What Jesus Did! 'They Hung on Every Word' — Luke 19:45-48

Friday, November 13, 2015

Jesus went into the temple area. He began to throw out the people that were selling things there. Jesus said, "It is written {in the Scriptures}, 'My house will be a house of prayer.' But you have changed it into a 'hiding place for thieves.'" Jesus taught the people in the temple area every day. The leading priests, the teachers of the law, and some of the leaders of the people wanted to kill Jesus. But all the people were listening closely to Jesus. They were very interested in the things Jesus said. So the leading priests, the teachers of the law, and the leaders did not know how they could kill Jesus.
— Luke 19:45-48
Illustration of Luke 19:45-48 — "It is written {in the Scriptures}, 'My house will be a house of prayer.' But you have changed it into a 'hiding place for thieves.'"

Key Thought

Those in power wanted to shut Jesus up; they were so adamant about it, they plotted to kill him. However, the everyday folks heard the voice of God in Jesus' words and they hung on every word he said. Our trip through the Gospel of Luke this year has been based upon our need to hear the voice of Jesus and to know his ministry first hand. So often in our world today, people will read a best selling Christian author before they will read their Bible. They will read books about Jesus rather than reading the Gospels that the Holy Spirit provided us to know the story of Jesus. I want to issue you a challenge: join me in using these last six weeks of this year to read through each of the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) at least once. Hang on Jesus' every word. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you know Jesus more so you can become like Jesus more completely.

Today's Prayer

O righteous and holy Father, God of all creation, please reveal your Son to me and in me as I seek to know him better in the closing weeks of this year. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.

Today's Verses in Context

Jesus came near Jerusalem. He saw the city and began to cry for it. Jesus spoke to Jerusalem. He said, "I wish you knew today what would bring you peace! But you can't know it, because it is hidden from you. A time is coming when your enemies will build a wall around you. Your enemies will hold you on all sides. They will destroy you and all your people. Not one stone of your buildings will stay on top of another. All this will happen because you did not know the time when God came to save you." Jesus went into the temple area. He began to throw out the people that were selling things there. Jesus said, "It is written {in the Scriptures }, 'My house will be a house of prayer.' But you have changed it into a 'hiding place for thieves.' " Jesus taught the people in the temple area every day. The leading priests, the teachers of the law, and some of the leaders of the people wanted to kill Jesus. But all the people were listening closely to Jesus. They were very interested in the things Jesus said. So the leading priests, the teachers of the law, and the leaders did not know how they could kill Jesus.

Luke 19:41-48

Related Scripture Readings

The Lord is the Spirit. And where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And our faces are not covered. We all show the Lord's glory. We are being changed to be like him. This change in us brings more and more glory. This glory comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.

2 Corinthians 3:17-18

John saw Jesus walking by. John said, "Look, the Lamb of God !" The two followers heard John say this, so they followed Jesus. Jesus turned and saw the two men following him. Jesus asked, "What do you want?" The two men said, "Rabbi, where are you staying?" ("Rabbi" means "Teacher.") Jesus answered, "Come with me and you will see." So the two men went with Jesus. They saw the place where Jesus stayed. They stayed there with Jesus that day. It was about four o'clock. These two men followed Jesus after they heard about Jesus from John. One of these two men was named Andrew. Andrew was Simon Peter's brother. The first thing Andrew did was to go find his brother, Simon. Andrew said to Simon, "We have found the Messiah." ("Messiah" means "Christ. ")

John 1:36-41

But there is another person that tells people about me. And I know that the things he says about me are true. "You have sent men to John. And he has told you about the truth. I don't need a man to tell people about me. But I tell you these things so that you can be saved. John was like a lamp that burned and gave light. And you were happy to enjoy his light for a while. "But I have a proof about myself that is greater than John. The things I do are my proof. These are the things my Father gave me to do. These things show that the Father sent me. And the Father that sent me has given proof about me himself. But you have never heard his voice. You have never seen what he looks like. The Father's teaching does not live in you. Why? Because you don't believe in the One the Father sent. You carefully study the Scriptures. You think that those Scriptures give you life forever. Those same Scriptures tell about me! But you refuse to come to me to have that life {you want}.

John 5:32-40

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About This Devotional

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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