Human nature is to fear what people think of them, and to worry about not having their needs met. Jesus councils the people in chapter 12 to only have fear of God, our eternal Judge. Why would we fear man? The worst thing they can do is kill the body; our eternal destiny isn't in any man's hands. Why would we fear going without our daily needs? As we seek God and His will for our life, He is sure to take care of us from the abundance of His kingdom for He loves to do so. In verses 56-59, Jesus tells them to leave their hypocrisy behind and confess their sins and faults (in repentance) instead of hiding behind the cloak of religion and good works. He lets them know if they wait till they stand before the Judge (God) it will be too late to find mercy.
Read through the Bible with us in 2012! The reading plan can be downloaded below; we are reading in chronological order. Check back often to read the blog posts on the Bible readings and discuss things in the "comments" section.
2012 Bible Plan