Daily Bible Reading 23 August 2021

Daily Bible Reading: 2 Samuel 14-15, Luke 17:1-19

Luke 17:1-4 NKJV Then He said to the disciples, “It is impossible that no offenses should come, but woe to him through whom they do come! It would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were thrown into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. Take heed to yourselves. If your brother sins against you, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. And if he sins against you seven times in a day, and seven times in a day returns to you, saying, ‘I repent,’ you shall forgive him.”[1]

17:1–4. Jesus taught about the obligations His disciples had toward other people (vv. 1–4) and God (vv. 6–10). Followers of Jesus are not to cause people to sin. In this life sin cannot be eradicated—such things are bound to come. But a disciple would be better off drowned by a millstone (a heavy stone for grinding grain) tied around his neck, than to bring spiritual harm (skandalisē, “to cause to sin”) to these little ones (people who, like little children, are helpless before God; cf. 10:21; Mark 10:24). Presumably the sinning referred to is lack of faith in the Messiah. Jesus had already noted that the Pharisees were not only refusing to enter the kingdom but were also keeping others from entering (Luke 11:52).

Not only are Jesus’ followers not to cause others to sin; they also are to counteract sin by forgiving others (17:3–4). One should rebuke a brother if he sins. If he repents, he is to be forgiven even if he sins and repents over and over. The words seven times in a day denote a completeness—as often as it happens[2]

[1] The New King James Version. (1982). (Lk 17:1–4). Nashville: Thomas Nelson.

[2] Martin, J. A. (1985). Luke. In J. F. Walvoord & R. B. Zuck (Eds.), The Bible Knowledge Commentary: An Exposition of the Scriptures (Vol. 2, pp. 247–248). Wheaton, IL: Victor Books.


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