Chapter # 6 Paragraph # 5 Study # 8
November 18, 2007
Lincolnton, N.C.

<394> Thesis: Jesus' third "Woe" is directed toward those who have decided that Life can be possessed apart from God and His principles of Love-driven righteousness. Introduction: It has been my contention, since we began our studies of Luke's record of Jesus' teaching in 6:20-49, that Luke is presenting Jesus as a "second Moses" in the sense that He is the Spokesman for God in specific regard to the establishment of the Kingdom of God among men. Moses himself prophesied in Deuteronomy 18:15 that God would raise up another prophet "like unto me" and Peter declared by the Spirit that this prophecy referred to the Christ in Acts 3:20-22. These facts were selected by Luke because he wished for Theophilus to understand that Jesus, when He descended from the mountain, was bringing the Truth about the Kingdom of God with Him. Therefore, it is a part of my contention that Jesus began His teaching on the mountain with certain "seed" doctrines that identify the true nature of the Kingdom of God. As "seeds" they are the bare minimum of expression without much enlargement. These seeds are sown in a set of beatitudes and a parallel set of Woes. We have worked our way through the positive side of the picture, given in the four beatitudes, and find ourselves now looking at the third of four declarations of woe. If, on this Sunday before Thanksgiving, you want a reason to be thankful, consider giving thanks to God for what He is going to do to erase all of your tears. This morning's study is focused upon Jesus' pronouncement of "Woe" to those who are currently "laughing". What could possibly be wrong with "laughing now"?