Summary: A study of the Gospel of Luke chapter 21 verses 5 through 7
Luke 21: 5 – 7
Do You See What I See?
5 Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said, 6 “These things which you see—the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.”7 So they asked Him, saying, “Teacher, but when will these things be? And what sign will there be when these things are about to take place?”
Do you notice something familiar with this chapter? If you said it reminds you of the Gospel of Matthew chapter 24 you win a cookie. This Scripture is probably one of the most interesting chapters in the entire bible because it covers so many future things. There are certain ‘end times’ prophecies that arouse our interests such as a new Temple, The Antichrist, The Great Tribulation, The Rapture, and the 2nd Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Matthew wrote this, “ 1 Then Jesus went out and departed from the temple, and His disciples came up to show Him the buildings of the temple. 2 And Jesus said to them, “Do you not see all these things? Assuredly, I say to you, not one stone shall be left here upon another, that shall not be thrown down.” 3 Now as He sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to Him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be? And what will be the sign of Your coming, and of the end of the age?”
We are going to do something unique in our review of this awesome chapter. It has 51 verses so it would be a waste of our time to just try to skip through it in one study. We are going to follow the chapter verse by verse. However, when our Lord brings up a key point such as a possible new Temple, we will take some time to talk about this significantly interesting situation. Most likely it will result in a detour of working through the chapter, but we will get back on track, I promise you.
5 Then, as some spoke of the temple, how it was adorned with beautiful stones and donations, He said, 6 “These things which you see—the days will come in which not one stone shall be left upon another that shall not be thrown down.”
To bring us up to speed on what has been transpiring so far, our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ had just given a major lecture in the Temple. He and His disciples were leaving the Temple complex and one commented about how magnificent the Glorious Temple was.
As you know this was not the first Temple that the Jews constructed. The first Temple was built under the leadership of King Solomon. It was finished around 759 BC. A couple of hundred years later around 586 BC the Babylonians’ destroyed it.
The Israelites were taken as captives back to Babylon. Our Lord had pronounced a 70 year punishment on the Jews because they had refused to obey His orders. You see the Lord wanted them to trust Him as He still does for us to do today. To show what a True and Faithful God He Is, He challenged them to do some unique things as recorded in the book of Leviticus chapter 25.
“1 And the LORD spoke to Moses on Mount Sinai, saying, 2 “Speak to the children of Israel, and say to them: ‘When you come into the land which I give you, then the land shall keep a Sabbath to the LORD. 3 Six years you shall sow your field, and six years you shall prune your vineyard, and gather its fruit; 4 but in the seventh year there shall be a Sabbath of solemn rest for the land, a Sabbath to the LORD. You shall neither sow your field nor prune your vineyard. 5 What grows of its own accord of your harvest you shall not reap, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine, for it is a year of rest for the land. 6 And the Sabbath produce of the land shall be food for you: for you, your male and female servants, your hired man, and the stranger who dwells with you, 7 for your livestock and the beasts that are in your land—all its produce shall be for food. 8 ‘And you shall count seven Sabbaths of years for yourself, seven times seven years; and the time of the seven Sabbaths of years shall be to you forty-nine years. 9 Then you shall cause the trumpet of the Jubilee to sound on the tenth day of the seventh month; on the Day of Atonement you shall make the trumpet to sound throughout all your land. 10 And you shall consecrate the fiftieth year, and proclaim liberty throughout all the land to all its inhabitants. It shall be a Jubilee for you; and each of you shall return to his possession, and each of you shall return to his family. 11 That fiftieth year shall be a Jubilee to you; in it you shall neither sow nor reap what grows of its own accord, nor gather the grapes of your untended vine. 12 For it is the Jubilee; it shall be holy to you; you shall eat its produce from the field. 13 ‘In this Year of Jubilee, each of you shall return to his possession. 14 And if you sell anything to your neighbor or buy from your neighbor’s hand, you shall not oppress one another. 15 According to the number of years after the Jubilee you shall buy from your neighbor, and according to the number of years of crops he shall sell to you. 16 According to the multitude of years you shall increase its price, and according to the fewer number of years you shall diminish its price; for he sells to you according to the number of the years of the crops. 17 Therefore you shall not oppress one another, but you shall fear your God; for I am the LORD your God. 18 ‘So you shall observe My statutes and keep My judgments, and perform them; and you will dwell in the land in safety. 19 Then the land will yield its fruit, and you will eat your fill, and dwell there in safety. 20 ‘And if you say, “What shall we eat in the seventh year, since we shall not sow nor gather in our produce?” 21 Then I will command My blessing on you in the sixth year, and it will bring forth produce enough for three years. 22 And you shall sow in the eighth year, and eat old produce until the ninth year; until its produce comes in, you shall eat of the old harvest. 23 ‘The land shall not be sold permanently, for the land is Mine; for you are strangers and sojourners with Me. 24 And in all the land of your possession you shall grant redemption of the land.”