Today, we continue our journey through Luke with Luke chapter 17. Has anyone else felt like this has been a tough trip as we’ve been preaching through Luke? Luke is rough. Especially in August and September, we’ve been dealing with some of Jesus’ most challenging teachings. And, let me just tell you up front, today it doesn’t get any easier. Next week will be better, but not today.
Our Gospel lesson today is Luke 17:1-10, and it’s pretty challenging. Instead of reading it as a whole, I want to walk through it and talk about it piece by piece. I think this will help us really get what Jesus is trying to say. Jesus starts out with a warning.
1 One day Jesus said to his disciples, “There will always be temptations to sin, but what sorrow awaits the person who does the tempting! 2 It would be better to be thrown into the sea with a millstone hung around your neck than to cause one of these little ones to fall into sin. 3 So watch yourselves!”
Apparently, Jesus takes integrity and mentoring and parenting pretty seriously. A millstone is a huge rock slab used to mill or to grind grain into flour. Jesus sounds a bit like the mafia here: “You mess with my kids, and you’re going to be sleeping with the fishes. Capisce?!”
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