Building His Kingdom
I am continuing to follow the Daily Bible Reading Plan stuck in my Life Application Bible which is a Living Bible translation and this plan is written by Bob Phillips; thank you Bob! The chapters – Luke 19:1 -20:47 for today were packed with so many different stories; I was gripped by them all!
First, there was the story with Zacchaeus, the short tax collector, who climbed a tree to try to see Jesus as he came by and then basically got saved (Luke19:1-10). Second, there was the parable of the king’s ten servants, which teaches us about the Kingdom of God. Third, there was the infamous story of Jesus riding into Jerusalem on a donkey. Fourth, there was another well-known story when Jesus cleared out the temple of merchants. And in Chapter 20, there are some real serious discussions that Jesus has with religious leaders and he so puts them in their place and knows exactly what they are up to with their trick questions. In the final passage in Chapter 20, Jesus ends with a warning against religious leaders who basically used to parade around full of pride & arrogance wanting praise from men, but in private making plans to hurt the poor.
As much as I enjoyed the stories of salvation, Jesus’ triumphal ride in Jerusalem and the brilliant and wise words of Jesus in dealing with religious leaders and other authority figures, I was touched, on this occasion, by one particular story; the parable of the king’s ten servants and what Jesus said as he wept over Jerusalem.
I have heard, like many Christians & non-Christians, many times the story of Jesus riding on a donkey; we often call this Palm Sunday, but I’ve not really paid much attention to verses 41 -44 in Luke 19, when Jesus cried:
‘As he approached Jerusalem and saw the city, he wept over itand said,“If you, even you, had only known on this day what would bring you peace—but now it is hidden from your eyes.The days will come upon you when your enemies will build an embankment against you and encircle you and hem you in on every side.They will dash you to the ground, you and the children within your walls.They will not leave one stone on another,because you did not recognize the time of God’s comingto you’.
It was 40 years later after Jesus said these very words when they came true. Roman soldiers attacked Jerusalem, after the Jews had revolted against Roman control. The soldiers burnt down the city and six hundred Jews were killed during Titus’ onslaughter – No wonder Jesus wept.
The parable of the King’s servants in verses 11 -27 of Luke 19, shows us what Jesus expects of his followers and what we are to do during the time between Jesus’ leaving and His coming back –Second Coming. As we live in this particular time, it so clearly applies to us right now.
Jesus has made it clear what we need to do and has equipped us to build His Kingdom; I’m going to meditate on these last verses to get my head around this stuff!