In Luke 13:1–5 Jesus speaks about atrocities and accidents. Jan 15, 2021 11:58:36 GMT -5
Post by fearnot on Jan 15, 2021 11:58:36 GMT -5
In Luke 13:1–5 Jesus speaks about atrocities and accidents.
How should his words be understood
and applied to the events of life today?
1 There were some present at that very time
who told him about the Galileans
whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.
2 And he answered them,
“Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners
than all the other Galileans,
because they suffered in this way?
3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent,
you will all likewise perish.
4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them:
do you think that they were worse offenders
than all the others who lived in Jerusalem?
5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
So first of off, talking about the events today.
We are the first generation, to be constantly bombarded daily
with endless and relentless 'news' ( almost all 'bad')
via computers etc.
I am thinking in past generations
a person might only hear of a handful
of tragic events, in their whole lifetime.....
It is not that there were less horrific catastrophes
and calamities worldwide, in the past....
It is just that people did not know of all of them,
to the degree we do today.
Not so today,
not only, do we hear and see them
We often see them replayed,
However, in this passage Jesus does talk about 2 such disasters.
I think, a question that often comes up when such calamities happens is:
Is this a judgment from God?
And if so, why?
Here are just a few verses:
but it is God who executes judgment,
putting down one
and lifting up another.
8 therefore thus says the Lord God:
am against you.
And I will execute judgments
in your midst
in the sight of the nations.
Just one more ( there are LOTS!!)
7 And he said with a loud voice,
“Fear God and give him glory,
because the hour of his judgment has come,
and worship him who made heaven and earth,
the sea and the springs of water.”
So back to Jesus and these 5 verses.
The Jews ( in the time of our Lord)
for the most part,
believed they were a unique and special people.
They were God's favorites!
God continually blessed them,
loved them etc.
and kept them from judgments
In fact, even way further back in time,
speaking to Job,
concerning his calamities,
Eliphaz the Temanite
basically says to Job:
Bad things don't happen to
'good' people .....
( implying Job had to be a grievous wicked depraved sinner
for all these sorrows to befall on Job!!)
7“Remember: who that was innocent ever perished?
Or where were the upright cut off?
8 As I have seen,
those who plow iniquity
and sow trouble
reap the same.
The question might be:
Are there a class of people who really are:
another group who are
evil, by nature?
Have people made this distinction
in the past?
Are people doing so today?
I think almost every race or group
has been targeted at some point
in time ( as evil, and others considering themselves superior)
Today we are hearing a LOT about:
Critical race theory
Which I think, is just another continuation
of this same type of thinking.
So I will be looking at what Jesus says about this.
But even Jesus's disciples believed that if
bad things happened ,it was because
you were such a bad sinner,
as demonstrated, when they asked Jesus about a blind man:
1 And his disciples asked him,
2 “Rabbi, who sinned,
this man or his parents,
that he was born blind?”
So tomorrow I will look at these verses more closely
Done for Today