Luke

Luke

The Good Samaritan

Luke 10:25-37 How does a person come to inherit eternal life? Interestingly Jesus has just privately explained to the disciples that it comes through the Father and the Son revealing. To the expert in the law, Jesus says that eternal life comes through obeying the law. We know however that obeying the law is only possible with the above revelation. It seems this expert in…

Anyone to whom the son chooses

Luke 10:21-24, 38-42 Luke often says of someone that they are blessed (literally ‘happy in life experiencing God’s favor’). Usually it is because a person has come to know God through Jesus. This is one of the reasons why in contrast to Martha Jesus commends Mary who sits at his feet listening to his words. Notice also that Martha is anxious and troubled about many things…

Satan fell like lightning

Luke 10:17-20 When the seventy-two return from their mission they are full of joy. Their stated reason is because “even the demons are subject to us in your name!” Jesus affirms they are correct. What does Jesus mean when he says, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven”? For Satan to fall from heaven is for him to experience a defeat. His not being in the heavens…

Wiping dust from one’s feet

Luke 10:10-16 Jesus warns the seventy-two that as they preach the kingdom, they will face opposition and rejection. When this happens, they are too wipe the dust off their feet as a sign and warning to them. The warning is that the kingdom of God has indeed come and as they reject the messengers (and therefore the message), so too God will reject them just as a person…

The Lord of the harvest

Luke 10:1-9 Having previously sent out the twelve on mission, Jesus now sends out seventy-two others. His reference to the harvest being plentiful is the source of our speaking of “the mission field”. Who is the Lord of the harvest? The Father? The Son? The Holy Spirit? In amazing that praying to the Lord will result in his sending out more laborers. This would be a good…

Single-focused and evil eyes

Luke 11:34-54 The passage begins by turning from Jesus who is a lamp that brings light to the issue of light and darkness within people. The condition of one’s eye determines whether one is full of light or darkness. Most translations refer to ‘a healthy eye’ or ‘a bad eye’. Literally it says, ‘a single eye’ or ‘an evil eye’. In these days a single eye meant a person…

There is no neutrality – only greater woe

Luke 11:24-28 This seems an odd passage. When an unclean spirit leaves a person, it finds no rest in waterless wilderness places and seeks to restore to the person it previously inhabited. Finding a person in a clean and orderly state it seeks to restore uncleanness and chaos by bringing in seven…

Casting out demons

Luke 11:14-23 Contrasting with people who ask and receive the Holy Spirit, Jesus encounters a man with a demon who causes him to become mute. In the gospels a mute man represents those who cannot speak of God’s glory in Christ. Their being unable to speak reflects their natural inability to know the good news and in this case being under the influence of demons. By…

Prayer aligns our lives with God’s will

Luke 11:1-13 Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray by giving them what we call ‘The Lord’s Prayer’. In Luke’s gospel it is in a shortened form, but the main idea is to align our will and needs with God’s agenda (name, kingdom) and his provision (bread, forgiveness, deliverance). This then leads Jesus into two parables that illustrate the wisdom of praying. The first is…