Parables about Readiness
44 total verses: Luke 12:16-59
Brief description of action taking place or point being made
173. Parables about being ready in Luke 12:16-40
174. Peter’s question in Luke 12:41
175. More parables in Luke 12:42-59
1. What is your favorite verse or set of verses? Why?
2. Did you learn anything from the reading or find anything particularly cool? What?
3. Was there anything unclear in the passage that you have questions about? What are they?
Specific questions on this passage
After Completing the Bible Reading
Broader outline of each section of passage
Luke 12:16-40. The first parable in this section is about a farmer who had an abundant harvest and decided to just enjoy it for years. But Jesus said that it is wrong to lay up treasure for yourself, but not be rich toward God.
Then Jesus teaches about the waste in being anxious about your needs (very similar to an earlier telling in Matthew 6:19-34). He uses various examples of God’s care: how God feeds the raves, how God has given the lilies, even though they are short-lived; how we can’t even add an hour to our lives. He exhorts us, instead to seek God’s kingdom, and let God take care of us.
He tells us to sell our possessions and give to the needy, which will store for us a treasure in heaven.
He also tells us to be alert and not lazy, being prepared for action.
Luke 12:41. Peter asks if the parable was for them specifically, or for everybody?
Luke 12:42-59. Jesus responds with another parable about a manager that the master put in charge while he was away. But the manager who behaves badly will be punished by the master when he returns. Jesus concludes with a warning about those who have been entrusted with more are expected to deliver more.
He goes on to say that his message will lead to division among people and even within families. Then he challenges people to understand the nature of the time they are in, and all the warning signs.
My favorite passage and other random thoughts
In this chapter, I like Luke 12:34, “‘For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also'” (ESV). I like it because of its simplicity, and for reminding me succinctly of an essential truth: that I need to always keep Jesus as the main focus of my life and the main attraction of my heart. When I get away from that, I begin sensing my life to drift.