“Analysis of the Gospel of Luke chapter 17 verses 1-6,” by Andrew J. Schatkin
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I propose this day and evening to explain, interpret, and seek to comprehend and grasp the meaning of and importance of one of the passages of holy scripture found in Luke chapter 17 verses 1-6. I do this with great hesitation knowing my sinful nature and significant spiritual and personal limitation, yet once I do this hoping to unravel the words of Christ the eternal god the second person of the trinity, the savior and redeemer of humanity and whose words we all cannot read enough and seek to sound their depth.
This passage in Luke is as follows: And he said to his disciples
‘Temptations to sin are sure to come but woe to him by whom they come. It would be better for him if a millstone were hung round his neck and he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones to sin. Take heed to yourselves if your brother sins rebuke him and if he repents forgive him and if he sins against you seven times in the day and turns to you seven times and says I repent you must forgive him.’ The apostles said to the lord ‘increase our faith’ and the lord said ‘if you had faith as the grain of a mustard seed you could say to this sycamine tree. Be rooted up and be planted in the sea and it would obey you.’
What are we to make of this gospel passage, which seems to have many strands and threads of meaning? How are we to comprehend and understand this most complex series of thoughts and ideas from the mind of Jesus who is god and speaks to us here again in the words of holy scripture and from the mansions from precincts of heaven in the company of all the angels and archangels and with all the holy trinity in communion and the joy and love of heaven?
First, he warns not merely against temptation but more to the point he adds that the person who is the agent of temptations it would be getter for him if a millstone were hung around his neck than if he were cast into the sea than that he should cause one of these little ones perhaps infants or children. It is clear that Jesus provides us with this most important information that if we were cause another and bring temptation to any person, whether adult or child, we are in some grave difficulty, perhaps hell or some sort of condemnation. Jesus then gives and renders further advice to merely rebuke your brother if he sins and nothing more serious such as some sort of condemnation and punishment. And then he advises that if he repents seven times in the day and turns to you seven times and says ‘I repent’ you must forgive him. Jesus says two things here for us to apply.
First, he notes and tells us of the significant and importance of repentance, that our response to this repentance must be manifold. Jesus tells us here about repentance and the importance of repentance and the propose response of the Christian is forgiveness. He wants us to understand the acts of repentance and forgiveness are key acts and concepts in and for living the new Christian life in Christ.
Finally, Jesus in response to the request of the apostles to increase their faith, he says that the request is wrong and they misunderstand faith to be an amount of or the quantified faith is not measurable, but as it is faith or the quality faith is the issue and that faith itself, no matter how measurably small, even as a grain of mustard seed, can root up a tree and plant that tree in the sea and it would obey. Jesus tells us here that faith a gift of god can accomplish miracles. Jesus warns the disciples not to cause their Christian brothers and sisters to abandon the Christian journey. Wearing a millstone while swimming will cause the person to drown and die. The disciples can be as helpless as small children. Finally, Jesus tells the disciples to forgive without limit.
This completes my analysis and attempted understanding of this gospel passage and I have attempted to grasp and find the meaning of this passage and, most important, I ask my dear brothers and sisters to read and reread this essay for what it is worth and return and read and reread this biblical text.