The Gospel of Luke ~ Chapter 12:22-26 ~ Object Lessons for Trusting in God’s Daily Provisions for Your Life; Why We Should not Worry About Our Needs.

Vol. 19, No. 20 – May 31, 2020

5 31 20 - Luke 12 vs 22-26 - Object lessons for trusting in God's daily provisions for your life, Why we should not worry about our needs.The Gospel of Luke
Chapter 12

In vs. 22-34, our Lord gives several object lessons as to why we should not covet material possession and instead trust in God to provide for the things we need. Vs. 22-31, are once again a portion of His teachings found in the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew that shows up as a single teaching in Luke, cf. Mat 6:25-33.

Luke 12:22-23, “And He said to His disciples, “For this reason I say to you, do not worry about your life, as to what you will eat; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. 23For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing”.”

“Do not worry,” uses the Greek negative ME with the Present, Active, Imperative of the Verb MERIMNAO μεριμνάω that means, “be anxious, care for, or be concerned about.” Will we see it again in vs. 25-26. Luke has previously used this word in Luke 10:41, as our Lord instructed Martha not to be so worried about the details of life, and in this chapter, vs. 11, for instruction to the disciples to not be worried about what to say when persecuted, cf. Phil 4:6.

Phil 4:6, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”

Therefore, our Lord instructs us to not worry about or be anxious for anything in our “life,” PSUCHE, that typically is translated “soul,” but can also mean our life. With this word it emphasized our physical earthly life, our soulish life, as opposed to our spiritual life. As such, it emphasizes the physical and material things that we need during our life that we should never worry about. Instead, we should be trusting / faith-resting in God to provide for these things, which we also call our “Logistical Grace blessings.”

Logistics is a term both military and civilian companies use to refer to the science of supply, provision, and planning of troop or equipment movement. Logistics is the provision, movement, and maintenance of all resources and services necessary to sustain military forces and supply goods and services as need. Logistics is also defined as the science of planning, handling, and implementation of personnel under every possible condition. It includes the design, development, acquisition, storage, movement, distribution, maintenance, evacuation, and disposal of material. In the military, it includes hospitalization of personnel and the construction and maintenance of housing facilities. From this nomenclature comes a Bible Doctrine based on analogy.

Logistics always plays a very important and dramatic part in the military and industry, but it plays an even greater part in your life as a believer. Every believer is alive today because of Logistical Grace.

The word “logistics” comes from two Greek words:

  • LOGISTES, an inspector of accounts, an auditor, a calculator, or teacher of arithmetic.
  • LOGISMOS, a counting, reckoning, calculation, computation, etc.

In the spiritual life, Logistical Grace is defined as Divine planning, Divine support, Divine provision, and Divine blessing for the execution of the Plan of God by the Royal Family for the fulfillment of God’s will, purpose, and plan for your life inside of the Angelic Conflict.

Logistical Grace includes three factors of Divine provision:

1. Life Support is provided for every Church Age believer. This explains how and why we are alive every moment. The only reason we are alive is because of God’s logistical grace towards you. We do not earn or deserve it and there is no work we can accomplish to keep ourselves alive. Cf. Luke 12:25, “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?”

2. Blessing is provided for every Church Age believer, both winners and loser. This dramatizes the justice of God, in that the justice of God sends life support to every believer, both winner and loser believers, as a blessing from God. This emphasizes God’s grace. You are alive only because of the grace of God, not because of anything you do. Yet, winners utilize God’s logistical grace to advance in the spiritual life and glorify Him in time, while loser believers coast on it, and never utilize it to grow or serve to His glory.

3. Divine provision is provided for every Church Age believer to execute the Plan of God. This includes your daily food, clothing, shelter, and Bible Doctrine. All doctrine comes from the prepared Pastor-Teacher. If you have persistent positive volition, you will find doctrine and your right Pastor-Teacher.

The basis of Logistical Grace is Divine integrity. God is infinite, eternal, and absolute holiness, which may be classified as Divine integrity or absolute unchangeable Divine virtue. The integrity of God is composed of His perfect righteousness and justice. As such, God will always provide for the believer regardless of the believer’s volitional response to God because God’s grace is based on who and what He is, not who and what the believer is. Because of God’s perfect integrity, He will always provide Logistical Grace blessings to the believer. This means God will support and sustain you regardless of how deserving or undeserving you are.

At the moment anyone believes in Jesus Christ as their Savior, they receive the imputation of Divine righteousness. It is that perfect nature in you that God is able to bless, which means He is able to provide you with all the logistics necessary to sustain your life. Therefore, the indwelling righteousness of God in you is the recipient of all life support and all blessing from God.

2 Cor 9:8, defines logistical grace for us. “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything (logistical grace support and blessing), you may have an abundance for every good deed, (i.e., good of intrinsic value production).”

Besides providing life support and blessing, logistical grace is for the perception and execution of the Plan of God for your life. Everything is provided, so that every believer has equal privilege and equal opportunity to execute God’s plan and glorify Him. As a part of this aspect of logistical grace, the following assets are given to us.

  1. The creation of a human spirit at the moment of salvation.
  2. The teaching ministry of God the Holy Spirit: GAP plus GPS.
  3. The provision in every generation of x-number of male believers with the gift of Pastor-Teacher. This gift is a part of logistical grace to communicate bible doctrine to you.

Logistical grace includes six categories of support:

1. Life-Sustaining Support provided by God. God sustains the life of every believer on earth. No believer can depart from life apart from God’s will. Therefore, all the forces of hell cannot remove one believer apart from God’s permission. God also provides all that it takes to support life.

Psa 48:14, “This God is our God forever and ever; He will be our guide even unto death.” Cf., Lam 3:20-25.

2. Temporal Needs such as food, shelter, clothing, transportation, environment, time, a job, etc. are provided by God, Mat 6:25-33; Luke 12:23-34; Phil 4:19.

Phil 4:19, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

3. Security Provision as taught in the doctrine of Eternal Security. Your security is from God. This includes the assignment of guardian angels, Psa 91:7-14; Mat 18:10; Heb 1:13-14, and the provision of the laws of Divine Establishment for freedom to advance to maturity. These laws are found in the civil institutes of the Law and other NT Scriptures related to dealings in society. The pillars behind these laws are the four Divine Institutions that includes, 1) Freedom of Volition, 2) Marriage [one man to one woman], 3) Family, and 4) Nationalism.

If positive to Bible doctrine, God provides the security for you to make that advance, as in the wall of fire, Zech 2:5.

Zech 2:5, “For I,” declares the LORD, “will be a wall of fire around her, and I will be the glory in her midst”.”

1 Peter 1:5, “We are kept by the power of God.”

4. Spiritual Riches are provided by God, such as our Portfolio of Invisible Assets, the Eleven Problem Solving Devices, and the unique factors of the Church Age. It also includes the provision of doctrinal teaching from your right Pastor, privacy and security necessary to maintain positive volition, the Royal Family Honor Code, and discernment to see distractions and set them aside. Spiritual provision of an Evangelist, a Pastor, the privacy of your priesthood, the canon, and a local church are all provided for you.

Eph 1:3, “Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing.”

5. Equal Privilege and Equal Opportunity. These blessings are given to every believer, both winners and losers. These are not to be confused with escrow blessings which are far greater.

6. God preserves us from death, Psa 33:18; 56:13; 116:8; Heb 2:14.

Psa 33:18, “Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear (respect) Him, on those who wait for His lovingkindness (grace) to deliver their soul from death, and to keep alive in famine (depression).”

Psa 56:13, “For you have delivered my soul from death, indeed my feet from stumbling, that I may walk with God in the light of life.” To walk with God in the light of life means you know about logistical grace so that you appreciate it and therefore utilize it.

Psa 116:8, “You have rescued my soul from death.”

Heb 2:14, “Therefore, since the children share in flesh and blood, He Himself likewise also partook of the same, that through death He might render powerless him who had the power of death, that is, the devil.”

Heb 12:28, “Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe.”

1 Peter 5:12, “I have written to you briefly exhorting and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand fast in it.”

2 Cor 6:1, “Do not receive the grace of God in vain.

Heb 12:15, “See to it that no one comes short of the grace of God…”

Therefore, in this passage and Mat 6, there are four commands of what not to worry about: 1) Life, 2) Clothing, 3) Food and Drink, 4) Tomorrow. We are commanded not to worry because God, in logistical grace, will provide for us, regardless of our spiritual status. Remember that Logistical Grace is for winners and losers.

The principle from the first command is that there is no meter on God’s grace. You cannot measure God’s grace and it has no limits. As such, Jesus then gives several analogies beginning with vs. 24-26, regarding food and sustenance provision by God, and then in vs. 27-28, regarding clothing provisions under our Logistical Grace blessings from God.

Vs. 24

Luke 12:24, “Consider the ravens, for they neither sow nor reap; they have no storeroom nor barn, and yet God feeds them; how much more valuable you are than the birds!”

Consider” is the Aorist, Active, Imperative of the Verb KATANOEO that is a compound word from KATA, “according to,” and NOEO, “perceive, understand, realize, think over, etc.” It is an emphatic verb that means, “perceive, consider, notice, or observe carefully.” Luke used it in Luke 6:41, for the discussion on not judging your neighbor; “the speck versus the log in the eye,” analogy. He will also use it in vs. 27, and in Luke 20:23, for Jesus’ perception of the craftiness of spies sent to test Him with questions. Therefore, it tells us that we need to carefully perceive and discern God’s word so that we can apply it in faith-rest to our lives.

Ravens,” is the Noun KORAX that means, “crow or raven.” It is only used here in the NT. Matthew uses a more generic term, “birds of the air,” PETEINON with HOURANOS, “heaven or sky.” Luke uses PETEINON at the end of this passage.

KORAX’s are a black bird known for existing by feeding off the carcasses of dead animals. It was highly detested in both Greek and Semitic cultures. So, the analogy is, “If God would provide for these detestable birds, how much more will He provide for you!” Cf. Job 38:41; Psa 147:9.

Job 38:41, “Who prepares for the raven its nourishment when its young cry to God and wander about without food?”

Psalm 147:9, “He gives to the beast its food, and to the young ravens which cry.”

Therefore, those in the kingdom of God are challenged to draw encouragement from the way the Father provides so well for creatures that are detestable and of much less value than a child of the Kingdom.

The doctrine for discernment and to faith-rest in is, are you more important than a bird? If so, you are not to worry about the details of life and the sustenance necessary for life! As you may know fear, worry, anxiety, or apprehensions are all aspects of rejection or ignorance of God’s Logistical Grace provision. Yet, even when someone rejects God’s provisions, He continues to provide for them including the “detestable” losers of rewards believers who worry and have fear.

Principles of worrying and fear:

  • The more things you surrender to fear, the more things you fear.
  • The more things about which you worry, the more things you worry about.
  • To the extent you surrender to fear, you increase the power of fear in your life.
  • The extent to which you surrender to worry, you increase the power of worry in your life; yet God still keeps you alive.
  • The more things that acquire the power of fear in your life, the greater your capacity for arrogance and becoming a loser believer.
  • The more you acquire the power of worry in your life, the greater your capacity for worry and becoming a loser believer; yet God still supports you.

Jesus then stated about the ravens, “they do not sow, (SPEIRO) nor reap (THERIZO); they have no storeroom (TAMEION) nor barn (APOTHEKE), and yet God feeds (TREPHO) them.” These are in contrast to the rich farm from vs. 16-21. This does not tell us to stop working and that God will give us everything. It is an example from the animal kingdom of how God provides for our every need daily, where we do not have to worry about today’s provisions, (sow and reaping), or tomorrows, (storerooms and barns).

Then we have the a-fortiori principle, “how much more valuable you are than the birds!” “Valuable,” is the Present, Active, Indicative of the Verb DIAPHERO, διαφέρω that means, “carry, spread, be worth more than, differ, or be different.” Luke records Jesus also using this word in vs. 7b, for the same principle, “Do not fear; you are more valuable than many sparrows.”

Therefore, we are to perceive and learn from the birds. If God provides for them, He absolutely will provide for me, His child!

Vs. 25

Luke 12:25, “And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life’s span?”

Here, we have the logic of incapacity. In other words, we truly do not have the capacity through worrying to provide for ourselves.

Single hour” is actually the Greek Noun PECHUS that means, “cubit,” which is about 18 inches.

Life span,” is the Noun HELIKIA that can mean, “age, maturity, stature, or size.” So combined, we have an idiom that means “who can add any measure to their length of life.” Here, we have an analogy of cubits to length of life, which is also seen in, Psa 39:5.

Psa 39:5, “Behold, You have made my days as handbreadths, and my lifetime as nothing in Your sight; Surely every man at his best is a mere breath. Selah.”

Therefore, the principle is: worry or anxious care cannot lengthen a man’s life or age by even a minute fraction of time. The point is, no one can use anxiety to their advantage with respect to adding days to their life. Hendriksen comments: “A man may worry himself to death; yet, he cannot worry himself into a longer span of life,” (New Testament Commentary, Luke, pp. 666f.). So, we see the futility of worrying or being anxious about what we will eat, drink, wear, or even for our life, as through them we can add nothing to our needs, as noted in vs. 26.

Luke 12:26 “If then you cannot do even a very little thing, why do you worry about other matters?”

This is not meant to discourage the believer by thinking all is futile; rather, it is meant to provide the basis for living with confidence in a loving and trustworthy God who will care for you and provide for your needs.

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If you would like more information on this subject, you may watch/listen to lesson:

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If you have never accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, I am here to tell you that Jesus loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His life for you. God the Father also loves you. He loves you so much that He gave His only Son for you by sending Him to the Cross. At the Cross Jesus died in your place. Taking upon Himself all of your sins and all of my sins. He was judged for our sins and paid the price for our sins. Therefore, our sins will never be held against us.

Right where you are, you now have the opportunity to make the greatest decision in your life. To accept the free gift of salvation and eternal life by truly believing that Jesus Christ died for your sins and was raised on the third day as the proof of the promise of eternal life.

So right now, you can pause and reflect on what Christ has done for you and say to the Father:

“Yes Father, I believe that Your Son, Jesus Christ,
died on the cross for the forgiveness of my sins.”

If you have done that, I welcome you to the eternal Family of God!

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