Adm. Nimitz and Gen. MacArthur went fishing together. In a sudden squall, the boat capsized, and the eminent fighting men floundered helplessly in the water. When they reached the boat, the Admiral cautioned, “Now, Mac, don’t mention this to anyone. I’d be disgraced if … More
The Pharisees and Sadducees had asked their questions. Then Jesus asked them: “What do you think about Christ? Whose Son is He” (v. 41)? They knew that the Messiah would be a descendent of David but did not understand He was God in the flesh. This is a key question for every person in every generation. Our salvation and eternal destiny are dependent on our answer to this question. The Pharisees expected only a human ruler to restore Israel’s greatness as in the days of David and Solomon.
Jesus then referred them to Psalm 110 (vv. 42-44). He knew that these Jewish religious leaders took this Psalm as a prophetic Psalm and that David was speaking about the Messiah. By applying Psalm 110:1 to Himself, Jesus claimed to be Israel’s promised Messiah, the Son of God. However, these Pharisees refused to believe Him because their minds were already made up, their hearts were hardened, and their eyes were blind (John12:37-50). Jesus’ question ended their public challenges but they would not admit defeat. The central issue of life is what we believe about Jesus Christ.
Because of the hypocrisy and dishonesty of these religious leaders, Jesus warned the people about them (vv. 45-47). Because they wanted public recognition, they wore special garments (clergy robes), expected to be called by special titles, and looked for special seats at public gatherings. The general public thought these leaders were godly men, when in reality they were defiling and destroying souls (Matthew 28:13-36). These men were so called “experts” in the Bible and yet they did not apply its truths to their own lives. Jesus’ warning still applies as we find some of these same type of people in religious organizations and groups today.
There are some religious leaders today who act much like these Pharisees did. I need to be careful that I’m not trying to make people think that I am something I’m not.
But he said to them, "How can they say that the Christ is David's son? For David himself says in the Book of Psalms, "'The Lord said to my Lord, Sit at my right hand, until I make your enemies your footstool.' David thus calls him Lord, so how is he his son?" And in the hearing of all the people he said to his disciples, "Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and love greetings in the marketplaces and the best seats in the synagogues and the places of honor at feasts, who devour widows' houses and for a pretense make long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation."
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Luke 17:11-19Jesus Heals Ten Men With Leprosy
Luke 17:20-37The Coming of the Kingdom of God
Luke 18:1-8The Parable of the Persistent Widow
Luke 18:9-14The Parable of the Pharisee and the Tax Collector
Luke 18:15-17Jesus Blesses the Little Children
Luke 18:18-27The Rich Young Ruler
Luke 18:28-34Jesus Predicts His Death
Luke 18:35-43Jesus Heals a Blind Beggar
Luke 19:1-10Jesus Brings Salvation to Zaccheus’s Home
Luke 19:11-27The Parable of the King’s Servants
Luke 19:28-40Jesus Rides into Jerusalem on a Donkey
Luke 19:41-48Jesus Cleansing of the Temple
Luke 20:1-8Religious Leaders Challenge Jesus Authority
Luke 20:9-18The Parable of the Wicked Farmers
Luke 20:19-26Paying Taxes to Caesar
Luke 20:27-40The Resurrection and Marriage
Luke 20:41-47Leaders Didn’t Understand Who Jesus Was
Luke 21:1-4The Widow’s Offering
Luke 21:5-19Signs of the End of the Age
Luke 21:20-28Jesus Tells About His Return
Luke 21:35-38Jesus Tells them to Remain Watchful
Luke 22:1-13Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus
Luke 22:14-30The Last Supper
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Luke 23:1-12Jesus Stands Trial Before Pilate and Herod
Luke 23:13-25Pilate Hands Jesus Over to be Crucified
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Luke 23:44-49Jesus Dies on the Cross
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