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A sermon on Luke 17:20-30 (ESV)

Twenty-fifth Sunday after Trinity / 18 November 2018


Immanuel Lutheran Church of Laurel, NE

Bible Class Notes 11.18.18 (25th Sunday after Trinity)

Luke 17:20-30 (ESV)

20 Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

22 And he said to the disciples, “The days are coming when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look, there!’ or ‘Look, here!’ Do not go out or follow them. 24 For as the lightning flashes and lights up the sky from one side to the other, so will the Son of Man be in his day. 25 But first he must suffer many things and be rejected by this generation.

26 Just as it was in the days of Noah, so will it be in the days of the Son of Man. 27 They were eating and drinking and marrying and being given in marriage, until the day when Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. 28 Likewise, just as it was in the days of Lot—they were eating and drinking, buying and selling, planting and building, 29 but on the day when Lot went out from Sodom, fire and sulfur rained from heaven and destroyed them all— 30 so will it be on the day when the Son of Man is revealed.

Part I: Jesus Answers the Pharisees (17:20-21)

1.) Summarize the Pharisees’ question in one word: ____________________?

2.) As readers and hearers, what phrase is repeated ______________________________?

3.) Verse 20 has a rare noun used only here in all of Scripture. Compare these translations:

ESV– “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed…”

KJV– “The kingdom of God cometh not with observation…”

NIV– “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed…”

NASB– “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed…”

However, the related verb can be seen at Luke 6:7, Luke 14:1, Luke 20:20. What kind of watching or observation is this–Impartial? Caring? Curious? Suspicious? Other?

4.) What part of the Small Catechism best helps us understand this passage? (2nd Petition)

The Second Petition

Thy kingdom come.

What does this mean? The kingdom of God certainly comes by itself without our prayer, but we pray in this petition that it may come to us also.

How does God’s kingdom come? God’s kingdom comes when our heavenly Father gives us His Holy Spirit, so that by His grace we believe His holy Word and lead godly lives here in time and there in eternity.

Part II: Jesus Teaches the Disciples (17:22-30)

5.) Again notice repeated phrases: what title does Jesus repeat?______________________

6.) Here are some other places Jesus uses this phrase:

Luke 5:24 Forgiveness –The____________________ forgives sins.

Luke 9:22 The Cross — The____________________ suffers rejection and death.

Luke 9:26 Judgment — The____________________ judges before the angels.

Luke 11:29-30 The Resurrection — The_____________________ rises on the third day.

Luke 12:8-9 Judgment — The____________________ judges before the angels.

Luke 19:7-10 Forgiveness –The____________________ forgives sins.

7.) See verse 23. What danger does Christ urge his disciples to avoid, saying “Don’t…”?

8.) Notice the contrast Jesus makes between “the days and “the Day.” Compare these.

9.) How does Jesus describe life in the days of Son of Man, before the Son of Man is revealed?

10.) Consider the Small Catechism answer to How does God’s kingdom come?” in light of this.

11.) See vv 27 & 29. Why did Noah build and enter the ark? (Genesis 7:1) Why does Lot leave Sodom? (Gen 19:12-22). In their days, how did they believe His holy Word and lead godly lives…?” (Small Catechism, 2nd Petition)


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