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The purpose of this explanation of the parable found in Luke 11:5-9, is to show how it is communicating the fact that everlasting life will always be available to anyone who believes and endures here.
This is despite the fact that the doors to the kingdom of heaven are now ‘locked’, and the wedding feast of the Lamb has ended.
It is now dark and way past midnight here.
The parable begins now, and will be explained section by section in [brackets];
‘Then Jesus said to them, “Suppose you have a friend, and you go to him at midnight and say,…’
(Luke 11:5 NIV)
[Suppose I (Christ) have a friend (G-d), and I go to Him at midnight – at night, when no one can work outward miracles (John 9:4), and it is past the end, and say,]
‘…‘Friend lend me three loaves of bread; a friend of mine on a journey has come to me, and I have no food to offer him.’
(Luke 11:5-6 NIV)
[G-d, please lend me much grace, as a believer in You and in me (Isaiah 50:10, John 14:1) has died on the earth that you raised me from (Isaiah 53:10), and he is now here (at the door of the Kingdom of Heaven) seeking the promised grace and everlasting life that all who believe in Christ and endure to the end recieve (Revelation 14:12, Acts 15:11).
He has made it here believing, despite the end if the age having already been! (Matthew 24:34-35).
As a result of his lateness arriving with faith, I have no grace left to offer him now that he has died and is here (ref. Acts 15:11). This is because the banquet has concluded – meaning that it is now past midnight, and thus past the prophesied ‘end of the age’ – the end of the earth.
We can see that the baked bread represents the kingdom of heaven as being complete and established from the parable of the three measures of leaven in Luke 13:20-21, which represent the kingdom of heaven. Whilst Christ was on the earth, it was still being baked. Thus, in the parable that is being explained; there is no no entry, no grace – as essentially ‘all is and done’, meaning this latecoming believer has no hope of gaining everlasting life and access into the kingdom of heaven, unless he recieves grace by his continuing to knock at the door – as we’ll see in a moment.]
And suppose the one inside answers, ‘Don’t bother me. The door is already locked, and my children and I are in bed. I can’t get up and give you anything.’
Luke 11:7 NIV
[And suppose G-d, from His temple, which is not located in the new earth (which is above this earth), but is in the new heaven, which is above the new earth (Isaiah 66:22, 66:24, 65:17, Revelation 21:1 – Revelation 14:17), said;
It is passed midnight, passed the end, all is done, the wedding feast the Lamb has ended; the doors to the kingdom of heaven are now ‘locked’ (Matthew 24:34-35, 24:29, Luke 14:24).
The supper/banquet that G-d holds for the Lamb (Christ), and the ‘bride’ (‘new jerusalem’ – ref. Revelation 21:2) – with his brothers and sisters (Matthew 22:1-14, Luke 14:15-24, Revelation 13:7-9), is now finished.
The second coming of Messiah (Christ) took place spiritually before this (Matthew 24:33, Mark 13:26-27), and now they look down from the new heaven/earth at the lake that burns with fire forever (Isaiah 66:24, Revelation 20:13-15) – this old earth which is essentially desolate of righteousness (Matthew 24:12), especially Spirit and truth (John 4:24).
I tell you, even though he will not get up and give you the bread because of friendship, yet because of your shameless audacity he will surely get up and give you as much as you need.
Luke 11:8 NIV
[G-d will not give grace which leads to everlasting life to a believing latecomer – based soley on that latecoming believer being ‘friends’ with Messiah (believing the gospel) and in turn believing in G-d (ref. 1 John 2:23);
However, because the latecoming believer kept on knocking all along the way of his journey here (which means, ‘they were faithful, believing the Gospel, repenting, immersing (baptism; ref. 1 Peter 3:21, Matthew 28:19-20), and observing the law of Moses (Romans 3:31 ESV)); grace is given in consideration of this – which results in everlasting life, and thus entry to the kingdom of heaven, from G-d, by the hand of Christ.
Isaiah says He ‘…will not destroy them all.’ (Isaiah 65:8 ESV). Revelation says the Gospel is ‘…everlasting…’ (Revelation 14:6), and this means that whosoever believes in Christ (Messiah), will not simply just perish [eventually], and be sent back to the lake that burns with fire, but will live forever without end (ref. Isaiah 28:16, 28:18, 28:22, John 3:16, Revelation 21:8, 22:14).]
“So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you.
Luke 11:9 NIV
[The Gospel is everlasting (Revelation 14:6). The diligently latecomer beliver will recieve the grace that will result in their resurrection to everlasting life without end, by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8-9) – not shrinking back (Hebrews 10:39, 10:38), and not worshiping/taking the mark of the beast (Revelation 14:9-10).
This believer’s continued, learned, steadfast patience and endurance (ref. Romans 2:7, 5:3-5) is fruitful.
The call to come out of all sin and foreign worship has never been so urgent and encouraging;
‘…“Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins, lest you share in her plagues;’
(Revelation 18:4 ESV)]
Luke 11:5-9 (NIV) interpreted and explained.
Hoping it is fruitful with you, and your believing;
‘…the everlasting gospel…’
(Revelation 14:6 KJV).
May the Holy G-d bless you beyond maximum, believing in His risen Son the Lord Jesus Christ (Adonai Yehoshua HaMoshiach). Amen.
Shalom v’kind regards,