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FROM THE PASTOR'S STUDY

Topic: Luke's Perspective of Jesus: Ch. 5 Message Outlines

Luke 5:33-39 (3)

by Darrel Cline
(darrelcline biblical-thinking.org)

Chapter # 5 Paragraph # 5 Study # 3
August 5, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

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Thesis:God always destroys the expectations of the ungodly.

Introduction:In our studies we have been seeing that the theologically conservative leadership of Israel rejected Jesus as the Christ. This is the reason Judaism continues today as a religion in spite of the fact that God has destroyed its foundations. The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple by the Roman armies in A.D. 70 was not a "secularized event" in which God took no hand as if it were simply the "fortunes of war". Rome was His hand because of His wrath in the face of the stiff-necked rebellion of Israel. God had made a covenant with this nation and told them exactly what kinds of things would happen if they rebelled against Him. Within the text of that covenant were these words: " Therefore shall his calamity come suddenly; on a sudden shall he be broken, and that without remedy" (Proverbs 6:15) and "He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy" (Proverbs 29:1). The problems men typically have with God's active intervention within their own history are two: first, they think in terms of the delusion of "secularity" (God is not involved here); and, second, they refuse to let "large history" speak to their "small history" (God's dealings with nations, say they, are not tokens of His particularized dealings with individuals).

This morning we are going to look into Luke's record of Jesus' destruction of those who opposed Him as a particularized example of God's dealings with humanity. He did it with a pair of parables.


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