Today’s Reading: Luke 11:27-36
Today’s reading contains teaching about various topics. First, the blessedness of those who believe and obey Jesus’ words. That can be you and I! He then discusses the error of those who continue to seek signs. Finally he uses a lamp as an illustration of letting our lights shine and the need to purify our focus in order to insure our life is filled with light and not darkness.
Verse 3o says, “For as Jonah became a sign to the Ninevites, so also the Son of Man will be to this generation”.
1. We know Jonah preached to the Ninevites but how was he a sign to the Ninevites?
2. In what way is Jesus like Jonah?
Today’s Text: Luke 11:1-13
Today’s reading is very similar to Jesus teaching about prayer recorded in Matthew 6 and 7. The section about the friend at midnight (v5-8) is new material, unique to Luke.
We see Luke’s account of the “Lord’s Prayer”, a parable about persistence, the promise that if we ask we will receive, and a reminder that our heavenly Father will respond the the prayers of His children.
In Matthew it says our heavenly Father will give “good things” to those who ask. Luke Luke 11:13 says “your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him!”
1. Are we more interested in “good things in general” or “the Holy Spirit”?
2. Which do we think about and ask for the most?
Today’s reading: Luke 10:38-42
Jesus visits the home of two sisters, Mary and Martha. Martha is determined to be a good hostess and is busy and distracted with physical things while Mary just sits there and listens to Jesus teach! Finally she complains to Jesus. Jesus points out to Martha that there are more important things than physical matters.
1. How common is it today that we become “worried and distracted about many things” that are not that important?
2. What is the “one thing needed” that Mary chose?
3. Why is it superior to physical matters?
Today’s Reading: Luke 10:25-37
A man was robbed, beaten, and left for dead. A priest and a Levite saw him and ignored him. The Samaritan had compassion (33) on him and showed mercy (37). Don’t miss the extent to which the Samaritan was willing to go to help a stranger (34, 35). It was much more than just giving him a few dollars!
Jesus said “go and do likewise”.
The parable teaches about compassion and mercy and was given to illustrate what it means to love your neighbor. How do these three (love, compassion, and mercy) relate to each other? Can we have compassion without mercy? Or love without compassion? Are they all pretty much basically the same?
Today’s text: Luke 10:17-24
Today we read about how the seventy return to Jesus and how they are excited about the power over the possessed over demons. Jesus is more excited about how the casting out of demons shows His power over Satan. He tells the seventy that they should be more excited about their name being written in heaven. Kings and prophets desired to see the things they were being allowed to see and experience.
Something that caused Jesus to rejoice was how God had “hidden these things (truths about the kingdom) from the wise and prudent and had revealed them unto babes” (verse 21). He said this was good in the Father’s sight.
We have seen this statement before (Matthew 11:25-26). Why was this such an important truth to God? More importantly, is it still true today?
Today’s Text: Luke 10:1-16
Today’s reading is very similar to an earlier account when Jesus sent out the twelve apostles (Matthew 10). In this case it says He appointed seventy others and sent them out two by two. The orders are very similar to the earlier account. In fact, much of the language is identical to what we read in Matthew.
Verse two says, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Jesus said He was sending them out like “lambs among wolves” (3). There are instructions about traveling light, accepting hospitality, preaching the kingdom of God and rejecting the cities that do not repent. The reading closes with Jesus saying, “He who hears you hears Me, he who rejects you rejects Me, and he who rejects Me rejects Him who sent Me (16).”
Jesus told them to enter a house and if possible stay in the same house. “DO NOT GO FROM HOUSE TO HOUSE (7). Why do you think this was an important point to make with the seventy? Is there anything we should learn from this and apply today?
Today’s Text: John 10:11-21
In today’s reading Jesus describes Himself as a shepherd – the good shepherd who is willing to give His life for the sheep. This is a contrast to the hireling who sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep to take care of themselves. Also, the good shepherd knows his sheep and they know him.
Jesus also says there are other sheep that are not of this fold who he will bring who will hear his voice and there will be one flock and one shepherd.
The reading closes with the people discussing different ideas about the true identity of Jesus.
Question 1 – What reasons does the text give for Jesus’ willingness to lay down His life for the sheep? He stresses that it is something He does willingly. What is His motivation?
Question 2 – Who do you think are the “other sheep” Jesus must bring?
Today’s Text: John 10:1-10.
In today’s reading, Jesus describes his followers as sheep, and Himself as “the door” or “the gate” of the sheep fold.
He describes the enemies as robbers or thieves.
Question: Who are these robbers or thieves, and what does he mean they do not enter by the door but come up some other way?
Today’s Reading: John 9:35-41
The story of the man born blind concludes. The man who was healed confesses his faith in Jesus. Jesus uses the incident to teach about spiritual blindness – our need to see (believe, understand, accept) God. The Pharisees feel the criticism of Jesus’ words and ask “are we blind also”? Jesus tells them actually, no they are not blind, and that that is their problem – they think they see everything.
What was different about the man born blind who came to faith, and the Pharisees whose “sin remains” (41)?
Today’s Reading: John 9:24-34
The Pharisees are trying to “get to the bottom” of how the man born blind was healed. The parents tried to avoid answering so they question the man himself again. The man born blind only knows that he was blind but now he can see – and that’s all he needs to know to be convinced Jesus is from God! Note his logical reasoning in verse 30-33.
Do you think the Pharisees in this case were really trying to understand who Jesus was? What indicates their motives are probably not pure?