LUKE 12

10 Outlines

 

Luke 12:1-7

SOUND ADVICE

 

AVOID HYPOCRISY

Luke 12:1-3 - 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 ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. [2] For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. [3] Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

 

AVOID HELL

Luke 12:4-5 - 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. [5] 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.

 

AVOID HYSTERIA – Vss. 6-7

Luke 12:6-7 - Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? [7] But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

 

 

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Luke 12:1-7

GOOD REASONS

 

In this passage we see 3 good reasons to do what God tells us to do.

 

1. A REASON FOR TRANSPARENCY(HONESTY) -  GOD WILL

    PUBLISH OUR SINS. - Vss. 1-3

2. A REASON FOR TREMBLING - GOD WILL PLACE

    UNBELIEVERS IN HELL. - Vss. 4-5

3. A REASON FOR TRUST - GOD WILL PRESERVE HIS

    CHILDREN. - Vss. 6-7

 

 

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Luke 12:1-7

WHEN GOD IS FEARED

 

We get confused. So often we fear men and do not fear God.

Instead we are to fear God and not fear men. Proverbs 29:25

When God is feared:

 

BEHAVIOR IS CONSISTENT Vss. 1-7

The Pharisees were hypocrites. They taught one thing but practiced another.  Jesus warns of the day when the truth about everything will be revealed. When God is feared hypocrisy is shunned.

 

GOD IS CONSIDERED Vss. 4-5

The concern is not what does man think, but what does God think.

It is God who has final say about the soul of man

He needs to be feared.

 

WE ARE CONFIDENT Vs. 6

When we fear God, we have nothing else to fear.

God says "Fear not" to the ones who trust Him and live for Him.

 

GOD IS COMPASSIONATE Vss. 6-7

God knows us and cares about us.

He knows each sparrow, and we are more valuable than many sparrows.

The very hairs on our head are numbered. That's how intimately He knows us.

 

 

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Luke 12:13-21

NEED OR GREED?

 

God has promised to provide our "needs", not what we are greedy for. Matthew 6:33, Philippians 4:19

God does not honor greediness, as this teaching from Jesus shows us.

 

A REQUEST - Vs. 13

 

A REBUKE - Vss. 14-15

 

A REMINDER - Vss. 15-21

1. Not all plans are of God. - Vss. 17-19

2. God is judge. - Vs. 20

3. Priorities are important - Vs. 21

 

 

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Luke 12:13-20

MONEY PRINCIPLES

 

A common problem among men is greed, or covetousness.  Many are never satisfied with what they have, and always looking to have more in the way of money or things.  And, we as Christians must be careful, for it is easy for us to fall into this same sin. Jesus tells us a classic parable about greed, in Luke 12:13-21.   The parable was actually prompted by a request that our Lord received.

 

Vs. 13  - It appears that our Lord was interrupted.  Our Lord was talking about the false teaching of the Pharisees, and about not fearing men, but fearing God.  He had just taught about the help of the Holy Spirit during persecution.

 

This man seems to have had something entirely different on his mind.  Like us, sometimes, someone is explaining something and our mind is a hundred miles away.  I'll be reading something at a nursing home and the moment I stop, someone says something totally off the wall, showing he or she wasn't with me at all!

 

The man's request was that Jesus speak to his brother about properly dividing an inheritance.  Whether the man had a case or not, we do not know.  Rabbis where asked to act as judge between people on certain occasions, so such a request was probably not uncommon.

 

Vs. 14 - Our Lord refused.  This was not the time when Jesus was here to resolve these kinds of issues.  He was here to teach, not to play judge. 

 

Vs. 15 - We see that our Lord had a real understanding of what this man's problem really was.  The Scriptures say that man looks on the outward appearance  but God looks on the heart.  As God, Jesus certainly knew the heart, the motive of the man.

The man was greedy or covetous.

 

Our Lord warns here that "...A MAN'S LIFE CONSISTETH NOT IN THE ABUNDANCE OF THE THINGS WHICH HE POSSESSETH."

Real life is not based on what we have in the way of money or possessions. 

Even Christians can have many things in this world, and still be absolutely miserable. 

 

Our Lord goes on to tell the story of a rich, but foolish farmer.  In this story we find some principles, from which we, as believers can benefit.

 

1. PROSPERITY COMES FROM GOD - Vs. 16

 

Notice the way this verse is worded.  It was the land of this rich man that was responsible for the man's wealth.  God had given this man a very good piece of property.

 

God has ordained that we work.  A lazy man should not expect a giveaway.  The Bible says that if a man doesn't work he shouldn't eat.

As far as I can see, God has no problem with men and women striving to do their very best within they're given professions. Colossians 3:17, Colossians 3:23, 1 Corinthians 10:31

 

No matter how hard we work, we must realize and accept something which the man in this parable did not.  It is God who keeps us healthy so we can work. It is God who allows us to be productive.  It is God who gives us our wisdom.

 

It is God who has allowed us to have whatever we have been blessed with. It is God who allows circumstances to be such that we prosper.

 

2. GOD CAN BE LEFT OUT - Vss. 17-18

 

This man was obviously thankless.

 

And, when God blesses us with abundance, he expects us to share it with those less fortunate.  This way, God is included in our wealth. We are then considering what He would have us to do.

1 John 3:17, Ephesians 4:28

 

Besides not sharing the abundance God had given him, we see that this man left God out in another way. Notice that he left God out of his plans.

 

In Vss. 17-19 he uses the word "I" 6 times. And, he uses the Word "my" 5 times.

It was "my crops," and "my barns" and "my grain", and "my goods", and "my soul".  There was no recognition of God's ownership of these things, and thus no room for including God in the plans.

 

 3. LEISURE, IN ITSELF, IS NOT A GOOD GOAL - Vs. 19

 

Notice the ultimate goal of this man.  He wanted to be able to say to himself, "You have lots of resources hoarded up, now, just take it easy."

 

"Eat, drink, and be merry."

 

There are many good goals, for Christians to have, but leisure is not one of them.  There is a time for leisure, but continual leisure leads to overindulgence. Continual leisure ignores the will of God. Leisure as a goal does not please God.

 

Some better goals. – Matthew 6:33, Romans 12:1-2, Philippians 3:10, Proverbs 3:5-6, Galatians 2:20

 

By the way, there is nothing wrong with retirement.  There is nothing wrong with taking it a little easy once in a while.  But it is wrong to have leisure as the ultimate goal of your life. 

 

4. GOD HAS FINAL SAY ON ALL OUR PLANS VS. 20

 

Notice what God calls this man. He calls him a fool!

 

Why was this man a fool?

He didn't consider God as important.

He didn't consider God's will important.

He thought he could function without God.

If you asked if he believed in God, he would have probably said "Yes".

 

He was probably an upstanding citizen.  But he was a fool nonetheless.

God has total control of how long you have to live.  He doesn't make mistakes.  For this man to presume he could do anything save but by God's permission was ridiculous.

 

This is a good reminder for us.  We do not know how long we have to live for the Lord.  This man was told - "THIS VERY NIGHT YOUR SOUL IS REQUIRED OF YOU."

 

If you plan on living for yourself now and the Lord later, I'd think twice.  Living for the Lord better be a priority, for you never know when time is up. Hebrews 9:27

 

5.  YOU CAN'T  TAKE IT WITH YOU. VS. 21

 

For all this man's planning, his treasures were now going to be in the hands of someone else. No one has yet found a way to take it with them!  Even though I'm seeing and hearing of people putting things in caskets, it won't work!

 

6. BEING RICH TOWARDS GOD IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE VS. 21

 

The man in our story could have been rich towards God, but wasn't.

How can you and I be rich towards God?

 

1. BE SAVED - John 14:1-6 - God has a place for the saved.

 

2. WIN SOULS - Daniel 12:3

 

3. BE FAITHFUL - 2 Timothy 4:7-8

 

4. INVEST IN GOD'S WORK - Matthew 6:19-21

 

5. ABIDE IN CHRIST – John 15:4-5, 11

 

PROSPERITY COMES FROM GOD

GOD CAN BE LEFT OUT

LEISURE IN ITSELF, IS NOT A GOOD GOAL

GOD HAS FINAL SAY ON ALL OUR PLANS

YOU CAN'T TAKE IT WITH YOU

BEING RICH TOWARDS GOD IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE

 

 

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Luke 12:13-21

THE MONEY ISSUE

 

"For the love of money is the root of all evil..."  1 Timothy 6:10

 

THE PETITION - Vs. 13 - Someone asked Jesus to arbitrate over a money issue, an inheritance.

THE PRINCIPLE - Vss. 14-15 - Wealth is not the most important thing in the world.

THE PARABLE - Vss. 16-20 - The story of the rich man with big plans.

THE POINT - Vs. 21 - It is more important to be rich towards God than to be rich in personal wealth.

 

 

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Luke 12:13-31

DON’T COVET

 

COVETOUSNESS INDICTED – Vss. 13-15

COVETOUSNESS ILLUSTRATED – Vss. 16-21

COVETOUSNESS ERADICATED – Vss. 22-31

 

 

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Luke 12:22-31

ANXIETY RELIEF

 

Christians tend to worry or be anxious about many things.  One of the things that they are most anxious over is physical need. In this passage Jesus address our anxieties about physical things.

 

CAUTION - Vss. 22-23

Jesus tells us not to be worried about how what we eat or what we wear. Life itself is more important than these.

 

CONSIDERATIONS - Vss. 24-28

 

1. Consider the Ravens - They do no work and God provides for them. Vs. 24

2. Consider our Height - All the worry in the world can not change how tall we are. Vs. 25-26

3. Consider the Lilies - God clothes them magnificently, although they do not labor. Vss. 27-28

 

COMFORT - Vss. 29-30

Our Father knows our needs.

 

CONDUCT - Vs. 31

We are to put God first, and trust Him to take care of our needs.

 

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Luke 12:31-40

THY KINGDOM COME

 

WORK FOR THE KINGDOM - Vss. 31-34

 

WATCH FOR THE KING - Vss. 35-38

 

WARNING ABOUT THE KINGDOM - Vss. 39-40

Jesus is coming at a time when people will not be thinking that he's coming.

 

 

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Luke 12:35-40 – NEW YEAR

ON THE WATCH

(Can be used any time, but would make a nice possibility for a New Year sermon, especially at a watch-night service.)

 

THE ACTIVE WATCH Vss. 35-36

THE AWARDED WATCH Vs. 37

THE ALERT WATCH Vss. 38-40

 

 

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