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LUKE 12: 22-31

THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – FEBRUARY 11, 2004

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He said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not
worry about your life, what you will eat, or about your body,
what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the
body more than clothing. 24 Consider the ravens: they
neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor
barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value
are you than the birds! 26 And can any of you by worrying
add a single hour to your span of life? If then you are not
able to do so small a thing as that, why do you worry
about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they
neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his
glory was not clothed like one of these. 28 But if God so
clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and
tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he
clothe you – you of little faith! 29 And do not keep striving
for what you are to eat and what you are to drink, and do
not keep worrying. 30 For it is the nations of the world that
strive after all these things, and your Father knows that
you need them. 31 Instead, strive for his kingdom, and
these things will be given to you as well.

Background
Writer: Luke, companion to Paul and Timothy, who had been converted about 15
years after Pentecost.
Date: 60 A.D.
What’s Going On: Jesus is being challenged by an ever-increasing group of
Pharisees, who are filled with greed, hypocrisy, and slander against Jesus.
As he rebukes them, he also tries to teach principles to his disciples and other
believers. Just prior to this passage, Jesus has told the parable of the rich
fool, who coveted his possessions in a silo, only to have God take his life.
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LUKE 12: 22-31
THE MEN’S GROUP BIBLICAL EQUIPPING – FEBRUARY 11, 2004

EXPLORE:

1. What did these apostles have to worry about, anyway?

2. Why does Jesus tell them this right after the parable of the rich
fool?

3. How does God demonstrate his power through nature?

CONNECT:

1. How eerily applicable is this passage to our lives today?

2. What does this passage say about faith?

3. How can we be sure to consider the lilies?

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