With Luke 12, we can see 6 separate divisions. The first part, verses 1 thru 12, tends toward #9, New Life instruction for believers along the line of exercising discernment in verse 1, and how that there is #3, severe judgment for those who teach falsehood and engage in hypocrisy under the guise of being religious. More New Life instruction can be seen in the encouragement to be a bold witness for the #4, Savior as found with verse 8. it is here that we find mention of an unpardonable sin to blaspheme the Holy Spirit. We have the Parable of the Rich Fool in verses 13 thru 21, and it serves us as further #9, New Life instruction. In it, Jesus warns us against greed and self-indulgence, and encourages generosity toward God, by the active giving of one’s wealth for the benefit of others. Just read the man’s words and note no acknowledgment of God in them; not even of gratitude! With that generosity, one might fret that they might end up having to go without the necessities of life, but verses 22 thru 34, serve to lay that concern to rest. As further New Life instruction, we are assured that we can be rich toward God, as verse 21 stated, and He will gladly provide for food and clothing. This passage concludes with an encouragement to even sell all and give it away! This was especially true unto those who could literally follow Him in His day, but appears to be equally applicable unto those missionary types who do a similar thing today! I have met and know such people, and they are a marvel to personally know!
Verses 35 thru 41 encourage New Life teaching of His own to watch, wait and be ready for His Return. Further, verses 42 thru 48, goes beyond that to incorporate service, and speaks of #3, judgment unto those who do not, but rather indulges himself instead. Contrary to what many teach today, to become a serious follower after Jesus Christ will make you new Christian friends, but in keeping with verse 8, will not endear you to those who remain outside the faith; particularly within one’s own family! Jesus alludes to #5, the Gospel when He speaks of a ‘baptism’ in verse 50. The chapter ends with verses 54 thru 59, and warns His hearers of not recognizing Who He really was, and obeying the previous instructions from the chapter; so as to tell others of Him v.8, sell all, give it away and follow Him v.33, wait, watch, get ready, and be serving before His Return v.35 thru 44, and expect opposition for doing all these things v.49 thru 53. The last word, verses 57 thru 59, speaks of reconciliation. It stands to reason that if one incurs much opposition from others, there will be no lack of persons with whom one may find themselves in need of reconciling with, so as to witness unto them even further! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell