Verse of the Day – June 14, 2023

Verse of the Day – June 14, 2023

June 14, 2023 – Wednesday 

Luke 17:1

1Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come.

Comments

Rereading the beginning of chapter 17, the source for yesterday’s verses, I came to wonder about this verse, verse one. It seems so straightforward, but is it? It reads, 1Jesus said to his disciples: “Things that cause people to stumble are bound to come, but woe to anyone through whom they come. Does Jesus mean if you somehow inadvertently cause someone (people) to stumble, then it is a woe to you?

To take a deeper look, I first looked at all the various versions of this verse at biblegateway.com here. There I found some clues in the following versions: AMP Jesus said to His disciples, “Stumbling blocks [temptations and traps set to lure one to sin] are sure to come, but woe (judgment is coming) to him through whom they come! AMPC And [Jesus] said to His disciples, Temptations (snares, traps set to entice to sin) are sure to come, but woe to him by or through whom they come! CEV Jesus said to his disciples: There will always be something that causes people to sin. But anyone who causes them to sin is in for trouble. NCV Jesus said to his followers, “Things that cause people to sin will happen, but how terrible for the person who causes them to happen!

From the above versions alone, we can determine life by itself will bring some circumstances that might cause one to stumble, that is to sin. But some (many?) stumbling blocks are purposely placed to tempt people to sin or lure them into sinning. The people who do so have been warned by Jesus, woe to anyone through whom they come. Because it was purposely done with the plan of leading or luring people into sin, not something inadvertent.

This is why Jesus continues, saying, It would be better for them to be thrown into the sea with a millstone tied around their neck than to cause one of these little ones to stumble. So watch yourselves. To be sure, these little ones are new believers, new to the faith. They may be young or old, but they are followers of Jesus, new followers. Ellicott’s Commentary adds, the “little ones” must mean the disciples of Christ who are [tempted] by the worldliness of those who profess to be religious. Thus, Jesus somber words, So watch yourselves, don’t become one of those.

Bottom Line: Be aware, temptations abound and are all around us, but make sure you are not in some way, yourself leading or luring new believers into sin, away from the faith. 

Prayer: Heavenly Father, Help us to look ahead and avoid stumbling into sinning through the world or through someone’s effort to lead us astray. Help us to focus on Your love and what Your Son did for us on the cross. – In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

RileyD, nwJ     

Riley D. Driver – Pastor          

Calvary Chapel of Dayton    

in Beavercreek