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Luke 11:14-14:35

10.19.2010

Miscellany from Luke:

11:33 | Sing with me:

This little light o’ mine,
I’m going to let it shine.
This little light o’ mine,
I’m going to let it shine.
This little light o’ mine,
I’m going to let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine,
Let it shine.

Hide it under a bushel?  No!
I’m going to let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel?  No!
I’m going to let it shine.
Hide it under a bushel?  No!
I’m going to let it shine,
Let it shine, let it shine,
Let it shine.

Contrary to what many of us Gen-Xers and Milennials were taught, this passage (along with the beloved children’s choir song) is not about being proud of our talents and not being shy.  Rather, it’s about the compulsion believers should feel to share the good news of Christ with the world, whether from joy, compassion, gratitude, or all three.

It is interesting, however, that Jesus is telling us not to do what He did when He hid Himself for the Transfiguration or when He told people not to tell anyone about His miracles.  I suppose it’s attributable to the fact that Jesus knows how to be strategic in sharing the message of the Kingdom, whereas we do not?

12:22 | In Jesus’ ‘consider the ravens/lilies’ lesson, is there a promise of material support for the believer?  I don’t think so, but the prosperity gospel folks would have you believe otherwise.  I haven’t read this anywhere, so that probably means I’m wrong, but I see the food being promised to believers to be the Word of God, and the clothing to be the righteousness of Christ.  This is how Jesus will feed us more bountifully than the birds or cover us more beautifully than the lilies.

12:31 | Another song?  Of course!

Seek ye first the Kingdom of God
And His righteousness,
And all these things shall be added unto you.
Allelu, Alleluia.

Ask and it shall be given unto you.
Seek and ye shall find.
Knock and the door shall be opened unto you.
Allelu, Alleluia.

Okay, so maybe that wasn’t so much another song as a reprisal of one from a few days ago.  Let’s call it an encore.

12:49 | The idea that Jesus comes to divide rather than bring peace certainly puzzled me when I first encountered it.  It’s contrary to the image we have of Him as a loving healer.  We even call Him ‘Prince of Peace.’  But that peace comes as a result of removing sin from the Kingdom.  And, like in the box o’ sin analogy from before, removing sin means dividing those that would seek rescue from those that would cling to sin. 

By dividing, I think Jesus means less of the physical separation of believer from unbeliever here (although it’s also consistent, I think), but rather that He is making a distinction between those who choose life and those who do not. 

14:28 | It’s interesting to me that Jesus is emphasizing that the prospective believer should count the cost before giving his life to Christ.  I understand that it’s a way of emphasizing the totality of the commitment and that discipleship is not something to be taken lightly. 

But I also believe that we’re not supposed to let doubts keep us from submitting to the Lord.  Whether in a life decision or in a faith decision, we can let doubt paralyze us if we demand absolute certainty before moving forward.  As we explored in John 7:17, understanding follows obedience; we have to be willing to obey before we have an intellectual understanding of what’s really at stake (the cost/benefit analysis, if you will).  The ideas aren’t necessarily in conflict, but there’s definitely some untangling to do.*

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*  Which, of course, I will irresponsibly decline to do at this time.

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