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Important: This is not a translation or paraphrase, but a story based on Luke 11.
One day when Jesus had finished praying, one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just like John the Baptist taught his disciples to pray.”
Jesus responded, “When you pray, say:”
Holy is Your Name,
Let Your kingdom come.
Give us each day the things we have need of.
Forgive us our sins as we forgive the people who sin against us.
And do not let us fall into temptation. Amen.’”
Jesus continued, “Imagine one of you has a friend, and he goes to him a midnight with a request, ‘Friend, lend me three loaves of bread, because a friend of mine has just arrived from a long journey and I do not have any food in the house to give him.’
“Do you think his friend will answer, ‘Don’t bother me. My family and I are already in bed. I am not going to get up now.’?
“Of course not. But I am telling you that he is not getting up simply because he is the man’s friend. He is going to give him as much bread as he needs because he was bold enough to ask for it.
“So I tell you: Ask the Father and it will be given to you; Seek and you will find; knock and the door will open for you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the person who knocks, the door will open.
“Think about it. Which of you, who are fathers, would give your son a snake when he had asked for a fish? Or if he asked for an egg, would you give him a scorpion? Of course not! So if you, who have a sinful nature, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more willing is your Father in heaven, Who is perfect, to give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.”
Jesus was driving out a demon which had made a man mute. When the demon left, the man spoke, and the crowd was amazed. But some of them objected by saying, “Jesus is using Satan, the prince of demons, to drive out demons.” Others confronted Him asking for a sign from heaven to validate what He was doing.
Jesus knew their thoughts and intentions and said to them, “Any kingdom in civil war destroys itself and a home where there is constant fighting is torn apart. I point this out because you say I use Satan to cast out Satan. If I drive out demons by Satan’s power, whose power are your followers using? They will not like your implications. But if I drive out demons by the finger of God, then the kingdom of God has come to you.
“You must realize that when a strong man, fully armed, guards his own house, his possessions are safe. But when someone stronger attacks and overpowers him, he takes away the defenses the man trusted in and takes his possessions.
“The person who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather the crop with Me, scatters it.
“When an evil spirit comes out of a man it travels through desert places looking for rest and does not find it. Then it says to itself, ‘I will return to the house I left.’ When it arrives back, it finds the house swept clean and put in order. Then the evil spirit goes and takes seven other spirits more wicked than itself, and they go in and live there. So you see, the final condition of that man is worse than than the first.”
As Jesus was talking, a woman in the crowd called out, “Your mother is a blessed woman for giving You to us!”
Jesus replied, “More blessed are those who hear the word of God and obey it.”
As the crowds grew larger, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign to prove Who I am, but it will have no sign given to it except the sign of Jonah. For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be a sign to this generation. The Queen of the South will rise at the judgment with the men of this generation and condemn them; for she travelled from the ends of the earth to listen to Solomon’s wisdom, and now One greater than Solomon is here. Even the men of Nineveh will stand up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it; for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and now One greater than Jonah is here.”
Jesus continued, “No one lights a lamp and puts it in a place where no one can see its light. Instead, he puts it on its stand, so that its light is seen by everyone in the room. Your eye is the lamp of your body. When your eyes are good, your whole body is also full of light. But when they are bad, your body also is full of darkness. Watch out then, that the light within you is not darkness. So then, if your whole body is full of light, and no part is in darkness, it will be completely lighted, as when the light of a lamp shines on you.”
When Jesus had finished speaking, a Pharisee invited Him to eat with him. Jesus went with him and reclined at the table. But the Pharisee, noticing that Jesus did not go through all the ceremonial washing before the meal, was surprised.
Seeing the Pharisee’s reaction, the Lord said to him, "Now then, you Pharisees clean the outside of the cup and dish, but inside you are full of greed and wickedness. You foolish people! Did not the One Who made the outside make the inside also? But give what is inside the dish to the poor, and everything will be clean to you.
“You will have grief, Pharisees, because you give God a tenth of your mint, rue, and all other kinds of garden herbs, but you neglect justice and the love of God. You should do it all.
“You will have grief, Pharisees, because you love the most important seats in the synagogues and greetings in the marketplaces.
“You will have grief, because you are like unmarked graves, which men walk over without knowing it.”
One of the experts in the law objected by saying, “Teacher, when you say these things, you insult us, too.”
Jesus turned to him, “And you experts in the law will have grief, because you load people down with burdens they can hardly carry, and you yourselves will not life one finger to help them.
“You will have grief, because you build tombs for the prophets, and it was your forefathers who murdered them. So you testify that you approve of what your forefathers did; they killed the prophets, and you build their tombs. Because of this, God in His wisdom said, ‘I will send them prophets and apostles, some of whom they will kill and others they will persecute.’ I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for the blood of all the prophets that has been shed since the beginning of the world, from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was murdered between the altar and the sanctuary. Yes, I tell you, this generation will be held responsible for it all.
“You will have grief, you experts in the law, because you have taken away the key to knowledge. You yourselves have not entered, and you have hindered those who were entering.”
When Jesus left there, the Pharisees and the teachers of the law began to oppose Him fiercely and to try to overwhelm Him with questions, waiting to pounce on anything wrong He might say.
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