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Lesson # Luke 22:21-24
Study Material - Luke 22:21-24
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21 But [plen] , behold [idou] , the hand [cheir] of him that betrayeth [paradidomi] me [me] is with [meta] me [emou] on [epi] the table [trapeza] .
22 And [kai] truly [men] the Son [huios] of man [anthropos] goeth [poreuomai] , as [kata] it was determined [horizo] : but [plen] woe [ouai] unto that [ekeinos] man [anthropos] by [dia] whom [hos] he is betrayed [paradidomi] !
23 And [kai] they [autos] began [archomai] to enquire [suzeteo] among [pros] themselves [heautou] , which [tis] [ara] of [ek] them [autos] it was [eien] that should [mello] do [prasso] this thing [touto] .
24 And [de] there was [ginomai] also [kai] a strife [philoneikia] among [en] them [autos] , which [tis] of them [autos] should be accounted [dokeo] [einai] the greatest [meizon] . KJV-Interlinear
21 'But behold, the hand of the one betraying Me is with Me on the table. 22 'For indeed, the Son of Man is going as it has been determined; but woe to that man by whom He is betrayed!' 23 And they began to discuss among themselves which one of them it might be who was going to do this thing. 24 And there arose also a dispute among them as to which one of them was regarded to be greatest. NASB
Now we can put together all of the passages from Matthew, and John. Jesus announces that sitting at the table was one who would betray Him. We already know that the response was an immediate eruption of chatter like a whole bunch of hens in the hen house.
'Who is it? Not me! Not me! Must be you or you or you!' And so the conversation erupts into defensiveness, and then blame, and then it turns to a question of who is going to be the greater person in heaven. They become competitive and the argument is now in full swing.
Now picture all of this. Just the night before Mary was rubbing oil on Jesus' feet and was criticized for it. 'What a waste of an expensive oil!!!' They would all exclaim. Just a week or so earlier, they did not want to go to Bethany to see an ill Lazarus. 'They stone people there you know!'
These disciples now called apostles were to be the foundation of Christianity, or so many churches teach, but they were inept, self centered, short sighted, however well meaning but terribly misguided men.
These were just normal people. Just like you and I.
They were not great as some would make them out to be, though they are in many stained glass windows. They did not really establish the church, as we will see when we get to the prison epistles. Paul makes that very clear. None of mankind is responsible for the teaching of the Word of God and the spreading of the Bible to the four corners of the world. Paul was in prison and while there, he had a great deal of time to think. And think he did. He discovered that he was a prisoner not of Caesar, but of Christ.
We are all in effect prisoners of something. And we have only two choices regarding our incarceration. The first is the sin nature. We are either a prisoner of our own sin nature and therefore trapped in the dark, the darkness of our own arrogance, or we can get off our mental bottoms, and get with a program of Bible study and then we become a prisoner of Christ - a more preferable place to serve out ones life sentence.
In the former, people have eyes on self. The apostles all had good intentions, but they closed their eyes to what Jesus was telling them and focused instead on their own plans.
Jesus had just announced the closing of a feast celebration which had been celebrated for 1500 years, but that did not catch their attention. Jesus had just announced that His suffering (closely correlated with this Passover Feast, by the way) was at hand. That did not catch their attention. He had just days earlier road into town on a donkey, raised a dead man back to life, continued to heal every known illness and handicap, and still these eleven remained in the dark. I exclude Judas here because he was never really interested I who Jesus was, but only in what opportunities might make themselves available to himself by associating with these other eleven and Jesus.
One would think that everyone was blond!
But then this same response applies to us all even in our current day. How many great spiritual giants do you know in this world? Probably none. We all have the Bible available to us. We all know the difference between right and wrong. We all know what God expects - generally speaking. Yet how many will close the pages of their Bible tonight as they do every night and not give God, or doctrine, or their spiritual lives another thought. We all go right back to our daily habit of thinking which excludes God.
The apostles knew all of the principles being taught. Jesus even told them that they knew. Do you remember that study? But it would take a very traumatic event in their lives before they would come down out of their self created clouds of greatness before they would get it.
And that is true with many people. Some just do not take the time to try to understand all of this study stuff, and then disaster hits home. And it hurts really bad. Then we again have an opportunity to see where we stand in life and to turn to God who really controls everything in life - despite our thinking that we have some say. But our part is really just in making the right decisions, to listen to Gods Word, and to learn, and to grow up. And this is so simple that it just eludes people.
The apostles were just normal people like you and I. They did not get it at first, but eventually they did begin to understand. They were not great by any stretch of the imagination, but they became great when the doctrine in their souls began to gel into wisdom. God did all of the work.. If He can do it for them, then He can certainly do great works for your life. With God, nothing is impossible. With man, everything is courtesy of the grace of God.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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