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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Luke Chapter 6 

Written By: God through Inspiration
Penned By: Luke
Date Penned: (60 AD)
Overview: Luke Presents the Life of Christ  (c 1-24)
Theme:  The Message & Ministry of Jesus, the Savior (c 4-21)
Message: The Sermon on the Mount (v 1-49)

Luke 6 Commentary

(6:1-5) The Disciples Pick Wheat on the Sabbath - The end of chapter 5 has the parables of the unshrunk cloth and the new wine. These were Jesus’ explanation of how the message of the Good News could not be confined within the rigid rules and traditions of the Pharisees.

(6:6-11) Jesus Heals a Man's Hand on the Sabbath - The ongoing debate about the Sabbath would continue to escalate as Jesus continued with his mission, regardless of the day of the week. Obviously Jesus taught and healed throughout the week, but the Gospel writers present several incidents that occurred on the Sabbath in order to highlight the animosity of the religious leaders. This healing is the last in a series of five confrontations with the Pharisees in this section. The Pharisees had already objected to Jesus forgiving sins (5:17-26), associating with “sinners” (5:29-32), and challenging their traditions involving fasting (5:33-39) and the Sabbath (6:1-5).

(6:12-16) Jesus Chooses the Twelve Disciples - After a night dedicated to prayer, Jesus chose twelve men to be his apostles—his representatives. Whatever Jesus’ specific reasons for choosing each disciple, as a group they were often hot-tempered, unbelieving, and “clueless” about the spiritual realities behind Jesus’ ministry. The better that Christians come to know the weaknesses of the disciples, the more they can see that God has freely chosen them, also.

(6:17-26) Jesus Gives the Beatitudes - This section is similar to the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5–7). It has been widely debated whether the two are the same sermon or different ones. It is very likely that Jesus taught the same truths twice, if not more.

(6:27-36) Jesus Teaches About Loving Enemies - While the Pharisees sought Jesus’ death because he refused to keep their regulations regarding cleanliness and the Sabbath observance, Jesus was teaching standards of living that were far higher than anything the Pharisees could imagine. The difference was that the Pharisees were performing their acts in order to be good enough for God; Jesus knew the standards were impossible to reach on human strength alone. Jesus did not ask people to act this way in order to be good enough for God. But people who have accepted Christ as Savior have the Holy Spirit’s help to accomplish what would otherwise be impossible.

(6:37-42) Jesus Teaches About Judging Others - Jesus not only commanded his disciples to be loving and compassionate, he also went on to explain to them what true love entails. First he emphasized that true love does not judge others or withhold forgiveness.

(6:43-45) Jesus Teaches About Fruit in People's Lives - With a couple of proverbs derived from the agricultural setting of ancient Israel, Jesus showed his audience why hypocritically judging others (6:41-42) is foolish. Just as a good tree will eventually bear good fruit, so a person’s heart will eventually bear fruit—a good heart producing good works and an evil heart bringing forth evil. Everyone’s heart will eventually be exposed for what it is; and a strong indicator of the character of a person’s heart is what one says.

(6:46-49) Jesus Teaches About Building on a Solid Foundation - Jesus was not content with letting his audience ponder his profound thoughts. His teaching is not meant for academic discussion and debate. Instead, Christians should build their entire lives around his teachings, applying them to every facet of life. If they don’t, they will not be able to withstand the pressures and temptations of this world and will be swept away to their destruction. Jesus calls believers to take the time they have now—before the flood waters come—to reevaluate the way they live in light of his teachings.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Do You Forgive Others?

 Each day we walk through the Bible chapter by chapter making an application of our text to help us grow in the Lord. Many applications can be made from each day's text. Today we continue in the book of Luke with Chapter 6. In our text today we see Luke's account of Jesus healing on the Sabbath, choosing the 12 disciples, giving the beatitudes, and teaching about how we are to love one another as Christ has loved us. In making application we see that the Lord wants us to forgive one another as Jesus-Christ has forgiven you. Today many hold grudges against one another but we are all sinners, Jesus has forgiven us, so we should forgive others. How about you? Do you forgive others? Let us learn from our text today and the words of Jesus to forgive each other just as Jesus-Christ had forgiven you. 


Luke 6

Luke 6

 1And it came to pass on the second sabbath after the first, that he went through the corn fields; and his disciples plucked the ears of corn, and did eat, rubbing them in their hands.

 2And certain of the Pharisees said unto them, Why do ye that which is not lawful to do on the sabbath days?

 3And Jesus answering them said, Have ye not read so much as this, what David did, when himself was an hungred, and they which were with him;

 4How he went into the house of God, and did take and eat the shewbread, and gave also to them that were with him; which it is not lawful to eat but for the priests alone?

 5And he said unto them, That the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.

 6And it came to pass also on another sabbath, that he entered into the synagogue and taught: and there was a man whose right hand was withered.

 7And the scribes and Pharisees watched him, whether he would heal on the sabbath day; that they might find an accusation against him.

 8But he knew their thoughts, and said to the man which had the withered hand, Rise up, and stand forth in the midst. And he arose and stood forth.

 9Then said Jesus unto them, I will ask you one thing; Is it lawful on the sabbath days to do good, or to do evil? to save life, or to destroy it?

 10And looking round about upon them all, he said unto the man, Stretch forth thy hand. And he did so: and his hand was restored whole as the other.

 11And they were filled with madness; and communed one with another what they might do to Jesus.

 12And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.

 13And when it was day, he called unto him his disciples: and of them he chose twelve, whom also he named apostles;

 14Simon, (whom he also named Peter,) and Andrew his brother, James and John, Philip and Bartholomew,

 15Matthew and Thomas, James the son of Alphaeus, and Simon called Zelotes,

 16And Judas the brother of James, and Judas Iscariot, which also was the traitor.

 17And he came down with them, and stood in the plain, and the company of his disciples, and a great multitude of people out of all Judaea and Jerusalem, and from the sea coast of Tyre and Sidon, which came to hear him, and to be healed of their diseases;

 18And they that were vexed with unclean spirits: and they were healed.

 19And the whole multitude sought to touch him: for there went virtue out of him, and healed them all.

 20And he lifted up his eyes on his disciples, and said, Blessed be ye poor: for yours is the kingdom of God.

 21Blessed are ye that hunger now: for ye shall be filled. Blessed are ye that weep now: for ye shall laugh.

 22Blessed are ye, when men shall hate you, and when they shall separate you from their company, and shall reproach you, and cast out your name as evil, for the Son of man's sake.

 23Rejoice ye in that day, and leap for joy: for, behold, your reward is great in heaven: for in the like manner did their fathers unto the prophets.

 24But woe unto you that are rich! for ye have received your consolation.

 25Woe unto you that are full! for ye shall hunger. Woe unto you that laugh now! for ye shall mourn and weep.

 26Woe unto you, when all men shall speak well of you! for so did their fathers to the false prophets.

 27But I say unto you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you,

 28Bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you.

 29And unto him that smiteth thee on the one cheek offer also the other; and him that taketh away thy cloak forbid not to take thy coat also.

 30Give to every man that asketh of thee; and of him that taketh away thy goods ask them not again.

 31And as ye would that men should do to you, do ye also to them likewise.

 32For if ye love them which love you, what thank have ye? for sinners also love those that love them.

 33And if ye do good to them which do good to you, what thank have ye? for sinners also do even the same.

 34And if ye lend to them of whom ye hope to receive, what thank have ye? for sinners also lend to sinners, to receive as much again.

 35But love ye your enemies, and do good, and lend, hoping for nothing again; and your reward shall be great, and ye shall be the children of the Highest: for he is kind unto the unthankful and to the evil.

 36Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful.

 37Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven:

 38Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

 39And he spake a parable unto them, Can the blind lead the blind? shall they not both fall into the ditch?

 40The disciple is not above his master: but every one that is perfect shall be as his master.

 41And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but perceivest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

 42Either how canst thou say to thy brother, Brother, let me pull out the mote that is in thine eye, when thou thyself beholdest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, cast out first the beam out of thine own eye, and then shalt thou see clearly to pull out the mote that is in thy brother's eye.

 43For a good tree bringeth not forth corrupt fruit; neither doth a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

 44For every tree is known by his own fruit. For of thorns men do not gather figs, nor of a bramble bush gather they grapes.

 45A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

 46And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

 47Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like:

 48He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock.

 49But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.