Monthly Archives: April 2015

4/30 – My Sheep Hear My Voice

In John 10:22-30  Jesus is back in Jerusalem for the feast of dedication (Hanukkah)   The Jewish leaders ask,  “how long will you keep us in doubt? Tell us if you are the Christ”.  Jesus tells them that He has already provided ample teaching and signs.

The real problem Jesus says,  is they are not of His sheep. His sheep hear Him and follow Him and enjoy great security. In fact,  Jesus says of His sheep, “I give them eternal life and they shall never perish”.

Does this mean it is impossible for a follower of Jesus to go astray and be lost?

 

 

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4/29 – Jesus Criticized For Healing On The Sabbath

Today’s text:  Luke 13:10-17

While teaching in the synagogue on the Sabbath Jesus heals a woman who had had an infirmity for eighteen years. The ruler of the synagogue becomes “filled with indignation accusing Jesus of working on the Sabbath.

How might the ruler of the synagogue have justified his charge against Jesus?

What comparison does Jesus make in 15 and 16 that put his adversaries to shame?

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4/28 – The Barren Fig Tree

Luke 13:6-9 records the parable of the unfruitful fig tree. The owner of a vineyard is unpleased with a fig tree that is not bearing fruit and wants to cut it down. The decision is made to work with it and give it one last chance.

Followers of Jesus are to be fruitful (see Matthew 13:23, John 15:1-8, 2 Peter 1:8), therefore the parable could be applied to all of us. Some think Jesus has the Jewish nation or leaders specifically in mind. If you have an opinion about this please share it!

Question; how does this parable show both the justice and mercy of God?

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4/27 – Repentance Required Of All

Today’s Reading: Luke 13:1-5

Two horrible tragedies are mentioned in today’s reading. Pilate had evidently murdered some people as they were sacrificing. Also, a tower had fallen and killed eighteen people. One was the act of an evil man (Pilate) the other appears to have been an accident.

These are the same reasons tragedies happen today.  Sometimes it is the work of evil people, and sometimes it’s simply an accident. The question asked is “is it because of people’s sin that such things happen to them?

How do you understand Jesus answer to the question about the cause of tragedies? Was it because they were sinners? What does he mean unless we repent we will likewise perish?

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4/26 – Jesus Brings Division

Today’s Text: Luke 12:49-56

These words may be shocking at first.  The point is everyone has to choose whether or not to believe in and follow Jesus. Even within one family some will believe some will not, causing division.

If we are expecting and easy and always pleasant Christianity we have come to the wrong place.  It wasn’t easy for Jesus and likewise His followers will suffer trials and hardships.

What hardship is Jesus Himself anticipating in this reading?

 

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4/25 – Always Be Ready!

Today’s Text: Luke 12:35-48

Jesus teaches about the need to always be watching and ready for the return of Jesus (v40). Its clear from this passage that we do not know when Jesus will return. The passage also reveals that those who know more about Jesus will be judged with a greater accountability (47-48).

Some will respond to the delay by being unfaithful. What two words does Jesus use to describe the one who is ready for His return (v42)? What is the significance of each word?

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4/24 – Do Not Worry About Life

Today’s Text: Luke 12:22-34

Jesus tells us not to worry about material things. This is very similar to His teaching recorded in Matthew 6.

Some of the reasons He gives are : (1) There are more important things in life than food and clothing, (2) worrying itself does no good, (3) an obsession with material things is a misplaced priority, (4) it also shows a lack of faith in our heavenly father who promises us if we seek Him first He will take care of our needs.

Do you see any other reasons?

Jesus concludes with “do not fear little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom”.

How does this assurance (that the Father desires to give us the Kingdom) relate to our tendency to worry about material things?

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4/23 – The Rich Fool

Today’s Text: Luke 12:13-21

A man approached Jesus about a financial dispute with a family member. Jesus refuses to be a part of the squabble and uses the opportunity to teach a lesson about covetousness. The parable of the Rich Fool is about a man who was materially rich but did not have a true relationship with God.

Jesus says our life does not consist in the abundance of things we possess. Several of our readings this week will remind us about the relative value of material vs spiritual things –  that it is the spiritual things that really matter most.

Concerning the family dispute brought to Jesus, I suppose someone was right and someone was wrong. Why do you think Jesus refused to get involved?

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4/22 – Woes Continue

Today’s Text:  Luke 11:45-54

Yesterday we read about Jesus pronouncing “woes” on the Pharisees for their hypocrisy. In today’s reading we see the experts in the law were also offended by Jesus’ words. In His response Jesus condemns them as well.

The conflict between Jesus and the Pharisees is very intense. In fact, in this reading Jesus predicts a coming judgment on this generation.

Read how Jesus condemns the lawyers in 46 and 52. They personally rejected God but what did they do that is even worse?

 

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4/21 – Woe To The Pharisees

Today’s Text: Luke 11:37-44

Jesus accepts a Pharisee’s dinner invitation and then is criticized for not washing properly before dinner. Over the next two days we will read His response in which He pronounces “woes” on the Pharisees for their hypocritical ways. They were all about outward cleansing, meticulous tithing, and getting recognition from men and they neglected inner purity, justice, and the love of God.

In the middle of these criticisms what does Jesus tell them to do? (41)  Why do you think He gave this commandment in this context?

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