Luke 17

1 He said to his disciples, "Hard trials and temptations are bound to come, but too bad for whoever brings them on!
2 Better to wear a millstone necklace and take a swim in the deep blue sea than give even one of these dear little ones a hard time!
3 "Be alert. If you see your friend going wrong, correct him. If he responds, forgive him.
4 Even if it's personal against you and repeated seven times through the day, and seven times he says, 'I'm sorry, I won't do it again,' forgive him."
5 The apostles came up and said to the Master, "Give us more faith."
6 But the Master said, "You don't need more faith. There is no 'more' or 'less' in faith. If you have a bare kernel of faith, say the size of a poppy seed, you could say to this sycamore tree, 'Go jump in the lake,' and it would do it.
7 "Suppose one of you has a servant who comes in from plowing the field or tending the sheep. Would you take his coat, set the table, and say, 'Sit down and eat'?
8 Wouldn't you be more likely to say, 'Prepare dinner; change your clothes and wait table for me until I've finished my coffee; then go to the kitchen and have your supper'?
9 Does the servant get special thanks for doing what's expected of him?
10 It's the same with you. When you've done everything expected of you, be matter-of-fact and say, 'The work is done. What we were told to do, we did.'"
11 It happened that as he made his way toward Jerusalem, he crossed over the border between Samaria and Galilee.
12 As he entered a village, ten men, all lepers, met him. They kept their distance
13 but raised their voices, calling out, "Jesus, Master, have mercy on us!"
14 Taking a good look at them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests."
15 One of them, when he realized that he was healed, turned around and came back, shouting his gratitude, glorifying God.
16 He kneeled at Jesus' feet, so grateful. He couldn't thank him enough - and he was a Samaritan.
17 Jesus said, "Were not ten healed? Where are the nine?
18 Can none be found to come back and give glory to God except this outsider?"
19 Then he said to him, "Get up. On your way. Your faith has healed and saved you."
20 Jesus, grilled by the Pharisees on when the kingdom of God would come, answered, "The kingdom of God doesn't come by counting the days on the calendar.
21 Nor when someone says, 'Look here!' or, 'There it is!' And why? Because God's kingdom is already among you."
22 He went on to say to his disciples, "The days are coming when you are going to be desperately homesick for just a glimpse of one of the days of the Son of Man, and you won't see a thing.
23 And they'll say to you, 'Look over there!' or, 'Look here!' Don't fall for any of that nonsense.
24 The arrival of the Son of Man is not something you go out to see. He simply comes.
25 But first it's necessary that he suffer many things and be turned down by the people of today.
26 "The time of the Son of Man will be just like the time of Noah -
27 everyone carrying on as usual, having a good time right up to the day Noah boarded the ship. They suspected nothing until the flood hit and swept everything away.
28 "It was the same in the time of Lot - the people carrying on, having a good time, business as usual
29 right up to the day Lot walked out of Sodom and a firestorm swept down and burned everything to a crisp.
30 That's how it will be - sudden, total - when the Son of Man is revealed.
31 "When the Day arrives and you're out working in the yard, don't run into the house to get anything. And if you're out in the field, don't go back and get your coat.
32 Remember what happened to Lot's wife!
33 If you grasp and cling to life on your terms, you'll lose it, but if you let that life go, you'll get life on God's terms.
34 "On that Day, two men will be in the same boat fishing - one taken, the other left.
35 Two women will be working in the same kitchen - one taken, the other left."
37 Trying to take all this in, the disciples said, "Master, where?" He told them, "Watch for the circling of the vultures. They'll spot the corpse first. The action will begin around my dead body."

Luke 17 Commentary

Chapter 17

To avoid offences, To pray for increase of faith, Humility taught.11-19. Ten lepers cleansed. (1-10) Christ's kingdom. (20-37)

Verses 1-10 It is no abatement of their guilt by whom an offence comes, nor will it lessen their punishment that offences will come. Faith in God's pardoning mercy, will enable us to get over the greatest difficulties in the way of forgiving our brethren. As with God nothing is impossible, so all things are possible to him that can believe. Our Lord showed his disciples their need of deep humility. The Lord has such a property in every creature, as no man can have in another; he cannot be in debt to them for their services, nor do they deserve any return from him.

Verses 11-19 A sense of our spiritual leprosy should make us very humble whenever we draw near to Christ. It is enough to refer ourselves to the compassions of Christ, for they fail not. We may look for God to meet us with mercy, when we are found in the way of obedience. Only one of those who were healed returned to give thanks. It becomes us, like him, to be very humble in thanksgivings, as well as in prayers. Christ noticed the one who thus distinguished himself, he was a Samaritan. The others only got the outward cure, he alone got the spiritual blessing.

Verses 20-37 The kingdom of God was among the Jews, or rather within some of them. It was a spiritual kingdom, set up in the heart by the power of Divine grace. Observe how it had been with sinners formerly, and in what state the judgments of God, which they had been warned of, found them. Here is shown what a dreadful surprise this destruction will be to the secure and sensual. Thus shall it be in the day when the Son of man is revealed. When Christ came to destroy the Jewish nation by the Roman armies, that nation was found in such a state of false security as is here spoken of. In like manner, when Jesus Christ shall come to judge the world, sinners will be found altogether regardless; for in like manner the sinners of every age go on securely in their evil ways, and remember not their latter end. But wherever the wicked are, who are marked for eternal ruin, they shall be found by the judgments of God.

Luke 17 Commentaries