Jesus Warns Against Unbelief

A priest and a rabbi from local parishes were standing by the side of the road holding up signs. The rabbi’s sign read, “The End is Near!” The priest, on the other side of the road, held up a sign which read, “Turn before it’s too late!” They planned to hold … More

Signs

 

As Jesus was speaking to the crowd He was interrupted by an emotional outcry from a woman who was present (v. 27). Evidently pleased by His teaching, she expressed how wonderful it must have been to be His mother. Jesus uses this incident to point out that the one who knows the Word of God and obeys it is more blessed than the person who happened to be a part of the physical family of Christ (v. 28). This certainly counteracts the worship of the Virgin Mary as it is taught by some today. Next we see the people asking Jesus for a sign, even though they have had an abundance of signs already. Jesus’ response was that no sign would be given but instead, He gave them three illustrations.

  1. Jonah (vv. 29-30;32) - The people of Nineveh believed what Jonah said, even if they had no physical evidence. With all the knowledge gained for 2000 years our response to Christ ought to be even more complete and wholehearted.
  2. Solomon (v. 31) - The  queen of Sheba traveled many miles to hear the wisdom of Solomon (I Kings 10),but here was the very Son of God in their midst, and the Jews would not believe His words.
  3. Light (vv. 33-36) - The lamp is Christ and the eye represents spiritual understanding. It is not enough that the light be shining externally; it must enter into our lives before it can do any good. The brightest sun can not help a blind man to see. If you have a hard time seeing God at work in your life check your vision. Is there any sin blinding you?

Application

 

It is good for me to know the signs of the times as given in the Bible but it is far more important for me to know and obey God’s instruction for daily living.

Luke 11:27-36 (English Standard Version)


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