Chapter # 8 Paragraph # 4 Study # 2
March 29, 2009
Lincolnton, N.C.

<516> Thesis: Jesus will reject every attempt by any person to thwart the pursuit of the will of God. Introduction: In our introduction to Jesus' renunciation of "His mother and His brethren" last week, we attempted to set the issue into its larger context by appealing to the other three texts in Luke that address Jesus' attitude toward "family". In those texts, we saw that there are three basic issues that are involved. Luke 12:51 says that Jesus actually came to disrupt corrupt families so that our Messianic expectation should not be "peace in the family". Luke 14:26 says that Jesus refuses to accept any who refuse to put Him first in their lives as "disciples" so that our concept of Messianic discipleship cannot be that of the eclectic polytheist who simply picks and chooses which idols will be worshipped. And Luke 18:29-30 says that Jesus refuses to permit those who really are His disciples to make any final sacrifices so that our concept of the Messianic character is that of a Giver and not a Taker. On that foundation, this morning we are going to look into the actual details of Jesus' dealings with Mary and His brothers so that we may better understand why He acted like He did.