58 To connect the new life

Luke 12:13-21
Isaiah 53:10-12
‡T Sense of values of modern people

@"And someone in the crowd said to Him, 'Teacher, tell my brother to drive the family inheritance with me.' But He said to him, 'Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbiter over you?'" (13-14)@There is it, "so many thousands of the multitude had gathered together," in the beginning of Chapter 12; and among the crowds, Jesus began to talk to the disciples (2-12). However, one person approached Him with such a consultation from a crowd, suddenly. As if he waited for a story of Jesus to break off totally. By the way, it was strange, but, when the crowd was hearing it naturally, the story of Jesus was the contents did not seem to be at all conscious of the crowd; but it was the contents for that how they should confront for the persecution and for the martyrdom which disciples would be going to pass before long. And the crowd also did not seem to hear the story of Jesus at all. The request of this person had nothing to do with the story that they heard really. Possibly, because he heard the reputation of Jesus, he wanted to be guided from a trouble that he met; I suspect that he came over only for it from a beginning. It seemed that the inheritance of this person had been stolen by brothers in some reason; but, in Judea, in such consultation, because it seemed normal to bring request to a famous rabbi, so he thought Jesus was a famous rabbi, and he came to Him. Because it is a problem of the property called the succession to property, it seems that he is a son of the landowners of rich Jerusalem or the neighborhood. Probably, it is thought that Jesus went to Jerusalem many times, in this Jewish local patrol. The person who approached to Jesus with consultation is treated like the spokesman of people who gathered there; but he seems to think that he can obtain "the life" which should belong to God by increasing property. Though Jesus got so tired of hypocrisy of Pharisee and Sopher, but, even the people also is going to judge things from only realistic loss and gain calculation. Is not it sense of values itself of modern people at all?

@Jesus said to him, "Man, who appointed Me a judge or arbiter over you?". The arbiter is a legal term q inheritance distribution person r; Jesus contacted with people carefully with enthusiasm in the Galilee district, but here, He talks in a severe way as a different person totally. Possibly, He might have been disappointed to the lower level of faith of the people of the Jerusalem neighborhood. Modern we may disappoint Jesus in the same way, too. I am made to think.

‡U Led by God

@However, Jesus began to teach them although being severe; He changed His mind and hoped that they would be changed. "Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions." (15)@He said it is greed. Because the problem of succession to property was nothing to do with poor people, it would seem to eyes of Jesus only the things that people who had much wanted to become more richer. "For not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions"; is not it the words of only One who can rule the wealth of the whole world in His hand ?@It seems that Satan release it now, but originally, it was not that Satan owns it.

@We must learn to be satisfied with a given thing and thank it. For whom we thank? For the One who gives us daily food and keeps our life, He is our God. This rich man forgot that One. "Led by God"; it should have been basics of the way of life of the Jew . Jesus wished to want that they remember that principle, and spoke a parable. "The land of certain rich man was very productive. And he began reasoning to himself, saying, 'What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?' And he he said, 'This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, "Soul you have many goods laid up for many years to come, take you ease, eat, drink and be merry."' But God said to him, 'You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared? So is the man who lays up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God." (16-21)

‡V To connect the new life

@There were many examples of such a way of life and death in that times, and Jesus might have heard those examples. However, because this resembles closely the things of Apocrypha "Ecclesiasticus" (11:18-19), it is thought that He borrowed from there. Let's introduce it. "The gift of God abideth with the just, and his advancement shall have success for ever. There is one that is enriched by living sparingly, and this is the portion of his reward. In that he saith: I have found me rest, and now I will eat of my goods alone: And he knoweth not what time shall pass, and that death approacheth, and that he must leave all to others, and shall die." Surely it will be both. Jesus knows not only the Old Testament but also Apocrypha (though Jesus belongs to poor common people!)G and, to see in three dimensions and on many sides, it is thought that it played a key role of His thought, when He sees the word of God. Bible sits on only the Bible. It is important choice, but we want to learn the multidirectional intellectual training except the Bible are need, in reading the Bible. The multidirectional training deepens how to read Bible. We assign that training to ourselves; it may lead to the evading the critical situation of the modern church, the problem that seeker after truth and believer depart from the church.

@Anyway, when I keep this allegory in a heart, though there are many people who cannot even eat enough in the world, as for the point of the modern Japanese gourmet-oriented ‚”endency, I feel it to be bitter; and crude oil soars by some investors awfully and presses the common people; undoubtedly, somewhere is out of order, I think. In the present age which does not pay more attention to the thing except the granary full of waxes; do you know that modern Japanese are set up the label called people having only poor mind (heart), though we are rich? The root of the reckless driving of young people occurring frequently is rumored; it which not only a young person but also the elderly lacks is to be afraid of the One "who after He has killed has authority to cast into hell. (12:5).

@The life is a domain of God, has the modern people forgotten this? Why Luke adopted this article here which seemed to have no connection with the article in front of (12:1-12)? He wanted to a foreigner church to build the most basic understanding about "The life is a domain of God", I think so. Probably, the new church led by Greek who began to Antioch would have the one side that is shrewd to utility which is similar well in the present age. Luke would promote the reconsideration of ranking of an important thing to people of the church which is going to build in the Greek zone and in a end of world; he said that if man did not abandon such feelings to be selfish, he could not understand God. I hear such his message. If we examine that "life" in a keyword, this article is connected to the article in front wonderfully. Because of that "life", Jesus is walking the way to a cross now. Listen to the words of Isaiah. "If He would render Himself as a guilt offering, He will see His offspring, He will prolong His days, and the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in His hand." (53:10) It may be said that our new life expiated by Jesus have life of Jesus. Do you want to connect that new life with new step, to please the Lord?