Luke 13-14~ Day 29~ Only a few will be saved. 😳

I thought it was an interesting question asked in our reading today, “Someone asked him, “Lord, are only a few people going to be saved?” (Luke 13:23)  Why would a Jewish person in the time of Jesus ask that question?  I would assume the Jewish person asking felt like he was one of the “in” crowd solely because he was Jewish.  After all, I am sure they felt like a special race chosen by God, to be “set apart” form everybody else in the world.

Maybe there was some controversy among the teachers of the law because of what they were reading in their scriptures.  The Old Testament is filled with scripture that points to Gentiles being a part of the promise of salvation. (Gen. 12:3, Psalm 22:27, Isaiah 42:4, 49:6, 56:3-7, Jeremiah 16:19-21, Zech 2:11, 60:1-3 and Malachi 1:11)

It seems to me that this guy was wanting clarification of Old Testament scripture.  Just as those other teachers were confused on the idea of the dead raising (Mark 12:27). Jesus clarified with a simple, “Yes, there is resurrection of the dead!”  And, here again, Jesus gives a simple answer, “Yes, few will be saved.”  Yet, he expands on the answer to clarify who the few will be.  If this guy was thinking that the few were Jewish, he was wrong.  Old Testament scripture is proven correct.  The few will be all who have faith in Jesus! (Rom 4:16).

“There will be weeping there, and gnashing of teeth, when you see Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and all the prophets in the kingdom of God, but you yourselves thrown out.” (13:29)  The people Jesus listed, the forefathers and prophets, were all commended for their faith (Hebrews 11:39).  But, you may ask, how could those people have faith in Jesus when Jesus had not come yet?  I love how Jesus clarified that point as well!!  We will read it when we get to John, but here is a sneak peak!


“But do not think I will accuse you before the Father.  Your accuser is Moses, on whom your hopes are set.  If you believed Moses, you would believe me, for he wrote about me.  But since you do not believe what he wrote, how are you going to believe what I say?” (John 5:45-47)

Comments

Keri Sukut said…
The verse that jumped out at me was 13:17 "but the people were delighted with all the wonderful things he was doing". This is referring to the Israelites that failed in the end to delight in Him. Made me question how often I do the very same thing - delight in His blessings rather than completely delighting in the person of Christ. praying to be more aware of this shortcoming!
Yes, it also stood out to me back when we read Mark 15, those "opponents" of Jesus were extremely influential over the people! "But the chief priests stirred up the crowd to have Pilate release Barabbas instead." (Mark 15:11)
One moment the people were delighted, the next, easily stirred up the other direction.
Like you, I want to be "completely delighted" and also , firmly convinced so that no one can sway me!
"But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have become convinced of, because you know those from whom you learned it," (2Tim 3:14)

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