Summary: To show that GOD takes care of us as we take care not to be loaded with the affairs of this world and only the affairs of the LORD.
Are you focus on the LORD? Do you have any concerns?
Yes, I'm focus on the LORD. No concern at all, it's given to the LORD.
Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
Casting the whole of your care [all your anxieties, all your worries, all your concerns, once and for all] on Him, for He cares for you affectionately and cares about you watchfully.
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To show that GOD takes care of us as we take care not to be loaded with the affairs of this world and only the affairs of the LORD.
No soldier when in service gets entangled in the enterprises of [civilian] life; his aim is to satisfy and please the one who enlisted him.
But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the giddiness and headache and nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose;
Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for I only please You and satisfy You who have enlisted me to be like You in this world.
In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.
Cast worldly worries to the LORD
A. Author: Dr. Luke, The Beloved Physician (close friend and traveling companion of Paul)
B. Audience: Theophilus (Greek means friend of GOD, a Christian)
C. Purpose: To give a connected and orderly narrative of the life of CHRIST as seen by eyewitnesses
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. Take heed to yourselves so that your heart will not be overburdened and depressed
"But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down)"
Take heed or "prosecho" in Greek meaning:
1. hold the mind towards
2. pay attention to
3. to be cautious about
4. apply oneself to
5. adhere to
6. attend to
7. have regard
We are advised by GOD's WORDS to take heed or pay attention, or be careful of the ffg:
1. Make our alms (compassion) in secret
TAKE CARE not to do your good deeds publicly or before men, in order to be seen by them; otherwise you will have no reward [reserved for and awaiting you] with and from your Father Who is in heaven.
2. False prophets
Beware of false prophets, who come to you dressed as sheep, but inside they are devouring wolves.
3. Men who will bring me to councils and flog me in their synagogues
Be on guard against men [whose way or nature is to act in opposition to God]; for they will deliver you up to councils and flog you in their synagogues,
4. Teaching of extremes - (Pharisees) self-righteousness and (Sadducees) unbelievers of GOD
Jesus said to them, Be careful and on your guard against the leaven (ferment) of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
Then they discerned that He did not tell them to beware of the leaven of bread, but of the teaching of the Pharisees and Sadducees.
IN THE meanwhile, when so many thousands of the people had gathered that they were trampling on one another, Jesus commenced by saying primarily to His disciples, Be on your guard against the leaven (ferment) of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy [producing unrest and violent agitation].
a. what are these teachings?
(2) unbelief in GOD
(5) belief in self, anything or anyone rather than GOD
Beware of the scribes, who like to walk about in long robes and love to be saluted [with honor] in places where people congregate and love the front and best seats in the synagogues and places of distinction at feasts,
5. Look out for one another
Pay attention and always be on your guard [looking out for one another]. If your brother sins (misses the mark), solemnly tell him so and reprove him, and if he repents (feels sorry for having sinned), forgive him.