Most people don’t realize that many if not most of Jesus’ parables were intended not as general morality tales, but as particular pronouncements of coming judgment and change. Jesus was warning Jerusalem at that time to repent and to accept its new King (Jesus) or else fall under ultimate condemnation of God for apostasy. In fact, much of Jesus’ teaching in the Gospels pertains primarily to that pre-AD 70 crowd, and without reading it in this light, we misunderstand it. And when we misunderstand it, we misapply it.
The following lessons on a large section of Luke require this understanding. The parables Jesus tells during His final journey to Jerusalem (Luke 9:51–20:26) almost all pertain to the rebellion, faithlessness, judgment, and coming destruction of Jerusalem.
This series of exegetical and biblical-theological studies are compiled in my book, Jesus v. Jerusalem: A Commentary on Luke 9:51–20:26, Jesus’ Lawsuit Against Israel, which will be gradually linked here for free in its entirety. Physical copies of the book also area available in our store.
Table of Contents:
Introduction: Babylon the Great, the Mother of Prostitutes
1. “Set Your Face Against Jerusalem” (Luke 9:51–11:26)
The Parable of the Good Samaritan
The Parable of the Strong Man
2. A Wasted Calling (Luke 11:33–12:32)
The Parable of the Lit Lamp
The Parable of the Rich Fool’s Inheritance
3. A New Exodus (Luke 12:33–49)
The Parable of the Watchful Stewards
4. The Time Is Short (Luke 12:54–13:9)
The Parable of the Fig Tree
5. Wheat, Tares, and the Kingdom (Matt. 13:24–43)
The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares
The Parable of the Mustard Seed
The Parable of the Leaven
6. “You Shall Be Left Few” (Luke 13:10–35)
The Parables of the Mustard Seed and Leaven
The Narrow Gate
7. Called but Not Chosen (Luke 14:1–24)
The Parable of the Great Banquet
9. Faith and Faithfulness (Luke 17:1–10)
12. The Time of Visitation (Luke 19:45–46)
14. True Sovereignty (Luke 20:19–26)
A: The Dome, the Rock, and the Temple
B: The Antichrist Hoax
C: Is the World a Sinking Ship?
D: A Legacy of Lies: Martin Luther and Talmudic Judaism
E: “All Israel Shall Be Saved”: The Remnant Principle
F: God’s Favorite Bible Verse: Psalm 110:1 in the New Testament