Yesterday we heard about sacrifices following the healing of skin diseases and after getting rid of house mildew. This chapter is about defiling bodily discharges.
Here in Psalm 18 we find a psalm that reveals Davids intimacy with God. Even though he frequently refers to himself, we see that God— and not himself, is the center of his spiritual life.
34 He trains my hands for battle;
he strengthens my arm [so that I can draw back a
bronze bow of bronze//to draw a bronze bow.]
41 They called for help, but no one came to their rescue.
They even cried to [you, LORD, but you//the LORD, but he] refused to answer.
We turn for the first time to Luke 12. Jesus definitely gained enemies by his teaching at the end of chapter 11, which was against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees and religious experts.
6 “What is the price of five sparrows— [maybe/0] two copper coins? Yet God does not forget a single one of them.
8 “I tell you the truth, everyone who [says publicly here on earth 'I am a follower of Jesus', I, the Son of Manc will also acknowledge them as my followers in the presence of God’s angels.//acknowledges me publicly here on earth, the Son of Man will also acknowledge in the presence of God’s angels.]
9 But [those who deny me here on earth, saying they are not my disciple, I will also say that they are not my disciples in the presence of God’s angels.//anyone who denies me here on earth will be denied before God’s angels.]
10 Anyone who speaks against [me,/0] the Son of Man can be forgiven, but anyone who blasphemes the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven.
16 Then he told them a story: “A rich man had a [very/0]
fertile farm that produced fine crops.
“[You lucky guy//My friend], you have enough stored away for years to come. Now take it easy! Eat, drink, and be merry!”’
20 “But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very
night. Then who will get everything you have [hoarded up for yourself/worked for]?’
See the footnote in the NET for this verse.
28 And if God cares so wonderfully for flowers that are here today and thrown into the fire tomorrow, he will certainly care for you [— you my friends with so little faith!!//Why do you have so little faith?]
Here I let the word ‘faith’ stand. Maybe like this, following my normal pattern: “— you my friends who so weakly believe that the Father will help you.” Note that using ‘believe’ kind of requires that the translator add an object. Some readers will feel that this is going too far, but translators routinely do this in languages which don’t have any abstract nouns, or in situations like this for languages like Indonesian and English.
40 You also must be ready all the time, for [I—/0] the Son of Man, will come when least expected.”
46 The master will return unannounced and unexpected, and he will cut [that evil//the] servant in pieces and banish him with the unfaithful.
52 From now on families will be split apart, three
in favor of me, and two against—or two in favor and three
against. [As the Scripture says,//0]
54 Then Jesus turned to the crowd and said, “When you
see clouds beginning to form in the west, you say, ‘Here
comes a [rain/0] shower.’ And you are right.
56 You fools! You know how to interpret the weather signs
of the earth and sky, [so why can't you figure out how to interpret the signs of the present time?!//but you don’t know how to interpret the present times.]