Luke Chapter 11:1-28
for this week: 1 John 4:6 We are of
God: he that knoweth God heareth us; he that is not of God heareth
not us. Hereby know we the spirit of truth, and the spirit of error.
We continue our study of
the book of Luke this week as we continue in chapter 11. Last week,
we studied about the seventy being sent out on a mission by
Christ. They were given specific instructions as to what they were
to do and what they were to take with them. God provided from them
using the people in which they were sent. Jesus pronounced judgment
on several cities including Chorazin and Bethsaida. We closed with
the story of Martha and Mary. Martha was the sister who was
cumbered about with much serving where Mary chose the good part
which was sitting at the feet of Jesus and learning about the
Disciples Desire to be Taught How to Pray
11:1 And it came to pass, that, as he was praying in a certain
place, when he ceased, one of his disciples said unto him, Lord,
teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples.
Jesus was always
praying, and He definitely did this to stay in touch with the Father
and set an example for us. The disciples point out that John
taught his disciples to pray and they want Jesus to teach them
also. Just as the disciples needed to pray, you and I need to do
this also. And not a quick 2 minute prayer before we go to bed at
night, but be in prayer with the Lord on an ongoing basis each
day. We should be willing to talk things out with our Heavenly
Father like we do with our father here on earth.
5:15 See that none render evil for evil unto any man; but ever
follow that which is good, both among yourselves, and to all men.
5:16 Rejoice evermore.
5:17 Pray without ceasing.
5:18 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in
Christ Jesus concerning you.
Many people call
this the Lordís prayer in verses 2-4. However, this is truly the
model prayer where the Lordís prayer is recorded over in John
11:2 And he said unto them, When ye pray, say, Our Father which art
in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done,
as in heaven, so in earth.
11:3 Give us day by day our daily bread.
11:4 And forgive us our sins; for we also forgive every one that is
indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation; but deliver us from
I know this
shows my age, but one of the fond memories I have is reciting this
prayer out loud each day before lunch when I was attending school my
first three years. It wasnít long before Satan worked his way into
the public schools and now you canít pray without causing a huge
uproar. This is sad.
Jesus gives us
the model prayer and teaches us that there are certain things we
should remember to pray. One is for Godís kingdom to come here on
earth. And we are to pray for Godís will to be done in earth as it
is in heaven. We are to pray for daily provisions and for
forgiveness of sins. And we are to pray that we be not led into
temptations but rather delivered from evil.
In the KJV Study
Bible, the author points out that these are not the only things we
should pray, but our prayers should contain these basic points.
Mature prayer will not
be limited to these initial requests, but should at least contain
these basic points. An example of how Christ prayed is given in John
17, the second longest prayer in the Bible. The longest is found in
I Kings 8 when Solomon dedicated the Temple.
of Continual Prayer
11:5 And he said unto them, Which of you shall have a friend, and
shall go unto him at midnight, and say unto him, Friend, lend me
11:6 For a friend of mine in his journey is come to me, and I have
nothing to set before him?
come to Jesus with our prayers that have no true exercise of the
soul. When we donít mean business with God, He may wait and wait
until we come with greater concern to answer our prayers. In verse
5, the friend here typifies God who is a Friend of all and wants us
to come to him in every trying circumstance. In our hour of need,
God is there for us and wants us to come to him. At midnight, the
man comes at midnight and asks 3 loaves of bread to give to the
visitor who has come on a long journey. This was very late, but he
asked for a specific thing, 3 loaves of bread. There was a special
need. His friend was coming in to visit and he had nothing to give
11:7 And he from within shall answer and say, Trouble me not: the
door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed; I cannot rise
and give thee.
11:8 I say unto you, Though he will not rise and give him, because
he is his friend, yet because of his importunity he will rise and
give him as many as he needeth.
The man in the
parable is not like God. He does not want to rise up and be
bothered. God is always there to hear our prayers and will be quick
to answer those when we have great need. It says that the man
finally arises and gives to help after he continues to ask. While
God never tells us to not come to the throne of Grace, but
encourages us to do so. No request of ours will ever be a
Ďtroubleí to God. If God delays the answer to our requests, be
sure that there is a reason. He may be testing our faith, or
perhaps preparing us for a tougher situation coming down the road.
Whatever the reason, God has reasons for a quick answer or a slow
one. Iíve mentioned before that the singer Dallas Holm once said
that we donít have much trouble when God says ďYesĒ or if he says
ďNo.Ē But when we donít get an immediate answer, God may be saying
ďWait a while.Ē If that is Godís Will, be sure it is the best for
4:14 Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed
into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our
4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with
the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like
as we are, yet without sin.
4:16 Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we
may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.
11:9 And I say unto you, Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and
ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.
11:10 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh
findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
One thing about
the man who was seeking the bread, he did not give up. He called
again and again until the man finally brought him the bread. We
need to be serious with God and be constant and continual in our
requests. He says in verse 9 to ďAsk, and it shall be given
you.Ē We should never be discouraged when God does not answer
immediately when we pray. We are taught to be instant in prayer
until the answer comes.
12:12 Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant
We are taught in
the book of James that the reason we may not have is because we
either donít ask, or ask amiss.
James 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and
cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask
James 4:3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye
may consume it upon your lusts.
When we pray, we
should pray that whatever we desire bring glory to God. Jesus
makes a point that we need to do 3 things to get answers to our
III. Parable of
the Father and Son
11:11 If a son shall ask bread of any of you that is a father, will
he give him a stone? or if he ask a fish, will he for a fish give
him a serpent?
11:12 Or if he shall ask an egg, will he offer him a scorpion?
11:13 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your
children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy
Spirit to them that ask him?
Any of you who
are a parent or a grandparent really do understand this teaching.
I believe any true Christian wants the very best for their
children. He asks if a son asks for bread, will the earthly father
give him a stone, or a serpent if he asks for a fish. If we are
able to take care of our own children, how much more does the
heavenly Father love His children. He gives us all the good things
1:17 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and
cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no
variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Cor 6:19 What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy
Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your
Cor 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in
your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
When a person
accepts Christ for salvation and is saved, the Holy Spirit comes
inside of that person. When we are saved, it says we are bought
with a price and no longer our own. God fills us with the Holy
Spirit when we are saved, and we should constantly let the Holy
Spirit guide us. If we do not let the Holy Spirit guide us, it
grieves the Spirit.
IV. Jesus is
Accused of Casting out devils by Beelzebub
11:14 And he was casting out a devil, and it was dumb. And it came
to pass, when the devil was gone out, the dumb spake; and the people
11:15 But some of them said, He casteth out devils through
Beelzebub the chief of the devils.
One thing is
clear in the scriptures. Jesus was always busy and always doing
good to the people. In chapter after chapter, Jesus is always
ministering to those in need. Here it says he casts out a devil
and a man dumb was now able to speak. When this happens, the
people wondered as to how this happened. While they marvelled at
the miracles, most never recognized Jesus as the true Messiah sent
from God to man. In a way, that is what we find as we go out and
visit today. Many donít want to hear about God, or they find fault
with the Bible, or find fault with the church or the people in the
church. Whatever the excuse, they donít want to hear the truth.
Godís Word is truth, and it reveals the lost condition of man.
Here some of the people claim that there is a leader of the demons
and they are subject to His rule. The leader they call Beelzebub,
which was another name for Satan. One of the Phoenician gods was
Beelzebub, and it interpreted means ďlord of the flies.Ē These
people claim that Jesus is capable of casting out demons by making a
league with the prices of the demons. No one questioned Jesus
about this, but they claim this as true and they jumped to false
J. Vernon McGee
said the Pharisees had no good answer for the miracles Jesus
performed, so they accused him of doing it by the power of the
The convincing nature
of Jesusí miracles forced the Pharisees to offer some explanation
for them. They could not deny the existence of miracles when they
were happening before their eyes. They resorted to the basest and
most blasphemous explanation for the miracles of Jesus. They did not
deny that they took place but claimed that they were done by the
power of the Devil.
11:16 And others, tempting him, sought of him a sign from heaven.
11:17 But he, knowing their thoughts, said unto them, Every kingdom
divided against itself is brought to desolation; and a house divided
against a house falleth.
Some of the
others sought a sign from heaven. Our Lord never once performed a
miracle to gratify curiosity seekers. He did the miracles to met
the needs of poor, suffering humanity.
11:18 If Satan also be divided against himself, how shall his
kingdom stand? because ye say that I cast out devils through
11:19 And if I by Beelzebub cast out devils, by whom do your sons
cast them out? therefore shall they be your judges.
11:20 But if I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the
kingdom of God is come upon you.
11:21 When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in
11:22 But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome
him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and
divideth his spoils.
11:23 He that is not with me is against me: and he that gathereth
not with me scattereth.
Jesus points out
that if what they believed was true, Satan would be destroying his
own kingdom. Be sure if we are divided against ourselves, we will
fail. The only way a kingdom is destroyed is by a stronger one
coming in and overthrowing the one in charge. You and I must
decide whose side are we own. We can only be on one or the other.
We are either for Christ, or we are for Satan.
had some good points on these verses.
The miserable condition
of an unconverted sinner. In his heart, which was fitted to be a
habitation of God, the devil has his palace; and all the powers and
the faculties of the soul, being employed by him in the service of
sin, are his goods. Note, [1.] The heart of every unconverted
sinner is the devilís palace, where he resides and
where he rules; he works in the children of
disobedience. The heart is a palace, a noble dwelling;
but the unsanctified heart is the devilís palace. His will is
obeyed, his interests are served, and the militia is in his hands;
he usurps the throne in the soul. [2.] The devil, as a
strong man armed, keeps this palace, does all he can to secure
it to himself, and to fortify it against Christ. All the prejudices
with which he hardens menís hearts gainst truth and holiness are the
strong-holds which he erects for the keeping of his
palace; this palace is his garrison. [3.] There is a kind
of peace in the palace of an unconverted soul, while the
devil, as a strong man armed, keeps it. The sinner has a good
opinion of himself, is very secure and merry, has no doubt
concerning the goodness of his state nor any dread of the judgment
to come; he flatters himself in his own eyes, and cries peace to
himself. Before Christ appeared, all was quiet, because all went
one way; but the preaching of the gospel disturbed the peace of
the devilís palace.
(2.) The wonderful
change that is made in conversion, which is Christís victory over
this usurper. Satan is a strong man armed; but our
Lord Jesus is stronger than he, as God, as Mediator. If we
speak of strength, he is strong: more are with us than
against us. Observe, [1.] The manner of this victory: He
comes upon him by surprise, when his goods are in peace
and the devil thinks it is all his own for ever, and
overcomes him. Note, The conversion of a soul to God is Christís
victory over the devil and his power in that soul, restoring the
soul to its liberty, and recovering his own interest in it and
dominion over it.
Worthlessness of Self-Reformation
11:24 When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh
through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will
return unto my house whence I came out.
11:25 And when he cometh, he findeth it swept and garnished.
11:26 Then goeth he, and taketh to him seven other spirits more
wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the
last state of that man is worse than the first.
Man wants to be
able to do something for God. And when we try in our own power to
Ďturn over a new leafí, we may initially look pretty good. But it
truly is foolish. What happens in the end? It says when the
unclean spirit is gone out, and then returns, and finds the place
swept and garnished (cleaned up pretty good), he then goes and
brings back seven other spirits more wicked than he. It says the
last state is worse than how he began. Reality is thisÖ we canít
save ourselves. The first condition of true salvation is seeing
oneself as helpless and without hope outside of Christ. When we
see ourselves lost, hopeless, undone, and with no hope, then we can
turn to Jesus and be saved. Salvation is WHOLLY of God. Man has
nothing to do with it except to accept it.
11:27 And it came to pass, as he spake these things, a certain
woman of the company lifted up her voice, and said unto him, Blessed
is the womb that bare thee, and the paps which thou hast sucked.
11:28 But he said, Yea rather, blessed are they that hear the word
of God, and keep it.
Do you want to
blessed? Then you need to hear the word of God and keep it.
David said the
word of God was a lamp to his feet and a light unto his path.
119:105 NUN. Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my
119:106 I have sworn, and I will perform it, that I will keep thy
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