Daily Devotional

Nov. 28, 2014 – The Unforgiving Servant

This beautiful parable was occasioned by Peter asking the question, “Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?”  Peter had been thinking about the Lord’s teaching concerning church discipline Jesus had just given (Matt. 18:15-17).  Jesus knew that conflict between brethren can cause untold harm if it is not forgiven.  So intense is the fellowship of the church that a sin against a brother or sister is treated with ...

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Nov. 27, 2014 – The Two Sons

Have a very Happy Thanksgiving, giving Thanks to God for His bounty.

 

We are coming to the end of Jesus’ ministry.  Jesus rides into Jerusalem and a very great multitude spread their clothes on the road while others cut down branches from the trees and spread them on the road and followed crying out, “Hosanna to the Son of David! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord! Hosanna in the highest!  Jesus had ...

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Nov. 26, 2014 – The Talents

Alexander McLaren, who has been called the “prince of expositors” by some, has entitled this section, “Traders for the Master.” The previous parable, The Ten Virgins, and this one are addressed to children of God and constitute final warnings and encouragements prior to our Lord’s return to the heavenly courts.  He will be leaving for an undisclosed period of time and He is delegating to them responsibilities as faithful stewards of His kingdom.  Paul said, that it is ...

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Nov 25, 2014 – The Wise and Foolish Virgins

Jesus, the master story teller, gives us a picture of village life in Palestine.  His hearers would have been familiar with weddings and could have related to this story.  Since the cultural background then was so different from ours I believe some history about Jewish weddings of that day will be helpful.  One writer gave the following description: “Weddings lasted for seven days and on the seventh day, the bridegroom would take the bride from her father’s house.  ...

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Nov. 24, 2014 – The Elder Brother

It seems that the most attention is given to the prodigal son and his return to his father and his forgiveness of the son.  We need to realize that a good portion of the story includes this story of the elder brother.  While the prodigal was lost and separated from his father in a distant country, living riotously, the elder brother was lost while remaining at home.  The younger son symbolizes those who are lost like the tax ...

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Nov. 21, 2014 – The Lost and Found Son

The continuation of this parable is the story about the son who deliberately chose to leave his father’s home and love and squandered his wealth in wild living.  This is probably the most well-known and most-told story of all of the parables.  These stories were told in response to the self-righteousness of the Pharisees and scribes who were grumbling because of Jesus’ acceptance of and rejoicing with the sinners who were repenting.  There are three people in focus: ...

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Nov. 20, 2014 – The Lost and Found Coin

Jesus continues with the story about a woman who had ten silver coins and misplaced one.  Bill Bryant wrote, “Considering the abundance of coins and money today, some might read this parable and wonder why the woman would search so diligently for one lost coin and celebrate with such fervor when found.  In Bible times coins were rare.  Much of the trade was by barter.  Coins were far more precious then.  Another reason for her diligent search, perhaps, ...

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Nov. 19, 2014 – The Lost and Found Sheep

William Barclay said, “There is no chapter of the New Testament so well-known and as dearly loved as the fifteenth chapter of Luke’s gospel.  It has been called ‘the gospel in the gospel,’ as if it contained the very distilled essence of the good news which Jesus came to tell.”   The circumstances that prompted this parable are revealed to us at the beginning: “Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. ...

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Nov. 18, 2014 – The Pharisee and the Publican

This is one of the shortest and yet one of the best-known and most profound of all the parables.  This is about a Pharisee and a Publican.  The record says: Jesus “spoke this parable to some who trusted in themselves that they were righteous, and despised others.”   The word “Pharisee” comes from a Hebrew word meaning “to set apart” or “to separate.”  The Pharisees were the most influential of all the Jewish religious sects of Jesus’ day.  They ...

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November 17, 2014 – The Persistent Widow

This parable is sometimes called the “Parable of the Impertinent Widow” and sometimes the “Parable of the Unjust Judge.”  It depends on which character is given the prominent place.  William Barclay in his commentary on Luke points out that the judge in this parable was not Jewish.  Disputes between Jews were usually settled by 3 elders – one chosen by the plaintiff, one by the defendant and one independently appointed.  The judge in the parable was probably a ...

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