I. Pride and hypocrisy go hand-in-hand
A. The dangers of these attitudes (Luke 20:45-46; Matthew 6:1,5,16; 1 Timothy 2:9-10; 3:2-6; Luke 14:7-11)
B. Evil attitudes lead to evil actions (Luke 20:47; 18:11-12)
II. The sacrificial widow
A. God’s people are supposed to take care of widows (Luke 21:1-4; Exodus 22:22; Deuteronomy 24:19-21; 27:19; James 1:27; 1 Timothy 5:3-6)
B. She was selfless in her sacrifice (Luke 21:3-4; 2 Corinthians 8:1-5, 12; Galatians 6:10)
I. The Jewish leaders’ question
A. The Lord’s rebuke of the Pharisees (Luke 11:37-52) and the Pharisees’ opposition to the Lord (Luke 11:53-54; 6:7)
B. Their prejudiced question (Luke 19:47-20:2)
II. The Lord’s question
A. John’s baptism—from God or from men? (Luke 20:3-4; John 1:6, 29, 34-36; 3:26-36)
B. Their claim of ignorance (Luke 20:5-7)
III. Rebellion and dishonesty leaves one with no hope
A. They refused to answer His question, so He refused to answer theirs (Luke 20:8; John 20:30-31)
B. We must accept the truth of the gospel and obey it (James 1:21-25; Matthew 28:18; Mark 16:16)
Day 20/260: Read Luke 20
It is remarkable how Jesus’ enemies approached Him. First, Luke says they “confronted Him” (20:1). Then, after reasoning “among themselves” (rather than investigating the Scriptures), they refused to give Him a straight answer (20:5-7). In their minds, something had to be done to stop the spread of His popularity, but that very popularity prevented them from doing anything because “they feared the people” (20:19).
Ultimately, they planted spies among the Lord’s disciples, people “who pretended to be righteous” (20:20). All they were really doing was looking for Him to make a mistake in His teaching. They wanted a reason to pounce on Him and declare to the people, “You see!? He’s not so great after all!”
Sadly, the same spirit exists in the religious world today. The Bible is clear in what it teaches, but so many want to find loopholes and excuse themselves from obedience.
If you have heard the gospel and believe that Jesus is the Son of God, don’t look for exceptions to the rules in order to ignore His plain teachings. Repent of your sins, confess your belief in Christ, and be immersed for the remission of sins. If you are a child of God, seek His righteousness and live accordingly.
Don’t be an enemy of Jesus; be His obedient, faithful follower.
Memory (Recite to a friend without looking)
Luke 19:10, “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
Pray for your attitude when dealing with the doctrine of Christ, looking for answers and guidance rather than loopholes.