Disregard of marriage (Matthew 24:38) The related noun apostolos was a technical word designating an individual sent from someone else with the sender's commission, the necessary credentials, the sender's authority and the implicit responsibility to accomplish a mission or assignment. KJV Luke 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved (Acts 16:31) by the Son, "Whom God raised from the dead, that is Jesus, Who rescues (rhuomai) us from the wrath to come (WHICH WILL COME TO FULMINATING FRUITION ON THE DAY JESUS IS REVEALED TO THE UNBELIEVING WORLD!)." We don't need more to be thankful for-we just need to be more thankful. Fadeth to shine no more; Spurgeon on stood at a distance - The rule was that they should never come upon the public road, or near the highway, lest the disease should be taken by others who might come near them. NET Note on would obey - The verb is aorist, though it looks at a future event, another rhetorical touch to communicate certainty of the effect of faith. MacArthur - Jesus was not speaking of literally moving a tree; He was speaking metaphorically. Jesus is calling him to lay aside double mindedness for no one can follow Christ with a divided heart, and thus they will miss the Kingdom of God. So concealed is its approach that it becomes “a snare” to the world, and even to the Church; for its coming is dependent on the fulfillment of “the times of the Gentiles,” the completion of a certain number of the elect, the Advent of Christ Himself, which things are not observable to man, being known only to God. 9:18; Lk. The newest clubs, however, are more forgiving. The Davidic Covenant has not been abrogated (Ps 89:33 - 37), however, but is yet to be fulfilled (Acts 15:14 - 17). 23 The sun had risen over the earth when Lot came to Zoar.    14. He loves you so much He wants you to be satisfied. Then He goes on to say, “On the basis of faith in His name, it is the name of Jesus that has strengthened this man whom you see and know,” the man they had just healed, “and the faith that comes through him has given him this perfect health in the presence of you all. Desirous to call especial attention to this passage of Scripture, it is reserved for a separate Proposition. and yet as they move slowly away from "Sodom" they sense the loss and the call to count the cost, and they become like those in the parable of the seed described in Luke 8. Comment: This phrase the PERIOD OF RESTORATION speaks of the coming Kingdom of Messiah. It would not be until His Second Coming that He would establish His external, visible Kingdom, a Kingdom for which His disciples had been praying for centuries (Mt 6:10-note - and unfortunately many have not fully understood for what they were praying!). It means to ruin so that the person (or thing) ruined can no longer serve the purpose for which he (it) was designed (contrast the "purpose" of believers in Eph 2:10-note). 12:9; cf. Everyone who has concern for their eternal destiny needs to give serious, careful attention to these questions. It is the kingdom about which Jesus taught the disciples for forty days between His resurrection and ascension (Acts 1:3). (3) In anticipation of His official rejection and crucifixion, the King revealed the "secrets" of the kingdom of heaven (Mat 13:11, note) to be fulfilled in the interval between His rejection and His return in glory (Mat 13:1 - 50). Evil was rampant. This we will do in the briefest manner. I once heard Bill Bright, the founder of Campus Crusade for Christ, say that he often has prayed that God would take his life before he ever would be unfaithful to his wife. Now turn to Acts 3 which is early in the history of the church. 4:7-12), which empowered him to “labor, striving according to His power, which mightily work[ed] within [him]” (Col. 1:29; cf. It is notable that this Greek verb gives us our English word mnemonic which is defined as a device (such as a rhyme or acronym) used to aid recall. Instead of being like the old, unforgiving club that required near-perfect performance, we should be like the new clubs that are generous with the faults of the golfer. In Luke 13:24 zeteo is used in a negative sense where Jesus calls on men to “Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter (Lk 13:28 tells us what they are seeking to enter - "the kingdom of God") and will not be able." If you know Jesus Christ as your Savior, you have a bull's eye on your back, especially if you are living your life for Christ. I tell you, in that night Of affliction and calamity, that shall be upon the Jewish nation, and which is before called that day, ( Luke 17:31) and therefore is not to be understood literally of the night: there shall be two [men] in one bed; New Testament usage seems to be more concise than Septuagint usage, with prostithēmi being used primarily to indicate literally being added to (Matthew 6:27: “Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?” NIV). To keep (4046) (peripoieomai from peri = around + poiéo = make) literally means to make around oneself  and then or gain anything, making it one's own, by paying a price, by performing labor, etc. So His coming will be delayed by His suffering, but also by … notice this carefully, verse 25, being rejected by this genea, this nation. When Jesus returns there will be no time to "clear the pool" of your life (figuratively speaking), for if you have rejected Him while today is still called today (Heb 3:13), like a lightning bolt suddenly striking a swimming pool, it is too late and your fate is sealed forever! Allen's paraphrase is not bad because as he states the idea of the Greek word in the NT predominantly is that of a "lure" which causes a person to fall into sin. (Ten Men Healed, One Man Saved). It rained fire and brimstone from heaven - God did not judge Sodom until Lot left. 27:50; Mk. KJV Luke 17:3 Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and if he repent, forgive him. Sins (verb) (264)(hamartano) literally means to miss the mark (and so not share in the prize). We will always be dependent on grace. 6:25; Lk. (MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Luke 11-17). do again, do further (Lk 19.11); (4) as a Hebraism followed by an infinitive to mark an event that immediately follows proceed to do (Acts 12.3), Gilbrant - Classical Greek As a compound of the preposition pros  and the verb tithēmi, prostithēmi has a diversity of meaning in classical usage depending upon the context. The Kingdom Explained (Luke 17:20b-21), Seven Characteristics of the King’s Coming (Luke 17:22-37), Jesus’ Coming Will Be Desired By Believers. Which of those three interpretations is the best supported? In 1986, Watt attended a revival service at the prison and spotted Farnham across the room. Be not dismayed if faith is small, “But Abraham said, ‘They have Moses and the Prophets; let them hear them.’ “But he said, ‘No, father Abraham, but if someone goes to them from the dead, they will repent!’“But he said to him, ‘If they do not listen to Moses and the Prophets, they will not be persuaded even if someone rises from the dead.’” (Luke 16:29-31-note). He sets up His kingdom, restores Jerusalem, gathers His people, His sheep from all over the world. We see a similar warning passage in the epistle to the Hebrews, BUT MY RIGHTEOUS ONE SHALL LIVE BY FAITH; AND IF HE SHRINKS BACK (hupostello), MY SOUL HAS NO (Greek = absolute negation) PLEASURE (eudokeo) IN HIM. ", MacArthur comments of two in one bed, presumably picturing a husband and wife -  "It is the most divisive thing because you live in two completely different worlds with two completely different loves and two completely different motivations. This is the view that makes the most sense of the most Scriptures to me. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him: When someone sins against you, you s… MacArthur on the faith of the 10 lepers - Do they have faith? Were thrown into the sea - Hurled into the sea! Contemporary evangelism encourages that self-centered perspective. 23:23 = voices calling for Jesus' crucifixion, Lk 23:46; Jn. But, at the same time, note the humility as well as the zeal of this man: he “fell down on his face at his feet.” I would like to see more of this action. Don’t do that. (ED: HALLELUJAH. See discussion of apostles in note on Luke 6:13. The phrase “within you” is susceptible of an easy and consistent solution. Please, let me escape there (is it not small?) (Heb 2:18-note, cf Heb 4:15-note) Not only did Jesus see the lepers, but He heard the lepers. 12:10; Rev. But of that day or hour (SECOND COMING OF CHRIST) no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone. The days will come when you will long to see one of the days of the Son of Man - In context of the Kingdom of God, Jesus now moves from the "already now," invisible, internal Kingdom of God to the "not yet," external, eternal Kingdom of God which begins with His return and the establishment of the Messianic (Millennial) reign for 1000 years. There will be two women grinding at the same place; one will be taken and the other will be left, Taken (3880) See preceding discussion of paralambano, Luke 17:36  [“Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other will be left.”]. Of course Jesus is not encouraging one to be rude or inconsiderate, but simply explaining the way a master and slave generally interacted. Clearly it could not be because it did not have an "earlier condition." Don't even look at it." 4, to avoid deception, Matthew 24:23–27; Luke 17:23–24; II Timothy 4:1–5; The master being served is what one would expect but this recalls Jesus' incredible statement in Lk 12:37 where the order is reversed and the King of kings waits on His subjects! Most of Israel missed it! V10 sums it up: "So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.'" Epistates could describe  a chief commander, "a public official in ancient Greed, Ptolemaic Egypt and the Hellenistic world" (Encyclopedia Britannica),  a magistrate, a governor of a city, or a president of a college, but one thing all have in common is authority. 9:33; Mk. Healed (2390)(iaomai) means to cure, to heal, to restore and is used literally of deliverance from physical diseases and afflictions and so to make whole as occurred to these 10 lepers. Related Word Study: matheteuo - make disciples. Commentary on Luke 17:11-19 (Read Luke 17:11-19) A sense of our spiritual leprosy should make us very humble whenever we draw near to Christ. Forgiveness is to be granted whenever it is requested! He had ended with the solemn unveiling before the souls of everyone there in the crowd of the eternal destiny of the lost and the redeemed. Rebuking a fellow believer requires care. Converted and unconverted shall be separated for evermore when Jesus comes again. and Posit., p. 245) adduces the passage to prove that “the Kingdom was to be a reign of God in men’s hearts” without seeing that if such is its meaning then the wicked Pharisees had already this Kingdom “within” them, for the words were directly addressed to them. 9Nor let us try the Lord, as some of them did, and were destroyed by the serpents. And keep in mind that Leprosy could affect the vocal cords, but, even if it did affect these 10, laryngeal affliction would not impede them, for one glimpse of Jesus stimulated cries of desperation. It never stands alone and has value only in the degree that its object has value. Like the apostles, humble people are quick to recognize their own inadequacy. (Acts 2:23). It simply means that the Christian standard of forgiveness must immeasurably exceed the best the world can achieve. What is fascinating about his life work, which is some 2189 pages in length, is that (1) he was not a dispensationalist, (2) he approached the interpretation of the Holy Scriptures from a literal perspective and (3) he believed that the Scriptures clearly taught that God was not finished with Israel and that there would be an earthly Kingdom of God over which Jesus Christ would reign as King. The idea is to restore the person to usefulness to the Lord. As John wrote "He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him (AS SAVIOR AND KING)." How could you be blessed if you read it and didn't understand it? Jesus gives an illustration. LOOKING AND LONGING FOR IT. He has told them they must be faithful forgivers! It is inevitable that stumbling blocks come - Jesus is literally saying "'It is impossible for the stumbling blocks not to come." 11:25; Matt. After his pasturing duties are done, the bondslave (symbolizing a Christian redeemed to serve Christ) is expected then to serve his master. (Lk 12:37-note), and afterward - Literally "after these things.". The men exhibited faith by starting on their way to the priest before being cleansed. Both trees differ from the English sycamore. NET Note on Jesus - The Greek form of the name Iēsous, which was translated into Latin as Jesus, is the same as the Hebrew Yeshua (Joshua), which means “Yahweh saves” (Yahweh is typically rendered as “LORD” in the OT). A similar crisis of faith may occur when a person puts himself in the care of God. The ceremony would then end with the anointing of oil upon the healed leper. If his attitude is right, he will adopt the proper attitude without coercion. Encylopedia Britannica on epistates - The 5th-century-BCE Athenian epistatēs acted as chairman of the prytaneis, the executive committee of the Boule (council), and, for the 24-hour period of this office, functioned as the head of the government, keeping the seal of the state and the key to the treasury.     5, to a hope of a crown, Revelation 3:11; 24:29–44). He makes the “observation” to be “outward watching,” and the “within you” to be an inward looking for it and preparation for it. We only now say that the preachers of a Kingdom, specially appointed and sent forth by Jesus, were far better qualified (comp. 11:49; Lk. It could mean that just as vultures gather on dead bodies, so, “Where the spiritually dead are found, there inevitably will there be judgment” (Leon Morris, Luke [IVP/Eerdmans], p. 262). And the warning is, if you’re up there and you see the judgment precursors, the preliminary judgments begin to come, don’t even go down and inside to get something. Jesus’ answer is also hard to understand and there are a variety of interpretations. 3. 16:1; Matt. How profound is His example of humility and serving! (2008)(epitimao from epi = upon + timao = to honor) means literally to put honor upon and then to mete out due measure and so then to find fault with, to censure severely, to rebuke, to express strong disapproval of, or to denounce (cp the incredible example in Mt 16:22). D. L. Moody said, “I felt like working three times as hard when I discovered that my Lord was returning again." That’s why we long for it. It is impossible to conceive to what heights of spiritual, intellectual, and physical perfection humanity will attain in this, its coming age of righteousness and peace (Ps 72:1 -10; Isa 11:4 - 9). While each person, including the new believer, is responsible for his own sin, there is a sense in which those who are more mature in the faith bear responsibility for the babes in the faith." What he didn't know is that Farnham was speeding for a reason. And yet at such a period, when men almost generally shall discard the notion of the imminency of His coming and the setting up of His Kingdom, this question of the Pharisees shall be realized, for “even thus will it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed.” This is followed up by a parable representing a period of trial as intervening, that although such trials were before them men should pray and not faint, because although God “bear long with them” (expressive of delay) He shall finally deliver them, concluding with the deeply impressive question (alas, so abundantly verified in this day), “Nevertheless, when Son of man cometh, shall He find faith on the earth?” Jews and Gentiles with here and there an exception, discard all faith in this personal Coming of the Son of man, and the Kingdom covenanted to Him and identified with that Coming. So despite these clear warnings, their hearts will be so hardened against God that they will continue in their evil ways even in the face of judgment. And by and bye, in the day of sifting, their unsoundness will be exposed to all the world. When you have the earth flooded, it is entirely devastated. Sermon Bible Commentary. Spiritual maturity can be defined in those terms. What if we sinned and confessed it according to 1 John 1:9 and He said "Sorry, that was one time too many. (MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Matthew 16-23).     14, to the new heavens and new earth, II Peter 3:13; Revelation 21:1; Jesus, Master, have mercy on us - In addressing Him this way, we can conclude that the lepers knew of His reputation, of His power over illness and His ability to heal. 2:4, 4:20). SECOND COMING:  But, before the establishment of that Kingdom, it will be the Day of the Lord in the sense of judgment. But no one had ears to hear. (Gotquestions.org). Instead we will at that moment relate to him as debtors to grace just as we do now. — Isaiah 52:7–10. The passage has even been understood to refer to Jeremiah, e.g., by Sa’adiah Gaon, an influential Rabbinic leader in the ninth century. (Mk 10:45). The God of Israel has always been faithful to keep a “remnant” of believing Jews to Himself. for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. Now let's analyze the taken and the left in more detail. First, he says "the apostasy" will occur. 9:12; Rev. Jesus used "Woe" frequently in the Gospels often in an eschatological context (Mt 24:19; Mk 13:17). But trust "Thus saith the Lord." 10:26; Matt. Mt 16:28). Work, for the night is coming, They use it as if no difficulties of any kind were attached to it, and as if it did not prove too much for their own theory. When the great Flood came, it drowned the entire world of millions of people and spared only Noah, his wife, their three sons and three wives … eight people survived. Luke 9:60-note  But He said to him, "Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God. It means that, though he will be compassionate, he will not be weak. Nor will they say, ‘Look (idou), here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ - Jesus counters their belief that the Kingdom of God would come in an obvious way that would be visible to all to behold (including great signs to behold). He understands the reality of his alienation and need for reconciliation to God. ", Martin Luther said he only had two days on his calendar—today and “that day.”. You will never be the same!). And so in this special, unique moment, the otherwise invisible kingdom was made visible in part to these three chosen men so that they might have a foretaste of the glories to be revealed when Jesus returned as King of kings to set up His earthly kingdom to be ruled from Jerusalem (cf Mt 24:30-note). The meaning is that God is never our debtor. Then Jesus really rocks their boat with His next declaration. While the details are not given, Peter describes God's rescue of Lot writing that... if He rescued righteous Lot, oppressed by the sensual conduct of unprincipled men 8 (for by what he saw and heard that righteous man, while living among them, felt his righteous soul tormented day after day by their lawless deeds), then the Lord knows how to rescue the godly from temptation, and to keep the unrighteous under punishment for the day of judgment, (2 Peter 2:7-9-note). In Luke 5:13-note Jesus had commanded the leper "Be cleansed (katharizo in aorist imperative)." Ex 3:1-10; 24:12). Props. The Lord Jesus confirms the historicity of the remarkable Genesis account of Lot's wife and indirectly of the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah! We are to forgive others as God in Christ has forgiven us (Eph. I remember one day twisting it round in its socket, thus altering the arms and making them point in the wrong direction; and I've been wondering ever since how many travellers I sent on the wrong road.' For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed. (Ten Men Healed, One Man Saved), Have mercy (aorist imperative)(1653)(eleeo from eleos) means to feel sympathy with the misery of another, especially such sympathy which manifests itself in action, less frequently in word alone. Jesus is not a torturer, but He is trying to get across how horrible it is to trip up a "little one!" 24 Then the LORD rained on Sodom and Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven, 25 and He overthrew those cities, and all the valley, and all the inhabitants of the cities, and what grew on the ground. "), and she became a pillar of salt. Renan (Life of Christ, p. 106) employs it in the interest of humanitarianism as “a true Kingdom of God which each one bears in his heart”; it is “the universal Fatherhood of God,” etc., but remarks that later in the life of Jesus it took more of a Jewish complexion which was connected with “a speedy renewal of the world.” Bob. Corruption (Genesis 6:12) 14:2. And they shall say to you, Lo here, or lo there: go not after nor follow. Indeed, Jesus "saw them" as no other eyes could ever see them. The disciples on the road to Emmaus were greatly disappointed that Jesus had not redeemed Israel and set up the kingdom (Luke 24:21-note).     8, to promised dominion and authority, Matthew 16:27; I Corinthians 4:5, etc. Spurgeon - Oh, the abundance of human misery that met the Saviour’s eye: “ten men that were lepers”! The history of the divine mediatorial rule in Israel: As described below John MacArthur summarizes this eschatological context. Doubt makes the mountains that faith can remove. And when Jesus came along, He just could not be the Messiah, for not only did He not conquer the Romans and establish His throne, but where were all the signs in heaven that were to accompany the coming of the Kingdom of God? chap. Luke 8:1-note  Soon afterwards, He began going around from one city and village to another, proclaiming and preaching the kingdom of God. 2:6; 2 Thess. It would be better for him, in fact, that a heavy millstone be hung around his neck, and that he be drowned in the depth of the sea. Giving thanks to Him - He shows no restraint in his thanksgiving. It is worth noting that about 1 in every 20-25 New Testament verses directly or indirectly alludes to the Second Coming, to the time when the invisible Kingdom of God becomes visible because the King has arrived. 20:3; Ezek. (STEP 3) If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and (STEP 4) if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. Why? 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