84 Jesus warns against religious hypocrisy.

Luke 12:1–12

Earlier, Jesus warned the disciples about the Pharisees. Why did he find it necessary to warn them again (Luke 12:1)?

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How will “every hidden thing” be revealed (Luke 12:2)?

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Why are secrets often dangerous (Luke 12:2)?

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Which has greater motivation, fear of Hell or hope for Heaven (Luke 12:4–5)? Why?

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Why do people fear anything more than God (Luke 12:4–5)?

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Under what conditions might Christians have no reason to fear God (Luke 12:4–5)?

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To what extent is God aware of who we are and what we are doing (Luke 12:6–7)?

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How can we be sure God cares for us (Luke 12:6–7)?

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How important is our testimony (Luke 12:8–9)?

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What is the difference between speaking against the Son of Man and speaking against the Holy Spirit (Luke 12:10)?

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Which is better, to plan and practice a speech or to speak spontaneously (Luke 12:11–12)? Why? How much do you value preparation?

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Under what conditions can we expect to have the right words to say (Luke 12:11–12)?

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The crowd grew into the thousands, more than anyone could count, until they were pressing against one another and stepping on one another’s feet. Mainly to his followers, Jesus taught what he had said many times before. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees, and recognize their hypocrisy.

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Luke 12:1 The crowd grew into the thousands, more than anyone could count, until they were pressing against one another and stepping on one another’s feet. Mainly to his followers, Jesus taught what he had said many times before. “Watch out for the yeast of the Pharisees, and recognize their hypocrisy.
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Luke 12:1 In the mean time, when there were gathered together an innumerable multitude of people, insomuch that they trode one upon another, he began to say unto his disciples first of all, Beware ye of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy.

“Everything hidden will one day be revealed and all secrets will be brought to light. What you have whispered in the darkness will be shouted in broad daylight. What your ears have heard in a secluded room will be preached from the housetops.

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Luke 12:2–3 “Everything hidden will one day be revealed, and all secrets will be brought to light. What you have whispered in the darkness will be shouted in broad daylight. What your ears have heard in a secluded room will be preached from the housetops.
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Luke 12:2–3 For there is nothing covered, that shall not be revealed; neither hid, that shall not be known. Therefore whatsoever ye have spoken in darkness shall be heard in the light; and that which ye have spoken in the ear in closets shall be proclaimed upon the housetops.

“My friends, never fear those who can kill the body and nothing more. Let me tell you whom you should fear: God, who can destroy both body and soul in Hell. He is the one you need to fear.

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Luke 12:4–5 “My friends, never fear those who can kill the body and nothing more. Let me tell you whom you should fear: God, who can destroy both body and soul in Hell. He is the one you need to fear.
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Luke 12:4–5 And I say unto you my friends, Be not afraid of them that kill the body, and after that have no more that they can do. But I will forewarn you whom ye shall fear: Fear him, which after he hath killed hath power to cast into hell; yea, I say unto you, Fear him.

“The price of five sparrows is not much, but one sparrow cannot die without God’s knowledge. He even knows the number of hairs on your head. Don’t worry. You are worth more than many sparrows.

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Luke 12:6–7 “The price of five sparrows is not much, but one sparrow cannot die without God’s knowledge. He even knows the number of hairs on your head. Don’t worry. You are worth more than many sparrows.
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Luke 12:6–7 Are not five sparrows sold for two farthings, and not one of them is forgotten before God? But even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not therefore: ye are of more value than many sparrows.

“I assure you, anyone who publicly acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will publicly acknowledge before the angels of God. But anyone who denies me before men will be denied before God’s angels. Those who speak against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but speaking evil of the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven. Never ever.

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Luke 12:8–10 “I assure you, anyone who publicly acknowledges me before men, the Son of Man will publicly acknowledge before the angels of God. But anyone who denies me before men will be denied before God’s angels. Those who speak against the Son of Man will be forgiven, but speaking evil of the Holy Spirit cannot be forgiven. Never ever.
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Luke 12:8–10 Also I say unto you, Whosoever shall confess me before men, him shall the Son of man also confess before the angels of God: But he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels of God. And whosoever shall speak a word against the Son of man, it shall be forgiven him: but unto him that blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost it shall not be forgiven.

“When you are arrested and stand before synagogue authorities, governors, and kings, do not worry about what to say. At the time you must speak, you will be given the right words to say.”

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Luke 12:11–12 “When you are arrested and stand before synagogue authorities, governors, and kings, do not worry about what to say. At the time you must speak, you will be given the right words to say.”
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Luke 12:11–12 And when they bring you unto the synagogues, and unto magistrates, and powers, take ye no thought how or what thing ye shall answer, or what ye shall say: For the Holy Ghost shall teach you in the same hour what ye ought to say.