Do you not fear God?

Luke Bible Background

05.04.2017 – New Testament: Luke 23.40–41

To read the Bible in a year, read Luke 23.39–56 on May 4, In the year of our Lord 2017

By Don Ruhl

The Jewish leaders mocked Jesus for thinking that He was not the Christ, and the Roman soldiers mocked Him for thinking He was the King of the Jews, and then one of the criminals suffering crucifixion mocked Him for the same reason, that if He was the Christ, He could save them from their torturous death.

However, the other criminal suffering the crucifixion spoke for Jesus,

But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong” (Luke 23.40–41). 

This man knew of the innocence of Jesus, but the man also knew God or knew of Him, and questioned the first criminal on whether he feared God. They hung there suffering for their evil, and soon would meet God. The second man told the first man that he had better fear God, otherwise, he was in deep trouble, much worse than the crucifixion.

Questions:

  • Do you fear God?
  • Have you sinned?

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