What Jesus Did! 'Beyond the Harsh Words, To Graciousness!' — Luke 12:6-7

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

"When birds are sold, five small birds cost only two pennies. But God does not forget any of them. Yes, God even knows how many hairs you have on your head. Don't be afraid. You are worth much more than many birds."
— Luke 12:6-7
Illustration of Luke 12:6-7 — "When birds are sold, five small birds cost only two pennies."

Key Thought

Jesus' words in the previous sentences were strong; some would even say his words were harsh. Jesus reminds us, however, that God's desire is not to punish, harm, or bring retribution on us. His desire is to love and bless us. One clear example is to simply look in the created world and see how he has provided for all sorts of animals and birds because of his loving care. Long before anyone had ever heard of PETA, God showed his love by giving each creature its space and place. Yet we are definitely more valuable than any animal or created thing. Jesus wants us to know how precious we are to God, so he teaches us this lesson in Luke 12 and then goes out and demonstrates it on the Cross!

Today's Prayer

Father, thank you for knowing me, valuing me, and loving me. Most of all, dear Father, thank you for sending Jesus to show your great love for me. In Jesus' name I offer my deepest thanks and praise. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Many thousands of people came together. There were so many people that they were stepping on each other. Before Jesus spoke to the people, he said to his followers, "Be careful of the yeast of the Pharisees. I mean that they are hypocrites. Everything that is hidden will be shown. Everything that is secret will be made known. The things you say in the dark (secretly) will be told in the light (openly). The things you whisper in a private room will be shouted from the top of the house." Then Jesus said to the people, "I tell you, my friends, don't be afraid of people. People can kill the body, but after that they can do nothing more to hurt you. I will show you the One to fear. You should fear him (God) who has the power to kill you and also to throw you into hell. Yes, he is the One you should fear. "When birds are sold, five small birds cost only two pennies. But God does not forget any of them. Yes, God even knows how many hairs you have on your head. Don't be afraid. You are worth much more than many birds. "I tell you, if any person stands before other people and is willing to say that he believes in me, then I will say that person belongs to me. I will say this before the angels of God. But if any person stands before people and says he does not believe in me, then I will say that person does not belong to me. I will say this before the angels of God. "If a person says something against the Son of Man, he can be forgiven. But a person that says bad things against (refuses to accept) the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven. "When men bring you into the synagogues before the leaders and other important men, don't worry about what you will say. At that time the Holy Spirit will teach you what you must say."

Luke 12:1-12

Related Scripture Readings

Then God said, "Now let's make man. We will make people as a copy of ourselves. People will be like us. They will rule over all the fish in the sea and the birds in the air. They will rule over all the large animals and all the little things that crawl on the earth." So God made people in his own image. God made people as a copy of himself. God made them male and female. God blessed them and said to them, "Have many children. Fill the earth and take control of it. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the air. Rule over every living thing that moves on the earth." God said, "I am giving you all the grain bearing plants and all the fruit trees. Those trees make fruit with seeds in it. This grain and fruit will be your food. And I am giving all the green plants to the animals. Those green plants will be their food. Every animal on earth, every bird in the air, and all the little things that crawl on the earth will eat that food." And all these things happened. God looked at everything he had made. And God saw that everything was very good. There was evening, and then there was morning. This was the sixth day.

Genesis 1:26-31

Lord, you made my whole body. You knew all about me while I was still in my mother's body. Lord, I praise you! You made me in an amazing and wonderful way. I know very well that what you did is wonderful! You know all about me. You watched my bones grow while my body took shape, hidden in my mother's body. You watched my body parts grow. You listed them all in your book. You watched me every day. Not one of them {is missing}.

Psalm 139:13-16

Everything that God made is waiting with excitement for the time when God will show the world who his children are. The whole world wants very much for that to happen.

Romans 8:19

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What Jesus Did is a one-year devotional guide through the gospels, using one short passage each day and following the Gospel in consecutive order. Each devotional consists of a passage, reflection and a prayer which opens up the day's scripture and shows how it challenges you to live for Jesus.

What Jesus Did! is written by Phil Ware.

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