Thy Rod and Thy Staff
03/10/2019

Thy Rod and Thy Staff

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Passage: Luke 13:31-35
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Bible Text: Luke 13:31-35 | Speaker: Nelson Nyman | Series: Luke |

Intro: Many times I’ve had someone come to me with a problem involving an abusive relationship or addiction they are battling. I tell them everything I can urging them to do WHATEVER IT TAKES to get out of it and they nod and agree with me but later I hear they have gone back and are worse than ever. 

My heart breaks for them, but ultimately, it’s their choice. 

But I was also on the other side of the fence…

At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, “Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”

32 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.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’
They were not willing…
31 At that time some Pharisees came to Jesus and said to him, 

“Leave this place and go somewhere else. Herod wants to kill you.”

Why would the guys who want to kill him be worried about him getting killed?

They wanted to get rid of him either way. 
1. The rebellious feel threatened by the righteous.
Example: Joseph and his brothers. 

32 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.’ 33 In any case, I must press on today and tomorrow and the next day—for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!

Fox – aren’t we told not to revile leaders?

– Paul retracted calling the high priest a “white-washed tomb” after he found out who he was. (Acts 23:5)

This refers to everyday talk, not divine inspiration to publicly rebuke a leader as a prophet.

Jesus couldn’t die there or in Herod’s land because his destiny was Jerusalem. 

Jesus was on his own divine timetable (not literally 3 days).

Application: Do we goals? measurable & attainable

They gave the reason he should change his plan, but…

In any case… 

Jesus knows that no one could kill him before the appointed time.
2. The path of the righteous is guarded by God.
Jesus banked on it. 

For the Lord gives wisdom;

    from his mouth come knowledge and understanding;

he stores up sound wisdom for the upright;

    he is a shield to those who walk in integrity,

guarding the paths of justice

    and watching over the way of his saints.

Proverbs 2:6-8

Application: Do I know for sure that God is guarding my way like Jesus was?

Ever been dissuaded from what God has called you to do?

Because of fear or distraction?

Example: 

1. Loosing support, favor, approval from a loved one. 

2. Facing costly opposition and turning back.

3. Admitting to yourself that you are not on fire like you used to be because of complacency or disobedience. 

Have I ever felt unsure if God is guarding my path? 

What does that say about my path?

Is the path I am on one of obedience or self-centeredness?
3. Walking in obedience is the path of the righteous.
Nothing would deter Jesus from his goal.

What was his goal?

 

“The Son of Man came to seek and save the lost.”

Luke 19:10

BY DYING FOR US!

My goals are the wrong ones if they are selfish. 

“…for surely no prophet can die outside Jerusalem!”

Irony from Jesus because more prophets were killed at the hand of the jews than by foreign enemies.

What he’s really saying: “I’m a prophet and I’m not leaving Jerusalem.”

I’m not going to run from Herod or anybody else. 

Many times people had mistaken Jesus’ motives and methods.

Even the disciples tried to dissuade him from going to the cross.

The path of the righteous is many times countercultural and impractical.

Jesus had pity on them.

34 “Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who kill the prophets and stone those sent to you, how often I have longed to gather your children together, as a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…”

A picture of a hen guarding her chicks.

The “fox (Herod) in the henhouse”

The mission of Jesus was to save all people… even those who hated him. 

Application: Do I love people like Jesus does?

If you’re like me, you would say, “I don’t have a heart for people like he did.”

Where does that come from?

Listen while I read: Hebrews 5:1-5 (slowly)

For every high priest chosen from among men is appointed to act on behalf of men in relation to God, to offer gifts and sacrifices for sins. 

2 He can deal gently with the ignorant and wayward, since he himself is beset with weakness. 3 Because of this he is obligated to offer sacrifice for his own sins just as he does for those of the people. 4 And no one takes this honor for himself, but only when called by God, just as Aaron was.

5 So also Christ did not exalt himself to be made a high priest, but was appointed by him who said to him,

“You are my Son, today I have begotten you…”
4. The righteous love others because they know they are weak.
Jesus is the High Priest, our access to God.

And he understands us because he was one of us.

“But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: 

While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”

Romans 5:8

“…and you were not willing. 35 Look, your house is left to you desolate. I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.’”

“Thy Rod and the staff they comfort me.” Psalm 23:4
5. The righteous trust God to discipline those he loves.
Including themselves!

(Review slide) explaining the move from one side of the fence to the other. 

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