But all this is wide of the question.     And harden not your heart. Mt 21:19), implies it was public property. And He will say (literally = "He will say, I tell you") - This is a prophecy of a painful pronouncement! Big things have small beginnings. In this case the leaves did not obscure the fruit, because there was none. Comment: This would have shocked many in the Jewish audience, who knew the Pharisees as the most religious people in the world. O where is that mysterious bourne (Mt 17:22-23), (Jesus)  "Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem; and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and scribes, and they will condemn Him to death, and will deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock and scourge and crucify Him, and on the third day He will be raised up." The phrase being saved is found 5 times in the NT - Luke 13:23 Acts 2:47 Acts 27:20 1 Cor 1:18 2 Cor 2:15. But they called his bluff and dared him to carry out his threat. Spurgeon - What a terrible contrast! Completely deformed by the power of the Devil. When the King returns on "the day that the Son of Man is revealed," (Lk 17:30-note) the heart of every person will also be revealed as to whether they sought the kingdom of "self" or the kingdom of the Savior! But absolutely Biblical, even if it is not fully understandable (cf 1 Cor 13:12, cf Isa 55:8-9). For one thing, Satan was in the synagogue and He wanted to expose him and defeat him. To what shall I compare the kingdom of God? We shall find that we can "go in and out," and enjoy liberty and peace. Which, in short, means: Desire God, not money. Obviously they would think those killed by Pilate were greater sinners but they would be obviously wrong. And what does the LORD require of you Thus the leaders are condemned by their own practice. "Which way am I going? Whether you like it or not, Jesus claimed to be the only way to God. ILLUSTRATION OF THE LORD MEETING YOUR NEED, Steven Cole's Illustration of Dead Religion's joyless anger, John MacArthur's Introduction to the Gospel of Luke, SEE PICTURE OF THIS GREAT ARCHAEOLOGICAL DISCOVERY IN 1961, the Need for the Holy Spirit to obey NT commands, Read the incredible note in MacArthur's book "The Vanishing Conscience" which is actually 3 books "The Gospel According to the Apostles", first point of the Westminster Shorter Catechism, Expository Dictionary of Bible Words: Regency, Matthew 21:18-22 The Way of The Fig Tree: The Promise Without Performance, Matthew 24:32-35: The Imminence of Christ's Return, Mark 13:28-37 The Final Generation, Part 1, Mark 13:28-37 The Final Generation, Part 2. It is the result of deliberate and sustained effort. (Luke 13 Commentary), And He said to them - It is interesting that Jesus often responded to questions with another question, but not this time. If they do not take this matter seriously, if they do not heed what He is saying, they will surely perish. (Ibid) Woe! It's called the "information superhighway," and it promises to be an avenue to discovery and knowledge. This command is irresistible — we cannot evade it — we cannot brave it out — the boldest heart fails — the strongest body yields to God's "Cut it down!". Or will he say, “Away from me you evildoer!”? The day comes when this door will be shut forever, and men shall strive to enter in, but not be able. Consider praying "Search me, O God, and know my heart. If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. From His own language we have suggested three thoughts. One day, the Jewish nation will recognize and receive Jesus as their Messiah and Savior. the will of My Father who is in heaven. V. Touched. Jesus doesn’t say, “Stroll through the big door sometime when you’re not doing anything else and check it out.” He says, “Strive to enter by the narrow door.” Again, picture the Olympic athlete. One "fruit" of genuine faith is a God given power to strive and fight and keep on doing so to the very end. Acts 1:11  They also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand looking into the sky? The Lord Jesus, in the day of his coming, will wipe out all such distinctions as may very properly exist on earth, though they cannot be recognised beyond the skies. 8:14; Jn. They griped and complained and longed for the days in Egypt. Nine months later, a baby girl was born and her mother named her Ethel. 2:6; Ps. Jesus adds a statement of awful irony about Jerusalem: "I must get on to Jerusalem, for it is unthinkable that a prophet should be killed elsewhere. O how we all need to seek by the enablement of His Spirit to imitate His passion for people's souls. 2. of the LORD. 2 For indeed we have had good news preached to us, just as they also; but the word they heard did not profit them, because it was not united by faith in those who heard. (see his answer above). The command to cease from work had a humanitarian as well as religious purpose. Jesus is bringing many "sons" unto glory, and God will not shield us from the requirements of a son. 24:3; Jer. Mattoon - God is not satisfied with our growth and neither should we. These are fearful truths! They call out, “Lord, open up to us!” But He says, “I don’t know where you’re from.” They reply, “We ate and drank in Your presence, and You taught in our streets.” They were acquainted with Him. True Christianity will cost one his self–righteousness... 2. Mt 7:13 [note] = "destruction...many", Mt 7:14 [note] = "life...few"). -, The smelt is unpopular among farmers, with a common complaint being that 200,000 acres of farmland have been left fallow due to "four buckets of minnows". To be indignant against what is judged to be wrong. Click to enable/disable Google reCaptcha. Jesus pronounces a curse upon the tree that it should from that time never bear fruit. The fig tree is of no special importance in Jn 1:48, 50, where the point of the story is not that Nathanael is under this tree but that Jesus has an inner knowledge of Nathanael that is demonstrated by mentioning a fact that is readily checked, namely, his being under the fig tree. This charge is very similar to the warning He repeats to the Jews in John 8 declaring, "I said therefore to you, that you shall die in your sins; for unless you believe that I am He, you shall die in your sins." bow thyself in lowly self-abhorrence, else thou mayest seek to enter, but shalt not be able! Saying to Him - In Luke's last record of a direct encounter with the Pharisees Jesus had issued several scathing "Woes" (Lk 11:42, 43, 44, 46, 47, 52-note) and as a result "the scribes and the Pharisees began to be very hostile and to question Him closely on many subjects." Jesus by using this figure of speech is saying that choosing for Him is not the popular nor the easy way! I can guarantee that many will try to enter, but they won't succeed. It was simply their time to die, for sin results in physical death for everyone. 2:23-28), helping the sick is allowed only in life or death situations (Mk 3:1), the body of Jesus is buried before the Sabbath (Mk 15:42), the Sabbath is a day of rest (Lk 23:56), items are not to be carried (Jn 5:9-10), circumcision is also permitted (Jn 7:22-23), travel is limited (Acts 1:12), and Scripture is read (Acts 13:15, 27). “Any one of you who does not renounce all that he has cannot be my disciple” (Luke 14:33-note). Friberg on sabbaton - strictly ceasing from labor, rest; (1) both singular and plural used for the seventh day of the week (Saturday) (Mt 12.1, 2); (2) as the sacred festival held each week on the seventh day, beginning with sundown Friday evening and ending at sundown Saturday evening (Jn 19.31); (3) singular and plural as a designation for the span of seven days week (Mt 28.1b; Lk 18.12); Gilbrant - OT Background for Sabbath - This noun is a Greek transliteration of the Hebrew term shabbāth, which was probably derived from the verb sāvath, “to cease.” “Sabbath” referred to the day when all work ceased (cf. They were Jews, not "filthy" Gentiles. So, what is the good eye that gives so much light and the bad eye that leaves us in the dark? There are not as many great commentaries on Luke as there are on Matthew or John, but there are some. Cleave to the world, ye sordid worms, Jeremiah 26:20-23 Indeed, there was also a man who prophesied in the name of the LORD, Uriah the son of Shemaiah from Kiriath-jearim; and he prophesied against this city (JERUSALEM) and against this land words similar to all those of Jeremiah. We owed a debt we could never pay. And this is so important that Jesus adds in Luke 11:35-note, “Therefore be careful lest the light in you be darkness.” In other words, be vigilant. Luke 13:24  "Strive to enter through the narrow door; for many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able. You may leave here and your mind gets caught up with work or duties at home or other things, and the tug of the Spirit on your heart fades. Figuratively touchstone (Touchstone = metaphor) came to mean a test or criterion for determining the quality or genuineness of a thing. Luke of course was a doctor and it is interesting that he was the only one that mentioned this story in the Gospels. Teaching - Was He just passing through or was He passing through with a purpose? 7:23; Jn. 8:11; Jer. We must remember the words of our Lord Jesus Christ in this passage: The gate is narrow. Below are some of the events to which Jesus likely was making reference: 2 Chr 24:20-22 Then the Spirit of God came on (Lxx = enduo = figuratively to be "clothed" with the Spirit, as in Lk 24:49-note = "you are clothed [enduo] with power from on high") Zechariah (not the prophet Zechariah) the son of Jehoiada the priest; and he stood above the people and said to them, “Thus God has said, ‘Why do you transgress the commandments of the LORD and do not prosper? NET Note on the official's reaction - The irony is that Jesus’ “work” consisted of merely touching the woman. C H Spurgeon - It will very much aggravate the sorrows of the lost to see so many saved whose prospects did not appear to be one half so hopeful as their own. Weeping and gnashing of teeth - This phrase is repeated 7 times in the Gospels most often in the book of Matthew which most commentators feel was directed primarily to a Jewish audience - Mt 8:12 Mt 13:42 Mt 13:50 Mt 22:13 Mt 24:51 Mt 25:30 Lk 13:28. (adapted from Mattoon). Kent Hughes suggests that this "was a smug, self-complacent question because the general understanding among the Jews was that all Jews except the very worst would be saved. (BEC), Luke 13:32   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 reach My goal.'. 7:16; 1 Chr. There is nothing very grand about breadth, after all. It may be but very little in its beginning, but it will grow. (Mt 10:22, cp Mt 24:13-note). Last spring I decided to cut down the rose bush by our back door. When this prophet announced that he would unearth these vessels, Samaritans turned out in large numbers to observe the event. Mattoon - The evidence of saving faith is repentance from sin or a turning from and hatred for sin. The shaking of the roots indicate the presence of the Gardener. The idea is that God had commanded work must or ought to be done during the 6 days, and that they were to rest on the Sabbath. We can't have one without the other. (Ibid). 43:7, 9; Joel 3:17; Joel 3:21; Obad 1:3; Mic. The first time He spoke of the Strait Gate was in the Sermon on the Mount. KJV Luke 13:11  And, behold, there was a woman which had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bowed together, and could in no wise lift up herself. 17:14, 1 Chr 22:10 all give essentially the same prophecy that God's kingdom would be "set upright again!". We turn from our self-sufficiency to Christ and by faith receive Him as our Savior. This point is important: Jewish expectation had been of the magnificent arrival of a grand kingdom all at once (this is why the disciples wondered what role they would have in ruling). (v. 7). The time will come when Israel will say to Christ, Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord (cf. They did not believe God's promises and power to enable them to defeat their enemies. Spurgeon - Matthew Bible Commentary Mateo 1 Chapter 1 Chapter 2 Chapter 3 Chapter 4 Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Chapter 7 Chapter 8 Chapter 9 Chapter 10 Chapter 11 Chapter 12 Chapter 13 Chapter 14 Chapter 15 Chapter 16 Chapter 17 Chapter 18 Chapter 19 Chapter 20 Chapter 21 Chapter 22 Chapter 23 Chapter 24 In Leviticus 25:2,4 shabbāth is used for the sabbatical year which included the idea of a “Sabbath rest” for the land (leaving it fallow, Lev 25:6).     Beyond which God himself has sworn When Jesus saw her - "With that quick eye of his which was always in sympathy with his audience." 10:21) in Jerusalem which was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. (See description including information from Josephus). (Rev 5:9-10+), Steven Cole - These parables do not teach postmillennialism, that the Gospel will spread until all the world is converted, at which point Jesus will return. Woman, you are freed from your sickness - Luke uses the perfect tense for apoluo which means she was set free in that moment and her freedom would continue. The Fruit of the Holy Spirit – What is peace? Luke 13:8  "And he answered and said to him, 'Let it alone, sir, for this year too, until I dig around it and put in fertilizer; KJV Luke 13:8 And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: NET Luke 13:8 But the worker answered him, 'Sir, leave it alone this year too, until I dig around it and put fertilizer on it. Bock - Jesus’ question is rhetorical, a statement that the Jews often labor for their cattle’s sake. Jesus warns all self-righteous and impenitent people what awaits them. Verses 13-28. And we dare not forgot the "prophetic" (speaking forth of truth, not necessarily predictive) discourse of the first martyr Stephen, for he too was stoned to death in Yerushalayim (play this song). (Ed. In this he proved himself to be the true Son of the Highest. The second use of this “door” is solemnly illustrated at the close of the parable of the virgins. We see collusion between these two enemies in Mark... Mark 3:6; The Pharisees went out and immediately began conspiring with the Herodians against Him (Jesus), as to how they might destroy (apollumi) Him. Ps. 49 “For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute, 50 so that the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world, may be charged against this generation, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the house of God; yes, I tell you, it shall be charged against this generation.’ 52 “Woe to you lawyers! As long as the beast did not carry a burden you could lead them out.) He was not one of those whose manner is to forsake the assembling of themselves together with other believers on a pretext of "worshiping in the great outdoors." Seeking is not enough; it must come to a holy violence: “Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.” When will that be? For us, the narrow door is the self-abandonment and self-accusation which are indispensable for entrance into salvation. They may have heard Jesus teach but like the old saying, it went in one ear and out the other! 8:8; Isa. Many “sons of the kingdom” (Jews) would find themselves outside the banquet. "Many will say to Me on that day, 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?'. 4:31-note; Lk. Lk 13:34–35; 19:41–44; 20:9–18; 21:20–24). The door will only be open to those who know Jesus and who are known by Him (Lk 13:26). And so in John we read that Jesus taught "I am the door (NOTE CAREFULLY - NOT "a door" BUT "THE door!" And in His Heav’n of bliss. And again He took the twelve aside and began to tell them what was going to happen to Him, saying, “Behold, we are going up to Jerusalem, and the Son of Man will be delivered to the chief priests and the scribes; and they will condemn Him to death and will hand Him over to the Gentiles. In most of these NT uses the tears are genuine, but their effect on the wrath of God is nil, as it is too late for those who shed them. Remember that pain, and realize that is how Jesus feels when you reject Him. These unwritten explanations are known in Judaism as the Oral Torah. Hendriksen comments that like the Master Teacher He is, Jesus begins with "an oratorical question to arouse interest. The Greek word for strive has "the idea of a struggle or prize-fight." 22:13; Matt. Of the four Gospels, Luke is R.C. The Lord loves to reverse things, he puts down the lofty, and lifts up the lowly. Once in his post he offended the religious sensibilities of his subjects, leading to harsh criticism from Philo, and many decades later, Josephus. The abundance of leaves held out promise that the tree might also be ahead of schedule with its fruit. The Talmud can be thought of as rabbinical commentaries on the Hebrew Scriptures, just like there are commentaries written on the Bible from a Christian perspective. But we need to know that turning to Christ means turning from sin. 3:19; Rev. The Jewish historian Josephus revealed that the people defending Jerusalem had access to unlimited water supplies and abundant grain reserves within the city. Could Jesus actually say, “ ‘Door’s locked. This is the second time he has predicted his death in the journey section (12:50) and the fourth prediction overall (Lk 9:21–22, 44). And neither should we as we are "passing through" this world blinded to His life giving Gospel (2Co 4:4-note, 2Co 4:5,6-note Jn 3:18 19 20 21 Acts 26:17 18)! We’ve already seen the same point with regard to the seed. The first figs ripen in late May or early June. This would include parents, pastors, a husband, government officials, etc.. Luke 19:28 After He had said these things, He was going on ahead, going up to Jerusalem. Jesus kept the Sabbath in the highest sense of the term. 13:18-19 pays more attention to the process, and Mt. (5) Dead religion is hypocritical, but reality with the Lord is truthful and genuine. For many, I tell you, will seek to enter and will not be able.”—LUKE 13:23–24. 37:29; Ps. Go away, leave here - Go away is a command in aorist imperative (Do this now! luk 13:0. We cry aloud, and the only answer is the echo of our wailings.". It means to cause to cease by removing, to do away with, to eliminate and more figuratively as in the present verse to hinder, frustrate, impede or retard. 14 For the gate is small, and the way is narrow that leads to life, and few are those who find it." At the judgment, everyone will know the truth and realize what a horrible mistake they have made. Shuts the door - This explains why they will not be able to enter the door. 4. 17:20; Lk. And, the true meaning of humanity, or manhood, is seen in the perfect Man, the Lord Jesus Christ. Wesley and Whitefield met the scorn of established religion. 6:45) but mainly to acts (Lk 6:46ff. Ravenously hungry—cannot wait—lay hand on crusts and scraps of food. Leon Morris - On the Sabbath, animals could be led out by a chain or the like as long as nothing was carried (Shabbath 5:1). “As in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark … so will be the coming of the Son of Man.… Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming” (Mt. Acts 13:46— Then Paul and Barnabas waxed bold, and said, It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you: but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles. Paul echoes Jesus' warning (Lk 13:22-30) that the acceptable time...the day of salvation will not last forever. (There is no other foundation for a holy, blessed, abundant, eternal life other than Christ). O Jerusalem, Jerusalem - Jesus uttered this lament with a peculiar poignancy and pathos for the Holy City so near and dear to God's heart. 18:31; Neh. Some are sorry they got caught. Saving faith is produced by the Holy Spirit in the hearts of the penitent." They reject our Lord because they reject us. Several years ago a prominent underworld figure attended a large evangelistic crusade. The power of the kingdom of heaven is great, far greater than its initial size and appearance would suggest. It would be wrong to conclude that the moment you meet Jesus Christ all your problems will instantly and miraculously disappear. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. While #3 is true of the church over the last 2000 years, that interpretation is less appealing as it would not be very encouraging to Jesus' disciples. "This year also" (v. 8). Culprits (Literally "debtors" - "offenders" - ESV, "sinners" - KJV, NLT, "more guilty" - NIV) (3781)(opheiletes from opheilo = owe, conveying the basic meaning of owing a debt) means one who owes another. In an almost ironic use, Jesus describes vultures gathering over a dead body (Lk 17:37) in the context of time of the Great Tribulation which will purge and refine God's Chosen People to bring forth a righteous remnant. - What is he saying with this question? Despite the Lord’s promise, however, many argue that God is permanently finished with Israel. Remember that pain, and realize that is how Jesus feels when you reject Him. 20:27; Lk. Tomorrow may be too late! But he asked this question, “Are there just a few who are being saved?” Most of us have wondered about that question as we look at the billions of pagans compared with the few committed Christians. 19:11–15+) and “the kingdom of the world [becomes] the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever” (Rev 11:15+). Jesus responded with the same words found here in Matthew 6:23-note, “Is your eye bad because I am good?” (literal translation). Things have not changed much, as much of the most intense opposition to Spirit filled workers for Christ, comes from church leaders, including the lay leaders (deacons, elders). And what is meant by this strait or narrow door? MacArthur has an interesting comment noting that while "It is true that God sometimes immediately judges sinners for a specific sin, as He did Herod (Acts 12:21–23). 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