L U K E.
In this chapter we have divers excellent
discourses of our Saviour's upon various occasions, many of which
are to the same purport with what we had in Matthew upon other the
like occasions; for we may suppose that our Lord Jesus preached the
same doctrines, and pressed the same duties, at several times, in
several companies, and that one of the evangelists took them as he
delivered them at one time and another at another time; and we need
thus to have precept upon precept, line upon line. Here, I. Christ
warns his disciples to take heed of hypocrisy, and of cowardice in
professing Christianity and preaching the gospel, ver. 1-12. II. He gives a caution
against covetousness, upon occasion of a covetous motion made to
him, and illustrates that caution by a parable of a rich man
suddenly cut off by death in the midst of his worldly projects and
hopes, ver. 13-21. III.
He encourages his disciples to cast all their care upon God, and to
live easy in a dependence upon his providence, and exhorts them to
make religion their main business, ver. 22-34. IV. He stirs them up to
watchfulness for their Master's coming, from the consideration of
the reward of those who are then found faithful, and the punishment
of those who are found unfaithful, ver. 35-48. V. He bids them expect trouble
and persecution, ver.
49-53. VI. He warns the people to observe and improve
the day of their opportunities and to make their peace with God in
time, ver. 54-59.