Luke 20:17 and Luke 20:25
It’s interesting to note the placement of certain parables and dialogue found in the gospel of Luke. Much like in Luke 14 how The Parable of the Great Banquet and Jesus’s statements on the cost of discipleship are wedged together to tell a big story. I believe these two sections were designed to be read as a whole to provide a bigger context.
In Exodus 32, we see the Israelites having just been rescued from Egypt and crossing the red sea, they had forgotten their God and had built a golden calf idol. Later in Exodus 35, God has compassion on them and provides them a way to reconcile their sin. Verse 22 says “all who were willing men and women alike, came and brought gold jewelry of all kinds: brooches, earrings, rings and ornaments. They all presented their gold as a wave offering to the LORD.” The verse says “all who were willing” – implying that some were not willing. The irony of this is that the gold that they had used to build a golden calf and was now requested to be given was originally provided to them by God in the first place. God was simply requesting for what is already rightfully His own.
Throughout the bible, man has had a habit of prostituting the gifts provided to them by God that was originally purposed for His glory.
Luke 20:17 and Luke 20:25 explores this further by reminding us of our original purpose (Luke 20:17) and of our original owner (Luke 20:25). In that moment Jesus is asking us “What were you made for?” (Purpose) and “Who owns you?” (Ownership). “You were made for me and you are mine” He declares with verse 25.
These two questions challenge me. Not because I can’t answer them but because I say that I am made for God and I am His but often behaving as if I am not. I need to be reminded that my body is not my own and this world not my home.
God I pray Colossians 3:5 and Romans 12:1. I offer up my body as a living sacrifice, pursuing holiness and pleasing God, putting death to all that is worldly in me. God I pray that you sanctify me day by day, give me patience to see it through and give me faith to remember You. In the name of Jesus I pray, Amen.