Luke Chapter 12
Teaching the Disciples
Read Luke 12:1-34
Verse 1 - Beware first of all, of hypocrisy
This must be taken care of first - it is fundamental to everything else. We must live honestly.
If you find that you have a belief, or a mindset about something that does not align with
God's Word, you have to deal with that. Read II Corinthians 10:5
Jesus calls hypocrisy the leaven of the Pharisees. Leaven is a symbol of sin in the Bible.
Read I Corinthians 5:6-7. Hypocrisy is the primary sin of the Pharisees.
Verses 2-3 - All things will be revealed - including the shameful secrets of the Pharisees.
Read Luke 8:17
Fearing man vs. fearing God
Verses 4-5 - Jesus was preparing His disciples for rejection and persecution. Most of the 12
disciples died as martyrs. We are not to fear man. Read Psalm 56:4,11
We should not compromise our faith, morals, beliefs over the fear of man. We should live to
Verses 8-9 - Do not deny Jesus over the fear of man. Remember, we have the Holy Spirit
within us to help us - the Spirit empowers us to do some very difficult things (think of the
bravery of the martyrs).
Our value to God
Verses 6-7 - The hairs of your head are numbered. This is a way of saying that even the smallest
details of or lives are of interest to God. Therefore, we can pray to Him about anything that
concerns us, no matter how small.
The Holy Spirit
Verse 10 - The unforgivable sin - blasphemy against the Holy Spirit
For more information on this topic, search "What is the unpardonable sin / unforgivable sin?"
Verses 11-12 - We are to rely on the Holy Spirit. It is He who will help us when confronted with
threats from man.
Verse 15 - Every form of greed - Read Colossians 3:5 - the idol of materialism
Read verses 21, 33-34 - We are to give, to help others on behalf of the Lord (we are His body).
Giving keeps greed in check - greedy people don't freely give
God loves a cheerful giver - Read II Corinthians 9:7-8, 10 - God will keep you supplied
with seed to sow
We reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7) - so we should sow toward heavenly treasures, not
Sow/pursue true riches
Verse 34 - You spend your treasures where your heart truly is - kind of like "out of the heart, the
mouth speaks" - out of the heart, the money is spent.
God shall supply our needs
Verses 21-32 - Do not let worry for your physical needs cause you to become greedy. Trust
God. Remember, you are valuable to God, so have faith that He will feed and clothe you, like
He does for His whole creation.
Verse 31 - Seek His kingdom - spend your time, talents, and treasures on the kingdom and God
will make sure your physical needs are met.