Sin and Forgiveness
Luke 17:1-4 (Matthew 18:15-20)
(1) Jesus said to his disciples, “Temptations that cause people to sin are sure to come in your life, but how terrible for those through whom they come! (2) It would be better for them if a large millstone was tied around their neck and they were thrown into the sea than to cause one of these little ones to sin. (3) So watch what you do!
“If another believer sins against you, talk with them; and if they repent, forgive them. (4) Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive them.”
The Faith of a Mustard Seed
(5) The Twelve Apostles said to the Lord, “Increase our faith!” (6) The Lord said to them, “If you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be uprooted and planted in the sea,’ and it will obey you.”
Jesus said, (7) “Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he tell the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come, sit down to eat?’ (8) No, he will tell him, ‘Prepare my dinner, get ready and serve me while I eat and drink; and then when I am finished you can eat and drink.’ (9) He will not thank the servant because he did what he was supposed to do.
(10) “So it is with you: When you have done everything you were told to do, you should say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done our duty.’ ”
Jesus Heals Ten Men With a Skin Disease
(11) Jesus was walking toward Jerusalem and was along the border between Samaria and Galilee. (12) As he was going into a village, 10 men with a skin disease (possibly leprosy) met him. They stood at a distance (13) and yelled out, “Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!” (14) When Jesus saw them, he said, “Go, show yourselves to the temple priests.” As they were going to the temple priests, they were healed (cleansed).
(15) When one of them saw that he was healed, he went back to Jesus, praising God in a loud voice. (16) He was a Samaritan and threw himself at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. (17) Jesus asked him, “I healed 10 of you. Where are the other nine? (18) No one has come back to praise God except this foreign Samaritan?” (19) Then Jesus told the Samaritan, “Stand up and go; your faith has healed you.” (The Samaritans were the offspring of Israelites left behind from the Assyrian exile of the northern kings and non-Jews. Because of this, there was hostility between the Jews and Samaritans).
The Coming of the Kingdom of God
Luke 17:20-37 (Matthew 24:37-39)
(20) Some Pharisees asked Jesus when the kingdom of God would come. Jesus said to them, “The kingdom of God is not something you can see with your eyes, (21) nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you (or in the midst of you).”
(22) Then Jesus said to his disciples, “The time is coming when you will want to see one of the days of the Son of Man (see Daniel 7:13-14), but you will not see it. (23) People will tell you, ‘There he is!’ or, ‘Here he is!’ But do not run after them or follow them. (24) For the coming of the Son of Man will be like flashes of lightning; it will light up the sky from one end to the other. (25) But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation in Israel.
(26) “Just as it was in the time of Noah, so also it will be in the time of the Son of Man. (27) People were eating, drinking, marrying, and being given in marriage up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.
(28) “It was the same in the time of Lot; people were eating and drinking, buying and selling, and planting and building. (29) But the day Lot left Sodom, fire and sulfur thundered down from heaven and destroyed them all.
(30) “This is how it will be on the day the Son of Man comes. (31) On that day no one who is on the housetop (houses had flat roofs) should go down inside the house to get their possessions. Likewise, those in the field should not go back for anything. (32) Remember Lot’s wife! (33) Whoever seeks to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life will keep it. (34) I tell you the truth: On that night there will be two people in bed; one will be taken and the other left. (35) There will be two women grinding grain together; one will be taken and the other left.”
(36-37) Then the disciples asked, “Lord, where will this take place?” Jesus said, “Where there are dead bodies, there vultures will gather to eat them.”