Discern The Time - Luke 12:49-59 * Thurs. 4-5-18

DISCERN THE TIME

Luke 12:49-59

 

I.      I Came to Send Fire… (vs. 49-53)

a. What do you think Jesus is referring to by the “fire” He came to send on the earth? __________________________________________________

b. From our vantage point in history we know what baptism Jesus refers to in verse 50.  What is it? __________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

c. How is it that Jesus, the “Prince of Peace” does not give peace but brings division? __________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

 

II.              You Can Read the Sky but… (vs. 54-56)

a. People observed and predicted weather phenomenon by the appearance of clouds or the shift in the winds and Jesus states that they are right.  (Probably the first and only time the weatherman was told he was right.)

Do people still do this today? _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________

b. Jesus affirms their ability to see the coming weather but what are they failing to see? _______________________________________________   

c. Was Jesus indicating that they ought to have been able to see the current state of events and correctly predict what was to come? _______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ 

d. By what means should they have understood what was coming? ________________________________________________________________________

 

III.            Make Every Effort (vs. 57-59)

a. Is Jesus making a statement about personal responsibilities in doing what is right versus surrendering that to a governing authority? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

b. When does Jesus state you should try to come to terms with an adversary? _____________________________________________________________

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c. Is Jesus revealing that the magistrate will likely side against His people and if given the opportunity make them pay? _______________ ________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

d. What was about to happen that Jesus is trying to prepare His people? _________________________________________________________________

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e. Is it the same in our day and is the time of His return even closer? _______________________________________________________________________

________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ IV.   He Application:  Jesus points out a time of division, hardship, and injustice is coming and will affect His people.  Are we also to be observant and responsive to what is coming? _________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________ ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________

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