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A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold is as pictures of silver.(Prov.25:11) It is so important to speak the right words to people at the right time to produce the right results. When you think of apples of gold in pictures of silver, then you are thinking of wealth and excellence. When we speak wisdom into the lives of others we are making them wealthy. Therefore we must seek God for He is the source of all wisdom and He will give us just the right words needed at the right time.
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  • #Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she loses one piece, doth not light a candle and sweep the house and seek diligently till she finds it. And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbors together saying rejoice with me, for I have found the piece that was lost. Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.Luke 15:8-10

    Jesus uses this woman to illustrate the persistence of God in finding the one lost sinner, as the woman swept the whole house until she found the lost silver of hers. There will be great joy in heaven as the angels of God rejoice over the one sinner who repents of his sin, This reminds us when we were lost in sin and God did not give up on us but the Holy Spirit chasened us until we repented. This is a great lesson to be patient with other people who have gone astray and pray for them to repent. May the Lord give us that patience to wait on God to do a work in their lives. As God is not willing to any would perish, but that all men will come to repentance.

  • #What man of you having a hundred sheep, if he loses one of them, doth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness and go after that which is lost until he finds it? And when he hath found it, he layeth it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he cometh home he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them rejoice with me: for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise, joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repented, more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance. Luke 15:4-7

    • Jesus tells this parable of the lost sheep because the Pharisees were complaining of the publicans and sinners that were eating with Jesus, for they knew that they were lost sinners and needed to repent. Yet the Pharisees did not see their sin and were like unto the ninety-nine just persons which need no repentance. There is joy in heaven over one of the publican and sinners who saw they needed to repent.  We must not look down at a sinner who repents but should rejoice as all heaven does when one sinner repents as the shepherd rejoices over the one lost sheep that has been found to the flock.
  • #And the Lord said unto the servant, go out into the highways and hedges and compel them to come in, that my house may be filled, for I say unto you, that none of those men which were bidden shall taste of my supper. Luke 14:23,24

    • Jesus bid men come to His great supper, but all of them began to make excuses. All excuses before a holy God are excused from acceptance. We have been commanded to go into the highways and the hedges to compel them to come to His supper. The Word of God is what we are to broadcast over the highways and the hedges. And whosoever doth not bear his cross and come after Jesus, cannot be His disciple. So my brothers and sisters do not think that you do not have a voice to use for the Lord, for you do. So use it to the glory of God and there will be room at the great supper of our God.
  • #And He said unto them, go ye and tell that fox, behold I cast out devils and I do cures, today and tomorrow and the third day I shall be perfected. Nevertheless, I must walk today and tomorrow and the day following for it cannot be that a prophet perishes out of Jerusalem. O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings and ye would not! Behold, your house is left unto you desolate and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed, is He that comes in the name of the Lord. Luke 13:32-35

    • Jesus is calling the Pharisees a fox and that He casts out devils, and though He will be killed He will rise again the third day. Then He tells them that He must continue for there shall not perish a prophet out of Jerusalem. Then Jesus weeps over Jerusalem by telling them how often I would have gathered thee, as a hen gathers her chicks, but ye would not behold your house shall be left unto you desolate. This is in the synoptic gospels and He tells them ye shall not see me again until ye shall say blessed is He that comes in the name of the Lord. What a time to be alive, for we are seeing the days that Jesus told would come on earth before His coming into the kingdom. Let us remain faithful to the Lord by entering in at the strait gate, for narrow is the way that leads to life and few there be that find it. For broad is the road that leads to destruction and many there be on that path. But He shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me all ye workers of iniquity. There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth when ye shall see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God and you yourselves thrust out. The Pharisees became very angry at Jesus for saying these things.
  • #Then He said, unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and cast into his garden and it grew and waxed a great tree and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it. And again He said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God? It is like Leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. Luke 13:18-21

    • Jesus tells two parables about the kingdom of God and what it is like unto. First, it is like unto a mustard seed which is the smallest of seeds but then grows into the largest of trees. So the kingdom of God will start small but it will grow into the greatest of all kingdoms. Second, it is like a woman who took a lump of leaven which she hid in three measures of a meal because it is small until it grows once it is leavened. So the kingdom of God will appear hid, but it will grow out of nowhere into the greatest of all Kingdoms. So it is we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken but will grow into the greatest of all kingdoms. Thus we should be faithful to proclaim the gospel of the kingdom of God to all.
  • #There were present at that season some that told him of the Galileans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galileans were sinners above all the Galileans because they suffered such things? I tell you, Nay, but except ye repent, ye shall likewise perish. Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem? I tell you, Nay, but except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. Luke 13:1-5

    • Jesus is teaching the disciples the importance of repentance and no amount of sin is what brings the wrath of God on sinners. Everyone must repent being saved, for all have sinned and falls short of the glory of God. We should never think that we are better than certain people because we did not commit the type of sin that they committed. All must repent, for God is not a respecter of persons. May we learn from this story how God views sin and not think that white lies are not as serious as pathological liars. Sin is sin and must be repented of to be forgiven. God does not judge as man does, but is just in all that He does. Thank God for the cross, for that is the cost of our sin to be forgiven.
  • #But he that knew not and did commit things worthy of stripes shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required and of whom men have committed much of him they will ask the more. I am come to send fire on the earth and what will I, if it already be kindled? But I have a baptism to be baptized with and how am I straitened till it is accomplished! Luke 12:48-50

    •  Jesus is telling the disciples of the degree of suffering for to whom much is given, then much shall be required. Whosoever commits wrong and knew not shall be beaten with few stripes than the one who knew better. Jesus clearly has the Pharisees in mind, as they were the keepers of the law, yet they were doing wrong trying to crucify Jesus. So they will be beaten with many stripes in the judgment. Whereas the sinners and publicans did not have the law and yet broke it, they will be beaten with few stripes. Nevertheless, Jesus has a baptism that He must be baptized of, in that He was sent to bring a fire of judgment on this earth. Families will be divided, yet the kingdom of God is not divided. So as a follower of Christ you can expect to have trouble in your family serving the Lord for five will be divided into one household. Two against three and three against two. Nevertheless remain faithful to proclaiming the gospel and you will be rewarded in the kingdom of God.
  • #And one of the company said unto Him, Master, speak to my brother, that he divide the inheritance with me, And He said unto him, Man who made me a judge or a divider over you? And He said unto them, Take heed and beware of covetousness for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth. And He spake a parable unto them, saying the ground of a certain rich man brought forth plentifully and he thought within himself, saying what shall I do because I have no room where to bestow my fruits? And he said, this will I do: I will pull down my barns and build greater and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods. And I will say to my soul, soul thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink and be merry. But God said unto him, thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided? So is he that layeth up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God. Luke 12:13-21

    • Jesus tells this parable of the certain rich man so that we will know what God the Father thinks of our earthly riches when we leave Him out, as this rich man did. Instead of building greater barns, he should have given to the poor, for the scripture says whosoever gives to the poor lends to the Lord. Then he should have thanked God for all of his possessions, for everything that we have belongs to God. For we brought nothing out of this world, and it is certain that we will carry nothing with us. Only the souls of those that we win for Christ will be counted for us as a reward on the other side of heaven. So it is that we must not lay up treasure on earth without being rich toward God. Give to the poor, pay your taxes, give to the work of the Lord and you will have treasure in heaven, then the Lord will say well done my good and faithful servant, enter thou into the joy of the Lord.
  • #In the mean-time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people insomuch that they trode one upon another, He began to say unto His disciples first of all, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. For there is nothing covered that shall not be revealed, neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in light and that ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops. And I say unto you my friends be not afraid of them that kill the body and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear Him which after He hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you Fear him. Luke 12:1-5

    • Jesus is warning the disciples to beware of the false doctrine of the Pharisees and knowing that they were trying to kill Him, He thus said beware of those who kill the body and after that have nothing else they can do. But fear Him who after He kills can cast into Gehenna fire of hell. That is the abode of all the false prophets, for they try to hide their hypocrisy in the closets but there is nothing hid that shall not be revealed. This is a lesson for us to have short accounts with God, for He knows all things and will bring every work into judgment. Jesus is preparing the disciples for the cross and all the suffering that will come as they follow Him. Also, I say unto you, whosoever shall confess me before men, he shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God.But he that denies me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man shall be forgiven him, but whosoever blasphemeth against the Holy Spirit it shall not be forgiven.This is the unpardonable sin. Then He tells them they will be taken to court and synagogues, but not to worry, for the Holy Spirit will tell them what to say in the same hour.
  • #From the blood of Abel unto the blood of Zacharias, which perished between the altar and the temple: verily I say unto you, it shall be required of this generation. Woe unto you lawyers! for ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye entered not in yourselves and them that were entering in ye hindered. Luke 11:51,52

    • The Scribes and the Pharisees began to provoke Jesus to speak of many things laying wait for Him and seeking to catch something out of His mouth that they might accuse Him. That is why Jesus warned them this generation will be held accountable for the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias that their fathers killed. The way of Cain trying to please God with the works of his hands, whereas Abel brought the blood atonement of the first-born lamb, which was received by God and Abel being dead still speaks from heaven. What a testimony this is of the grace of God not by works of righteousness which we have done hath He saved us, but the blood atonement of the Lord Jesus Christ the Lamb slain before the foundations of the world. So we are no greater than our Master, as they persecuted Him, we too will be persecuted. Jesus said in this world we will have tribulation, but be of good cheer for I have overcome the world.
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