As I understand it, for the first time; and afterwards it shall be fulfilled again. at night; taute te nukti, = this very night, tonight (Mk 14.30); te epiouse nukti, = the following night (Acts 23.11); (d) accusative nukta, = answering the question "(for) how long?" She believes he will meet all of her needs." Thus will good men even break their sleep to give themselves to prayer, and calling upon the name of God. And frankly, at this point you may want to skip past the comments and go on to Luke 21:5 and consult other commentaries which use this passage as a segue to move smoothly from the widow's example to a sermon on teaching the principles of giving. 21:2. In Jesus' day the term for the sanctuary proper was naos. 15:19; 17:14, 16; Php. When all things which are written become fulfilled. We were astounded by her extravagant gift. 3:7; 1 Tim. Judas pictures one who failed. According to historian, John Dowling, (The history of Romanism : from the earliest corruptions of Christianity to the present time) a reputable historian, the Roman Catholic Church put to death 50 million heretics between A.D. 606 and mid-1800’s, many of them true Christians … 50 million. Dear servant of Christ, are you getting enough rest or are you burning the candle at both ends and on the verge of burning out? They went to the work eagerly, even using silver shovels in their extravagance, and carrying the dirt in purple veils. 19 The earth is broken asunder, The earth is split through, The earth is shaken violently. Torn down (2647)(kataluo from kata = down, intensifies luo = loosen, dissolve, demolish) means literally to loosen down (unloose) and then to utterly destroy or to overthrow completely. (However see another discussion on this topic) A nurse who attended Voltaire at the time of his horrible death vowed "For all the wealth in Europe I would not see another infidel die." No. ", Moody Bible Commentary has an interesting note -. 8:12; 21:25; 22:5;  Ge. J C Ryle - Let us learn from these verses — the spiritual danger to which even the holiest believers are exposed in this world. It is this latter question that Luke 21:25-28 addresses. One can picture the height of the huge waves in this supernatural seismos! 16:16; 1 Cor 16:20; 2 Cor 13:12; 1 Th 5:26; 1 Pe 5:14) That gave rise to false accusations of incest and other sexual perversions. Two promises are given to those who faithfully persevere. ESV Study Bible - Birth pains indicates that there will be a time of suffering prior to the messianic age (cf. Luke 16:17; “But it is easier for heaven and earth to pass away than for one stroke of a letter of the Law to fail. The first fulfillment of this was the destruction of Jerusalem in a.d. 70, and this destruction may also foreshadow a greater judgment at the end of the age, so that some of what Jesus predicted in Lk 21:5-24 may also find fulfillment in events that precede Christ’s second coming. In this case Jesus is explaining how He could make the paradoxical statement in Lk 21:3 that even though she gave less than others, she really gave more. The point is, this present life is “a very little while” in comparison with the eternal joys of heaven. They make up the retaining wall holding up the Temple Mount. It might be this year. (MacArthur New Testament Commentary – Luke). ", The NIV translation of Da 9:27 says he "will set up an abomination that causes desolation until the end that is decreed is poured out on him" (Da 9:27NIV). Acts 23:17  Paul called one of the centurions to him and said, "Lead this young man to the commander, for he has something to report to him.". 11:21). Any of these cares may cause a surfeit and a drunkenness wherefore, “take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life,” —. HIS KINGDOM ARE NEAR. Yet I wonder how much the awareness of His return affected your life this past week? The actions of this poor widow are not to be seen as a “requirement” to get right with God. (Dt 28:64-67). It vividly pictures the capture of the city and the resultant condition reaching to the end of the age. 46:4, What the Bible teaches - After the bare and barren state of the fig tree throughout winter, the first green shoots of spring tell that the summer is at hand....The suddenness of the appearance of the manifest kingdom is graphically expressed by Luke's use of the expression "they now shoot forth" (proballō). Given that Jesus' warning call for watchfulness applies to every generation of believers until He returns, how would you gauge your spiritual condition? Surprisingly, MacArthur does not suggest that the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 AD was a foreshadowing of Jerusalem's future destruction. "Stop worrying what you shall utter!" We all have an inherent desire to know about the future, especially end times prophecy. If You are the Christ, tell us plainly.". You are looking at (2334)(theoreo from theaomai = to look at closely or attentively or contemplatively - even with a sense of wonder; cp theoros = a spectator; English = theater) means to observe with sustained attention, like a spectator looking with interest and attention to details often with the implication that what was observed was something unusual. In 2 Samuel 14 a woman from Tekoa speaks a parable to King David to encourage him to reconcile with Absalom. Bengel remarks that she might have retained one of the two lepta. 32:5, 20; Pr. Why do we not plead for it every time we hear the clock strike? His edict ran counter to the word of Christ who had decreed its utter ruin. "This conduct of the Roman general," says Macknight, "so contrary to all the rules of prudence, was doubtless brought to pass by the providence of God, Who interposed in this manner for the deliverance of the disciples of his Son." Remember that in inductive Bible study, the most important step and the one usually given the least attention is the step of careful OBSERVATION of the text, letting it say what it says without adding words we "think" it says and also be careful to lay aside our pre-conceived impressions of the passage (as much as is possible in such a well known story as the widow's mite). Luke 21:11  and there will be great earthquakes, and in various places plagues and famines; and there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But endurance is evidence of salvation, proof that a person is truly redeemed and a child of God. First, it is used to mean “maintenance” or “control.” Second, it is also used in various expressions from a narrow place in the road, to denote straights or narrows, to mean continuity or coherence, or to denote a conflict in battle (Liddell-Scott). The actual number is likely much greater. Steven Cole - The “very little while” is from God’s perspective of time, not from our perspective! REMEMBER THAT IN Mt 23:13 JESUS SAYS THE LEADERS ACTUALLY SHUT THE DOOR OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN BY THEIR NON-BIBLICAL, LEGALISTIC TEACHING! BDAG says that originally aporia was used of 'lack of means/resources' (esp. And on one of those days the chief priests, scribes, and elders — That is, some of the first men of the nation; came — By appointment of the senate, to Jesus; and spake, saying, Tell us by what authority, &c. — See on Matthew 21:23-27, and Mark 11:27-33. 17:31) is replaced by a warning to keep away from Jerusalem." (Baker Exegetical Commentary), In his IVP commentary Bock says 'Jesus’ point is not so much to rebuke others’ contributions as to exalt a contribution that otherwise would have been underappreciated. Will be shaken (4531)(saleuo) means  caused to move to and fro, caused to waver or totter, as the unexpected and disastrous shaking of what would be thought to be stable, e.g. All the crops are thrown off. If you have a lot of debt, can you temporarily stop tithing while paying off the debt? The Gospel was penetrating, people were being converted, the church was growing and it had a detrimental effect on Roman life. Moses prays for his replacement "Joshua the son of Nun, who stands before you, he shall enter there; encourage him (Lxx = katischuo = a prayer to strengthen him), for he will cause Israel to inherit it." These writers seem to automatically "default" to the assumption that Luke 21 is describing the same event as Matthew. What we discovered to our utter shock was that there was a very real concentration of severe earthquakes over the so-called "10/40 Window," which of course has the most unreached people groups in the world. But to confront the world as Paul did with the declaration that "the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness" (Ro 1:18) is to guarantee society's wrath against the gospel and those who preach it....false religion reacts against believers because it is generated by Satan. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS" (Rev 19:15, 16). (Reformed Expository Commentary - Luke), Be on guard, so that your hearts will not be weighted down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of life - In light of the truth that all that Jesus has predicted will come to pass perfectly, He gives a warning to His disciples, but it is a warning which applies not just to the disciples in the first century but disciples throughout the interval of time as we anticipate His return. The description here and in parallel texts on this point in prophetic history (cf. Twenty-three of the twenty-seven New Testament books refer to this great event. Even if "generation" by itself can have a slightly larger semantic range, to make "this generation" refer to all believers in every age, or the generation of believers alive when eschatological events start to happen, is highly artificial. Matthew 24:6 “You will be hearing of wars and rumors of wars. Do not strike your roots into it; you are not to dwell here, and to live here always. But all of them together can be caused only by the hand of God. John Piper Apr 8, 2013 31 Shares Sermon. May that day hasten quickly Lord Jesus. We must take heed that in the present calamities, when war and devastation and heart-break are abroad in the world, we do not shut ourselves up in a world of our own and ignore the demand made on us by our Lord and our fellow-men for the service of intercessory prayer and hospitality and care. Have you been rejected or scorned or made fun of because you are His follower? "; Lk 21:3 = "“Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all"; John 1:47 = " “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!”; Jn 4:42 "this One is indeed the Savior of the world.”; Jn 6:14 = “This is truly the Prophet who is to come into the world.”; Jn 7:26, 40; Jn 8:31; Jn 17:8; Acts 12:11; 1 Th 2:13; 1 John 2:5. This significant period in God's plan will end when Jesus Christ returns to the earth, destroys all Gentile power, and sets up His own righteous kingdom (Da 2:34-36-note, Da 2:44-45-note; Rev. 13:5; Neh. ( cf Mt 26.37, Lk 7:15, 24, 38), People get ready, there's a train a comin' What is Jesus explaining? And there shall be signs in the sun —. Comment: Notice the powerful spiritual dynamic presented by Paul - Verse 12 is situated between Jesus' First Coming (v11) and His Second Coming (v12). 7:11; Jer. When you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies - See the diagram above for the siege wall (+++++) which the Roman army built around the city of Jerusalem in July, 70 AD to prevent Jews from escaping. Matthew's version adds “what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?” (Mt 24:3). Do not get to love this world, or to be taken up with it. MacArthur feels Luke 21:1-4 is a continuation of the theme of judgment begun in Lk 20:47-note (and the parallel diatribe against the Scribes and Pharisees in Mt 23:1-36) which continues into the pericope in Lk 21:5-36. Luke 21:29  Then He told them a parable: "Behold the fig tree and all the trees; KJV Luke 21:29 And he spake to them a parable; Behold the fig tree, and all the trees; Matthew 24:32 “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near; Mark 13:28  “Now learn the parable from the fig tree: when its branch has already become tender and puts forth its leaves, you know that summer is near. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the midtribulational view of the rapture (midtribulationism)? Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Ps 125:5). Listen, God's law was never given to impoverish people, but to help them. They misunderstood what was meant by eating and drinking the elements during the Lord’s supper, which led to charges of cannibalism and that Christians met to engage in lurid, immoral activity and eat each others flesh! For these things must take place first - What things? Only one will truly satisfy my soul! To then conclude that this warrants us assigning her "spiritual prosperity" (or even status as a genuine believer or a disciple or one who has gained entrance into the Kingdom of God) sounds more like works based righteousness than it does grace based righteousness. This helps understand how these spiritual shysters will be able to lead others astray. As noted elsewhere, frequent looking energizes faithful living! In fact, real giving happens when one gives sacrificially. 2 Thessalonians 1:5  This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you will be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering. Jesus had commanded the Jewish believers to desert the city when they saw this happening (Lk 21:21). Today could be the day! Amen." There were 12 steps leading up to this gate. What we need is the indwelling Spirit to give us both the desire and the power to keep these commands (cf Php 2:13NLT-note). 27:5; 2 Chr. The righteous in contrast will inherit the kingdom and enter into eternal life in the presence of the Son (Mt 25:20-23, 34, 36). In classical Greek doron referred to a votive (expressing a vow, wish or desire) gift or offering to a god (little g) or a gift from the gods, as well as a present given as a tribute or even as a bribe. Mounce - Earthquakes are known throughout the Mediterranean region and particularly in eastern Palestine. 3:2; Dan. (The Interpretation of St. Matthew's Gospel- R. C. H Lenski, Augsburg House, 1961), D A Carson interprets "this generation" with a "quantitative" rather than a "qualitative" meaning writing that, only with the greatest difficulty be made to mean anything other than the generation living when Jesus spoke. 12:43; Lk. One sure method for a patient spirit, is to expect little from this world, and to be ever waiting for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ! Nelson's NKJV Study Bible says "Patient allegiance to Jesus leads to eternal life." All Luke's uses the word ptochos - Lk. Compare other "I Am" statements by Jesus = Jn 4:26, 8:24, 28, 13:19, 18:5, 6 ["they drew back and fell to the ground!" They are the natural results of human nature separated from God and ruled by self-interest. If you do this, I think you may be surprised at the "observations" that many of the commentaries make on this famous text. There is no sin so great — but a great saint may fall into it. There is a false sense of security produced by considering that there is safety in numbers, but our Lord in this verse states that the consternation will embrace ‘all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth,’ so that instead of numbers proving a security it proves an added element of terror. Every use of "amen" or "truly" by Jesus serves to affirm what follows and by extension to cause us to pay close attention to the teaching. Over the centuries persecution has provided opportunities to proclaim the gospel, purified the church, and demonstrated the triumph of saving faith. Commentaries for Luke Chapter 21 Jerusalem's Destruction and the End. 11:11; Matt. "But unto thee have I cried, O Lord: and in the morning shall my prayer prevent thee." To read and mark Your holy Word, The Jews in Israel were to know by experiencing (ginosko) the sight of the Roman armies laying siege to the city of Jerusalem. MacArthur does not address this difference between Matthew and Luke's versions. 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