Jesus Dispenses Some Serious Warnings, Followed By a Lot of Encouragement
Warnings and Encouragements From Jesus Himself
(Luke chapter 12, verses 1–12)
Last week as we closed out our in-depth analysis of Luke chapter 11, we finished a chapter in which Jesus used an invitation from a member of the Sanhedrin — the Jewish ruling council at Jerusalem — to come and dine with him as a podium for his contempt for the Jewish religious establishment of that time. Jesus told them off — every last one of them — after being rebuked for not washing properly before sitting down to eat. ‘Don’t you dare tell me’, Jesus was saying to them in summary, ‘about my poor manners when you yourselves are filled with such virulent hypocrisy!’ And so today, as we move on to Luke chapter 12, we find that a large crowd has gathered within as well as outside the palatial home where this fancy luncheon was being served, presumably because of the commotion being caused by Jesus’ critical speech to his hosts. So let’s begin right there at verse 1 of chapter 12.
“Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were trampling on one another, Jesus began first by speaking to his disciples, saying, ‘Be on your guard against the yeast of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. There is nothing concealed that will not be disclosed, or hidden that will not be made known. What you have said in the dark will be revealed in the daylight, and what you have whispered in the ear in the inner rooms will be proclaimed from the roofs.’” (Luke 12, verses 1–3)
Watch out, Jesus was warning his apostles and those near them, for the teachings of organized religion. This is a lesson that we can still take to heart today, and probably even more so. Don’t misread my meaning here, I’m not implying that all denominational Christian churches are evil or corrupt, nor are there any synagogues like this today that I am aware of. The fact is that there are lots of good churches out there that are being administered by gifted and Spirit-filled pastors or rabbi’s, and we must never discount the tremendous value and Spiritual healing that this represents.
But there are other teachings from other denominations that cause strife and that are divisive, and these types of things should be avoided…