July 9, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Luke 19-20
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Commentary: By eating with Zacchaeus, Jesus shows His mission and that doing good for others can lead to great changes. The parable of the ten minas struck a familiar chord with Jesus' audience, as it was what Herod the Great, and later his son, did to achieve their power. It is also an allegory for Jesus coming to earth. He is the King the religious leaders do not want. Jesus was accompanied by more than just the 12 core disciples for His entry into Jerusalem. Jesus was righteously angry to see His Father’s house desecrated and threw out those who were not there for worship, which angered the religious leaders. In the beginning of chapter 20, Jesus' credentials for teaching are questioned. The priests had their lineage, the scribes had their studying and training, and the elders had their experience. Jesus had none, for they would not believe that He was the Son of God, giving Him more authority than any earthly lineage, training, or experience. In the parable of the vineyard, the vineyard represents God's gift to the Israelites and the tenants are the religious leaders or Israelites. The messengers are the prophets sent by God whom the people ignored and killed, and the son is Jesus. The religious leaders again attempt (and fail) to trick Jesus by asking a question about taxes. The Sadducees then attempt to outsmart Jesus by questioning Him about the resurrection. Jesus' response provides a glimpse into what will occur: not everyone will be resurrected, life will not be the same.
Focus Verses: 20:20-26 Why were the religious leaders so sure they had trapped Jesus with their question? What can we learn from His answer? How can you follow His example in your life when asked difficult questions?