59 We are spun into new life

Luke 12:22-34
Psalms 23:1-6
‡T Only to fill a storehouse

@Last time, we saw an article that one person approached Jesus with consultation as if interrupted Jesus, and Jesus answered it. The answer is that "the life is a domain of God" and in that center Jesus who was hung on the cross sits; but Jesus seems to ask here, "how you hear this?". It took form of the answer to a crowd, but probably this was a series of the story to disciples. Because disciples are sent to the people soon "absorbed only to fill a storehouse", who came out to a story of Jesus; and they must build a church of Jesus at there. There are many things to have to teach them. It may be said that it is the consciousness of Luke concerned with the expanse of the church, now. Therefore, furthermore, that continuance is talked about. "And He said to His disciples," (22); this is a text of this morning (12:22-34).

@"For this reason I say to you, do not be anxious for your life, as to what you shall eat; nor for your body, as to what you shall put on. For life is more than food, and the body than clothing. Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; as they have no storeroom nor barn; and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds! And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life's span? If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why are you anxious about other matters? Consider the lilies, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory did not clothe himself like one of these. But if God so arrays the grass in the field, which is alive today and tomorrow is thrown into the furnace, how much more will He clothe you. O men of little faith! And do not seek what you shall eat, and what you shall drink, and so not keep worrying. For all these things the nations of the world eagerly seek; but your Father knows that you need these things. But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you." (22-31) Needless to say, this was a thing in Sermon on the Mount of Matthew, but Luke read it as data and edited it a little more, and seemed to insert it in this part. There would be some intention of him.


‡U The confession of faith to the Lord

@Since Luke and Matthew have almost no difference as an article, it may end in distortion that I investigate Luke's original message from here. But, I want to hear it still. Even if it is a small, there are two differences. The first one is this "Consider the ravens". Not a bird, it is ravens. The second one, it is "how much more valuable you are than the birds!"; but it will be proper to consider that it points at "ravens". Book of Job has such words. "Who prepares for ravens its nourishment. when its young cry to God, and wander about without food?" (38:41) However, there is it, "Are not five sparrows sold for two cents?" (11:6) in the phrase before two. It was an offering of poor people in the shrines, and that "bird" should have pointed at a small creature. Why Luke changed it into "ravens" daringly here?, it is thought it will show to emphasize ravens is lower existence than sparrow. Ravens which I saw in Israel was brown, probably because I did not have seen it before, it was felt dirty. Would it be also reflected so in the eyes of Luke? Possibly, about ravens said in substitution for a sparrow as a offering to the shrine, it may be put in the metaphor as a foreigner who does not know God. God who feeds such ones can mind "you who became a disciple of Jesus". Because you are expiated one by the life of Jesus Himself.

@Another difference is that he put the parenthesis which is not in Matthew; it is this, "If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why are you anxious about other matters?" (26). In that premise, there is it "And which of you by being anxious can add a single cubit to his life's span?" (25); but, "that life" should assume it "life". This includes "the size of the body" and "length of the life", and Mr. Nagai translated this as "height"; but it is thought it is pulled to without "If you cannot do even a very little thing". Probably Luke bet the "small thing" on postponing life. Because, the One who can finish saying to postpone life is "small" is only God, and He obtains our life alone. Luke showed Jesus was that One. We may hear it is his confession of faith.


‡V We are spun into new life

@Here, Luke seems to focus also on "life", following two former phrases (12:1 -12, 13-21), in the central subject of this point. "The life is a domain of God." Of course, in that root, a cross of Jesus is hidden. The Gospel of Jesus is his biggest subject of concern.

@That Gospel becomes public from the last part of the first phrase and appears. "But seek for His kingdom, and these things shall be added to you." (31) Here, you will be aware it is declared that the new "life" expiated by a cross of Jesus arrives to "the country of God". And, asking for God, it points to the way to walk with God. However, even if I shout loudly here "We will do such a way of life", it seems it will be said that concreteness lack; therefor, I want to think reversely from the thing "these things shall be added to you". "These thing", it is "do not seek what you shall eat, what you shall drink"; if we begin to think about the need at hand, how do you think it? Let's pray to God about these things. The prayer which reaches GodG is it not the only most concrete way to walk with God? In the present age which deepens confusion, we have many innumerable troubles including uneasiness and the trouble; but please tell to God about each one of them. God does something by all means. Of course, when you pray to God, your faith is asked there.

@It is the central subject of the second phrase which begins "do not be afraid, little flock" (32). I told you that disciples would have a hard time soon for a church. A modern preacher has the trouble, but surely, they would have the difficulty which is incomparable with it. However, therefore, it was demanded that they remember the faith of the promise, "for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom" (32). And that faith cannot be egocentrism. "Sell your possessions and give to charity; make yourselves purses which do not wear out, an unfailing treasure in heaven, where no thief comes near, nor moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." (33-34); And Luke compares this treasure to the rich farmer who saved property for oneself. It seems that when we lose sight of God, we cannot see this treasure. Conversely, if we continue staring at God, an important thing will become clear. It is thought it intends to vary by a person; but we want to come across that most important thing when we live in faith, don't you? I think that it will be our way of life spun into new "life".


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