Luke 12, Messianic Teaching

Luke 12:59 I tell you, you will by no means get out of there, until you have paid the very last penny.”
We need to look into the following aspects in the narrative in Luke 12.
CRUX – the decisive or most important point at issue.
The crux of the message highlights the following points:
– God is love. He loves His children. He is not a god of old religion retribution and payback. In the Bible, the message of grace is stated in 2 Peter 3| 9. 9 The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you,[a] not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. The Lord said to the man that if he resorted to suing his brother, he will be fined for the maximum allowable punishment after he abandons all the better options The Law shall judge him.
– Jesus explaining in person as the Son of God. God now unpacks the Ten Commandment as the Judge in verse 59, God in the flesh of a Judahite, the Word of YHVH now speaks. Verse 59 is not considered to be part of a parable but the reality. Using the prevalent culture in a Jewish community under Roman rule, He illustrated to the immediate audience this essential precept from Sinai, obedience to the Torah vs. disobedience to the Torah. And Christ is the One that came to fulfill the Torah. How does He do it? Against the myths, Christ fulfilled the Torah because the Torah pointed to Him and Christ demonstrated in person how it is supposed to be fulfilled.
Jesus shows that the Ten Commandments are actually intertwined. When you break just one, there is a lot behind it that detonates like dynamites all stringed up in a series of violations one by one. The common conception among churches is when a godly believer or a sinning disbeliever breaks one law, he immediately breaks all the rest of the laws. But is this the truth? In this chapter, Christ actually goes one by one to demonstrate how covetedness sets off a chain reaction in the violating believer against the other parts of the Ten Commandments.
We will obtain the context of this passage beginning at verse 13. All the way to verse 59, it was His articulation. We need to refrain from single verse introspection. Many preachers make much out of one verse and become alienated from the intended instruction.
Luke 12
{The Parable of the Rich Fool}13 Someone in the crowd said to Him,
“Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”
The man in verse 13 instructed the Teacher, not requesting the Teacher. Whose inheritance? Not his brother’s. He evidently came from money whose father even had an inheritance to pass on to his older brother and the man. His eyes are on the inheritance. Obviously the father had already passed. The inheritance has already been distributed. His non-request, more like an instruction, was for the Lord to “tell his brother” to even up with him against the Torah.
Where does it say in the Torah that the firstborn shall receive double in the inheritance?
It is in Deuteronomy (The Book Of Law) 21| 17 he shall acknowledge the firstborn, the son of the unloved, by giving him a double portion of all that he has, for he is the firstfruits of his strength. The right of the firstborn is his.
Needless to say the young man had no idea what he was asking for. He wanted to tell the author of that law to change His law to his personal desire. He wanted God to serve his agenda, for money. He has already broken the first Commandment.

The firstborn gets double of everyone else and the man gets one portion by the Torah. But the man wants equal shares with his elder brother. Therefore, he asked in avarice, coveting what does not belong to him by law. To close, Jesus used humor “farthing”, “penny”, “lepton” (Gk.) to connect back to the thing at the center of his heart to hit it home for him.To covet what does not belong to him, he may end up with zero. It is His grade A answer and I shall open it up.
The tenth commandment is regarded as completing and unfolding the ninth. Ten in God interpretation is not just a nice double digit number. It stands for the summation.
The tenth commandment forbids coveting the goods of another, as the root of the stealing and fraud forbidden by the commandment, “You shall not steal.” “Lust of the eyes” leads to the violence and injustice forbidden by the commandment, “You shall not murder.” Covetousness, like sexual immorality, originates in the idolatry prohibited by the first three commandments, which are commandments to put God above everything else, above everybody else. We shall not love a person more than we love God. We shall be say we must love all people because to do so may mean you are violating the Ten Commandment at No. 1. I can explain this in another thread. Along with the ninth commandment, the tenth summarizes the entire Ten Commandments, by focusing on the intentions and desires of the heart. God alone sees the heart of a man. Like in the request at verse 13, Jesus saw his heart right away. Jesus asked the man a rhetorical question, implying to him, “Do you know what you just said to Whom it was said, man?” If we do not understand that this is a rhetorical question, then we are letting someone question the qualification of Christ as God.
14 But Jesus replied, “Man, who appointed Me judge or executor between you?” 15 And He said to them, “Watch out! Guard yourselves against every form of greed, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”
Jesus immediately brought up the sin of greed to the crowd, “Watch out”. Watch out for how easy it is for a man to go into greed for thinking that what is not his should rightfully belong to him, even against the Torah. This often happens when people make rash decisions based on self-centering emotional needs.
“For one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” This sentence has been taught as a wisdom speak without checking into the context and the circumstance when Jesus said it. As we are following the story, we understand that Jesus is indeed warning about the careless observance of God’s sovereign expectations in the Ten Commandments. On the surface alone, the abundance of possession is not in itself a sin, but somehow some believers offer to make it out to be sin. Jesus indeed warns His people that the wealth of Life lies somewhere else and it is not to be graded in terms of quantity. If you do, then it shall cover your sight and you see nothing else.
Covetous desires in a man or woman, oh boy don’t we have plenty in 2020, create disorder because they move beyond satisfying basic human needs like food and water, and “exceed the limits of reason and drive us to covet unjustly what is not ours and belongs to another or is owed to him. In the current CoVID-19, we see consumers stock-piling the basic essentials from stores’ shelves. No one now is going out to buy flat screens and Xbox. In the Old Testament it is the Baalim worship quid pro quo. In the prosperity churches it is the name-it-claim-it disguise form of idolatry in the name of “faith”. Only Baal would grant materialism to the worshipers. For materialism replaces the first four commandments in the devil’s scheme of things. Jesus advocates for riches stored up in heaven.
Greed and the desire to amass earthy goods without limit are forbidden as are avarice and the passion for riches and power. Greed, or avarice, is an inordinate or insatiable longing for material gain, be it food, money, status, or power. Just look at a typical politician. They talk up a big game and then one by one they “suspend” their presidential campaign. Did you think upon each of their announcement that they were all actually violating the Tenth Commandment?
“You shall not covet” means that we should banish our desires for whatever does not belong to us. Never having enough money is regarded as a symptom of the love of money.[45] Obedience to the tenth commandment requires that envy be banished from the human heart.

The Parable
16 Then He told them a parable: “The ground of a certain rich man produced an abundance. 17So he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, since I have nowhere to store my crops?’ 18Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and will build bigger ones, and there I will store up all my grain and my goods.
Have you been receiving a church building funds appeal? The pastor wants to build a bigger building to accommodate all his fans when he speaks. As you were sitting in the purple seats did it cross your mind that the pastor is committing the Tenth Commandment? Breaking God’s laws is subtle to the person who is not intentional on pleasing God.
19Then I will say to myself, “You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take it easy. Eat, drink, and be merry!”’20But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your life will be required of you. Then who will own what you have accumulated?’21This is how it will be for anyone who stores up treasure for himself but is not rich toward God.”
Now Jesus reveals what He things toward that young man who had just been distributed an inheritance. He is poor in God’s optics. Thus ends the parable part. Next, Jesus teaches on the positive, on how we are to keep all Ten Commandments if we do the following. Then the Judge will find favor with us.
Do Not Worry But Look To God To Provide For Needs(Matthew 6:25-34)22Then 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. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes. 24Consider the ravens: They do not sow or reap; they have no storehouse or barn, yet God feeds them. How much more valuable are you than the birds!25Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?c 26So if you cannot do such a small thing, why do you worry about the rest?27Consider how the lilies grow: They do not labor or spin.d Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory was adorned like one of these. 28If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you, O you of little faith!29And do not be concerned about what you will eat or drink. Do not worry about it. 30For the Gentiles of the world strive after all these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31But seek Hise kingdom, and these things will be added unto you.32Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father is pleased to give you the kingdom. 33Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide yourselves with purses that will not wear out, an inexhaustible treasure in heaven, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. 34For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Readiness at Any Hour, An Echoing Of The Death Of The Rich Man In Parable(Matthew 24:36-51; Mark 13:32-37)35Be dressed for service and keep your lamps burning. 36Then you will be like servants waiting for their master to return from the wedding banquet, so that when he comes and knocks, they can open the door for him at once. 37Blessed are those servants whom the master finds on watch when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will dress himself to serve and will have them recline at the table, and he himself will come and wait on them. 38Even if he comes in the second or third watch of the night and finds them alert, those servants will be blessed!
This He speaks of the visitation of the Lord, either at the hour of death or at the Appearing of the Blessed Hope, i.e., Jesus appearing in glory coming in the clouds.
39But understand this: If the homeowner had known at what hour the thief was coming,g he would not have let his house be broken into. 40You also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour you do not expect.”41“Lord,” said Peter, “are You addressing this parable to us, or to everyone else as well?”42And the Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their portion at the proper time? 43Blessed is that servant whose master finds him doing so when he returns. 44Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.45But suppose that servant says in his heart, ‘My master will be a long time in coming,’ and he begins to beat the menservants and maidservants, and to eat and drink and get drunk. 46The master of that servant will come on a day he does not expect and at an hour he does not anticipate. Then he will cut him to pieces and assign him a place with the unbelievers.47That servant who knows his master’s will but does not get ready or follow his instructions will be beaten with many blows. 48But the one who unknowingly does things worthy of punishment will be beaten with few blows. From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and from him who has been entrusted with much, even more will be demanded.
Not Peace but Division(Micah 7:1-6; Matthew 10:34-39)49I have come to ignite a fire on the earth, and how I wish it were already kindled! 50But I have a baptism to undergo, and how distressed I am until it is accomplished!51Do you think that I have come to bring peace to the earth? No, I tell you, but division. 52From now on, five in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. 53They 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 mother-in-law. ”
Interpreting the Present Time(Matthew 16:1-4; Mark 8:11-13)54Then Jesus said to the crowds, “As soon as you see a cloud rising in the west, you say, ‘A shower is coming,’ and that is what happens. 55And when the south wind blows, you say, ‘It will be hot,’ and it is. 56You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and sky. Why don’t you know how to interpret the present time?
Reconciling with an Adversary(Matthew 5:21-26)57And why don’t you judge for yourselves what is right? 58 Make every effort to reconcile with your adversary while you are on your way to the magistrate. Otherwise, he may drag you off to the judge, and the judge may hand you over to the officer, and the officer may throw you into prison. 59I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the very last penny. ”
Penny: Greek lepton, a Jewish bronze or copper coin worth about 1/128 of a denarius (which was a day’s wage for a laborer). Idiomatically it means the man will have nothing left to rub between his fingers.
The last passage from vv. 57 – 59 moves on from the faithfulness expected of the believer toward God, to … can you guess what it is? This verse brings it full circle to the original sin of the man in verse 13.
Who was the man in trouble with from fostering greed in his heart toward his brother? He was bending the Torah. He was breaking the most important Commandment of loving God with all he had.
When the magistrate (district jurisdiction) drags the plaintiff to the Judge and the Judge may hand him to the officer, the fate of the man of greed may run its full course.
The “adversary” is the Law that accuses them (John 5:45) of their wrongdoing and violation against the Law of the Highest Land; the judge is none other than the Judge of all the earth; and then all follows in due order as before.

John 544 How can you believe, when you receive glory from one another and do not seek the glory that comes from the only God? 45 Do not think that I will accuse you to the Father. There is one who accuses you: Moses, on whom you have set your hope.
That is the Sinai Directive. It never goes away. It shall serve those who depart from the New Covenant of freedom in Christ.


This is a sobering response to the man who told the Teacher to instruct his brother to split his inheritance. If he did not resolve his greed and sins, the Torah is his adversary in the end at Judgement. The last lepton, the penny, refers to his wealth in heaven, bringing full circle to verse 33.

1 Corinthians 15:56
56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
This a a clean answer. #OilChange

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