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God Doesn't Work That Way


Luke 13:1-9

Verse 2 Jesus answered, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?

Today we start our next parable, the Barren Fig Tree. This is a parable that isn’t on the most popular list and though small, still has plenty of truth and things to dig deeper into. Let’s start the excavating!

Parables sometimes reflected the circumstances that they were given in. This is one of those parables. So before delving into the actual parable let’s get some background.

Our passage starts out saying that this topic was brought up “at that time”, so what had Jesus been talking about that could have brought this up? At the end of the previous chapter Jesus was teaching about how His followers should make an effort to settle differences before going to court. Could it be that this news coming to Jesus brought him back to those thoughts? Could that be why He brought up the topic of repentance?

A common belief of days gone by, and even by some today, was that bad things happen to people as payment for their sins. It is kind of like the unbiblical belief of karma. Even Job’s wife wanted to know what he had done to cause all those things to happen to them. Apparently that was what the people were thinking about these Jews who were killed as they were in the Temple offering their sacrifices and the 18 people killed by the falling tower.

This wrong belief system is that we get given to us the same that we have given to others. Jesus needed His followers to understand that God doesn’t work that way. Yes, we may have to live with the consequences of our actions but God’s judgement is different. Because our God isn’t like that.

There have been many times throughout history that have led people to ask the same types of questions as our key verse. We struggle to see how a loving God could allow tragedies to happen. First we must remember that God’s ways are not our ways. And He will judge us for what we have done and that is when we see how His grace works.

Making It Personal

Have you ever asked why something bad has happened? Have you felt like the bad thing was God’s fault? Have you ever thought about how God can use the bad for good?

Making It Personal Kids

Have you ever wondered why bad things happen? Do you wonder why God lets them happen? Is God still good even though bad things happen?

Closing Prayer

Father, we know that You are in full control. Help us not doubt Your workings. You don’t think like we do and we know that You use bad things to make good things happen. In Jesus’ name, amen.

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