October 28

Today’s Texts:  Luke 11:37-54, Luke 12, Luke 13:1-17

Highlights: The controversy between Jesus and the Pharisees heats up. In chapter 11 Jesus accepts an invitation to eat at a Pharisee’s house. He is criticized for not washing His hands a certain way, and He launches into a lengthy rebuke of the Pharisees hypocritical religious ways. In chapter 12 he warns the multitudes about the Pharisees. Other topics discussed include covetousness, worry, persecutions, and repentance.

Jesus performed some truly wonderful miracles! The final example in today’s reading is a woman who had a spirit of infirmity for 18 years.  Instead of finding joy in what had happened the ruler of the synagogue criticized Jesus for doing the miracle on the sabbath. But what did Jesus say that man was willing to do on the Sabbath? What does this teach us about this man’s heart?



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5 Responses to October 28

  1. Sandy Steinman

    Jesus said that the man was willing to provide comfort to his ox or donkey which means that the man’s heart was all about observing religious traditions and forms than in seeing human needs touched by God’s spirit. When Jesus says “should not this woman be set free on the sabbath day from what bound her” he used a strong word in the Greek which really says more than this woman should be looosed the Greek translated to she must be loosed.

  2. Mary K

    This man’s heart put more value on an animal than he did a fellow human being and Israelite. Or one might say he valued his possessions way more than he valued people, very much missing the point of the promised Messiah, who was sent to save people…not animals, the planet, the environment, or world ruling powers.

    Can anyone elaborate on the section where Jesus holds the current generation responsible for the evil treatment of the prophets?

  3. Andrew

    That man’s priorities were seriously out of focus. He was wrapped up in the traditions of the Law to the point that he allowed himself to be blinded to the needs of the less fortunate. Where he should have been praising Jesus for His ability to heal that poor woman, this man could only criticize this good act.

    I was wondering about that as well Mary K. Jesus says this generation building the tombs indicates their approval of the mistreatment of the prophets throughout the previous generations. This mistreatment reaches an all time high and is perfected in the generation of Jesus. They were truly evil in their persecution and execution of Jesus. Jesus told them they would be held responsible because of this approval, and I think also because of their coming participation. Also, all the prophets were only messengers from God. It wasn’t really the prophets the people were attacking over the years, but the message they brought. Jesus is that message and this generation was going to kill Him. In killing this perfect Son, the message, I think they take overall responsibility for the evil attitude of attacking the message throughout history. It is likely the majority of the leaders bringing about Jesus’ death did not repent. I would not want to face judgment being the people that actually killed Him. I am sure the actual perpetrators are also held responsible for their actions.

  4. Jimmy Haynes

    My thought on them building the tombs of the prophets is that they were claiming to honor the prophets. Matthew 23 puts it this way: “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! Because you build the tombs of the prophets and adorn the monuments of the righteous, “and say, ‘If we had lived in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets.’ (Matthew 23:29-30). The point might be that in their words (and some external acts) they claimed to honor God but their real behavior showed they really did not.

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