5-7-2019 Walking in Truth Devotional Update by Guy Roberson

Walking in Truth Devotional Update

Jesus Teaches the Pharisees About the Kingdom

(Lk 17:20-37)

Guy Roberson

The Pharisees asked when the kingdom of God would come. John the Baptizer had been proclaiming that the kingdom of God was near. Jesus had also been repeatedly teaching the nearness of the coming of the kingdom of God. Luke has emphasized this truth in several places throughout this gospel.

Since the kingdom of God was near, the Pharisees wanted to know when this kingdom would come. Jesus answered this question in two sections, first to the Pharisees and second to his disciples.

The Pharisees believed the kingdom would come with great signs, but Jesus countered this view pointing to the fact that the kingdom would not come as they were thinking.

“The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” Jesus was not telling the Pharisees that the kingdom of God was within them. Jesus had taught over and over that the Pharisees were not in the kingdom. Who was in their midst? Jesus was in their midst, the King of Israel. Recall what Jesus said in Luke 11:20. If Jesus casts out demons by the power of God, then the kingdom of God had come upon them. What is Jesus’ point? The kingdom (the rule and reign of God) was already working in their very midst. The rule and reign of God was working through Jesus. The kingdom was arriving, and the king was in their very presence. There was no need to look around all over the place for the kingdom. The kingdom is seen in Jesus.

In verses 22-37 Jesus was teaching His disciples about the coming judgement on Jerusalem. Many have tried to make this section teach about the final judgment of all men, but that is incorrect, and the context shows that fallacy clearly. Jesus described that event as one that would not be hidden.

Before the days of the Son of Man can arrive, He will experience suffering and rejection.by this generation. “And as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be also in the days of the Son of Man: They ate, they drank, they married wives, they were given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Likewise, as it was also in the days of Lot: They ate, they drank, they bought, they sold, they planted, they built; but on the day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire and brimstone from heaven and destroyed them all. Even so will it be in the day when the Son of Man is revealed.”

Observe that Jesus pointed out that “he who is on the housetop, and his goods are in the house, let him not come down to take them away. And likewise, the one who is in the field, let him not turn back. Remember Lot’s wife. Whoever seeks to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it. I tell you, in that night there will be two men in one bed: the one will be taken and the other will be left. Two women will be grinding together: the one will be taken and the other left. Two men will be in the field: the one will be taken and the other left.”

In the final judgment there will be no where to run as the earth will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10-11) and every soul will be rushed before the final judgment. There will not be one left while the other is taken. Everyone will stand before the Lord in final judgment and give an account, as the scriptures teach (2 Corinthians 5:10).

Notice now verse 37 as Jesus gives the final description: “So He said to them, “Wherever the body is, there the eagles will be gathered together.” In the destruction of Jerusalem there were dead bodies everywhere and the vulture were circling and gathering for their meals because of so many dead bodies. That will not the picture in the final judgment because everyone will be taken before the Judgment seat of Christ with the world having been destroyed.

The Jewish nation was being judged for their sins and their rejection of Jesus Christ, the King of kings and Lord of lords and God brought the Roman army against Jerusalem and destroyed the city and millions were killed.

 

By Guy Roberson

 

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