The Woe Filled Life (Luke 6:24-26) - 5/7/23
From blessings to woes
The importance of the Lordship life
A reminder of the emptiness and vanity of a life without Christ
Woe to you
Lamentation. Sadness over their condition
Living their way, rather than God’s way
The issue is the MOTIVE OF ONES HEART
THE IDOLS OF THE HEART
To you who are rich
This does not mean wealth is bad.
There are many examples of Godly wealth
This is a unhealthy desire and passion for material things
Seeking after possessions… stuff (find joy in them)
IF I ONLY HAD…
For you have received you consolation
Paid in full
If that is your desire, then that is what you will get
A temporary blessing. A passing fad.
Rather than the eternal blessings of peace with God
To you who are full
Satisfied. Not CRAVING fellowship with the Lord
Stop seeking after. Growing in our daily walk
Intimacy. The freshness of our life.
You shall be hungry
To you who laugh
Life is just fun and games.
Not taken our relationship with Christ seriously
Life is just about my fulfillment and happiness
We have no Kingdom purpose…ME ME ME
You shall mourn and weep
You shall mourn and weep
When all people speak well of you
Popularity. Fitting in
Acceptance from the world rather than from God
Fathers did to the false prophets
2 Timothy 4:3 – Getting our ears tickled by false prophets/teachers
Applying the Word
We want the blessings, but we tend to want them on our own terms. (Our desires rather than the Lord’s)
The Real Issue
At ease at Zion
No seeking first the Kingdom of God
No longer pursuing after the Lord. Not Pressing On. Philippians 3:12-16
There are only two kinds of people in the world. Christ’s true followers, the spiritually poor, hungry, sorrowful, and rejected, cry out to God for pardon and mercy through the sacrifice of Jesus Christ. They are blessed with eternal riches, satisfaction, joy, acceptance, and reward. In contrast, those who see themselves as spiritually full, rich, happy, and accepted will be cursed with eternal poverty, emptiness, sorrow, and judgment. JOHN MACARTHUR, LUKE 6–10, MACARTHUR NEW TESTAMENT COMMENTARY (CHICAGO, IL: MOODY PUBLISHERS, 2011), 100.
Are we willing to be poor, sad, and persecuted for Jesus, or are we trying to be rich, happy, and popular? We say that we want the world to know Christ, but often we spend our time trying to be more like the world. Nobody wants to be poor. Nobody wants to be hungry. Nobody wants to be full of sorrow. Nobody wants to be rejected. But we have a Savior who was poor and hungry—a man of sorrows who was rejected unto death for our salvation. And when we learn to suffer for his sake, we will have his blessing PHILIP GRAHAM RYKEN, LUKE, ED. RICHARD D. PHILLIPS, PHILIP GRAHAM RYKEN, AND DANIEL M. DORIANI, VOL. 1, REFORMED EXPOSITORY COMMENTARY (PHILLIPSBURG, NJ: P&R PUBLISHING, 2009), 266.