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January 29, 2018

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Read (and Hear) the Bible in One Year

Text: Exodus 33 – Exodus 35
Audio: Exodus 33 – Exodus 35

You can use the audio Bible as a guide to help “set the pace” as you read along.

Memory Verse of the Week

Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.
(Luke 13:24 ESV)

Luke 13 (ESV)

There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 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? No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

And he told this parable: “A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard, and he came seeking fruit on it and found none. And he said to the vinedresser, ‘Look, for three years now I have come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and I find none. Cut it down. Why should it use up the ground?’ And he answered him, ‘Sir, let it alone this year also, until I dig around it and put on manure. Then if it should bear fruit next year, well and good; but if not, you can cut it down.’”

10 Now he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the Sabbath. 11 And behold, there was a woman who had had a disabling spirit for eighteen years. She was bent over and could not fully straighten herself. 12 When Jesus saw her, he called her over and said to her, “Woman, you are freed from your disability.” 13 And he laid his hands on her, and immediately she was made straight, and she glorified God. 14 But the ruler of the synagogue, indignant because Jesus had healed on the Sabbath, said to the people, “There are six days in which work ought to be done. Come on those days and be healed, and not on the Sabbath day.” 15 Then the Lord answered him, “You hypocrites! Does not each of you on the Sabbath untie his ox or his donkey from the manger and lead it away to water it? 16 And ought not this woman, a daughter of Abraham whom Satan bound for eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the Sabbath day?” 17 As he said these things, all his adversaries were put to shame, and all the people rejoiced at all the glorious things that were done by him.

18 He said therefore, “What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? 19 It is like a grain of mustard seed that a man took and sowed in his garden, and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air made nests in its branches.”

20 And again he said, “To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? 21 It is like leaven that a woman took and hid in three measures of flour, until it was all leavened.”

22 He went on his way through towns and villages, teaching and journeying toward Jerusalem. 23 And someone said to him, “Lord, will those who are saved be few?” And he said to them, 24 “Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. 25 When once the master of the house has risen and shut the door, and you begin to stand outside and to knock at the door, saying, ‘Lord, open to us,’ then he will answer you, ‘I do not know where you come from.’ 26 Then you will begin to say, ‘We ate and drank in your presence, and you taught in our streets.’ 27 But he will say, ‘I tell you, I do not know where you come from. Depart from me, all you workers of evil!’ 28 In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God but you yourselves cast out. 29 And people will come from east and west, and from north and south, and recline at table in the kingdom of God. 30 And behold, some are last who will be first, and some are first who will be last.”

31 At that very hour some Pharisees came and said to him, “Get away from here, for Herod wants to kill you.” 32 And he said to them, “Go and tell that fox, ‘Behold, I cast out demons and perform cures today and tomorrow, and the third day I finish my course. 33 Nevertheless, I must go on my way today and tomorrow and the day following, for it cannot be that a prophet should perish away from Jerusalem.’ 34 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones those who are sent to it! How often would I have gathered your children together as a hen gathers her brood under her wings, and you were not willing! 35 Behold, your house is forsaken. And I tell you, you will not see me until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!’”

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  1. Luke 13:24, "Strive to enter through the narrow door. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able."

    When I think of this verse, I think of an hourglass. There are two bulbs that connect vertically by a narrow opening that allow grains of sand to pass from the upper bulb to the lower. Eventually, the last grain of sand goes through the narrow opening into the bottom bulb and time is up. 

    Jesus is the narrow opening in the hourglass. Some of us have more sand than others but unlike an hourglass, we can't see when our time is up and the opportunity passes by for salvation.

    How tragic is this verse which speaks not of people who don't care about "being saved" but tells of the many people seeking to enter salvation but will not be able to. 

    Time is short and running out quickly for all of us. How much sand do you have left? Unless you repent, you will perish (Luke 13:3, 5). 

    Put your faith in Jesus Christ for your salvation. If you're uncertain about how, please use the contact form on this website and I will contact you. 

    May God give you eyes to see and ears to hear that Jesus Christ is Lord. 

  2. Luke 13:3 I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. The word perish is to utterly destroy. Without repentance there is no forgiveness, only eternal destruction. Without thinking differently about our sin, there is no forgiveness and we will perish. Luke 5:32 reminds us that Jesus came to call sinners to repentance. Lord, give to me a heart that breaks over sin. May my heart never be calloused, but tender and desiring righteousness.

  3. Can't wait till Jesus comes! Before He does, however, I pray my family and my friends come to know Him as their Savior! I want to have them in Heaven with me. And more so , with Jesus.

  4. Luke 13:6-9 is sweet comfort to those who are new in Christ and being confronted by all the hypocrisy they see in their lives as they read Scripture and grow in understanding.

    It's also helpful to share with those who look at us and see nothing BUT hypocrisy, especially in "baby Christians" who have much zeal for the gospel but who have not grown enough yet to display much other fruit yet!

    But then there is the warning here for those of us who have been Christians for many years and are not bearing the fruit of Christ in us. Are we really His? Or will we be "cut down" and thrown in the fire? Do we see the fruit of the Spirit growing in us over time? Do we see the fruit of obedience and bending to God's will for us growing over time? Are we becoming more and more like the Jesus we see in Scripture?

    I remember when I was first born again and so filled with the joy of salvation. As I read God's word (the fertilizer, or food) and was confronted with myself daily, I saw so much in me that didn't look at all like Jesus. I so wanted to be like Him, for His Glory! How thankful I am to have been in a church filled with mature disciples of Jesus Christ who pursued holiness. On the other hand, being in a church filled with only mature believers, I went through periods of terrible self-righteousness as I modeled myself after them instead of Jesus! 

    Self-righteousness (self-anything!) is not a fruit of the Spirit of God in us. It may look like good fruit on the outside, but bite into it and you'll see it's rotten through and through. I thank God for His loving discipline, for humbling me in painful ways and allowing me to see myself in the light of HIS holiness and righteousness — not my own, and certainly not others'.

    It has been 17 years now and I continue to be confronted by the word of God and His Spirit. I want to always bend to His work and will, and pray that He prunes any branches in me that are resistant or bearing fruit of my self instead of fruit of His Spirit. Thank you, Father, for continuing to prune me! 

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