Knowing the Times (Luke 12:49-59)

If you are a big college football fan like me, then this is one of the biggest weekends of the year. Now settle down SEC fans, I didn’t say it was THE biggest, just one of the biggest. But I assure you that the world stops in Oklahoma on this day every year, because it’s time for the Red River Shootout, or that’s what we always called it at my house before the PC police changed the name. Usually played on the second Saturday of October, today’s meeting with be the 115th contest. Sorry Vol fans, no orange allowed in my house today…

Fortunately, my wife and I are equally yoked: we both root for the Sooners! But I know that’s not the case in many households. There are many divided houses with opposing allegiances. You name it; divided houses exist across the land. It could be Alabama vs. Auburn, Tennessee vs. Florida, Clemson vs. USC, Michigan vs. Ohio State, or even Army vs. Navy to name just a few. If you live in one of those divided houses, then you know better than I just how contested the rivalries can become. It’s so common they even make commercials about it.

Would it surprise you to know that Jesus talked about divided houses too? The kind of divisions that are based on bitter rivalries with truly dire consequences for the losers. Well He did, but He wasn’t talking about sports teams and games. The divisions that Jesus talked about are much more serious and the consequences much more critical. And would you believe it, Jesus boldly claims that He is the instigator of theses family divisions.

What am I talking about? Peek at the last ten verses of Luke 12 for a preview and then join us tomorrow for the rest of the story. You’ll never look at one of those divided house flags or split logo license plates the same way again.

If you are unable to join us in person for this study, please feel free to download the Bible study materials for your personal use by following one of these links: PowerPoint Slides, PDF File.  For more information about this Bible study series please see Doubtless Living: The Gospel of Luke.