their sacrifices. 2 Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other
Galileans because they suffered this way? 3 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
4 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them--do you think they were more guilty than all the
others living in Jerusalem? 5 I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish." 6 Then he
told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard, and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not
find any. 7 So he said to the man who took care of the vineyard, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for
fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any. Cut it down! Why should it use up the soil?' 8 " 'Sir,' the man
replied, 'leave it alone for one more year, and I'll dig around it and fertilize it. 9 If it bears fruit next
year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' "
Now is the time to repent and bear fruit for the LORD. Even if we believe that Jesus
won't be coming back for awhile, we don't know when our death might come.
No One Knows