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A JESUS WHO GIVES WARNING

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The Gospel According To Luke
“A Jesus Who Gives Warning”
Luke 12:35-13:9
I. The Divine Responsibility (v.35-48)
II. The Divine Rescuer (v.49-59)
III. The Divine Ruling (v.1-9)

Opening Question: What is the biggest warning your parents or someone you trust ever gave you. Did you heed it?

[This is a long passage and lot to take in despite similarities in the message that Jesus is conveying. You might consider breaking it into sections to talk more specifically. There are questions following each natural break. You don’t have to spend a lot of time on the section questions, but get some general ideas of what’s occurring before moving on]

Luke 12:35-49
35 “Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, 36 and be like men who are
waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open
the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. 37 Blessed are those
servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress
himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them.
38 If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are
those servants! 39 But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what
hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. 40 You
also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
41 Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” 42 And the Lord said,
“Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his
household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? 43 Blessed is that
servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. 44 Truly, I say to you, he
will set him over all his possessions. 45 But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is
delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and
drink and get drunk, 46 the master of that servant will come on a day when he does
not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put
him with the unfaithful. 47 And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get
ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. 48 But the one who did
not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to
whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they
entrusted much, they will demand the more.

Questions about this section:
What stands out?
What seems to be Jesus’ tone here?
What is the answer to Peter’s question?
Is there a central message that stands out? [we have a divine responsibility before God]
Why does God give us rules and responsibilities as believers? [To show us our need for Jesus! Because they show us more about God and how to love Him]

Luke 12:49-59
49 “I came to cast fire on the earth, and would that it were already kindled! 50 I have a
baptism to be baptized with, and how great is my distress until it is accomplished!
51 Do you think that I have come to give peace on earth? No, I tell you, but rather
division. 52 For from now on in one house there will be five divided, three against two
and two against three. 53 They will be divided, father against son and son against
father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against
her daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

54 He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at
once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. 55 And when you see the south wind
blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. 56 You hypocrites! You
know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know
how to interpret the present time?
57 “And why do you not judge for yourselves what is right? 58 As you go with your
accuser before the magistrate, make an effort to settle with him on the way, lest he
drag you to the judge, and the judge hand you over to the officer, and the officer put
you in prison. 59 I tell you, you will never get out until you have paid the very last
Penny.”
Questions about this section:
What stands out?
What seems to be Jesus’ tone here?
What is the central message of this section? [Jesus comes as the true servant of God, faithful, wise, working hard, standing up for justice for all kinds of people, poor people, sick people,abused people, racially oppressed people...Jesus comes and is the only human being not to fail and instead to fulfill the divine responsibility we all have before God but then offers His life up on cross, baptized in blood as if He were the worst failure of all so that His blood might cover all the sins of His people and pay the debt we owe and the punishment we deserve to God. Jesus was extremely passionate about doing that. The cross was His mission.]
One reason people didn’t recognize Jesus as Messiah is that they were looking for more of a political leader, or majestic king. In what ways do people misidentify Jesus today?

Luke 13:1-9
In the following section, Jesus answers some questions and talks about some local stories and a fig tree, which is really representative of the nation of Israel:
1 There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do
you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because
they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise
perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you
think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I
tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
6 And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came
seeking fruit on it and found none. 7 And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three
years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why
should it use up the ground?’ 8 And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also,
until I dig around it and put on manure. 9 Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and
good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”
Questions about this section:
What stands out?
What seems to be Jesus’ tone here?
What is the central message of this section?
Application Questions:
As we think about the passage as a whole, is there a central message or theme that Jesus seems to expose? [Jesus isn’t being mean, but actually a loving, caring, and grace filled rescuer- warning to us to trust that Christ is who He says]
What does this passage tell us about the state of our hearts? [We’ve been unfaithful servants, we have tendencies to abuse or mistreat others for selfish gain, sinners who fall far short of what God requires. We deserve judgment and we need Jesus.]
What does this passage reveal to us about Jesus and His character?
Why is hard for us to serve God & others?
What’s one step you can take this week to help you become the servant God calls you to be?