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Dave Burnette's Commentary

Luke Chapter 13 

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: Jesus Teaches About the Kingdom (v 1-35)

Luke 13 Commentary

(13:1-9) Jesus Calls the People to Repent - In Jesus’ previous exhortation, he admonished the people to realize their predicament, that judgment was around the corner. Here Jesus took the sudden and terrifying deaths of some innocent people to illustrate their tragic situation. Still stunned by the grisly murders, the people were, in effect, told by Jesus that they faced a similar fate—eternal death, much worse than physical death.

(13:10-17) Jesus Heals the Crippled Woman - The story of healing this woman is unique to Luke. It reveals the unfruitfulness of the nation of Israel to which Jesus’ parable of the unfruitful tree alludes (in the previous  passage, see 13:6-8). Instead of finding love, justice, humility, and mercy among God’s people, Jesus found an arrogance that didn’t even allow healing a woman on the Sabbath, the day set aside for the God of mercy.

(13:18-21) Jesus Teaches About the Kingdom of God - First-century Jews expected the Kingdom of God to come all at once, in great glory and power. But Jesus corrected their perception, by the illustrations of the mustard seed and yeast. Both are small; but one grows into a huge tree and the other eventually permeates an entire loaf. Jesus’ ministry began small, but the gospel would eventually grow to cover the entire globe (a story Luke begins to tell in the book of Acts).

(13:22-30) Jesus Teaches About Entering the Kingdom - Jesus answered a person who asked whether only a few would be saved. Jesus turned this theoretical question into a practical question. Instead of letting the questioner analyze who would be entering heaven, and by implication judge the process and then those who would enter, Jesus asked that person: “Are you saved?”

(13:31-35) Jesus Grieves Over Jerusalem - Luke placed Jesus’ grieving over Jerusalem right after a discussion about salvation, those being first (the Jews who were chosen by God) being placed last (or excluded from God’s heavenly Kingdom). Jesus mourned Jerusalem’s rejection of God’s message and salvation.


Dave Burnette's Life Application

Have You Turned to Jesus?

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 13. In our text today we see Luke's Account of Jesus teaching about Heaven, who will enter, and how we must repent to see the Kingdom of God. In making application we see a truth that many overlook today. We must repent or turn from our sin to receive Jesus free pardon of sin. Today many are not serious or sorry for their sin believing that a "Repeat after me prayer", Baptism, or a Church Membership will be enough to attain Heaven but Jesus is clear that we must be born again thru confession and repentance of our sin in the finished work on Calvary. How about you? Have you repented from your sin and called unto the Lord for Salvation? Let us learn from our text today and the Words of Jesus to understand the truth about the Kingdom of God and how we are saved as we repent or turn from our our sin to Jesus, asking Him to forgive us and Save our Soul.


Luke 13

Luke 13

 1There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices.

 2And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things?

 3I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

 4Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?

 5I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.

 6He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none.

 7Then said he unto the dresser of his vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?

 8And he answering said unto him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it:

 9And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that thou shalt cut it down.

 10And he was teaching in one of the synagogues on the sabbath.

 11And, 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.

 12And when Jesus saw her, he called her to him, and said unto her, Woman, thou art loosed from thine infirmity.

 13And he laid his hands on her: and immediately she was made straight, and glorified God.

 14And the ruler of the synagogue answered with indignation, because that Jesus had healed on the sabbath day, and said unto the people, There are six days in which men ought to work: in them therefore come and be healed, and not on the sabbath day.

 15The Lord then answered him, and said, Thou hypocrite, doth not each one of you on the sabbath loose his ox or his ass from the stall, and lead him away to watering?

 16And ought not this woman, being a daughter of Abraham, whom Satan hath bound, lo, these eighteen years, be loosed from this bond on the sabbath day?

 17And when he had said these things, all his adversaries were ashamed: and all the people rejoiced for all the glorious things that were done by him.

 18Then said he, Unto what is the kingdom of God like? and whereunto shall I resemble it?

 19It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it.

 20And again he said, Whereunto shall I liken the kingdom of God?

 21It is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened.

 22And he went through the cities and villages, teaching, and journeying toward Jerusalem.

 23Then said one unto him, Lord, are there few that be saved? And he said unto them,

 24Strive to enter in at the strait gate: for many, I say unto you, will seek to enter in, and shall not be able.

 25When once the master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and he shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:

 26Then shall ye begin to say, We have eaten and drunk in thy presence, and thou hast taught in our streets.

 27But he shall say, I tell you, I know you not whence ye are; depart from me, all ye workers of iniquity.

 28There shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth, when ye shall see Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob, and all the prophets, in the kingdom of God, and you yourselves thrust out.

 29And they shall come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the kingdom of God.

 30And, behold, there are last which shall be first, and there are first which shall be last.

 31The same day there came certain of the Pharisees, saying unto him, Get thee out, and depart hence: for Herod will kill thee.

 32And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected.

 33Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem.

 34O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, which killest the prophets, and stonest them that are sent unto thee; how often would I have gathered thy children together, as a hen doth gather her brood under her wings, and ye would not!

 35Behold, your house is left unto you desolate: and verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me, until the time come when ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.