September 27th

Luke 6-7

  • 6:1-5 – Jesus uses David as an example because he was such a well-respected figure.
  • 6:1-11 – Jesus’ point was not to dishonor the Sabbath. He realized God’s desire for us to rest on the Sabbath was for our good. If some action was necessary for someone’s wellbeing, that trumped the need to rest.
  • 6:13-16 – The full list of disciples. Most often they are listed with only a few of them together.
  • 6:20-26 – Matthew’s account of the beatitudes only includes blessings while Luke’s records blessings and woes.
  • 6:27-31 – God’s law given to Moses for the Israelites was based on justice. If you kill your neighbors cow, you give him one that’s just as good. But Jesus introduces opportunities to offer grace and to give people better than what they deserve.
  • Much of Jesus’ teaching was countercultural.
  • 6:39-40 – We cannot lead others in things that we don’t know. We have to have faith in order to lead others to faith.
  • 6:41-42 – It is far easier for us to recognize and address other people’s flaws than to admit and deal with our own.
  • 6:45 – We cannot expect to do good work for the Lord when our norm is to fill our hearts with filth.
  • 6:46-49 – Hearing God’s word and putting it into action prepares us for the difficult times.
  • 7:1-10 – A couple of significant things about this passage: 1) The centurion is a Roman official and yet has faith that even amazes Jesus. 2) This is one of the few stories where Jewish religious authorities are painted in a positive light.
  • 7:11-17 – This woman would have been in bad shape. Widows relied on male relatives to take care of them after their husbands died and this was her only son who had just died.
  • 7:18-19 – John believed that Jesus was the Messiah but needed confirmation.
  • 7:22-23 – Jesus quotes the same part of Isaiah that he did in the synagogue in chapter 4. But he leaves one significant line out: that the prisoners would be set free. John was in prison at the time and would most likely understand that Jesus was saying he would not be released, but that Jesus was the Messiah.
  • 7:26-27 – Jesus confirms that John was the messenger the prophets foretold and he is the Messiah for whom the messenger was to prepare the way.
  • 7:36-40 – Jewish custom, at the time, did not allow men to touch or speak to women they weren’t married or related to. It is also presumed that this woman was a prostitute, which added extra scandal to the mind of the Pharisee.
  • 7:41-50 – This is not encouragement to sin more so we can be forgiven, but instead to be aware of our sinful nature and need for forgiveness so we can be grateful for the gift we’ve been given.

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