Daily Archives: August 21, 2007

12th Sunday after Pentecost

“Discerning the Dividing Line”

Luke 12:49-56

 

            In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.  Amen.

            As you may have realized by now, chapter 12 of Luke is not a chapter for the faint of heart.  So it’s a good thing we rely on “Thy Strong Word” and not on our own faint hearts!  Notice that this chapter is full of lines sharply drawn.  Starting in verses 4-7, we are told to fear the one who can cast the body into hell, and not the one who can kill the body only.  Verses 8-10 divide between those who acknowledge Christ before men and those who deny Him.  Verses 13-21 divide between those who are rich toward God and those who are rich toward themselves.  As we heard last week, verses 22-34 divide between those whose treasure is safe with God in Jesus Christ and those whose treasure is in temporary, earthly things.  We did not have verses 35-48 as a Gospel lesson, but there too Jesus divides between those who are ready for His return and those who are not; as well as between those servants who do their Master’s will and those who do not.  Finally, in our text for today, Jesus sums it all up.  He tells us the source of and the reason for all the division.  It is Jesus Himself. Continue reading