Luke 11

Luke 11: Jesus is Angry

                As Jesus prayed, one of the Apostles came to Him and asked Him to teach them to pray. So Jesus tells them; “…When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth. Give us day by day our daily bread. And forgive our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” (Luke 11:2-4)

                A few things to remember… Jesus showed them HOW to pray, and NOT how to REPEAT and MEMORIZE.  Let’s recall Matthew 6, where Jesus also spoke about prayer. He said; “…when thou prayest, thou shalt not be as the hypocrites are: for they love to pray standing in the corners of the streets, that they may be seen of men… But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:5, 7) I think it is clear that Jesus has taught us that we are NOT to use VAIN REPETITIONS, which literally means:

VAIN: ‘excessively proud, empty of substance, devoid of meaning.’

REPETITION: ‘repeating of something, something the same as before.’

So, when WE PRAY, we need to follow the OUTLINE Jesus has given us, but we are not to repeat what He said, word for word. So what is the outline Jesus gave us? Let’s break up what Jesus said…

  1. Address our Heavenly Father; “…When ye pray, say, Our Father which art in heaven…” (Luke 11:2)
  2. Show respect by using the formal in whatever language you are speaking. For example, in English, we should us “thou, thee, thine… etc.” instead of “you and your” Jesus shows this respect; “…Hallowed by thy name. Thy kingdom come….” (Luke 11:2)
  3. We need to remember that when addressing our Heavenly Father that were are to THANK HIM for what we have, and accept HIS WILL in all things.  “…Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth…” (Luke 11:2)
  4. After having addressed our Heavenly Father with respect, thanking Him for what we have been blessed with, we can then ask for the desires of our heart; “…Give us day by day our daily bread…” (Luke 11:3)
  5. Finally we can ask for forgiveness and ask that we might not be lead into temptation; “…And forgive our sins; for we also forgive every one that is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from evil.” (Luke 11:2-4) Finally to end the prayer, we close “In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.” Jesus did not include this part, because he would have no need to close in His own name.

Jesus explains that our prayers should not be limited to simple, or any sort of memorized repetition, but rather a heart-felt conversation with God, our Father in Heaven. He explains; “…Ask, and it shall be given to you; seek and ye shall find; knock and it shall be opened unto you. For every  one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.” (Luke 11:9-10)

A man comes to Jesus that is possessed of a devil, and Jesus casts the devil out. However, some that witnessed this event say; “…He casteth out devils through Beelzebub the chief of the devils.” (Luke 11:15) Jesus of course heard these comments and explains that a “…house dived against a house falleth.” (Luke 11:17) He asks; “If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his kingdom stand?” (Luke 11:18) Essentially Jesus is saying that it makes no sense for Satan to be casting out devils, which he had placed there in the first place. If Satan were to allow this, he would be going against himself, and a house divided against itself cannot stand. Some still argued against him, but one woman suggests that the mother of Jesus was a blessed woman (Luke 11:27), while I think Jesus believes that, and agrees with the woman, Jesus tells her and the crowd; “…Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word of God and keep it.” (Luke 11:28) Jesus explains to them that He is greater than both Jonas and Solomon, and that He is the only sign the evil generation would receive.

Jesus explains that “The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.” (Luke 11:34) This can easily be applied to not only the time Jesus was on the earth, but also in our own day. We see that the internet has brought the evils of Sodom and Gomorrah to our own home. This tidal wave of evil comes in many forms, but Pornography is one of the most rampant. If our eye beholds this evil, we WILL lose LIGHT, and our body will be filled with filth and darkness.

Jesus goes on to scold the Scribes, Pharisees and Lawyers, saying “Woe unto you…” (Luke 11:44,46, 47, and 52) Because of this evil generation, the blood of the righteous will be required.  Jesus reminds them that God sent Prophets and Apostles to the earth to lead and guide His children, however He sent them with the knowledge, that “…some of them they shall slay and persecute.” (Luke 11:49)

Leviticus 11-12

Leviticus 11-12

Chapter 11: What may or may not be eaten under the Law of Moses

The Lord speaks unto Moses and reveals to him what animals him and the children of Israel and can eat, and is commanded to speak unto the children of Israel and repeat what he was told.

Clean/Unclean Animals:

  • Any animals that are “clovenfooted” and “cheweth the cud” they shall eat.
  • Any animal that is “clovenfooted” and does not “cheweth the cud” they cannot eat.
  • Any animal that is not “clovenfooted” but “cheweth the cud” they cannot eat.
  • In other words the animal must both “chew the cud” and be “clovenfooted”

What is a “clovenfooted” animal? Cloven footed animal is one that has a hoof divided into two parts at its distal extremity (as of ruminants or swine)

What is it mean by “cheweth the clud”? The cud is that portion of food which is brought up into the mouth by ruminating animals from their first stomach, to be chewed a second time. To Ruminate (Rumination), is to chew again what was slightly chewed and swallowed. Animals like cows have to chew the food a second time.

So we learn that anything that has hoof that is divided and ruminates is ok for the children of Israel to eat.

For fish: Anything with fins and scales in the waters the children of Israel can eat. But if anyone eats something from any waters on earth that does not have scales and fins, it will become an abomination to the children of Israel.

These are the birds or fowl in the air, that the children of Israel are commanded not to eat:

  • Eagle
  • Ossifrage
  • Ospray
  • Vulture
  • Kite
  • Raven
  • Owl
  • Night Hawk
  • Cuckow
  • Little Owl
  • Great Owl
  • Swan
  • Pelican
  • Grier Eagle
  • Stork
  • Heron
  • Lapwing
  • Bat
  • and ANY fowl that creep, going on “all four” shall be an abomination to the children of Israel.

Israel, however may eat of a few animals that have four legs and fly:

  • the Locust
  • the Bald Locust
  • the Beetle
  • and the Grass Hopper.

Israel is also commanded to NOT eat:

  • Weasel
  • Mouse
  • Tortoise
  • Ferret
  • Chameleon
  • Lizard
  • Snail
  • Mole

Anyone that even touches an unclean animal, without washing themselves is considered unclean as well. It is a very grievous thing. The Lord commands Israel to “…be holy; for I am holy…” (Leviticus 11:44)

Chapter 12: The Law of Purification

Women after having a child are considered “unclean” for seven days. On the eighth day the child, if he be born male, shall be circumcised. (Leviticus 12:3). After that the woman continues to be unclean for 33 days, where she can touch no holy thing, or come into the sanctuary until her days of purifying be fulfilled. If the child be born female, then the woman is unclean for two weeks during her separation and then continues to be unclean for 66 days.

When her days of purification have been completed she needed to bring forth a burnt offering; either a lamb and a pigeon/turtledove or 2 pigeons and 2 turtledoves, so the priest could make an atonement for her. Then she would be clean again.