Luke 12, Hell, God made you, God’s omniscience, confess, confident, the Holy Spirit, greed, worry, rust, treasure, weddings, be ready, degrees of punishment

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  • 1. Luke 12 Luke Chapter 12, Hell, God made you, God’s omniscience, confess, Confident, The Holy Spirit, greed, worry, rust, treasure, weddings, be ready, degrees of punishment Photo by Kenneth Stillwell
  • 2. Read Luke 12:1–12 Warnings about hypocrisy 2
  • 3. Luke 12:4, Be Not Afraid • Genesis 3:10 He said, "I heard the sound of You in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid myself.“ • DLK could only find 163 NASU, or 189KJV
  • 4. Hell, Church sign • NAU Luke 12:5 "But I will warn you whom to fear: fear the One who, after He has killed, has authority to cast into hell; yes, I tell you, fear Him! • Church sign said, “Stop, Drop, And Roll Does Not Work In Hell” • There is only one use of "hell" in Luke, in the NAS. 4
  • 5. Luke 12:5, Hell • NAU Luke 12:5…He…has authority to cast into hell… [Matthew 10:28] • What is hell? • NAU 2 Thessalonians 1:9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, • NAU Revelation 21:8 "But for the cowardly and unbelieving and abominable and murderers and immoral persons and sorcerers and idolaters and all liars, their part will be in the lake that burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.” • NAU Matthew 13:42 …the furnace of fire • NAU Matthew 22:13…the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ • NAU Matthew 24:51 …a place with the hypocrites… • NAU Daniel 12:2 …these to everlasting life, but the others to disgrace and everlasting contempt.
  • 6. Luke 12:5, Hell • Ken Boa says, “The authors of Scripture do not attempt to prove the reality of hell; they proclaim its existence and warn their audiences appropriately. During the Dark and Middle Ages, the reality of hell was so gripping and pervasive that the threat of excommunication was a powerful and feared danger. But today, hell is not a topic for polite conversations, and it rarely surfaces even in sermons. Many reject it as infantile and offensive, as does atheist George Smith: "The belief in eternal torment, still subscribed to by fundamentalist Christian denominations, undoubtedly ranks as the most vicious and reprehensible doctrine of classical Christianity. It has resulted in an incalculable amount of psychological torture, especially among children, where it is employed as a terror tactic to prompt obedience." • The idea of hell has become outdated. The influences of empiricism (the idea that we can only believe in what our senses tell us as real) and scientism (truth is discovered by science alone) and relativism (elevating toleration concerning truth to a virtue) have contributed to hell's demise in our society, along with a cultural shift in values away from the "hard" virtues of holiness, justice, and righteousness toward a preoccupation with the "soft" virtues of love, mercy, and kindness. There is also the shift from a morality emphasizing duty and obligation to one that emphasizes individual rights and liberties. But what if our society is wrong and hell is real? Implications.”
  • 7. Luke 12:7 • NAU Luke 12:7 "Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows. • Matthew 10:30 "But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. • John Rice says, “God cares about details. If you comb out some hairs in the morning, the record in Heaven is changed.”
  • 8. Luke 12:7, God Made You • compass.org, Verse of the Day -- Psalm 119:73 Thy hands made me and fashioned me . . . THOUGHT FOR THE DAY • “God made you just exactly like He wanted you. • In a day where much of the world believes mankind evolved over millions of years, it's comforting to know the truth: God intricately created you in His image. Nothing was left to chance. • For Thou didst form my inward parts; Thou didst weave me in my mother's womb. —Psalm 139:13. . . I am fearfully and wonderfully made; —Psalm 139:14 • . . . when I was made in secret, and skillfully wrought [woven] in the depths of the earth. —Psalm 139:15 • . . . For in the image of God He made man. —Genesis 9:6 • And He still knows you very well.” • The very hairs of your head are all numbered. —Luke 12:7. . . your Father knows what you need, before you ask Him. —Matthew 6:8
  • 9. Luke 12:7, Omniscience • God’s omniscience should blow our minds! • Imagine keeping the count of all the hairs on all the heads of 6 billion people on the earth at one time. • While also keeping track of every deed, and every thought. • NAU Job 21:27 "Behold, I know your thoughts, And the plans by which you would wrong me. • NAU Ezekiel 24:14 "I, the LORD, have spoken; it is coming and I will act. I will not relent, and I will not pity and I will not be sorry; according to your ways and according to your deeds I will judge you," declares the Lord GOD.’" • NAU Job 25:2 "Dominion and awe belong to Him Who establishes peace in His heights. (Psalm 33:8)a
  • 10. Luke 12:7 God knows you very, very well! • Whether you realize it or not, your relationship with God is very close. He knows and understands your physical makeup (verse above) as well as your physical temptations. In fact, He was tempted in all things. • For we do not have a high priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but One who has been tempted in all things as we are, yet without sin. — Hebrews 4:15 He even knows your thoughts: • . . . able to judge the thoughts and intentions of the heart. —Hebrews 4:12 Not only does God know what you are thinking, He knows what you are going to think! • . . . your Father knows what you need, before you ask him. —Matthew 6:8 What a privilege to have a personal relationship with a God who knows our every thought, need and desire.
  • 11. Luke 12:7 God knows you very, very well! • He not only counts our hairs, but every aspect of our lives from beginning to end is "Father Filtered” and guaranteed to conform to the principle of Romans 8:28. • KJV Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. • Corrie Ten Boom said, “Every experience God gives us, every person he puts in our lives, is the perfect preparation for the future that only he can see.”
  • 12. Luke 12:8, Confess • NAU Luke 12:8 "And I say to you, everyone who confesses Me before men, the Son of Man will confess him also before the angels of God; • 1st NAU use of “confess” is Leviticus 5:5, most uses also in Leviticus (3), this is the only use in Luke, and there are only six NT uses. • Some people confess a sin a thousand times, I tell them to confess it once, then thank God a thousand times for forgiving them. Maurice Horn
  • 13. Luke 12:8 Christians Should Have Confidence • NAU Luke 12:8 …the Son of Man will confess him… • With Jesus as our Savior we know that God is totally in control. And if we truly believe this, we can live our lives with incredible confidence. The Bible says we are supposed to be: • Confident of our access to the throne of God, [Ephesians 3:12] • Confident that He will hear our prayers [1 John 4:17] • Confident that He can be our refuge in a time of trouble [Psalm 71:5] • Confident that our sins are fully paid [1 John 4:17] • The apostles oozed with confidence NAU Titus 3:8 This is a trustworthy statement; and concerning these things I want you to speak confidently… • NAU Hebrews 13:6 so that we confidently say, "THE LORD IS MY HELPER, I WILL NOT BE AFRAID. WHAT WILL MAN DO TO ME?"
  • 14. Evangelism cartoon from Jews for Jesus
  • 15. Luke 12:10, The Holy Spirit Of God • NAU Luke 12:10 "And everyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him. • If blaspheming the Holy Spirit includes making false prophecies in His name, claiming to do works by the Holy Spirit, claiming to be drunk in the Spirit, slain in the Spirit, and calling Him a "Holy Ghost Bartender” then many are in for a huge surprise. • However all Christians have been baptized in the Holy Spirit Matthew 3:11, indwelled by the Spirit Romans 8:11, and sealed Ephesians 4:30, and are being led by the Spirit Romans 8:14, and sanctified 1 Peter 1:2.
  • 16. Read Luke 12:13–21 The Rich Fool 16
  • 17. Luke 12:15-21, Guard Against Greed • NAU Luke 12:15 Then He said to them, "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” • NAU James 4:14 Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. 15 Instead, you ought to say, "If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that." 16 But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil. 17 Therefore, to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin. • NAU Romans 14:23 But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.
  • 18. Luke 12:15-21, Guard Against Greed • NAU 1 Corinthians 3:12 Now if any man builds on the foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, 13 each man's work will become evident; for the day will show it because it is to be revealed with fire, and the fire itself will test the quality of each man's work. 14 If any man's work which he has built on it remains, he will receive a reward. 15 If any man's work is burned up, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire. 16 Do you not know that you are a temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? • All of our earthly accomplishments will go up in smoke unless they're done in the Lords will, by faith. [Rom 14:23] • So make the most of it every moment and treasure the Lord has blessed you with, for his glory.
  • 19. Luke 12:18 Grain Storage • Eating During an Enemy Siege • Dr. Fleming: …we have buried the field's grain, oil and honey." • So, these huge underground pits of stored food in various places are necessary in case the city doesn't let you in. Sometimes by chance an archaeologist working on an excavation by a city finds one of the underground storage pits. These pithoids can be five to six feet deep sometimes. By accident a road project in Israel somewhere in the countryside can come across a lone few big pots out in a field and are filled full of carbonized grain. • I want this thought to stick with you. Just look how desperate daily life was back then. You don't ask if the enemy is going to come. You only ask when. And so, the prophets were struggling to give the people a message to trust in God and be wise by being prepared for the enemy…
  • 20. • Luke 12:20 "But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?'
  • 21. Treasure NAU Luke 12:21 "So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”
  • 22. Read Luke 12:22–34 Seek Ye The Kingdom 23
  • 23. Luke 12:22, Do Not Worry • NAU Luke 12:22 And He said to His disciples, "For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. • George MacDonald said, “No man ever sunk under the burden of the day. It is when tomorrow’s burden is added to the burden of day that the weight is more than a man can bear. Never load yourself so. If you find yourself so loaded, at least remember this: it is your own doing, not God’s. He begs you to leave the future to Him and mind the present.”
  • 24. Luke 12:22, Worries And Troubles • NAU Luke 12:22 … do not worry … • Calvin Coolidge once said, “If you see ten troubles coming down the road, you can be sure that nine will run into the ditch before they reach you.” • Robert M. McCheyne says, “Live near to God and so all things will appear to you little in comparison with eternal realities.”
  • 25. Luke 12:24, Consider The Ravens TODAY'S CREATION MOMENT, IS YOUR MEMORY THIS GOOD? Do you remember how much milk is in your refrigerator? Do you remember which leftovers you have in there, and where you put them? This kind of memory is called episodic memory. It allows you to travel back in time with your mind to remember the details of a past action. Until now, it was thought that only humans had this kind of memory, although some researchers were convinced that monkeys and rats had episodic memory. Florida scrub jayNow, to researchers' surprise, several species of birds that store 26
  • 26. Luke 12:24, Consider The Ravens TODAY'S CREATION MOMENT, IS YOUR MEMORY THIS GOOD? • food have convincingly displayed episodic memory and more. The scrub jays' favorite food is waxmoth larvae. Researchers allowed some of the jays to learn that the larvae rot after a few days. The jays also like peanuts. Researchers gave scrub jays the larvae to hide in sand filled ice cube trays. After five days the jays were given peanuts to hide. Later, the birds were allowed to collect their buried treasures. The birds who had learned that the larvae rotted after a couple of days didn't even bother to collect them. They looked only for peanuts, and remembered where to look for them. The jays who didn't know that the larvae rotted looked for them first. • In another research project, Clark's nutcrackers remembered where they had buried food morsels nine months earlier. This is something evolutionary scientists never expected in what they consider animals that are lower forms of life than we are. God has seen to the food needs of these species by not only providing them with food, but also by giving them extraordinary episodic memory like ours. • Notes: S. Milius, "Birds can remember what, where, and when", Science News, v. 154, p. 181. Photo: Florida scrub jay. (PD) 27
  • 27. Luke 12:25, Do Not Worry
  • 28. Luke 12:25, We Are Not In Control, God Is • NAU Luke 12:25 "And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life's span? • The Lord must laugh at the things that we worry about. • All of the important “stuff” God has not left to us to manage. Everything really important (breathing, blood circulation, auto immune response, digestion,etc.) for our life and existence God has put on auto pilot. 29
  • 29. Creation Moments; Luke 12:26, WHY DON'T YOU RUST? • “Did you ever wonder why you don't rust? Before you laugh, remember – iron is not only a major part of your blood, it is used to attract the oxygen that is carried by your blood to the rest of your body. And you know what happens when oxygen meets the iron in your car or a tool that is left outside overnight – rust! So, why don't we rust? • Part of the reason is that the molecular structure of hemoglobin is very cleverly designed so that the iron in your hemoglobin attracts oxygen and holds it but, at the same time, is prevented from rusting. There are many designs that hemoglobin could have – but the actual structure prevents rust from forming. But 200 billion of your red blood cells die every day. The iron in those cells is no longer prevented by the hemoglobin from forming rust. So your body collects iron from these cells and stores it in tiny protective containers made up of the protein ferritin, where it is prevented from combining with oxygen and turning into rust. • Actually, these rust proofing systems in the body can go wrong because of a rare genetic defect called bronze anemia. People suffering from this defect actually do develop rust like deposits in their bodies, and sometimes the rust actually discolors their skin. The careful planning and intricately related systems that make life possible speak loudly of a Creator. • No wonder discoveries in the biological sciences have caused some scientists to defect from evolution and see creation as the better explanation.”
  • 30. Luke 12:26, Be Anxious For Nothing • If God supernaturally provides for every important thing concerning our life, won't He also fulfill His promises to take care of the things that we worry about? • NAU Acts 17:28 for in Him we live and move and exist, as even some of your own poets have said, 'For we also are His children.’ • So, be a good steward of everything God has entrusted to you, and worry about nothing.
  • 31. Luke 12:27, Consider The Lilies • Luke 12:27 "Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these.
  • 32. Luke 12:29, Do Not Keep Worrying • NAU Luke 12:29 "And do not [imperative] seek what you will eat and what you will drink, and do not keep [imperative] worrying. • Worrying is sin, Jesus says don't do it. • The verse is about worrying about what to eat, what to drink, and clothes. Are pretty essential items. • Dr. Howard Hendricks tells of a student who told him that "We have a right to eat don't me?” • He said no we don’t. • I know of no versus a God says that He is obliged to feed us, or that we have a right to eat. Everything is a gift from Him. He gives graciously. • Either God is in total control or we are. • KJV Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
  • 33. Luke 12:30 We Want To Please Our Father • NAU Luke 12:30 "For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. • Making Dad Proud • Kayleen J. Reusser recounts that, “My first-grader came home and proudly reported to her dad that she was now officially a "Brownie." Not to be outdone, her three-year-old brother, Christopher, rushed up to Dad and proudly announced • he was a cupcake!”
  • 34. Luke 12:31-33, Wealth • NAU Luke 12:31 "But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. 32 "Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. 33 "Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys. • Henry Ward Beecher says, “No man can tell whether he is rich or poor by turning to his ledger. It is the heart that makes a man rich. He is rich or poor according to what he is, not according to what he has.”
  • 35. Luke 12:33, Treasure • Mark 10:21 Looking at him, Jesus felt a love for him and said to him, "One thing you lack: go and sell all you possess and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, follow Me.“ • Build your nest in no tree here…for the Lord of the forest has condemned the whole woods to be demolished. Samuel Rutherford • 2 Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up. • 1 Timothy 6:18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.
  • 36. Luke 12:33 Possessions NAU Luke 12:33 "Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves money belts which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near nor moth destroys.
  • 37. Luke 12:34, Pretrib Or Posttrib? • NAU Luke 12:34 "For where yo
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