Posted by: Larry Hoekman | August 16, 2018

Luke — Double Entendre!

Day 3134: We’re really the only species who smiles (yeah my dog smiles too) and laughs – so make this a full day of smiling and laughing!

Scripture: At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to Him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill You.” He replied, “Go tell that fox, ‘I will keep on driving out demons and healing people today and tomorrow, and on the third day I will reach my goal.’ In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!”  Luke 13:31-33

Thoughts/questions: When Jesus spoke, He often was very direct and straightforward. However, there are many times when His words were filled with multiple meanings making them difficult to pinpoint their exact meaning. Other parts of the Bible, especially the Book of Revelation, have interpretations which differ and we are not really sure what to make of them.

In these verses, Jesus refers to reaching His goal on the third day. His listeners surely were thinking about the next three consecutive days. Jesus was not. Because we know the ‘real’ importance of His goal being achieved on the third day following His death on the cross, we can confidently know what He meant.

But when we’re looking forward to what might be, not looking back to what was, interpretation of Jesus’ words or other Biblical teaching is an imperfect science to say the least. Older Christ followers often state how they used to know it all, but now they realize that it is merely their opinion, not gospel truth.

We DON’T know as we look in the glass darkly. Be careful not to talk and act like only YOU know it all.

Suggested Prayer: Dear Jesus, may my words always be seasoned with humility . . .

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