Why do you not know how to interpret the present time?

He also said to the crowds, “When you see a cloud rising in the west, you say at once, ‘A shower is coming.’ And so it happens. And when you see the south wind blowing, you say, ‘There will be scorching heat,’ and it happens. You hypocrites! You know how to interpret the appearance of earth and sky, but why do you not know how to interpret the present time? Luke 12:54-56

In today’s verses Jesus castigates the crowd about their ability to forecast what the weather will be like in the future but are unable to see the signs of the present time. Jesus’ appearing when He did should not have been a surprise. In fact the Jewish people were expecting the Messiah to appear just at the time Jesus was on earth. The prophet Daniel had predicted to the year when the Messiah was to appear. It is no accident that during the first half of the first century numerous people claimed to be the promised Messiah.

Only one, Jesus, did the things the scriptures said the Messiah would do. Yet even with all the miracles Jesus did and with how Jesus taught with authority many refused to see what was right before their eyes, God’s promised Messiah. They were looking for a messiah that fit their own conceptions of what a messiah should do. They wanted one thing and God sent something else.

Today we also look to the future while ignoring the present. Too many think they have all the time in the world to find a savior that fits their own notion of a savior. In doing this they ignore the Savior that is right in front of them. Jesus is ready now to bring them into God’s kingdom and they refuse His gift, His free gift, of salvation. The savior is here and because people do not like what Jesus said or what Jesus taught they have missed Him.

Have a blessed day,



About dwwork

The name of this blog is taken from 1 Peter 3:13 - “always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience. This verse became special to me over ten years ago when I was asked to teach an adult Sunday school class on Christian apologetics. This interest grew over the years to the point that I took some graduate level classes in apologetics. I think the best way to be prepared to give and answer to everyone who asks is to know scripture. It is my hope that through these short devotionals the reader will become more familiar with each verse. I have tried when possible to make them personal hoping in some small way to show that God’s word written over two thousand years ago is still relevant today. In the writing of these short devotionals I have been able to better understand how God’s word impacts my life. It is my hope that you too will come closer to our Lord Jesus and develop a closer relationship with Him. Finally, if the reader finds anything in conflict with scripture please let me know. God’s word is the final authority always overrules anything I might write. David
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