1, 2. This is the goal of the rebuke. The term skandala has a broad semantic range that includes the meaning things that cause people to sin. The days--rather "Days." 17:8 Would he not rather? But woe to that person. 17:10 So you also. . 3:23; 6:23). Little ones. 32 Remember Lot's wife! 19:13-15; Mark 10:13-16..15 ¶ And they brought unto him also infants, that he would touch them: but when his disciples saw it, they rebuked them. This means all people face temptations and succumb. Christians, even after “the” repentance that enabled them to enter God’s kingdom, need on occasion to experience a similar kind of repentance. go not, &c.--a warning to all so-called expositors of prophecy and their followers, who cry, Lo there and see here, every time that war breaks out or revolutions occur. Luke 17:5-10 The power of faith, and defect of merit toward God in our best services. And even a mustard-seed faith could do this. 13:19) could do amazingly miraculous things, such as uprooting a mulberry tree, a tree with deep roots (17:6). Since it seeks the offender’s repentance, the rebuke is understood as being loving and caring rather than judgmental. Forgiveness is what Jesus expects of us. The third saying (Luke 17:5–6; cf. the Son of man--that is it will be as manifest. Would he say? Luke 17. planted--all the ordinary occupations and enjoyments of life. Believers are unworthy in the sense that at their very best all they have done is what they should have done, i.e., what the commandments teach. Although these two sets of sayings may appear disconnected, they actually deal with complementary aspects of being a disciple of Jesus. How has this passage helped you understand the importance of faith, especially when it comes to your mission as a follower of Christ? FOUR SAYINGS These verses are composed of four apparently unrelated sayings, but Luke weaves them together in a natural flow: • First, Jesus deals with the problem of temptation—"occasions of stumbling" (vv. Luke 17:1-10 – Lessons in Discipleship (June 18th), Luke 16:19-31 – Lazarus and the Rich Man (June 11th), Luke 17:11-19 – Jesus Cleanses 10 Lepers (June 25th), Jimmy Harris Small Group Leader Resources. We should see it as the normal act of the life of faith. 11 It happened as (Jesus) was on his way to Jerusalem, that he was passing along the borders of Samaria and Galilee (Greek: dia meson Samareias kai Galilaias—through the middle of Samaria and Galilee). If only two possibilities exist, the servant and the master, the servant would have to prepare the meal. 22. In what ways do you think believers can cause other believers to sin? They should not expect special praise for doing things they were expected to do. Jesus taught about the obligations His disciples had toward other people (vv. 4:11; Philemon 24), who fits the profile of the author of these books. The first responsibility is to have faith. In that day, he which shall be upon the housetop, and his stuff in the house, let him not come down to take it away: and he that is in the field, let him likewise not return back. also Matt 18:10). . Luke 6:13; Acts 1:26). The language is that of wonder and admiration, as is expressly said of another exhibition of Gentile faith ( Matthew 8:10 ). We'll send you an email with steps on how to reset your password. faith made thee whole--not as the others, merely in body, but in that higher spiritual sense with which His constant language has so familiarized us. ", 7-10. say unto him by and by--The "by and by" (or rather "directly") should be joined not to the saying but the going: "Go directly." 7–10). The Sermon on the Mount, as recorded by Matthew, makes much of this. 25. 12. stood afar off--(Compare Leviticus 13:45 Leviticus 13:46 ). The context of Luke 17 is a … The Greek implies a no. The Lord speaks here of His coming and manifestation in a prophetically indefinite manner, and in these preparatory words blends into one the distinctive epochs [STIER]. Everyone sins and stands guilty before God (see Rom. Likewise disciples have certain responsibilities which they are to fulfill in humility as God’s unworthy (achreioi, “good for nothing,” used elsewhere only in Matt. 15:18, 21; Acts 25:8. 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Some particular discourses which Christ had with his disciples, in which he teaches them to take heed of giving offence, and to forgive the injuries done them (Luke 17:1-4), encourages them to pray for the increase of their faith (Luke 17:5,6), and then teaches them humility, whatever service they had done for God, Luke 17:7-10. The reality to which the parable points is now given. Luke 17:20-37 New International Version (NIV) The Coming of the Kingdom of God. Matt 18:15, 21–22). Forgive him. Proud member The Kingdom Questioned (Luke 17:20a) The Kingdom Explained (Luke 17:20b-21) Seven Characteristics of the King’s Coming (Luke 17:22-37) Jesus’ Coming Will Be Desired By Believers. "We have not, as his servants, profited or benefited God at all." Matt 18:6; Mark 9:42). The disciples’ second responsibility toward God was humble service (vv. But first . lo there!--shut up within this or that sharply defined and visible geographical or ecclesiastical limit. . of suffer, &c.--This shows that the more immediate reference of Luke 17:23 is to an event soon to follow the death of Christ. Jesus’ reply is somewhat frustrating, for he does not appear to have addressed the request. 10:21; Mark 10:24). Discussion about whether he referred to a mulberry tree (NIV) or a sycamine tree (RSV), however, can lose sight of the point. Salem Media Group. This unusual Greek construction portrays a contrary-to-fact condition using a present rather than an imperfect tense. It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to … 30 It will be just like this on the day the Son of Man is revealed. The coming day will burn them up,” says the Lord who rules over all. This phrase translates a Greek word used only here in the NT. One should rebuke a brother if he sins. We must live in humility, knowing our place in the stream of life. Some Sayings of Jesus. 31 On that day no one who is on the housetop, with possessions inside, should go down to get them. Jesus, &c.--(Compare Matthew 20:30-33 ). . 2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he … 17:2 It would be better. “It happened as (Jesus) was on his way to Jerusalem” (v. 11a). The assumed answer is, of course, no. . Where--shall this occur? The picture above shows some ancient middle eastern millstones around a threshing for separating grains of wheat. In this section we have a collection of four of Jesus’ sayings whose relationship to what has preceded and to one another is unclear. so . Contrast, however, 12:37. within you--is of an internal and spiritual character (as contrasted with their outside views of it). . What does Jesus compare the apostles request to, according to v. 7-9? 17:7 Suppose one of you. . Thus too would the Samaritan be taught that "salvation is of the Jews" ( John 4:22 ). 11-13. through the midst of Samaria and Galilee--probably on the confines of both. 33 # Matt. “Suppose one of you” is literally Who out of you as in 11:5. As a result the rebuke is aimed at persuasion rather than condemnation. Commentary on Luke 7:11-17 Hundreds of years before Jesus is born and embarks on a ministry of healing and preaching, Isaiah announces good news of God’s coming return to his people, Israel. 1 ¶ Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! When a believer is sinned against by another, he or she is to go and rebuke the offender. . 19 Then he said to him, 'Rise and go; your faith has made you well.'" Jesus also taught that His followers have responsibilities toward God. 17:3 So watch yourselves. Compare Luke 22:22, where the Son of Man’s betrayal is described and these words are found. This was a proverbial statement in NT times as well as today, although a reference to a millstone’s use to drown a person has not been discovered before this. 37. 20-25. when, &c.--To meet the erroneous views not only of the Pharisees, but of the disciples themselves, our Lord addresses both, announcing the coming of the kingdom under different aspects. And likewise the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Do you ever consider that your views and behavior might have a negative impact on other believers? At the time of God’s return and restoration of Israel the blind will see, the deaf will hear, and the lame will walk (Isaiah 35:4-6). They have not done more than that. (Luke 17:11-19, NIV) Though it is no doubt based on an actual event, it is also a kind of enacted parable. A millstone was used for grinding grain. suffer, &c.--. married . Jesus knew that due to the world, the flesh, and the devil such temptations would continue. Envisioned here are individual acts of sin (the verb is an aorist) of one brother, i.e., a Christian, against another. In Matt 17:20 such faith removes a mountain (cf. that is, the whole of them--an example (by the way) of Christ's omniscience [BENGEL]. Matt 17:20, where the saying is attached to the disciples’ inability to perform an exorcism) involves a request by the disciples for faith. To emphasize the seriousness of causing someone to stumble, Jesus said it would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone around one’s neck. Lot's wife--her "look back," for that is all that is said of her, and her recorded doom. But a disciple would be better off drowned by a millstone (a heavy stone for grinding grain) tied around his neck, than to bring spiritual harm (skandalisē, “to cause to sin”) to these little ones (people who, like little children, are helpless before God; cf. It was designed to withdraw the attention of "His disciples" from the glare in which His foregoing words had invested the approaching establishment of His kingdom. The first deals with faith (verses 5-6) and the second deals with what is expected of disciples (verses 7-10). Compare 12:35. All people are the same. Where are the other nine? 17:1 Jesus said to his disciples. As his slaves, we do what he expects. A servant does not get special praise from his master for doing his job. So it may be again, ere its final and greatest change at the personal coming of Christ, and of which the words in their highest sense are alone true. . 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?' One does not divide people into two camps—(1) the ritually clean, pious, obedient Pharisees and (2) everyone else, those who are sinners. The Greek implies a yes. Article Images Copyright © 2020 Getty Images unless otherwise indicated. How has this passage helped you see the seriousness of forgiving people that have sinned against you? Matthew 18:22 has seventy times seven (or seventy-seven), which again is not an upper limit but symbolic for “always.” See comments on 11:26. ON HIS WAY TO JERUSALEM. The Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom would be established. Scripture must be compared with Scripture to get the full picture; it doesn’t need human finite input. Likewise, no one in the field should go back for anything. Let’s read Luke 17:30-37, “ Even thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. The Parable of the Servant’s Duty, found in Luke 17:7-10 reads: 7 And which of you, having a servant plowing or tending sheep, will say to him when he has come in from the field, ‘Come at once and sit down to eat’? What does he say about causing other people to sin? Jesus said to his disciples, “Occasions for stumbling are bound to come, but woe to anyone by whom they come! Believers are like servants who, even when they have done all that was demanded can at best confess that they are unworthy and have only fulfilled their obligations. This could include any number of stumbling This can mean (1) give to us a greater faith than we already have; (2) add to the gifts we already have “faith”; or (3) give us faith (with the possible implication that they do not possess faith). Presumably the sinning referred to is lack of faith in the Messiah. Mulberry tree. 8 But will he not rather say to him, ‘Prepare something for my supper, and gird yourself and serve me till I have eaten and drunk, and afterward you will eat and drink’? Not only are Jesus’ followers not to cause others to sin; they also are to counteract sin by forgiving others (17:3–4). 24. as lightning . This servant was a small farmer’s only servant/slave, who worked both outside (plowing and shepherding) and inside the house. Compare Luke 15:1–32. Increase our faith! 1-2). This refers to anything that might cause believers (the “little ones” of 17:2) to lose or lessen their allegiance to Jesus Christ. If we refuse to forgive or think we cannot forgive, we have the wrong opinion of ourselves. But first . Arise--for he had "fallen down on his face at His feet" ( Luke 17:16 ) and there lain prostrate. COMING OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND OF THE SON OF MAN. For “sin” cf. Even the smallest amount of faith (like a mustard seed, the smallest seed; cf. The cases here supposed, though different, are similar. Luke 17:5-10 consists of two sets of sayings on being a follower of Jesus. Luke 18:15-17; Matt. Things that cause people to sin. . The worse of the two evils is now described. Her heart was in Sodom still, and the "look" just said, "And must I bid it adieu?". Who do you need to forgive, or ask forgiveness from? I trow not--or, as we say, when much more is meant, "I should think not. 17. Are you concerned about the possibility of causing other believers to sin by your words and/or actions? And if he repents. Although he never identified himself by name, it is clear from his use of “we” in many sections of Acts that he was a close companion of the Apostle Paul (Acts 16:10-17; 20:5-15; 21:1-18; 27:1 - 28:16). The fourth and final saying (Luke 17:7–10) is a parable, unique to Luke, which illustrates a proper understanding of the believer’s relationship to God. Such interaction begins with a strong understanding about the nature of people. The words seven times in a day denote a completeness—as often as it happens. We should not look upon a life of ongoing forgiveness as a great accomplishment. What do the apostles ask Jesus for in v. 5? The introduction picks up the “disciples” of 16:1, who are called “Apostles” in 17:5. What does Jesus say his followers are to do when a person sins? It remains a path through this world interacting with other people. 6–10). our best services. • It is a serious matter to be the cause of a fellow disciple’s failure. But it has its external side too. Were there not ten cleansed--rather, were not the ten cleansed? Luke 17:20-37 . Prepare my supper. 17:5 The apostles. 26-30. eat . What will you be thinking (or not thinking) about?” In today’s passage, Jesus uses a parable to illustrate the fate that awaits people who choose to rely on themselves, versus God, during their lives on earth. The meaning is that it would be “less worse” to drown in the following manner than to cause a believer to stumble. This is what a little faith could do. LUKE 17:11. (Compare Job 22:2 Job 22:3 , Romans 11:35 .). 16 But Jesus called them unto him, and said, Suffer little children to come unto me, and forbid them not: for of such is the kingdom of God. 33 Whoever tries to keep their life will lose it, and whoever loses their life will preserve it. Do not ask for increased faith, Jesus said. Please enter your email address associated with your Salem All-Pass account, then click Continue. (Luke 17:22) Jesus’ Coming Will Be Visible Globally. 1 Then said he unto the disciples, It is impossible but that offences will come: but woe unto him, through whom they come! “Offences”: Literally snares. Get yourself ready. The first involves the need to avoid becoming a stumbling block to other believers and causing them to sin (Luke 17:1–3a). Commentary on Luke 17:20-37 (Read Luke 17:20-37) The kingdom of God was among the Jews, or rather within some of them. Implied, although not stated, is the purpose and manner of the rebuke. In practice such faith would not be directed to performing such manifestations of power but to preaching, healing, endurance, and forgiving one’s brother (17:3–5). Than for. Even the smallest amount of true faith, a mustard seed’s amount, could do mighty things. If he repents, he is to be forgiven even if he sins and repents over and over. Jesus may have originally addressed this parable to self-righteous Pharisees (cf. When the whole polity of the Jews, civil and ecclesiastical alike, was broken up at once, and its continuance rendered impossible by the destruction of Jerusalem, it became as manifest to all as the lightning of heaven that the kingdom of God had ceased to exist in its old, and had entered on a new and perfectly different form. The second deals with the continual need for believers to forgive repentant fellow believers (Luke 17:3b–4; cf. Spend time discussing what the world says about these places, versus what the Bible has to say about them. 25:30) servants. 21. This would bring certain death, as millstones were quite heavy, needing donkeys to turn them. Note.--These recorded events of Old Testament history--denied or explained away nowadays by not a few--are referred to here as facts. 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