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Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost (Aug 14th)

Pastor's Summary of Luke 12:49-56

Luke presents several sayings of Jesus. V. 49 is one saying, "Fire" here is a symbol of purification and separation of the godly from the ungodly. (Gold was separated from the host rock in a fire that had been "kindled".) He wishes that he was called on to exercise judgement now. In Mark 10:38, Jesus says to James and John: "Are you able to drink the cup that I drink, or be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?" This is the sense of "baptism" in v. 50: Jesus is under great "stress" until his "baptism" is completed in suffering death and being raised again. Vv. 51-53 are another saying. After the word "peace", it helps understanding to add at any cost. Micah used notions like those in vv. 52-53 to tell of the total corruption of the people. Jesus has come for division between godly and ungodly people. Vv. 54-56 present yet another saying. The "crowds" are able to "interpret" (v. 56) signs of impending weather, but they, in spite of seeing signs in the "present time", fail to see their implications for the end of the era.