July 16, 2016: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Luke 21-22
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Commentary: Jesus continues to teach, even as His death draws nearer. Giving is not about the amount given, but the condition of the heart. When Jesus talks of the signs of the end of the age, He tells of events that must happen before the end. But these events occurring do not the mean the end is here. Do not obsess over the date and the time of the end, but instead, it is more important to have our life in order for the end. Satan using Judas is a warning to all believers: even those closest to the Lord can fall to Satan’s sway. Passover was to be celebrated with family, as a time of remembrance of the Lord bringing the Israelites out of Egypt. Jesus made His disciples family, as we are all brother and sisters in Christ. Ironically, it is as the Jews celebrate their deliverance, that they plan and murder their ultimate deliverer. Peter is another warning to believers. He also fell to Satan. The difference between Judas and Peter is their reactions afterwards. Judas was overcome with guilt and grief, he killed himself. Peter repented and came back stronger for his trial. Several Jewish laws were broken during the trial of Jesus: Jesus was not allowed to defend Himself, Jesus never confessed - He simply repeated what was said to Him, and His trial was not legal (no trials were to be held during Passover)!
Focus Verses: 22:14-20 Why are these verses important to you? What do they mean to you? Do they make you thankful?