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Luke 8:16-18

Sunday Morning Bible Study

September 13, 2015


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Luke was a doctor and a travelling companion of the apostle Paul.

He wrote this book while Paul was in prison.

In writing his book, Luke made use of other older documents like the Gospel of Mark, as well as extensive eyewitness accounts.

Jesus’ ministry has begun, and the people have been amazed not just at the things He’s been teaching, but the things He’s been doing.

8:16-18 Lamps

:16 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, covers it with a vessel or puts it under a bed, but sets it on a lampstand, that those who enter may see the light.

:16 lampluchnos – a lamp, candle, that is placed on a stand or candlestick

:16 has lithapto – to fasten to, adhere to; to fasten fire to a thing, kindle, set of fire

It is also used in:

(1 Corinthians 7:1 NKJV) Now concerning the things of which you wrote to me: It is good for a man not to touch a woman.
Some have suggested that in Corinthians it’s the idea of “touching” that leads to being “on fire”.

:16 coverskalupto – to hide, veil; to hinder the knowledge of a thing

:16 vesselskeuos – a vessel; an implement; household utensils, domestic gear

:16 bedkline – a small bed, a couch

:16 lampstandluchnia – a (candlestick) lamp stand, candelabrum

:16 may seeblepo – to see, discern, of the bodily eye; to discern mentally, observe, perceive, discover, understand

:16 sets it on a lampstand

We often look at this verse as the basis to “let our little light shine”.

We think of it in terms of letting others know that we are believers.

Jesus said,

(Matthew 5:14–16 NKJV) —14 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

I’m just not sure that’s what this passage is about.


Closet light

Jesus is talking about turning a light the shines inward, to examine what’s going on inside of us.  It’s like turning on a light in a dark closet.
Jesus will repeat this same parable at other times in His ministry, including:
(Luke 11:33–36 NKJV) —33 “No one, when he has lit a lamp, puts it in a secret place or under a basket, but on a lampstand, that those who come in may see the light. 34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. 35 Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. 36 If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.”
Here Jesus is talking about the lamp being what lights you up on the inside.
How can a “light” be “darkness” (vs. 35)?

The word “lamp” can also refer to windows.  In ancient houses, windows were open holes in the walls of the house, and they were not covered with glass.

Architects today still call windows “lights” because they bring light into a dark room.

If your “window” (your eye) is dirty, it only lets in dirty light, your house is going to be pretty dark.

In Jesus’ day, houses didn’t have electric lights.  When the sun went down, your house was in complete darkness.
Suppose after sunset you dropped something important like a valuable coin, or your Gameboy?

You’d have to light a candle or a lamp in order to find it.

Jesus said,

(Luke 15:8 NKJV) “Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp, sweep the house, and search carefully until she finds it?

It’s not so great when you can’t see in a dark room.
Video:  Gags – Waiting Room
What if you’re walking through your house in the dark and you stub your toe on something?  How do you find the thing to take care of it?  Be sure to turn on a light, the right kind of light.
The world has lots of different kinds of “lights” that might mislead you.
If you know something is wrong inside you, but the light that the world offers you tells you that you were just born that way and nothing needs to be fixed, you’re going to stumble.
The Psalmist wrote,
(Psalm 119:105 NKJV) Your word is a lamp to my feet And a light to my path.
(Psalm 119:130 NKJV) The entrance of Your words gives light; It gives understanding to the simple.

The best light that can help you fix what’s broken is right here in God’s Word.

:17 For nothing is secret that will not be revealed, nor anything hidden that will not be known and come to light.

:17 For …

This is a conjunction that connects the previous verse with the idea of this verse.

When you set the lamp on the lampstand, secrets in the room are revealed, they are lit up.

:17 secretkruptos – hidden, concealed, secret

:17 revealedphaneros – apparent, manifest, evident, known

:17 hiddenapokruphos – hidden, secret; stored up

:17 knownginosko – to learn to know, come to know, get a knowledge of perceive, feel

Future, passive, indicative

:17 lightphaneros – apparent, manifest, evident, known

:17 nothing is secret that will not be revealed


No More Secrets

It is possible for a secret to stay hidden.
But Jesus said that one day every secret will be revealed.
When you put God’s Word on the light stand in your heart instead of hiding it, it will bring things “to light” and expose things to you.
(Luke 8:17 The Message) We’re not keeping secrets; we’re telling them. We’re not hiding things; we’re bringing everything out into the open.
I imagine that some of you this morning are thinking about some of your darker secrets.  We all have them.
The contrast of light and dark in the scriptures is a picture of the contrast between good and evil.  John wrote,
(1 John 1:5–9 NKJV) —5 This is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is light and in Him is no darkness at all.

There is nothing evil or sinful in God.  He is pure goodness.  He is pure light.

6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

If we claim to be friends with God, who is “light”, yet our lives are continually filled with the darkness of sin, then something is wrong.  We’re not being honest about knowing God.

7 But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

Walking in God’s light will not only connect us to others who are also walking in God’s light, but ultimately we’re going to find cleansing for our sin.

Walking in the light doesn’t mean that we live perfect lives.

Walking in the light means that when we sin, we don’t cover it up and pretend, but that we expose our sin and find God’s cleansing.

8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

Some people pretend they don’t have a problem.  Others claim they no longer sin at all.  Both are false.  We will still sin.

9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

Walking in the light means that we are learning to be transparent.

When we confess our sin to God rather than hide it, we will find forgiveness and cleansing.

It’s also the path to finding victory over sin.

When we cover up our sin, it will maintain its grip over us.

We will struggle with guilt and shame.

Secular researchers are beginning to find out that the truths we see in God’s Word actually work.
For all the good of their work, the one thing missing from secular research is Jesus.  Jesus needs to be the center of all this if you truly want to find freedom.
Brene Brown is a researcher who has done extensive work in the area of shame. 
I want to show you a clip of her talking with Oprah, not because I endorse Oprah in any way, but that the truth of what she’s talking about is still truth.

Some of you are going to need to put away your dislike for shows like Oprah’s to listen to the truth here.

Video:  Brene Brown - Stopping the Shame Spiral

Brene suggests that we can break the spiral of shame when we …

Reach out to someone you trust

Hopefully the first person you talk to is Jesus.

He knows what you’re going through and has compassion.  He is the one who has “empathy” for you.

(Hebrews 4:15–16 NKJV) —15 For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.

Tell your story

We call that “confession”.

You need to confess your junk to Jesus. (1John 1:9)

You may also find it necessary to confess your junk to another person you can trust.

(James 5:16 NKJV) Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

That’s where it may be necessary for you to find others who can support and help you through this process.

It might be a counsellor.

It might be a men’s or women’s group.

It might be a twelve step program.

Look what happens when you have no more secrets before Jesus. (John 8)

Video:  The Gospel of John – the Adulterous Woman

Shame and destructive behaviors have a hard time surviving in this kind of light.



You can either learn to uncover your secrets now and work on them, or wait until God does it for you.
Eventually, all secrets will one day be revealed.
You can’t hide from God.
Jesus will use the lesson of vs. 17 in another context:
(Luke 12:1–3 NKJV) —1 In the meantime, when an innumerable multitude of people had gathered together, so that they trampled one another, He began to say to His disciples first of all, “Beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, which is hypocrisy. 2 For there is nothing covered that will not be revealed, nor hidden that will not be known. 3 Therefore whatever you have spoken in the dark will be heard in the light, and what you have spoken in the ear in inner rooms will be proclaimed on the housetops.

The Pharisees were characterized by hypocrisy.

They told people to live one way, but they lived another way.

They might be nice when they are in front of people, but when they were alone, the mean person came out.

The Bible tells the story of a man who tried to keep his sin secret. (2Sam. 11-12).
In those ancient days, there was a time during the year when men didn’t go out and play football, they went to war.
One year King David decided to stay home during “war season”.
He ended up committing adultery with a friend’s wife, her name was Bathsheba.

She even got pregnant.

David tried to cover the whole thing up.  David went so far as to have his friend killed so he could marry Bathsheba. 

Even though others didn’t know what had happened, God knew.

David wrote,

(Psalm 32:3–4 NLT) —3 When I refused to confess my sin, my body wasted away, and I groaned all day long. 4 Day and night your hand of discipline was heavy on me. My strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.

Finally a day came when Nathan the prophet was sent by God to tell David that God knew exactly what had happened.

David finally confessed his sin and found God’s forgiveness.

For some of us, it wasn’t that long ago when our president, much like King David, was unfaithful to his wife.  Listen to the pain it caused the “other woman”, Monica Lewinsky.
Video:  TED – Monica Lewinsky  (clips: 1:45 – 2:44, 6:09 – 8:30)
What if your sin were exposed like this to the world?
Last month, a hacker group known as the “Impact Team” attacked the website “Ashley Madison”.
The Ashley Madison website’s motto is:  “Life is short, have an affair”.
The hackers released 25 gigs of stolen data including users’ account information.
32 million people had their “secrets” exposed.
Even if you make it to the end of your life with your secrets intact, you will face God one day.
There is no hiding from God.
I dare say the only reason God hasn’t allowed you to be exposed yet is because He is gracious and wants you to deal with your sin.
Get the monkey off your back.  Find the forgiveness and freedom that Jesus offers.
This is why Jesus came and died.

He died to pay for your sin so you could find God’s forgiveness.

But you need to be willing to admit you are a sinner and ask Him for help.

(John 3:16 NKJV) For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

Commentator R.C. Sproul wrote in his commentary on this passage in Luke:
The expression, ‘a skeleton in the closet’, is a figurative way of referring to things that we have done in our lives, that we are embarrassed by and ashamed of and would rather nobody knew about. We are very careful to whom we confess our secret sins, and in some cases, we confess them not at all. But we must be clear that nothing is secret from God.
R.C. Sproul is the chairman of the board of Ligonier ministries which among other things runs the Reformation Bible College.
His son, R.C. Sproul Jr. taught at the college and was the chair of philosophy and theology, until last month.
In August (2015) a hacker group known as the “Impact Team” attacked the adultery matchmaking website “Ashley Madison”, and released 25 gigabytes of stolen data including millions of users’ accounts information.
R.C. Sproul Jr. was one of those users.
Sproul has been suspended from his duties for the next year.  He has since written,

“The grace of God’s judgment bore its fruit, and by His grace I repented of my sin. By His grace, I have also received His forgiveness, the outworking of His love. Prophetic providence had done its good office. Jesus died for this sin, but there are still earthly consequences.

“With the revelation of the hack has come the revelation of my sin. I recently informed the board of Ligonier Ministries, which has handled the matter internally, having suspended me until July 1, 2016,” he wrote. “I also informed my presbytery which is also handling the matter internally. And now the world is informed. My sin, sadly, has impacted those who are innocent—my colleagues, friends, and family. I have and will continue to seek their forgiveness. I covet your prayers.”

After the hackers had first released their stolen data, but before his name was uncovered, he had written,

“The reality is that we all sin before the eyes of the watching God of Heaven and Earth. Not only that, but all of our sins will one day be publicly exposed. On that great day of judgment, there will be no delete; there will be no erase; there will be no way to hide all that all of us have done. It is my hope that this kind of cyber assault might wake us up to that reality.”

What’s my point here?
Covering up your sin will only cause you to be more caught in its grasp.
God wants you to learn to deal with your sin now.

:18 Therefore take heed how you hear. For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he seems to have will be taken from him.”

:18 Therefore – There is a logical conclusion to these truths

:18 take heedblepo – to see, discern, of the bodily eye; to discern mentally, observe, perceive, discover, understand

This is the same word translated “may see” in verse 16.

:18akouo – to hear; to give ear to a teaching or a teacher; to comprehend, to understand

Jesus switches from the visual to the audible.

Ultimately it goes beyond visual and audible to mental – how you “understand”.

:18 hasecho – to have, i.e. to hold; to have i.e. own, possess

:18 givendidomi – to give

:18 seemsdokeo – to be of opinion, think, suppose

:18 takenairo – to raise up; to bear away what has been raised, carry off

Future passive indicative

:18 whoever has, to him more will be given


Use it or lose it

If you “own” God’s Word in your life by understanding and doing it, then more understanding will be given you.
If you don’t make God’s Word your own, even though you may listen to it and even be able to quote Bible verses, it will be taken away from you.  It will lose its power in your life.
A couple of hunters are out in the woods of New Jersey when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing; his eyes are rolled back in his head. Terrified, his friend whips out his cell phone and calls the emergency services.
“My friend is dead! What can I do?” he cries over the phone.
In a calm, soothing voice, the operator says, “Just take it easy. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.”
There is a moment of silence, and then a single shot is heard.
The guy’s voice comes back on the line: “Okay, now what?”
Oops … not that story …
Three friends decided to go deer hunting together: a lawyer, a doctor, and a preacher. As they were walking, along came a big buck. The three of them shot simultaneously. Immediately the buck dropped to the ground (no actual deer were harmed in the filming of this cartoon) and all three rushed up to see how big it actually was. When they got to the buck, they couldn’t figure out whose shot had actually killed the deer.
As a heated debated ensued, a few minutes later a ranger came by and asked what the problem was. The doctor told him that they were debating who shot the buck. The officer took a look at the buck and within a few seconds, he said with much confidence, “The preacher shot the buck!” They all wondered how he knew that so quickly. The ranger said, “Easy. The bullet went in one ear and out the other.”

So … when the preacher speaks, does it go in one ear and out the other, or are you letting it affect what you do?

(James 1:22 NLT) But don’t just listen to God’s word. You must do what it says. Otherwise, you are only fooling yourselves.

Erik Weihenmayer is blind, yet on May 25, 2001, he reached the peak of Mt. Everest. Suffering from a degenerative eye disease, he lost his sight when he was 13, but that didn’t stop him. On a mountain where 90 percent of climbers never make it to the top—and 165 have died trying since 1953—Erik succeeded, in large measure because he listened well.
He listened to the little bell tied to the back of the climber in front of him, so he would know what direction to go.
He listened to the voice of teammates who would shout back to him, “Death fall two feet to your right!” so he would know what direction not to go.
He listened to the sound of his pick jabbing the ice, so he would know whether the ice was safe to cross.
When we take a perilous journey, listening well can make all the difference.
Jesus said,
(John 14:23 NKJV) Jesus answered and said to him, “If anyone loves Me, he will keep My word; and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.

Learning to not just hear Jesus’ words, but actually let them guide your steps in life – that brings greater intimacy with God.