Luke Reading (#34)
Take a few minutes to catch up and pray that God would bless you through the reading of His word.
Read Luke 12:13-34
[12:13] Someone in the crowd said to him, “Teacher, tell my brother to divide the inheritance with me.”  But he said to him, “Man, who made me a judge or arbitrator over you?”  And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.”  And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully,  and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’  And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods.  And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’  But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’  So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”
 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on.  For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.  Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest?  Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith!  And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried.  For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them.  Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.
 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom.  Sell your possessions, and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.
- What does “someone in the crowd” ask Jesus to do for him (v. 13)?
- How does Jesus respond (v. 14)?
- What warning does he give (v. 15)? To whom does he give it?
- What reason does he give (v. 15)?
- Look at the parable Jesus tells (v. 16-21):
- What did the rich man plan to do (v. 18)?
- What did he say to his soul (v. 19)?
- What did God say to him about his soul (v. 20)?
- What question did God ask him (v. 20)?
- What does this parable illustrate (v. 21)?
- What command does Jesus give in v. 22?
- To whom does he give it?
- What reason does he give (v. 23)?
- How do ravens get their food (v. 24)? What does Jesus say about the relative value of humans and ravens (v. 24)?
- How do lilies become beautiful (v. 27)? What does Jesus say about the relative value of humans and grass (v. 28)?
- What question does Jesus ask in v. 25? What application does he make in v. 26?
- What should we not seek (v. 29)?
- Why not (v. 30)?
- What should we seek instead (v. 31)? What will happen if we seek that thing?
- What should we not do (v. 32)? Why not?
- What should we do instead (v. 33)? What kind of money/treasure should we provide ourselves?
- What reason does Jesus give (v. 34)?
- Why do you think Jesus responds to the man’s request (v. 14) like he does?
- What are the two kinds of wealth that this passage discusses (v. 21, 33)?
- What is good about each kind of wealth?
- Which is better? Why?
- Why is the other kind so inordinately attractive to us?
- Jesus says that we shouldn’t be anxious (v. 22) or fear (v.32). Why not?
- What does it mean to seek his kingdom (v. 31)? What are “these things” that will be added to you?
- What does v. 34 tell us about the relationship between our treasure and our hearts? Which follows the other? Is that what you would expect Jesus to say?
- If a neutral observer looked at your life, what would they conclude about the location of your treasure? How can you store up more treasure in heaven today?
- What things make you anxious or afraid? How do Jesus’ words here speak to that fear or anxiety?
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