Luke 12:1-12, 22-34. No Worry and No Fear

Luke 12:1-11 do not worry , fear if teachers vs. God

        Luke 12:22-34 do not worry

        Recall – story of man born blind , parents lack of support due to fear of being thrown out

Vs 1

HYPOCRISY  -,”look at the crowds seeing me”

     Centuries before NT – hypocrite was a great orator , speaker.

     Later it became a word to describes profession actor in a play, a reciter of poetry,

     In Jesus day – an ethical “play-actor”

Jesus’ words to hypocrites :

     Matt 6:1-6, 16-18

     Matt 7:3-5

     Matt 15:7-9

Yeast/ Leaven of Pharisees

    Luke 11:38-44 ( CONTEXT )

        OUTWARD :

             1) appearance

             2) minor details

             3) applause of people

             4) admiration ( though walking dead themselves )

Yeast permeates whole loaf…

    Like a disease, a virus, starting small, but so pervasive if unchecked….

Pandemic = social distancing

   The idea is distance from = safety. Don’t get close. Don’t get polluted by it….

   Jesus is similarly warning – distance yourself from the infected Pharisees…


Vs 4 – 7 Do not be afraid…..

      Afraid and fear (5x)

Vs 22  Worry  (vs11-12 persecution)






     will notwear out, a treasure in heaven that will neverfail, where nothief comes near and nomoth destroys.



12 Meanwhile, when a crowd of many thousands had gathered, so that they were

trampling on one another,

Jesus began to speak first to his disciples, saying: “Be[a] on your guard against the

yeast of the Pharisees,

which is hypocrisy.


“I tell you, my friends, do not be afraid of those who kill the body and after that can do no more. But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear him who, after your body has been killed, has authority to throw you into hell. Yes, I tell you, fear him. Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God.


11 “When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worryabout how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, 12 for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.”




     “ stuff mart “

22 Then Jesus said to his disciples: “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat; or about your body, what you will wear. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothes

NO FEAR – actual standing is…

32 “Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the kingdom. 33 Sell your possessions and give to the poor. Provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will never fail, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys. 34 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also