Reading Plan: May 21: Luke 6-10
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Everything Jesus did was relationship based, reflecting His Father’s nature, being led by the Holy Spirit. From baptism to temptations to healings, whatever the Father wanted Jesus did. Last week we saw this clearly in Luke 4. This same obedience and desire to correctly reflect the Father’s nature is seen in Luke 6.
Our Heavenly Father is generous, He shares his bread. He is forgiving even to forgiving His enemies. Those who trust Him do the same. We are generous, forgiving and patient. We chose love, we refuse judgement! Generosity starts with our mouths, beginning to say the right things.
The Roman Centurion saw and spoke. He saw submission was the key to authority. He saw Jesus operating in submission and recognised his authority. So he trusted Jesus. One word of direction, one command is enough, that’s what I will do. The result was his miracle.
The woman anointed Jesus with her love recognising God’s mercy and responding to that mercy. Her love revealed God’s forgiveness and that’s what she received.
Each of us sees aspects of God’s nature, revealed in His Word, demonstrated by another person, seen in creation. What we do next reveals the condition of our own hearts. Stony, unchanging and unable to keep anything God shows us. Shallow, foolish and unwilling to learn anything new. Care infested, self-concerned and unfocused on God’s agenda missing the important things. OR … determined to do anything Jesus says, fully obedient no matter the cost … revealing, demonstrating and showing God’s nature to others. Good fruit contains good seed.
The twelve soon discovered that same authority Jesus had, was the authority they could use. The more they focused and spoke of God and His Kingdom the greater the frequency of miracles. Even feeding crowds became possible. Peter couldn’t help himself but call Jesus the Messiah. Miracles always signpost God. Our main challenge is like Peter to speak those things we see out, to give our testimony, to vocalise our faith.
Sending 12 out was never going to be enough. Sending the 72 demonstrated that mission is not just for the elite, super-Christian leaders but for everyone who is a disciple. We are to echo Jesus’ words and tell folks what we see and hear. Many prophets and kings wanted to see what we see … God’s kingdom on the earth.
Love God and love others summarises the whole of the Law. We love God when we love others. We show relationship, real trust and obedience when we care for others more than our own lives. Trust = Faith!
Questions to consider
- We often notice in others the very thing that is our weakness. Is there a “plank in your eye” that you need to remove?
- Jesus told John’s disciples to “go back and report … what you have seen and heard”. Your testimony is important – what have you seen and heard? Who can you tell?
- In Chapter 8:18 Jesus says “consider carefully how you listen”. God gives more revelation to those whose ground is good soil. As a family, divide a piece of A4 into four and draw a picture of the different soils in each one. Talk about how important it is to listen to God and then to put the word into practice.
- Look back over these first 10 chapters, how many times does God heal someone? How important is faith?
- In Chapter 10:9 Jesus told the 72 to heal the sick. Is there anyone sick in your household today? Could you ask a work colleague who is sick if you can pray for them?
Jewish society was fixed on “an eye for an eye” while Greek/Roman society was fixed on “the strong win” so the early church had to learn a new lifestyle … love. The outworking of this love lifestyle was revolutionary to society. Giving people what they did not deserve and had not worked for was totally counter-culture.
Slaves became leaders of churches where their masters were part of the congregation. Women were recognised as valuable and as people of faith. Luke’s gospel highlights these changes, recognising women as worthy of receiving miracles. From Mary and Elizabeth to Peters mother, the widows son, the sinful woman, the woman with the issue of blood, Jairus’s daughter we see God interested in women, responding to their needs and faith.
Luke also focuses on Jesus dealing with the religious people of the day. Demonstrating the ease Jesus had in his relationship with his Father rather than the legalism of the Pharisees and other religious leaders.
Luke was not one of Jesus’ original disciples so his gospel is a collection of eye-witness accounts. Luke’s gospel keeps pointing out the details of individual lives and the effect faith has on that life. His gospel shows us how accurate testimony is better than exaggerating or distorting the truth. The more archaeologists investigate the political and historical facts given by Luke the more his account of the life of Jesus is proved.
As someone who travelled with Paul and saw miracles and persecution Luke was not afraid to keep things real. Paul wrote “my grace is sufficient” Luke shows that was true for Jesus and the first disciples and is still true for us.