Fire on the Earth: Repentance and Judgment (Luke 12:49-13:9)

by Dr. Ralph F. Wilson
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READER 1 I have come to bring fire on the earth,
READER 2 Fire
READER 3 Judgment
READER 1 I have come to bring fire on the earth,
READER 2 and how I wish it were already kindled!
READER 1 But I have a baptism to undergo,
READER 2 My destiny
READER 3 My cross
READER 1 But I have a baptism to undergo,
READER 2 and how distressed I am until it is completed!
READER 1 Do you think I came to bring peace on earth?
READER 2 No, I tell you, but division.
READER 3 Not peace
READER 2 Not yet
READER 3 But division
READER 2 Dissension
READER 1 From now on there will be five in one family divided against each other,
READER 2 three against two
READER 3 and two against three.
READER 1 They will be divided, father against son and son against father,
READER 2 mother against daughter
READER 3 and daughter against mother,
READER 2 mother-in-law against daughter-in-law
READER 3 and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law."
READER 1 He said to the crowd: "When you see a cloud rising in the west, immediately you say, 'It's going to rain,'
READER 3 and it does rain.
READER 1 And when the south wind blows, you say, 'It's going to be hot,'
READER 2 and it is hot.
READER 3 Hypocrites!
READER 2 Hypocrites!
READER 1 You know how to interpret the appearance of the earth and the sky.
READER 2 How is it that you don't know how to interpret this present time?
READER 1 Can't you read the signs of the times?
READER 2 The signs of the end of time?
READER 3 The signs of judgment upon the earth?
READER 1 "Why don't you judge for yourselves what is right?
READER 2 As you are going with your adversary to the courthouse,
READER 3 try hard to be reconciled to him on the way,
READER 1 Make an out-of-court settlement.
READER 2 Don't walk in that courtroom you wrongdoer!
READER 3 or he may drag you off to the judge,
READER 2 and the judge turn you over to the bailiff,
READER 3 and the bailiff throw you into prison.
READER 1 I tell you, you will not get out until you have paid the last penny of what you owe.
READER 3 The very last penny.
READER 1 Some in the crowd told Jesus about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mixed with their sacrifices.
READER 2 Pilate had killed them
READER 3 While they were offering sacrifices in the temple.
READER 1 Jesus answered, "Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans because they suffered this way?
READER 2 I tell you, no!
READER 3 But unless you repent, you too will all perish.
READER 1 Or those eighteen who died when the tower in Siloam fell on them
READER 2 When the tower fell
READER 3 and the bricks instantly killed 18 men
READER 2 who died a tragic death.
READER 1 Do you think they were more guilty than all the others living in Jerusalem?
READER 2 I tell you, no!
READER 3 But unless you repent,
READER 2 you too will all perish."
READER 3 Unless we repent
READER 2 We too will all perish.
READER 1 Then he told this parable: "A man had a fig tree, planted in his vineyard,
READER 2 and he went to look for fruit on it, but did not find any.
READER 3 No fruit
READER 2 No figs
READER 1 So he said to gardener, 'For three years now I've been coming to look for fruit on this fig tree and haven't found any.
READER 2 Cut it down!
READER 3 Why should it use up the soil?'
READER 1 " 'Sir,' the man replied, 'leave it alone for one more year,
READER 2 and I'll dig around it
READER 3 and fertilize it.
READER 2 Fertilize it
READER 3 And cultivate
READER 1 If it bears fruit next year, fine! If not, then cut it down.' "
READER 2 Unless it bears fruit
READER 3 It must be cut down
READER 1 Unless we bear fruit
READER 2 The fruit of the Spirit
READER 3 The fruit of righteous living
READER 1 Unless we bear fruit
READER 2 we are worthy to be cut down
READER 1 I have come to bring fire on the earth,
READER 2 Fire
READER 3 Judgment
READER 1 I have come to bring fire on the earth,
READER 2 and how I wish it were already kindled!

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