Scripture: Luke 13:1-21

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READ and STUDY the WORD

Jesus Calls The People To Repent

Luke 13:1-9 (KJV) There were present at that season some that told Jesus of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.  Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?  And he answering said unto him, lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down. 

Questions:

1. What do you understand about the fig tree in this passage (Luke13:6-7b)?

2. Besides not producing figs, why else did the owner want the tree cut down (Luke 13:7c)?

3. What deal did the dresser of the vineyard make with the owner of the fig tree (Luke 13:8-9).

4. Do you see a lesson from the fig tree story for us humans?

Answers:

1. The three-year-old fig tree wasn’t producing any fruit so the owner of the tree wanted the dresser of his vineyard to cut it down.

2. The owner didn’t think the tree should take up ground space since it wasn’t producing.

3. The dresser of the vineyard wanted to dig about the fig tree, fertilize it, and then if it didn’t bear fruit the owner could cut it down.

4. My Bible notes: Jesus warned his listeners that God would not tolerate forever their lack of productivity.  Have you been enjoying God’s special treatment without giving anything in return? If so, respond to the Gardener’s patient care and begin to bear the fruit God has created you to produce.  

Jesus Heals The Crippled Woman

Luke 13:10-17 (KJV) 10 And Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.  11 And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself.  12 And when Jesus saw her, He called her to Him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.  13 And He laid His hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.  14 And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.  15 The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?  16 And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?  17 And when He had said these things, all His adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Him.

Questions:

1. Where was Jesus teaching (Luke 13:10)?

2. Who did Jesus call to Himself (Luke 13:12)?

3. What did Jesus do (Luke 13:13a)?

4. What did the woman do (Luke 13:13b)?

5. How did the ruler of the synagogue answer (Luke 13:14a)?

6. Why did the ruler of the synagogue behave this way (Luke 13:14b)?

7. What did Jesus accuse the ruler of the synagogue of being (Luke 13:15a)?

8. Why did Jesus consider the ruler a hypocrite (Luke 13:15b-16)?

9. What did all the people do (Luke 13:17)?

Answers:

1. Jesus was teaching in one of the synagogues.

2. Jesus called to Himself a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for eighteen years.

3. Jesus laid hands on the infirmed woman and immediately she was made straight.

4. The woman glorified God.

5. The ruler answered with indignation.

6. The ruler answered this way because Jesus had healed on the sabbath day.

7. Jesus accused the ruler of the synagogue of being a hypocrite.

8. Jesus knew that the ruler would loose his ox or ass from a stall and lead him to water, but the ruler was condemning Jesus for loosing the woman from her bond on the sabbath day.

9. All the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by Jesus.

Jesus Teaches About The Kingdom Of God

Luke 13:18-21 (KJV) 18 Then said Jesus, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?  19 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.  20 And again He said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?  21 It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

Question:

1. To what two things did Jesus compare the kingdom of God (Luke 13:19, 21)?

Answer:

1. Jesus compared the kingdom of God to both a grain of mustard seed and leaven.

My Bible notes: The mustard seed begins as a tiny seed but growing into an enormous tree and the leaven is a small amount but makes the bread dough double in size.  Though God’s kingdom had a small beginning it will eventually push outward until the whole world is changed.

HEAR the WORD

Luke 13:1-5 (KJV) There were present at that season some that told Jesus of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.  And Jesus answering said unto them, “Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans, because they suffered such things?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.  Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?  I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.” 

MEDITATE on the WORD

Ponder the above passage.  What message do you believe Jesus was trying to get across to His audience? My Bible notes: Jesus said that neither the Galileans nor those killed by the tower should be blamed for their calamity.  Instead of blaming others, everyone should look to his or her own day of judgment. Whether a person dies in a tragic accident or miraculously survives the accident it is not a measure of their righteousness. Jesus promises that those who believe in Him will not perish but have eternal life (see John 3:16).

MEMORIZE the WORD

Luke 13:3, 5 “I tell you, no! But unless you repent, you too will all perish.”

LOVE and LIVE the WORD

The word “no” in the above verse is in answer to Jesus’ own rhetorical question concerning levels of guiltiness.  

TEACH and SHARE the WORD

We need to learn how God views sin.  All sin separates us from God.  Therefore any sin can keep us from Him.

PRAY the WORD

Lord, thank You for preserving us, blessing us and sparing our lives when we turn to You in repentance (Luke 13:1-9).  Lord, I pray we will understand what it means to be set free (Luke 13:12).  Lord, I pray we will  help others no matter the day (Luke 13:15-16). In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

ENCOURAGEMENT

“May you and I help anyone God bring across our path.” <>< Dona