As today’s chapter began, it was sometime after the last episode when the scribes and Pharisees began lying in wait for Jesus, to “vehemently incite” him and challenge him angrily on whatever he said. On this particular day, thousands were assembled to listen to Jesus talk, so many that they might trample on one another. … More Luke 12: The Only Good Fear
What an important chapter! Doesn’t it seem that these days everybody has their own opinion about what prayer is? But, I’m thinking it would be wise to pay close attention to what the Master said about prayer when his disciples asked for help. Many will tell us that The Lord’s Prayer, the prototype Jesus gave … More Luke 11: Jesus talks about Prayer
Jesus called the twelve together and gave them the assignment for the next phase of their training. “Go, preach the Kingdom of God and heal the sick.” Some years ago, I was pondering what it looked like to “seek first the kingdom”. I thought, “What would it look like to seek HRH Queen Elizabeth’s kingdom? … More Luke 9: The Kingdom, Near to You
I find myself wishing this chapter had been separated into several. There is so much happening here. The chapter starts off with something I can’t ignore, even though it is but a pre-script historical tidbit in the narrative Luke is sharing with the excellent Theophilus. It’s about the women. Mary Magdalene, Joanna, the wife of … More Luke 8: Seeds and Sowers
What an exciting, instructive, encouraging read this is! I’m sure we’ve noticed by now that Jesus is first of all a preacher and teacher, and then a healer. We see in this chapter an escalation in Jesus’ healing ministry. We’ve already seen healing occur in people who were present with Jesus, in a house or … More Luke 7: Peace on Earth, Goodwill to Man
Are you still on the “after Bethlehem” journey with Jesus? And, is it just me, or is Jesus looking like a bit of a rebel right now? I’m wondering if I would have been quite comfortable being on the road with him, especially on the Sabbath. He seemed bound and determined to stir up trouble, … More Luke 6: Jesus the Rebel?
This chapter starts with the heading “The Calling of the First Disciples”. Until now, Jesus traveled and ministered alone (which, oddly, I hadn’t noticed before today). Some of the men he eventually called might have been in the crowds that were constantly searching him out “to hear the word of God”. Certainly, living in or … More Luke 5: The Beginning
December 2nd, and oh, there are such wonderful vignettes in Luke, Chapter Two! Luke first mentions the actual birth of Jesus, letting us know why his parents were in Bethlehem at his arrival. He then briefly addresses the fact that he was born in a stable, describing his being wrapped in strips of cloth and … More Luke 2: Boy Jesus, in the Temple
A few days ago I read on Facebook a suggestion that we all read a chapter from the book of Luke every day from now until the 24th. That by doing so we would become more aware of who and why we are celebrating during this wonderful season. I thought it was a great idea! … More Luke 1: Standing Where?
I expect you are reading through Luke’s documentary with many of us, so I don’t need to remind you of the mission of the seventy sent ones and their return; the inevitable end of the cities who rejected them (and, by extension, Jesus and his Father who sent him); and their rejoicing over those who … More Luke 10: To Do or Not To Do