55 A certain brightness step

Isaiah 61:19-22
T To the wicked generation

@We watched "the Beelzebul question and answer" last time; it began because Jesus cast out the demon of the dumb person. The people made by Pharisee criticized that Jesus was conspiring with header "Beelzebul" of the demon. There is it, "And others, to test Him, were demanding of Him a sign from heaven." (16); it pressed Jesus to show evidence as the Messiah. With malice, "You are never the Messiah". The beginning of the text this morning, it is the place called the answer of Jesus about that "sign".

@It begins, "And as the crowds were increasing, He began to say," (29). According to Matthew (12:38-), this question "demanding of sign" was given from Pharisee; but, Luke pushes the crowd on the front in the same way as the last time, here. Probably, people of the Jew seemed to have superiority awareness that they are the local people including Jerusalem, of center of Israel, and they are city dwellers (central rank). And it is thought that, not only a Pharisee and Sopher and some leaders but also, the general people had such a consciousness. Galilee or Perea person are country bumpkins, and they are only just supporting actors; it resembles us in the present age said to be the city center. Including the times of himself (foreigner church), Luke will watch such partial times. "This generation is a wicked generation; it seeks for a sign, and yet no sign shall be given to it but the sign of Jonah. For just as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so shall the Son of Man be to this generation. The Queen of the South shall raise up with the men this generation at the judgment and condemn them, because she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon; and behold, something greater than Solomon is here. The men of Nineveh shall stand up with this generation at the judgement and condemn it, because they repented at the preaching of Jonah; and behold, something greater than Jonah is here." (29-32)

U Faith to hear the word of God

@As for "The sign of Jonah", prophet Jonah swallowed to a big fish passes three days and nights, and reaches home plate again on the ground (Jonah), but this prefigures the death and resurrection of the cross of Jesus. And that sign (His cross) is for "this generation"; but probably, "this generation" will refer to "the wicked generation". Unfortunately, it cannot but say that we are away from God distantly in this present age; and such a tendency would surely produce it in an early church. When we lose sight of God, we fall into egocentrism and begin to deny other people, and run to a crime at last . And that root will be in a church, too; is it overstatement? Because "we go to the church", because "we were baptized", we are near God; but we cannot feel relieved in it. We want to walk with God while asking ourselves deeper, "Are you really reconciled with God?", in our central place. And Jesus (also Luke?) makes time of the end a problem saying "The queen of the south shall rise up". Will Queen of Sheba and people of Nineveh be to stand before God as a witness of a person accusing us at the time of Judgment? At least, they testify that the Jew of the times of Jesus stays away from God. Both "Wisdom of Solomon" and "the sermon of Jonah"; that center is to listen to the word of God. That center is lacking, both in the way of life of modern people and in the initial church of the times of Luke also; it is this message, I want to hear it..

@Besides, it is said, "Behold, something greater than Solomon and Jonah is here". We must hear this is the Messiah declaration of Jesus. Jesus wanted the people to hear than "sign", there; and would declare that He Himself is the Messiah. To approach God, the One you should look up at, Jesus of the cross came to here; it was the message of Luke. "So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ." (Romans 10:17); this teaching of Paulo is flowing into Luke's faith ceaselessly. "The word of Christ", it is concretely the cross and resurrection of Christ; but people who don't want to believe (Pharisee and Sopher) cover their ears and are not going to hear the Gospel. And Luke worries that the people like them (probably legalists) begin to appear in an initial church. But, I must touch the thing of the present age, too. The modern theology is indifferent to the fact that Jesus died on a cross and revived and there is only disciple's "faith" who believe a cross and resurrection, and their "faith" has been told us, they insist so. However, may we hear the cross and the resurrection simply, because it was a fact?

V A certain brightness step

@The things which Luke took up and connected successively were some pieces inherited Sermon on the Mount of Matthew (5:15 6:22-23). Probably, this part has another source material that Jesus was talked about in this way at the different time from Sermon on the Mount; and it is thought the hand of editing of Luke would have been added to it. Therefore, here, a message of Luke is piled up to a message of Jesus. "No one, after lighting a lamp, puts it away in a cellar, nor under a peckmeasure, but on the lampstand, in order that those who enter may see the light. The lamp of your body is your eye; when your eye is clear, your whole body also is full of light; but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Then watch out that the light in you may not be darkness. If therefore your whole body is full of light, with no dark part in it, it shall be wholly illumined, as when the lamp illumines you with its rays." (33-36)@The part of Verse 33 was already used at 8:16G but the message there was given to the disciples who were sent to towns villages for the propagation, hbe a person brightening Jesus as lighth. However, this part is not the repetition, but it was talked to the people of Judea district who was led by the Pharisee; they concluded that Jesus was a person conspiring with header Beelzebul of the demon; and said "nonetheless, you should show a sign, if you assume oneself the Messiah". I feel that a color of a message of Luke oozes out there. I want to hear it.

@Here, there is comparison of a part of brightness, "the light" "your lamp of your body is your eye" "your eye is clear", "your whole body is is full of light"; and on the contrary, there is a part of lost light, "in a cellar, nor under a peckmeasure" "but when it is bad, your body also is full of darkness" "then watch out that the light in you may not be darkness"; these are talked about repeatedly. Repetition is emphasis, but, what will he emphasize? Here is one more element used repeatedly. "After lighting a lamp", "puts it", "watch out"; they are not same words, but it is felt it repeats the same things. Even though it is hidden, but it is saying the will of subject that "I (or you) do it", I think. When we hear it like that, we can nod that "(my or your) eye" is a problem. The subject (What is I or you going to watch?) or (What is I or you going to hear?jis asked. Is it a light or a darkness? The light is what is recognized by God, "your whole body is bright"; and it is to believe Jesus is the Messiah and confess His cross and resurrection were "for me". Because this is authorization of God, it may say in other words that we are invited to the salvation from God. Pharisees also were invited to that place. But, they did not accept such invitation, and chose the darkness. How about us? There is still the chance. Will we accept our Lord who is waiting us patiently, and reply to Him?